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Our tour of Northern Patagonia ventures into both Argentina and Chile, following the path ‘less travelled’ through some of the most remote parts of the Andean Lake District. This tour allows for a truly authentic experience in an area of Patagonia that is only just opening its eyes to tourism. This Hotel & MTB tour leads through National Parks such as Lanin and Nahuel Huapi passing wonderful highlights such as Circuito Chico and Cerro Catedral. The Cordoba Pass and the Villarrica National Park are just waiting to be explored. We bike through the Tromen Pass (1,105 m), the homeland of the Mapuche people, and stroll through charming towns such as Pucón and San Martín de los Andes.
During the whole trip you will be accommodated in modest hotels, guesthouses, and lodges typical of the country, all of which have been carefully selected to ensure a comfortable stay.
Marlin 6 is a cross country mountain bike built to give you an efficient off-road ride with a suspension fork that locks out, and smoother-shifting 2x8 drivetrain. The tech you get: A lightweight aluminum frame with internal shift cable and brake hose routing, an efficient 2x8 drivetrain, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and a suspension fork that takes the edge off bumps and rough terrain, plus a suspension fork with a lever that lets you easily lock the suspension so you don't waste energy on smooth terrain.…
The SCOTT Spark 960 has a super light Alloy frame, as well as a front and rear fork/shock lockout allowing for a more optimized ride.
Fanfic XF2 is the NEW bike for trail riding. With its 29″ front and 27’5” rear wheels and Hubs with Boost technology the perfect mix between athlete and motor comes alive and it is transferred to the ground.
The Sram NX 11V (42 teeth) let’s you climb basically anywhere, the Rock Shock Recon RL 120mm fork, lets you attack the most technical downhills.…
This tour is operates on the following departure dates. Click on "load more dates" to display all tour departures for this tour. If your preferred departure date is already fully booked, you can send us a request to be added to the waiting list, or take a look at our full tour schedule for an alternative tour.
The outbound flight should land on the day of arrival after 1 pm if possible.
A journey to and holiday in Patagonia requires a fair amount of preparation. In order to avoid stress while organising your trip, we strongly suggest booking your tour in Patagonia at least two months before the trip begins.
A flight is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to travel to Argentina. We ask you to please book flights to San Carlos de Bariloche Airport (BRC) that arrive after 1 pm.
Please allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to organize your arrival/departure. You will most likely have to change planes with at least one stopover in Buenos Aires.
The earlier a flight is booked the better the chances are of finding a reasonably priced ticket.
For entry to Argentina/Chile, a passport with a validity of at least 6 months after the end of your stay is usually required.
The information that we provide is for UK and USA passport holders. We kindly ask people of other nationalities to check the relevant embassy or consulate. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. There is currently no fee for USA passport holders entering Argentina. However, there are different entry rules for official, diplomatic, and dual nationality passport holders. For further details please visit the US Department of State website.
UK and US passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. USA passport holders will be issued with a tourist card on arrival.
This tour is led by an experienced English-speaking guide.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary due to organizational necessities and accommodation availability.
MTB level 2
Daily tours through hilly terrain with lengths between 20 – 44 mi./30 - 70 km and trails up to S1 on the Single Trail Scale. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise routine, gradually increasing your distances and/or terrain difficulty as the travel date approaches. We also recommend a number of long rides through hilly terrain to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this tour. Biking is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, but running, squash, swimming etc. are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina. The hilly terrain we cycle which includes some steeper climbs and long downhills require participants to have good physical conditioning. The terrain is very diverse and variable: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel and volcanic paths as well as some asphalt stretches at times. This tour takes place at a relatively heigh altitude though it does not require any significant adaptation to altitude. We would not expect any altitude issues on this trip, but still recommend listening to any instructions given. During the southern hemisphere summer, we experience daytime temperatures of approx. 18 – 20 ˚C (64 – 68 ˚F). In northern Patagonia, the dry season spans from November to April, but rain can occur at any time of year in the Lake District. For most of this holiday, we can rely on the support of our vehicles. Each morning when moving to different overnight accommodation, our luggage is loaded into and transported by the support vehicle, which follows the group during the day’s ride. Should a member of the group feel they need a break from biking, they are more than welcome to ride in the support vehicle for a stretch of the tour.
To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike tour with Islandhopping and know what technical difficult level to expect, we have created a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on our tours. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here
Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.
Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.
Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders, and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. We advise you to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend bikers carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.
Catering is provided as specified in the itinerary. While we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot provide for special diets on this tour.