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Road Cycling Chile and Argentina Patagonia 12 Day Tour

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Discover the Lake & Volcano District cycling Chile’s & Argentina southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part that’s is shared by two countries, dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside many lakes, including the 7 lakes route, famous known by Che Guevara.

The thermal waters of this area are some of the best in the world; due to the volcanic activity, you can find hot springs and thermal spas almost everywhere you go. Likewise, the cuisine is another highlight of the tour, with the ingredients that have made Chile and Argentina known worldwide: wines, great beef and game, delicious produce and seafood from the South Pacific Ocean. Contact us for private departures - info@ecotours.cl

Trip Summary Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Tour dates 2014-15: You can set your own dates with a minimum of 4 persons.
16/27 NOV 2014 - OPEN DATE
30 NOV / 17 DEC 2014 - OPEN DATE
27 DEC / 07 JAN 2015 - CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
01 / 12 MAR 20015 - OPEN DATE

Meet / Depart: Temuco airport – Puerto Montt airport
Accommodation: Lodging at 3* and 4* hotels and luxury lodges & spas
Flights: We can help you buying local flights at the best prices
Mileage: 570 KMS / 355 Miles
Activities included: Road Cycling and hot springsExtras: We can help you planning a pre or post tour in Chile including hotels, transfers, car rental, all inclusive packages, day tours and more on Patagonia, Easter Island, Atacama, Wine country, Altiplano and Santiago.

Highlights:
- Lake Crossing Pirehueico Lake from Chile to Argentina
- Lodging at Baobab in Huilo-Huilo Natural Reserve
- 7 Lakes route in Argentina, visiting San Martin de Los Andes, Bariloche and Villa La Angostura- Climb from Argentina to Chilean custom, 2400 mts altitude with challenging switchbacks
- Lakes Villarrica, Caburga, Calafquén, Panguipulli, Pirehueico Puyehue and Llanquihue in Chile
- Lakes Lacar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo, Gutierrez and Nahuel Huapi in Argentina
- Hot springs and national parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
- Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano climb, one of the toughest climbs in South America
- Local cycling guide- Amazing cuisine and the best wines both countries offers (Cabernet, Malbec, Carmenere)
- Van Support every day
- Great bike rental available

DAY 1: ARRIVE TO ARAUCANIA – PUCON HOTEL - DINNER
Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and drive you to the city, where we’ll check in at your hotel and have a rest. That evening we will check and fit your bicycles, have an orientation and briefing session, and enjoy an introductory dinner with your guides and fellow riders. Lodging at hotel in Pucón
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DAY 2: VILLARRICA LAKE AND VOLCANO RIDE
Today we’ll cycle from our hotel to the village of Caburgua where we’ll eat a snack at the beach of Lake Caburgua. The road today is a constant false-flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of the active Villarrica volcano. After cycling to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath. Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón. Evening at leisure (dinner NOT included). We highly recommend for you to explore this nice touristy town with its many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Ask our guides if you need some local knowledge about dining and good shopping.Lodging at hotel in Pucón
Bike traveled distance: 56 km
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DAY 3: PUCON LOOP RIDE
We’ll cycle from Pucón to a small village at the Argentina border where we can visit a museum and learn about the Mapuche, the area’s indigenous people. The road today is generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. Then we’ll climb a 15 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) and then get back enjoying the same 15 km riding downhill.Along today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees enjoying views of two volcanoes, Villarrica and Lanín. Lodging at hotel in Pucón
Bike traveled distance = 100 km
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DAY 4: CALAFQUEN AND PANGUIPULLI LAKES RIDE
Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and will cycle three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive here. At one point we should be able to see four volcanoes Lanín, Villarrica, Mocho and Choshuenco. The last 50 Km are on amazing new road and asphalts. You’ll be amazed by our lodging in Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve.
Bike traveled distance: 91 km
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DAY 5: HUILO-HUILO – LAKE CROSSING – S. MARTIN DE LOS ANDES – ARG
We will board a Ferry boat that travels across Pirehueico Lake and then drive to the Customs. The views overlooking the volcanoes Mocho and Choshuenco are stunning! We’ll arrive at the charming village of San Martín de Los Andes and have the evening at leisure. We highly recommend for you to explore this nice touristy town with its many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Ask our guides if you need some local knowledge about good shopping. No riding today.
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DAY 6: SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES – 7 LAKES ROUTE RIDE - ARG
Ride 40 miles across Lanín and Nahuel Huapi National Parks while enjoying the views of The Andes and several small lakes like Lacar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso and Espejo, until we get to the end of the paved road. From there we’ll jump in the van and drive to charming village of Villa La Angostura.
Bike traveled distance: 54 km
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DAY 7: NAHUEL HUAPI LAKE RIDE
Today, we start riding from the hotel in Villa La Angostura toward the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. This ride covers half of the famous Circuito Grande, which travels around the lake Nahuel Huapi. Finally we’ll arrive to Lake Gutierrez where we end the ride with a magnificent view of the area. Lodging at Hotel in Bariloche
Bike traveled distance: 80 km
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DAY 8: CIRCUITO CHICO – CERRO CATEDRAL RIDE
Prepare yourself for an amazing day. We’ll be riding the world famous Circuito Chico, cycling alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi en route for famous Llao-Llao Hotel, then across Nahuel Huapi National Park with many small lakes and breathtaking lookout points. Once completing the circuit we’ll head towards Cerro Catedral on a 7.5 miles climb.Afterwards we’ll return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. We recommend you explore the city of Bariloche, which is a great place for shopping and dining.
Bike traveled distance: 70 km
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DAY 9: ANDES MOUNTAINS RANGE CLIMB – HITO SAMORE RIDE
Today we cross the Andes from Argentina to Chile with a great climb to Hito Samoré pass (4,255 feet) where we can enjoy an excellent view of the heart of the Andes mountain range. We’ll conclude the ride with a thrilling 14-mile descent into Chile. Once the ride ends we’ll jump in the van for 1 hour until reaching Osorno city and check in at our hotel.
Bike traveled distance: 75 km
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DAY 10: GERMAN STYLE TOWNS
We will ride through rolling hills and beautiful beaches along Lake Llanquihue, always on the lookout for wildlife and views of 4 volcanoes (Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca and Puyehue). With the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, this will be another picturesque day on our bicycles. The cycling today consists of small hills and long, flat stretches most of the day. The ride will end in Llanquihue town and we'll drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas. Lodging at Hotel Patagonico in Puerto Varas.
Bike traveled distance: 85 km
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DAY 11: OSORNO VOLCANO RIDE
This trip of a lifetime is about to end. We’ll ride from Puerto Varas to Ensenada alongside Lake Llanquihue until arriving at the amazing Petrohue Falls and the Osorno Volcano. You’ll have the opportunity to Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in S. America.
Bike traveled distance: 56 km
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DAY 12: PUERTO MONTT AIRPORT – SANTIAGO
Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember!
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What is included?
- Professional guide
- Lodging at 3 and 4 stars hotels and luxury lodges
- Private vans (1 van from 4 to 11 pax and 2 for 12+ pax)
- Support vehicle (pick-up truck) with bicycle trailer from 10 riders up.
- Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
- Mechanical support on route
- Gratuities at hotels and restaurants- Great meals - (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches)
- Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.

What’s not included
- International and local flights
- Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
- Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
- Entrance fee to National Parks
- Beverages & cocktails not included on menus
- Bike rental (available upon request)

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