Road Cycling Chile & Argentina Lake & Volcano District 8D Tour

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 can be adapted to all levels of cycling

Highlights:
– Views of Chile’s and Argentina Lake District
– Volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, Villarrica, Lanin, Mocho – Choshuenco, Puntiagudo, and Osorno.
– Visit Pucon, San Martin de Los Andes, Villa La Angostura and Puerto Varas towns
– Hot springs and National Parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
– Petrohue Waterfalls, Seven Lake route, Andes Crossing and Osorno Volcano climb
– English speaking professional cycling guide and van support every day
– Amazing local cuisine accompanied with great 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) – Pucón (Bike fit)

Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and drive you to the city of Pucón – the capital of adventure tourism – 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 Green Park 3* or similar
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

Day 02, Pucón – Lake Caburgua – Huife Hot Springs / Loop Ride (Second ride)

We’ll cycle from our hotel to the village of Caburgua where we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the beach of Lake Caburgua and top of Llaima Volcano. The road today is a constant false-flat with a few short climbs – 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 the rolling road to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath, having lunch at the hot springs. After relaxing a while at the Hot Springs, we’ll cycle back on the same road, seeing another perspective of the area.
We’ll meet at 9 PM to enjoy dinner at a local Chilean restaurant.
Lodging at Green Park 3* or similar.

Bike traveled distance: 70 km
Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Day 03, Licanray – Panguipulli – Choshuenco (Third 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. The first 34 KM section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquén Lake on your left, by a road without many long ascends. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive 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’ll enjoy a short climb that takes us to a magnificent view of Mocho Choshuenco Volcano and Panguipulli Lake. Once we completed 60 km, we’ll stop for picnic lunch and end our day with the last 20 km alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village.
From this point will drive half hour to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Nothofagus Hotel & Spa 5*

Bike traveled distance = 85 km
Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 04, Lake crossing Huilo-Huilo – San Martín de Los Andes (Argentina)

Today we leave Chile and head for Argentina. After breakfast, from Puerto Fuy we’ll board a ferry boat that will take us across the Lake Pirehueico. We’ll travel by the lake during 90 minutes until arriving at Puerto Pirehueico. From this point, we drive 15 minutes to the Chile/Argentina border and go through Customs. Once in Argentina we’ll have lunch at Hosteria Huahum and then enjoy a swim in Lake Nonthue. After a relaxing time by the lake, we’ll continue driving 1 hour along Lacar Lake until we get to the charming village of San Martín de Los Andes. After checking in at the hotel you’ll 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.
Lodging at Hotel Del Viejo Esquiador 3* or similar

Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05

Day 05, San Martín de Los Andes – Villa La Angostura (Fourth ride)

Today we will ride a section of Argentina’s Seven Lakes Route; a very famous scenic road in Argentina that was once traveled by a young man named Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
In a day’s journey, this route connects Lakes Lacar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso and Espejo. We’ll start riding from our hotel and as we leave San Martín de Los Andes we cycle alongside Lake Lacar through a fun rolling route. The scenery of all this area is made up by the Andean Patagonian forest, formed by various nothofagus species and cypress trees. The whole route comprises of 112 km, but we will cover 50% on the bikes, riding a hilly and then rolling section alongside four of the seven lakes in the route. Once we reach the end of the pavement next to Lake Villarino, we’ll drive on gravel the rest of the 7-lake route across Nahuel Huapi National Park until arriving at Villa La Angostura. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an Argentinean BBQ at a local restaurant.
Lodging at Hostería Dos Bahias 4* or similar.

Bike traveled distance: 55 km
Time cycling: 4 hours
Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 06

Day 06, Villa La Angostura – Hito Samoré – Andes Crossing (Fifth ride)

We start driving in the vans for one hour from Bariloche to Villa La Angostura. The cycling today consists of a good hilly climb of two stages (25 mi) and then a thrilling descent to Chile (29 mi); the first one of small easy hills that starts from Villa La Angostura’s downtown, and a second stage where we begin climbing across the hills of the Andes Mountain Range. We’ll reach the Argentinean Custom and then continue on riding until reaching the border point with Chile at an altitude of 4.255 ft. This place is called Hito Samoré and from there you can see the heart of The Andes. Then will descend until reaching the Chilean Customs and from there continue to where the ride ends. Then we’ll jump in the van for 1 hour until reaching our hotel in Osorno.
Lodging at Hotel Sonesta 5* or similar

Bike traveled distance: 88 km
Time cycling: 6 hours
Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 07

Day 07, Llanquihue Lake Route, Northeast section (Sixth ride)

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Osorno and start riding from Puerto Octay, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us – the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the villages of Las Cascadas and Ensenada. This 67 km northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake Route is one of the most beautiful routes of the tour. Finally, we will end our last ride arriving at Petrohue Falls, a turquoise waterfall located in the National Park Vicente Perez Rosales.
Option extra 12 km /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe, with ramps of 22%-24%.
Upon completing the ride we’ll head back with the vans or by bike to the charming german-style city of Puerto Varas, our last destination, and let ourselves to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner (seafood restaurant).
Lodging at Hotel Patagonico in Puerto Varas 4 or similar

Bike traveled distance: 70 km + 12 Km climb
Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Farewell dinner /

Day 08

Day 8, 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 and Argentinean culture and history.

02/09 NOV 2014 – OPEN DATE
16/23 NOV 2014 – OPEN DATE
14/21 DEC 2014 – OPEN DATE
18/25 JAN 2015 – OPEN DATE
01/08 MAR 2015 – OPEN DATE

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. All our staff communicates by radio at all time.

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 highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from New Zealand to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights Santiago(SCL)-Temuco(ZCO) and Puerto Montt (PMC)-Santiago(SCL). This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS
There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 6,200 feet (second day ride).

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.

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