Road Cycling Chile 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 – info@ecotours.cl

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, Pucon and Puerto Varas towns
  • Hot springs and National Parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
  • Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano climb
  • 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

Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Malalcahuello (First Ride: warm up)

Our staff will meet you at Temuco airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello, where a soothing thermal bath awaits us at our hotel. Your guides will assist you to assemble/fit your bike and then enjoy a warm up ride. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our welcome dinner together.

Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 25 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 right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km ). Here we’ll set off on our first ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this 54-km section features one of the smoothest roads. We’ll bike through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Achado until reaching the Customs. The road is quite rolling with flat sections and a few small climbs and good down hills. If you want to pedal up some serious grades, it is possible to extend the route on 22 km more, until 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: 58 km + optional 22 optional
Time cycling: 4 hours approx, with an optional additional hour
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

Day 03, Malalcahuello – Lautaro (Third ride)

After breakfast, we’ll start our morning with an amazing downhill from our Lodge towards the valley from the village of Malalcahuello – 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 Pucón (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District.

Lodging at Green Park 3* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 70 kms
Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

Day 04, Pucón – Lake Caburgua – Huife Hot Springs / Loop Ride (Fourth 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 05

Day 05, Licanray – Panguipulli – Choshuenco (Fifth 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 06

Day 06, Osorno – Frutillar – Llanquihue / North side of Llanquihue Lake (Sixth 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, passing by towns like Puerto Octay and Frutillar, always next to the shores of Llanquihue Lake. This road is used on “La Vuelta de Chile” race and it features one of the most beautiful days you’ll enjoy on the saddle. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, we’ll drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas and arrive to your hotel.

You’ll have time to relax, enjoy your welcome drink and afterwards we’ll go to enjoy dinner to a local restaurant that combines amazing wines with great cuisine, using only local products.
Accommodation at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* or similar
Bike traveled distance: 56 miles
Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner /

Day 07

Day 07, Llanquihue Lake Route, Northeast section: Puerto Octay – Las Cascadas – Petrohue Falls (Seventh ride)

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Puerto Varas 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

Tour dates 2017-18 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 2 persons
*PRICE FROM $2590 USD per person on DBL room, 6 cyclists group

-27 MAR / 03 APR 2017 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-29 OCT / 05 NOV 2017 – OPEN
-12/19 NOV 2017 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-19/26 NOV 2017 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-26 NOV / 03 DEC 2017 – OPEN
-03/10 DEC 2017 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE
-10/17 DEC 2017 – OPEN
-24/31 DEC 2017 – OPEN
-04/11 MAR 2018 – OPEN
-18/25 MAR 2018 – OPEN

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