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Hotel & Bike

Andes Crossing MTB · Patagonia

From 1890 €
Route
from Bariloche / to Bariloche
Duration
12 days /
11 nights
Distance
approx.
470 km
Level 2
Level 1
Easy mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who can safely handle a mountain bike. Mostly asphalt roads and wide, natural paths (20-30km and 200-400 elevation meters per day, S0)
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate mountain bike tours for islandhoppers who are fit, technically able and can ride safely. Mainly natural paths and simple single trails (20-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day, S0-S1).
Level 2
Moderate mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who enjoy riding through varied terrain and are comfortable with climbs up to 500m (30-50km and 400-600 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
Level 2 - 3
Moderate to demanding mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a very good level of fitness and riding technique. Mostly hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km and 400-750 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
Level 3
Demanding mountain bike tours for islandhoppers with excellent riding technique and who enjoy and feel comfortable with technical trails. Mostly on hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km with 500-1,000 elevation meters per day, S0-S3).

MTB tour through breath-taking mountain landscapes of the Andes

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.

 

 

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Highlights

Culture: An authentic perspective of life in a country making its debut in tourism
Nature: Lanin National Park with its beautiful lakes and impressive waterfalls
Activity: Biking on excellent single trails at Cerro Chapelco
Culinary: Seafood lovers (especially those with a taste for crab meat) will be spoilt for choice
Souvenir: Traditional handicrafts and silverware

Itinerary

Pucón San Martín de los Andes Curarrehue Villarrica Ancapulli Puerto Fuy San Carlos de Bariloche Confluencia L. Meliquina Villa La Angostura National Park Villarrica Biological Reserve Huilo Huilo National Park Lanin Chapelco Park entrance Chile Argentina Airport Bariloche National Park Nahuel Huapi National Park Arrayanes National Park Lanin Chile Argentinia Airport Chapelco Airport Ferryboat Nationalpark Villarrica Naturreservat Huilo Huilo Nationalpark Lanin Chapelco Park Eingang Chile Argentinien Nationalpark Nahuel Huapi Nationalpark Arrayanes National-park Lanin Flughafen Bariloche Chile Argentinien Flughafen Chapelco Flughafen Fähre
1st Day (Sun) Bariloche (arrival)
Individual flight to San Carlos de Bariloche/Bariloche Airport (arrival after 1 pm requested). A transfer is available after the afternoon flight from Buenos Aires (LATAM airlines) to bring guests to the hotel in Bariloche. Later in the afternoon, we have the opportunity to adjust the rental bikes. Dinner and overnight stay in San Carlos de Bariloche. (Catering: dinner)
2nd Day (Mon) Bariloche – Circuito Chico – Bariloche
(approx. 40 km)
After breakfast, we head out on our first cycling tour to the famous Circuito Chico. The ride is a lovely round tour along the shores of the impressive Nahuel Huapi Lake which lies in the national park of the same name. We pass the Colonia Suiza and continue to Cerro Catedral, one of the largest Ski resorts in Patagonia. After marveling at the panoramic view, we stop for lunch at Brewery Patagonia. Overnight stay in Bariloche once more. (Catering: breakfast, lunch)
3rd Day (Tue) Bariloche – Confluencia – Lago Meliquina – San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 45 km)
Today a 50-minute transfer brings us from Bariloche to Confluencia. Here we begin our bike tour to Lake Meliquina, starting with a crossing through the Cordoba Pass, a breath-taking road that winds its way through lush green valleys and along mountain slopes sculpted by wind fire and ice. Watch as the Patagonian desert steppe gradually transforms into a vast forest. After a picnic at Lake Meliquina, a 30-minute transfer brings us to San Martín de los Andes, located on the shores of Lake Lácar in the Lanín National Park. San Martín is a tranquil paradise nestled in a landscape of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and enchanting forests. (Catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
4th Day (Wed) San Martín de los Andes – Cerro Chapelco - San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 35 km)
After breakfast, we have the opportunity to test out the bikes on the slopes of Cerro Chapelco, Patagonia’s most spectacular ski resort, which is transformed into a mountain bike park during the summer months. Long, incredible single trails and magnificent landscapes await us here. Enjoy biking the single trails through the native forests and take your lunch break whenever you like: a packed lunch will be provided to ensure everyone can bike as long as they like. Afterwards, a 14 km descent along a quiet road marks the last stretch of our biking day, taking us through Mapuche territory, an indigenous people living in this area of Patagonia. (Catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
5th Day (Thu) San Martín de los Andes – Pucón (Chile) (aprx. 55 km)
A two-hour transfer takes us to Paso Fronterizo Tromen on the Argentinean-Chilean border. After the border crossing, we hop on our bikes and start the day’s tour, throughout which we have a spectacular view of the Lanin Volcano. Soon we begin the “Super Descent of the Andes”. We ride on asphalt to the Mapuche village of Curarrehue, where we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. A specialty is the local salmon, which is served here. After lunch, a transfer brings us to our hotel in Pucón. In Curarrehue we have the rest of the day to explore the town with its many restaurants, outdoor stores, and a Mapuche handicraft market. (Catering: breakfast, lunch)
6th Day
(Fri)
Pucón – Villarrica volcano – Pucón
(aprx. 38 km)
Today we cycle between numerous, spectacular glaciers and the iconic, snow-capped Villarrica Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Latin America. We cycle from the volcanic caves to the base of the Pucón Ski Resort in the Villarrica National Park. If you would like, there is the possibility to relax in the hot springs before dinner. Dinner and overnight stay in Pucón. (Catering: breakfast, dinner)
7th Day (Sat) Pucón – Ancapulli - Choshuenco
(aprx. 55 km)
After breakfast, a transfer takes us from Pucón to the starting point of the day’s tour at the western end of Lake Calafaquen. We cycle through the Chilean Lake District and the enchanting Panguipulli and Calafquen landscapes until we reach the village of Choshuenco, located on the eastern banks of Lake Panguipulli. The Choshuenco Volcano, which rises out of the greenery, is particularly exceptional. (Catering: breakfast, dinner)
8th Day (Sun) Choshuenco – Huilo Huilo Reservat – Choshuenco (aprx. 45 km)
Today the bike tour leads to the Huilo Huilo Biosphere Reserve in the middle of the Patagonian Jungle. The bike tour leads us along the Fuy River, and we catch a glimpse of the Macho-Choshuenco Volcano, glistening in the sun. The morning’s tour ends in Puerto Fuy, from where we take a transfer to Puerto Pirihueico by ferry, enjoying spectacular views along the way. Once we disembark, we have a picnic to replenish our strength for the climb to the Hua Hum Pass, which leads us back to Argentina. A dinner at Hua Hum Hosteria is a wonderful way to end the day. Afterwards, a transfer brings us San Martin de los Andes where we spend the night. (Catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
9th Day (Mon) San Martín de los Andes – Loop Huella Adina - San Martín de los Andes
(approx. 35 km)
Today we bike sections of the Huella Andina, Northern Patagonia’s newest long-distance hiking and biking trail. In the morning, the guides show the guests some of their favourite trails through the dense jungles, with its wonderful views of San Martin. Today’s tour ends at Lake Logok, from where we enjoy truly spectacular panoramic views of the Andes. After lunch at a lodge, we take a transfer back to San Martin, where the afternoon is free to do with as you please. You can also choose where you would like to eat dinner today, as San Martin has plenty of restaurants to choose from, offering dishes typical of the Patagonian region such as lamb, trout, and much more. (Catering: breakfast, lunch)
10th Day (Tue) San Martín de los Andes - Villa La Angostura (aprx. 70 km)
After breakfast in San Martin, a short transfer takes us to the starting point of our bike tour. Today's tour leads us along the Seven Lakes Route to Villa La Angostura. Plenty of adrenalin and lots of fun are guaranteed on this tour through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Patagonia. (Catering: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
11th Day (Wed) Villa La Angostura – Cerro Bayo Ski Resort – Villa La Angostura (aprx. 45 km)
Villa La Angostura is situated close to the northern end of Lake Nahuel Hapi. After breakfast, we explore the lakeshore on trails used by local fishermen. We visit the Rio Correntoso before we continue cycling to Cerro Bayo Ski Resort with its famous waterfall and great views across the lake. After a 10 km climb, there is a descent to a small lakeport with a nearby beach. In Puerto Angostura, we can admire the up to 600 years old, extremely slow-growing, native arrayán myrtle trees with their cinnamon-coloured bark. We enjoy lunch at an Argentinian “Asado” restaurant. In the afternoon and evening, there is plenty of time to look around the lovely little town. (Catering: breakfast, lunch)
12th Day (Thu) Villa La Angostura – Bariloche Airport (departure)
After breakfast, we have some time to reminisce on the adventures of the past week and a half before a transfer (approx. 70 min) takes us to Bariloche Airport. (Catering: breakfast)

