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This extraordinary MTB tour takes you to the regions of Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa Pehuenia and Villa La Angostura in Argentinian Patagonia. Amidst the high mountains of the Andes, you will find a breath-taking, unique landscape of lakes and volcanoes.
Your local guide will lead you on spectacular MTB tours that can’t be found in any travel guide and introduce you to the treasures of the Andes along the way. Your knowledgeable guide has plenty to tell of the local Andean people, making for a truly authentic encounter with Patagonia that is sure to stay with you for years to come.
Our groups of 8-18 mountain bikers enjoy a truly unique experience, accompanied by excellent guides and a support vehicle (on 80% of the bike route), and stay in characteristic accommodation along the way.
Throughout the trip, you will be accommodated in carefully selected, simple hotels, guesthouses, and lodges. Their charm and spectacular location never fail to captivate their visitors and many boast magnificent views of the surrounding lakes and volcanic landscape.…
The Giant Talon 2 has a super light Alloy frame, as well as a front and rear fork/shock lockout allowing for a more optimized ride.
You can rent this bike for 20 USD per day (please make a reservation in advance)…
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.
You can rent this bike for 45 USD per day (please make a reservation in advance)…
Returning Islandhopper's are rewarded: as of the third tour booked directly via Islandhopping you will receive our 5% SEA-you-Again discount for bookings placed before the 31.01. (The SEA-YOU-Again discount applies to all tours in our program which are booked directly via Islandhopping given that the previous bookings actually took place).
As this tour is operated by a third party partner, not all regular Islandhopping discount offers apply.
If possible, your flight to Bariloche Airport should land after 1 pm on the day of arrival.
For those wishing to spend a holiday in Patagonia, a certain amount of preparation is required. In order to be able to complete all necessary formalities without time pressure, we advise booking your trip to Patagonia at least two months before departure.
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, 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.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for Argentina. The tropical institutes recommend vaccinations against tetanus, and diphtheria (possibly hepatitis B, hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, measles, yellow fever). If travelling from Argentina to a third country, the yellow fever vaccination may be required.
As some vaccinations have to be given several times, you should plan as much time as possible before you travel. We recommend visiting your GP or a tropical medicine specialist at least two months before your trip for more detailed advice.
For entry into and to stay in Argentina, you will generally require a passport with 6 months of validity after the end of your stay. No visa is required for a short-term stay in Argentina for the purposes of visiting or tourism.
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
This trip includes active daily tours with mountainous stages ranging from 22-43 mi./35-70 km and trails on the single trail scale up to S1. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. We recommend that you create a sensible weekly training program to gradually increase your stamina and off-road MTB skills. Please also take time to go out on longer rides in hilly terrain to ensure that you are physically fit enough to participate in this trip. Of course, biking is the best way to prepare for this trip but running, squash, and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and endurance.
Patagonia’s mountain bike terrain is varied and has a number of steep climbs and long descents that require a good level of fitness. The landscape is very diverse and offers a lot of biking variety: single trails and long descents, gravel roads and volcanic trails, lake scenery, and rainforest.
The route we follow is at a relatively low altitude, so you should not need to worry about problems such as altitude sickness. Nevertheless, please do stay aware and listen to your body. Daytime temperatures during the summer season in the southern hemisphere typically average 18 - 20 C°. November to April is the dry season in northern Patagonia. However, in the Lake District rainfall can occur at any time of the year.
On this tour, a support vehicle is available to transport the majority of the luggage. On request, the support vehicle can also accommodate group members who wish to take a break from biking.
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.
The daily catered meals are listed in the tour itinerary above. Vegetarian meals can be accommodated for during the trip, albeit with a more limited choice. Other dietary requirements and intolerances cannot be accommodated for on this tour due to organisational reasons.