Advanced Series Road Cycling Lakes & Volcanoes Chile 9D/8N

We invite you to cycle and discover the Lake & Volcano District of Chile with us. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by astonishing National Parks, clear-water Lakes, amazing live Volcanoes and one of the best thermal waters in the world. Our trip includes local guides, amazing local cuisine, our world known wines and handpick lodges and inns. This tour is orientated to more advanced cyclists

Highlights:
– Views of Lake Villarrica, Caburga, Calafquén, Panguipulli and Llanquihue
– Volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, Villarrica, Lanin, Mocho – Choshuenco, Puntiagudo, and Osorno.
– Visit Huilo-Huilo Natural Reserve, Malalcahuello, Temuco, Pucon and Puerto Varas towns
– Hot springs and National Parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
– Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano climb
– Tour designed for advanced cyclists with more kilometers and climbs
– English speaking professional cycling guide and van support every day
– Amazing local cuisine accompanied with great Chilean wines
– Combine this trip with Torres Del Paine, Wine country, Atacama or Easter Island add on tour

Day 01

Day 01, Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Malalcahuello (First ride: warm up ride)

Our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello, where an incredible landscape awaits us at our hotel located in the shoulders of Lonquimay Volcano, surrounded by millenarian Araucarias trees. Your guides will assist you to assemble/fit your bike and we’ll enjoy a great warm up ride. In the evening, we’ll have a briefing session before your welcome dinner together.

Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 27 km
Time cycling: 1 hour
/ Dinner /

Day 02

Day 02, Sierra Nevada – Liucura – Pino Hachado (Second ride)

Today and followed by a filling breakfast, the minibuses will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range (18 km or 11 miles) right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km or 2,8 miles). Here we’ll set off on our first ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this 32-mile section features one of the smoothest roads. We’ll bike through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Hachado until reaching the Customs. The road is quite rolling with flat sections and a few small climbs and good down hills. After this pleasant ride the challenge begins, a 22 kms climb awaits for us taking us to the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level); on the top you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes. In the small village of Liucura, we’ll arrive at the meeting point with the minibuses that will take us back to Hotel.

Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 80 km to 140 km
Time cycling: 5-6 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Day 03, Corralco – Lautaro (Third ride)

Ride down the valley from Corralco – We’ll ride alongside the Cautín River as the valley opens after each meter we descent the foothills of the mountain range until arriving at the plain of Curacautín. As we leave this town we start climbing a good hill with a beautiful view to the volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca. Then there is a fun descent until you get to an extensive green valley. This section of the route passes through the middle of seeded fields on smooth hills until we arrive to the city of Lautaro where we end the ride. In Lautaro we get in the vans and start traveling to Temuco (30 min drive), the capital of the Araucania region.

Lodging at Hotel Dreams and SPA 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 90 kms.
Time cycling: 5-6 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 04, Pitrufquén – Villarrica – Crater Brewery (Fourth Ride)

We’ll begin in the morning by traveling 30 km (18.6 miles) in our private minibuses until the main square of the town of Pitrufquén, a town located in rural area where most of their production is based on cereal and cattle production as Blueberries and Hazelnuts. From here we’ll set off and head to the town of Villarrica, following a small countryside road that follows the Toltén and Pedregoso River, giving us some good views the central valley of the Araucanía region and his agricultural production.

As soon as we reach the beautiful town of Villarrica we can enjoy one of the most stunning views of the Villarrica volcano at the shores of the lake with the same name, then we continue riding for another 10 kms for ending our ride in a small local brewery, “Crater” in honor of the Villarrica volcano where we’ll enjoy some of the great beers, as a reward of our effort. Yes, we deserve it!
After this we’ll take a van ride of 30 min to the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District the charming town of Pucón, where in the evening we´ll try the local cuisine in one of the many great restaurants that the town offers.

Lodging at Hotel Green Park 3* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 96 kms.
Time cycling: 5-6 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Day 05, Pucón – Puesco – Huife Hot Springs (Fifth ride)

We’ll cycle from our hotel in Pucón to Curarrehue, the road today is generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. But after we arrive to Curarrehue we climb a 21 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) until arriving to costume. We’ll cycle downhill this same section and end with a lunch at Currarrehue town.

