Hotel & MTB Patagonia 7-Lakes

Hotel & MTB Patagonia 7-Lakes

(6 Days/5 Nights, approx. 220 km )


The famous, 7 lakes route (Ruta de los Siete Lagos), is internationally renowned. A winding path through an epic mountain landscape leads you past almost 40 magnificent lakes, seven of which are so spectacular that they have made this route so famous.

This tour is one of the most spectacular journeys in Patagonia. Many of the lakes are fed by glaciers and are therefore crystal clear. Through the volcanic landscape our journey leads us to stunning viewpoints often the backdrop for a spontaneous picnic. The tour takes place across 3 National Parks: Lanin, Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and Nahuel Huapi with all the highlights included: Circuito Chico, Cerro Catedral, Colonia Suiza, Quetrihue peninsula and much more.

Thanks to our carefully considered choice of comfortable accommodation as well as the excellent guidance by our local tour leaders and additional support from the accompanying driver, you will enjoy adventure in comfort.

This tour is combinable with our 8-day Patagonia Andes Crossing Hotel & MTB tour.

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Highlights of the tour
Culture: A visit to the historical village, Colonia Suiza, at the famous Bariloche Circuito Chico
Nature: Three national parks in five days! Lanin, Nahuel Huapi and Los Arrayanes.
Activity: A truly sensational panorama tour in the Lanin National
Culinary: Enjoy a freshly brewed beer from a local Patagonian brewery
Souvenir: traditional native hand crafts and silverware

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) San Martín de los Andes (Arrival) (D)

Individual arrival by plane to San Martín de los Andes via Chapelco Airport. Transfers from Chapelco Airport are provided and will bring you to San Martín de los Andes, located on the shores of Lake Lácar, within the Lanín National Park. San Martín is a paradise of peace and tranquility, nestled in a landscape of rivers, waterfalls, mountains and enchanting forests. If you have chosen to rent a bike with us, we recommend visiting our bike shop to set up the rental bike. Dinner and overnight stay in San Martín de los Andes.

Day 1, if in addition (extension) to Patagonia Andes crossing (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

After breakfast we bike a part of the Huella Andina, a long distance trail of more than 500 km, located in the north of Patagonia, with a variation of trekking and MTB stages. We will bike the Single track and dirt roads available in the Laguna Rosales area inside of the Lanin National Park. Dinner and overnight stay in San Martín de los Andes.

2nd Day (Mon) San Martín de los Andes – Villa La Angostura (aprx. 44mi./70 km) (B, L, D)

Lake Lácar is the start and finish point of our 7 lakes route. After breakfast a transfer will take us to Lago Machónico which is the second of the 7 large lakes. From here we start a scenic bike tour through the southern part of the impressive Lanin National Park and the northern part of the huge Nahuel Huapi Natonalpark. We pass the Falkner and Villarino, Correntoso and Espejo Grande lakes followed closely by the incredible Nahuel Huapi Lake itself before arriving at our lodging for the night, Villa la Angostura. Dinner and overnight stay in Villa La Angostura.

3rd Day (Tue) Villa La Angostura – Quetrihue peninsula – San Carlos de Bariloche (aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (B, L, D)

Starting from Villa la Angostura in the morning we will explore yet another National Park on the Quetrihue peninsula by bike. The Arrayanes National Park is famous for its protected and vast Arrayan forest. A particularly beautiful Arrayan tree can be found at the far tip of the Quetrihue peninsula. After lunch a transfer takes us from Villa la Angostura to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, the outdoor-holiday capital of the region. Dinner and overnight stay in San Carlos de Bariloche.

4th Day (Wed) San Carlos de Bariloche – Circuito Chico – San Carlos de Bariloche (aprx. 38 mi./60 km) (B, L)

After breakfast we take a transfer to the starting point of today’s bike tour on the ‘’Circuito Chico’’, a round tour along the shores of the huge Nahuel Huapi lake within the national park of the same name. Enjoy the panorama, catch a glimpse of the local architecture at the Llao Llao Hotel and take a detour through the Patagonian Beer brewery. We stop at the Colonia Suiza for lunch and continue our bike ride afterwards to Cerro Catedral, one of the largest Ski resorts in Patagonia. Transfer to and overnight stay in San Carlos de Bariloche.