Accommodation

hotels and lodges typical of the country

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.

 

 

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Rental Bikes

Trek Marlin 6

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.…

Scott Spark 960

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.

 

  • Spark Alloy SL Frame
  • RockShox Judy 130mm
  • X-Fusion Nude, 120 mm, TwinLoc
  • Shimano XT-Deore 12 Speed
  • Shimano Disc Brakes
  • Syncros X-25 Rim

 

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E-Bikes Fantic XF2

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.…

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  • Trek Bike
  • Scott Bike
  • E-Bike Fantic

Dates, Prices & Services

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.

Included services
  • 11 overnight stays (twin – shared room) incl. breakfast
  • 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner (see itinerary)
  • Transfers between Bariloche Airport and accommodation (arrival and departure day)
  • Transfers during the tour (see itinerary)
  • Experienced English-speaking guide and bike mechanic
  • Luggage transfer
  • Support vehicle with English speaking driver
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to/from San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)
  • Exclusive airport transfers from airports other than Bariloche Airport
  • Meals and beverages not described in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
Additional Optional Services
Single room Prices on request
Rental bike Mountain bikes and e-mountain bikes are available directly from our partner (to be paid on site); please contact us for assistance, if you would like to rent a bike

Arrival - How to get there

Travel Preparations

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.

Arrival by plane

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.

Entry Requirements

For entry to Argentina/Chile, a passport with a validity of at least 6 months after the end of your stay is usually required.

 

 

Visa Requirements for Patagonia

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.

 

VISA ARGENTINA

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.

 

VISA CHILE

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.

  • Preparation
  • by plane
  • Entry
  • Visa

Important information

Spoken language

This tour is led by an experienced English-speaking guide.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary due to organizational necessities and accommodation availability.

Requirements

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.  

Single-Trail Classification

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.

Requirement to wear a helmet

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

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.

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