Today’s ride will give us wonderful views of Lanin Volcano and with a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of the active Villarrica volcano. After lunch, we’ll continue in the same road but we will direct ourselves to Huife. After cycling to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath. Later at the evening we’ll enjoy an early dinner at the hot springs resort restaurant, finishing our night with a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón.

Lodging at Hotel Green Park 3* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 140 kms.
Time cycling: 6 hours
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 06

Day 06, Villarrica – Panguipulli – Choshuenco (Sixth 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. We’ll ride through the lake-side town of Licanray on roads bordered by green prairies and native forests. From the village of Lican Ray we have a 21-mile section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquén Lake on your left, by a fun road as a roller coaster and quiet as almost there no vehicles here. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. After a fun descent toward the town and Lake of Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – we have the picnic lunch by the beach at Lake Panguipulli. From here we can contiue riding another 15 miles alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road at Choshuenco. From this point will drive 30 min to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible.

Hotel Nothofagus and SPA 5*
Bike traveled distance: 100 kms
Time cycling: 6 hours
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 07

Day 07, North & West side of Llanquihue Lake (Seventh ride)

After breakfast, we’ll drive from Huilo Huilo, 180 km until arriving to Osorno Town. Once there, 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. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, we’ll drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas and stay overnight at hotel in Puerto Varas.

Once we arrive to the hotel, you’ll have time to relax, enjoy your welcome drink afterwards, we’ll go to enjoy dinner to a local restaurant, walking distance from town.

Lodging at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 100 kms
Time cycling: 6 hours
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 08

Day 08, South & East side of Llanquihue Lake (Eighth ride)

In the morning, the vans will take us to the shores of beautiful Lake Llanquihue where we will approach the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. As we cycle along the lake, the snow-capped volcano appears to rise directly out of the lake, and we will have wonderful views of it during much of the day. We’ll pass through the village of Ensenada, then on to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and we’ll Challenge ourselves and climb Volcan Osorno, one of the steepest climbs in S. America (7.3miles/3750ft)

When we recover our breath and after enjoy the magnificent views of the Cochamó Valley, Lake Llanquihue and the volcano Calbuco we’ll carefully descend the Osorno volcano and we’ll ride towards Puerto Varas, rounding more than 70% of the magnificent Lake Llanquihue.
At night, we’ll have a farewell dinner at our friend Rodrigo’s restaurant and spend the night in the charming German-style city of Puerto Varas.

Lodging at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 120 kms
Time cycling: 6 hours
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 09

Day 9, Puerto Varas – Airport in Puerto Montt (PMC)

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! End of services
/ Breakfast /

• Professional local guide – 2 guides from 9-20 cyclists
• Lodging at 3*,4* hotels and luxury lodges
• Private vans and support vehicle (1 van from 2 to 11 cyclists )
• Support vehicle (pick-up truck) with bicycle trailer from 6 riders up.
• Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
• Mentioned meals on itinerary (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches)
• Tips at restaurants for lunch and dinners
• Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.

• International and local flights (we can help you buy local flights)
• Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
• Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
• Laundry
• Beverages & cocktails not included on menus
• Bike rental (available upon request) Lapierre 18-speed Road Bike or Kona Hybrid Bike
• Tips for drivers and guides.

Road cycling, Hot springs & SPA, Chilean culture and history.

Tour dates 2016-17 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 4 persons
29 NOV / 07 DEC 2016
14/22 FEB 2016

DIFFICULTY

Medium, designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [5] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace.

PACKING TIPS

We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!

HOTELS

As indicated in the program or similar

VEHICLES

Modern vans Mercedes Benz Sprinter and 4X4 support vehicle. Air-conditioned

AIRLINE INFORMATION

We can help you buy local flights at the best rates for you, just let us now

INSURANCE

Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print

SAFETY

Chile is by far one of the safest countries in South America in terms of public health and crime. We are proud to affirm that our police is one of the least corrupt in the world; they are always friendly and helpful.

ROAD SAFETY

Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rearview mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves) we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign that alert other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road. Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding.

Bike Rental
Lapierre Audacio 400 CP, Audacio Alloy 7005, Carbon Fork, Shimano Tiagra, Compact Crankset (50/34) and 10 speed cassette (12-28)
You can check all the details on the original website lapierrebikes.com

Bike Rental
Kona Dew 6061 Aluminum Butted, Shimano Altus, Triple Crankset (48/38/28) and 8 speed cassette (11-34).
You can check all the details on the original website konaworld.com