5th Day (Thu) San Carlos de Bariloche – Confluencia – Lago Meliquina – San Martín (aprx. 33mi./53 km) (B, L, D)

From Bariloche a transfer take us to Confluencia. Here we start our bike ride to Villa Lago Meliquina via the Cordoba pass, a stunning road leading along mountainsides corroded by wind, fire and ice and on through lush green valleys. The Patagonian desert steppe changes gradually into a sprawling forest. After a picnic lunch a transfer takes us to San Martín de los Andes. Dinner and overnight stay.

6th Day (Fri) San Martín de los Andes (departure) (B)

We have time to reflect on our tour during breakfast before taking a transfer to Chapelco Airport.

Journey

Arrival to San Martin de los Andes (Argentina)

Flights to Chapelco airport/San Martín de los Andes (Argentina) can be booked with a travel agency or on the internet.

Please allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to organize your arrival/departure. You most likely have to change planes with at least one stop over in Buenos Aires.


Prices & Accomplishments

Basic tour price per person (in a double room)

– 730 euro

Included services

– 5 overnights (twin-share) incl. breakfast
– 4 x lunch and 4 x dinner (see itinerary)
– transfers between Chapelco airport and San Martín de los Andes (arrival and departure day)
– transfers during tour (see itinerary)
– Experienced English-speaking guide and bike mechanic
– Luggage transfer
– Support vehicle with bilingual driver

Additional optional services (on request)

– Surcharge single room: 200 euro/tour
– Additional night in San Martín at Hosteria Monteverde: double room: 50 euro/person; single room: 90 euro
– Rental bike: hardtail MTB Scott Aspect: 100 euro/tour; Fully MTB Scott Spark or Santa Cruz (aluminium frame): 175 euro/tour; Fully MTB Santa Cruz (carbon frame): 200 euro/tour

Not included in the basic tour price

– Individual arrival to San Martín de los Andes (Argentina)
– Individual airport transfers from airports other than Chapelco
– Meals and beverages not described within itineray
– Entrance fee to Parque Los Arrayanes
– Tips for tour guide and driver

 

Things to note

Language

An experienced English-speaking guide leads this tour.

Accommodation

Throughout the holiday, we use a mix of simple hotels, hostels and lodges/tourist park cabin accommodation.

Catering

Catering as specified in the itinerary (B = breakfast; L = lunch and D = dinner). Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot provide special diets on this tour.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on organizational requirements as well as on availability of accommodation.

MTB level 2 - 3

Daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 22 – 44 mi./35 bis 70 km and trails according to single track classification up to S1. The better conditioned 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 in hilly country 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 and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina. The hilly terrain with some steep climbs as well as long downhills require a good physical condition. The terrain is very diverse and variable: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel and volcanic roads and sometimes asphalt stretches. This tour takes place at relatively heights and does not involve any significant adaptation to altitude. We would not expect any altitude issues with this trip, but still recommend listening to any instructions given. During the southern hemisphere summer, we will experience daytime temperatures of approx.18 – 20 degrees Celsius. From November to April is the dry season in northern Patagonia, 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 main luggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle, which will follow the group on the day ride. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from biking. 

Single-Trail Classification

So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technical grade you should await to be confronted by, we have comprised a classification for all single trails, which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-scale.

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, small gully erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, skillful braking and weight transfer required, riding while standing, obstacles can be rolled over.

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of center of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

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.

Helmets and protectors

Helmets are mandatory on all bike tours. Please bring your own helmet. Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Passport or Visas

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. 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. For USA passport holders there is presently no fee to enter Argentina – land, sea or plane. 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.

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccinations for Argentina. The WHO, however, recommends a vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria (if need be hepatitis B, hepatitis A, typhus, rabies, measles, yellow fever). When entering a country after your time in Argentina a yellow fever vaccination may be required.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for Chile. The WHO, however, recommend a vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A (if need be hepatitis B, typhus, rabies, measles).

Since some of these vaccinations have to be repeated, you should plan these in advance. We recommend that you see your family doctor or a doctor for tropical diseases at least two months before the trip in order to get the necessary advice. 

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 27.10-01.11Patagonien 7 Seen Tour MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes730 book
December 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 01.12-06.12Patagonien 7 Seen Tour MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes730 book
March 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 22.03-27.03Patagonien 7 Seen Tour MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes730 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com