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The wonders of nature: from glaciers to grass steppes, lakes to volcanic mountains, rainforests to storm-tossed coasts. The vast region of Patagonia, which lies between Argentina and Chile, is a diverse natural phenomenon. Due to the pandemic, we have suspended our travel offer in Patagonia for 2022. We will keep you updated on our plans for the 2023 season.
Argentina and Chile share the cross-border region of Patagonia, located at the tip of South America. The Andes divide this spectacular region into Western Patagonia, which belongs mainly to Chile, and the predominantly Argentinean Eastern Patagonia. Tierra del Fuego, located south of the Strait of Magellan, forms the southern border of the region. Patagonia is very sparsely populated and offers a great variety of different landscapes whose beauty, at a glance, answers the question as to why you should visit! From glaciers to grass steppes, lake landscapes to volcanic mountains, rain forests to storm-weathered coasts, there is something spectacular to see at every turn. The magnificent Lanin, Los Arrayanes and Nahuel Haupo National Parks count towards the many must-see places in Patagonia. They alone are worth the long journey to this stunning corner of the world.
Discover this spectacular landscape on our “Hotel & MTB Andes Crossing” or the “Hotel & MTB 7-Lakes Tour”. Highlights of our Patagonia tours include crossing the Tromen Pass and the Hua Hum Pass as well as a visit to the charming Chilean city of Pucón. San Martín de los Andes, located slightly further south, is also a great place to visit while in Patagonia, the perfect place for a stopover on the mountain bike crossing over the Andes.
The origin of the word Chile is still unclear. The most common explanation is that the word is derived from the language of the Aymara tribe. In this language, the world chilli means “the land where the world ends”. Today, the country of Chile is one of the most economically and socially stable and prosperous of all the countries is South America having a high-income economy as well as a high standard of living. Due to its unique geographical characteristics, almost all the world’s climate zones can be found in the country. A round trip through Chile takes us from the driest desert on earth in the north to millennia-old glaciers in the south, through magical forests and lakes to the feet of impressive volcanoes, and islands ripe with legend. A holiday in Chile offers a variety of exciting activities alongside its spectacular nature. From mountain biking to winery tours and strolls through bustling cities such as the lively capital, Santiago de Chile, the country has an abundance for you to discover. The perfect destination for adventure-hungry mountain bikers!
“Don’t Cry for me Argentina”, the 1976 song from the musical Evita, remains famous to this day. This emotional sing-along touched the hearts of people all over the world due to the passion and love it expresses for Argentina.
Argentina is a republic in South America. The country’s name is derived for the Latin word for silver – argentum – and comes from the Spanish colonial period, when colonisers hoped to find precious metals here. Until its independence in 1816, the country was a part of the Spanish colonial empire. Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world and lays claim to the longest continental mountain range on earth: the Andes. Due to its length, the country has a large number of climatic and vegetation zones as well as an incredibly diverse landscape. Hot dry savannahs such as the Gran Chaco in the south alternate with the hilly landscape in the province of Misiones in the east. The 2.7km wide Iguazú waterfalls, the humid and swampy Mesopotamia, the mountain ranges Sierras Pampeanas and the Pampas as well as the economic heart and capital city, Buenos Aires, are the just some of the must visit places in this incredible country. These and many other sights are what make a holiday in Argentina such a special experience. A cycling holiday is the ideal way to discover and enjoy the many things Argentina has to offer.
The weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable. Sunshine and a light breeze can very quickly turn to heavy showers and strong gusts of wind. It is said that in Patagonia you can experience four seasons in one day. It is therefore advisable to always be prepared with appropriate wind- and rainproof gear. While Western Patagonia (Chile) has the humid, cool climate, characteristic of the western south Andes, Eastern Patagonia (Argentina) has a dry climate.
Western Patagonia has a lot of rainfall while the east is protected, lying in the rain shadow of the south Andes. Strong winds blow all year round and are characteristic of the whole region. Patagonia falls predominantly into the moderate warm zone.
The average annual temperature is 6°C (43°F). The highest temperatures are recorded during the summer month of January with an average of 11°C (52°F). Temperatures vary greatly throughout Patagonia, with the altitude of an area playing a clear influence. In the north, for example, temperatures can climb to 20°C (68°F) in January and February but the further south you go, the colder it gets.
A passport (or temporary passport) with 6 months validity upon entry is required to enter Argentina or Chile.
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No visa is required for a short stay in Argentina or Chile if travelling for tourist or visiting purposes. A "Tarjeta de Turismo" (tourist card) is issued at the border upon entry into Chile free of charge, entitling a maximum stay of 90 days. The "Tarjeta de Turismo" must be returned when leaving the country.
The national currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso. Bank cards and credit cards can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs (usually up to 5,000 pesos per transaction). However, this can result in expensive withdrawal charges. A cheaper alternative is to use online transfer services. US dollars can usually be exchanged throughout the country. Exchanging euros or pounds is less common outside of Buenos Aires, where different currencies and credits cards are more widely accepted. However, it is advisable to carry sufficient cash with you when travelling outside of the capital.
Note: there are a large number of counterfeit banknotes in circulation in Argentina. These can be recognised, if the usual security features are checked. There is a high chance of being conned out of money through various exchange schemes. In some cases, it is even possible that ATMSs give out fake money. If this happens, you should immediately contact the corresponding bank. Never exchange money on the street, only in exchange offices or with the help of locals that you know and trust.
The national currency in Chile is the Chilean peso (in circulation since 1975). Credit cards are generally accepted with the exception of smaller towns and villages.
For security reasons, cash machines should only be used during business hours. It is not advised to carry large amounts of cash on you personally. Costs in Chile are relatively high compared to other South American countries. Therefore, you should ensure that you have a sufficient travel budget. It is best to travel with US dollars, as these are accepted for exchange throughout Chile.
We advise you to consult a GP (or a doctor of tropical medicine) as early as possible before you travel (at least 2 months before departure). Make sure to inform yourself of any relevant vaccinations well in advance to travel. Some vaccinations must be administered a number of times in progression before providing full protection.
Special vaccination protection is not mandatory for this trip; however, we advise you have the usual vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, which can be administered as a combination vaccination. A booster is required every 10 years.
We also recommend a TBE vaccination. This protects against an inflammatory disease of the meninges, transmitted most commonly via tick bites.
The tropical institutes also recommend vaccinations against hepatitis B, hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, measles and yellow fever for travel in Argentina (not mandatory). When leaving Argentina, the yellow fever vaccination may be required if you continue your journey to a third country.
The recommendations from the tropical institutes for Chile are vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A (and possibly hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and measles).