Hotel & MTB Patagonia Andes Crossing

Hotel & MTB Patagonia Andes Crossing

(12 Days/11 Nights, approx. 470 km )


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.

Working with the best means that our groups, min. 4 – max. 18 bikers, can enjoy first-rate guiding, full-time vehicle assistance and charming accommodations.

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Highlights of the tour
Culture: an authentic perspective of life in a country making its debut in tourism
Nature: Lanin National Park with its turquoise colored 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 in Patagonia.
Souvenir: traditional native handicrafts and silverware

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) San Carlos de Bariloche (arrival) (D)

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.

2nd Day (Mon0 San Carlos – Circuito Chico – San Carlos (aprx. 37 mi./60 km) (B, L)

After breakfast we cycle the famous Circuito Chico, a beautiful route along the shore of the impressive Nahuel Huapi Lake in the national park of the same name. Once we have reached Colonia Suiza, we visit the Patagonia Brewery and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Replenished, we cycle on to Cerro Catedral, one of Patagonia’s largest ski resorts. After admiring the panorama, we enjoy a relaxed descent back towards our day’s final destination, Bariloche.

3rd Day (Tue) San Carlos de Bariloche – Confluencia – Lago Meliquina – San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 28 mi./45 km) (B, L, D)

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.

4th Day (Wed) San Martín de los Andes – Cerro Chapelco - San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (B, L, D)

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.

5th Day (Thu) San Martín de los Andes – Pucón (Chile) (aprx. 34 mi./55 km) (B, L)

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.

6th Day (Fri) Pucón – Vulkan Villarrica – Pucón (aprx. 24 mi./38 km) (B, D)

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.

7th Day (Sat) Pucón – Ancapulli - Choshuenco (aprx. 34 mi./55 km) (B, D)

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.

8th Day (Sun) Choshuenco – Huilo Huilo Reservat – Choshuenco (aprx. 45 km) (B, L, D)

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.

9th Day (Mon) San Martín de los Andes – Loop Huella Adina - San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (B, L)

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.

10th Day (Tue) San Martín de los Andes - Villa La Angostura (aprx. 43 mi./70 km) (B, L, D)

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.

11th Day (Wed) Villa La Angostura – Cerro Bayo Ski Resort – Villa La Angostura (aprx. 28 mi./45 km) (B, L)

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.

12th Day (Thu) Villa La Angostura – Bariloche Airport (Departure) (B)

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.

Journey

Arrival to San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)

A flight is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to travel to Argentina. We ask you to please book flights to Bariloche Airport/San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina) 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 at least once in Buenos Aires.


Prices & Accomplishments

Basic tour price per person (in a double room)

– 1890 euro

Included services

– 11 overnights (twin-share) incl. breakfast
– 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner (see itinerary)
– Transfers between Bariloche Airport and accommodation (arrival and departure day)
– Transfers during tour (see itinerary)
– Experienced English-speaking guide and bike mechanic
– Luggage transfer
– Support vehicle with English speaking driver

Additional optional services (on request)

– Single room
– Additional nights
– Rental bike: mountain bike or e-mountain bikes are available directly from our partner (and have to be paid on site); please contact us for assistance, if you like to rent a bike.

Not included in the basic tour price

– Individual arrival to San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)
– Individual airport transfers from airports other than Bariloche Airport
– Meals and beverages not described in itineray
– Entrance fee to national parks
– Tips for tour guide and driver

Things to note

Language

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

Accommodation

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.

Catering

Catering is provided as specified in the itinerary (B = breakfast; L = lunch and D = dinner). While we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot provide for 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

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

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 which can be found at 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 (difficult, 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 & protectors

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.

Passport or Visas

UK passport holders require a passport with a further 6 months validity at the end of the planned stay for travel to countries outside the EU. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit. 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.

Please note: The information provided here is for UK passport holders only. We ask passport holders of other nationalities to check official government websites or the relevant embassy or consulate for further information on travel requirements to Argentina.

VISA ARGENTINA

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays in Argentina. For USA passport holders there is presently no fee to enter Argentina whether that be by land, sea or plane. However, there are different entry regulations 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 in Chile. 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 necessary, also against 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 necessary, also against hepatitis B, typhus, rabies, measles).

Since some of these vaccinations have to be repeated, so you should be sure to plan these well in advance of your trip. 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 and inoculations. 

Rental bikes

If you would like to rent an MTB/E-MTB, please let us know with your booking (or by e-mail). We will get in touch with you asap to provide you with the information needed to rent a MTB directly with our partner operator. Payment has to be made on site in USD.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
March 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 14.03-25.03MTB Patagonia Andes CrossPatagonia - Bike & HotelBarilocheBariloche1890 book
November 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 21.11-02.12MTB Patagonia Andes CrossPatagonia - Bike & HotelBarilocheBariloche1890 book

Any questions?

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