Hotel & MTB Patagonia Andes Cross

Hotel & MTB Patagonia Andes Cross

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 250 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. Using our local agent’s wealth of knowledge, we have set up a bike tour that takes us off the beaten track to explore this region’s many natural treasures.

The result is a truly authentic experience in a part of Patagonia that is only just opening its eyes to tourism. The region is characterized by its backcountry style, with a rustic charm, set within a stunning Andean landscape which wouldn’t be out of place in a Jurassic Park movie.

We will bike through the Tromen Pass (1,105 m) with the araucaria (monkey-puzzle) trees framing the peak of the towering Lanin Volcano. The Lanin National Park, with its mesmerizing turquoise lakes, picturesque farms and tumbling rivers. We enjoy a thrilling descent into Chile, biking through the homelands of the Mapuche people and stroll through beautiful and charming towns like Pucón or San Martín de los Andes, a little bit further south. Our journey then continues southwards where we will visit the unique Huilo-Huilo Biosphere Reserve, before taking the ferry from Puerto Fuy, across Lake Pirihueico, and cross the Hua Hum Pass (659 m) into Argentina.

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. This tour is combinable with our 6-day Hotel & MTB Patagonia 7-Lakes trip.

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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 (especially crab meat) lovers will be spoilt for choice in Patagonia.
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.

2nd Day (Mon) Cerro Chapelco, San Martín de los Andes (aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (B, L)

The first day on your mountain bike starts with an extensive ride on the slopes of Cerro Chapelco. Cerro Chapelco is one of the most attractive Ski Resorts in Patagonia, located a few kilometers from the city center. With its large amount of single trails and long descents, it is not only appreciated by skiers but also by mountain bikers. Overnight stay in San Martín de los Andes.

3rd Day (Tue) Curarrehue Mapuche - Pucón, Chile (aprx. 25 mi./40 km) (B, L)

A one hour transfer takes us to Paso Fronterizo Tromen at the entrance to the Lanin National Park, situated at the Argentinian / Chilean border. We bike on gravel roads lined by monkey-puzzle trees with a backdrop of the impressive Lanin Volcano. After passing through the Chilean border control, we continue with an exciting downhill on asphalt until we arrive at Curarrehue Mapuche village. A transfer takes us on to our hotel in Pucón after lunch.

4th Day (Wed) Pucón – Villarrica volcano – Pucón (aprx. 22 mi./35 km) (B, D)

A bike tour between the iconic snow-capped Villarrica volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Latin America, and a large number of glaciers awaits us. We will bike from the volcanic caves to the base of Pucón Ski Resort at the Villarrica National Park. If you are interested you can visit the hot springs before dinner. Dinner and overnight stay in Pucón.

5th Day (Thu) Pucón – Ancapulli - Choshuenco (B, D) (aprx. 44 mi./70 km)

After breakfast, a transfer takes us from Pucón to the starting point of today’s bike, close to the town of Ancapulli. We bike through the Chilean Lake District and on through the incredible landscapes of Panguipulli and Calafquen. Our final destination is Choshuenco Village. Our hotel resides on the lakeshore and awaits us for dinner and an overnight stay.

6th Day (Fri) Choshuenco – Huilo Huilo Reservat – Choshuenco (B, D) (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

Today we bike to the Huilo Huilo Biosphere Reserve in the middle of the Chilean rain forest in Patagonia. Here we will see the Fuy River, the Mocho Choshuenco Volcano and the Huilo Huilo Waterfall as well as the impressive wooden hand constructed architecture. Dinner and overnight stay at Choshuenco.

7th Day (Sat) Choshuenco – Purto Fuy – San Martín (B, L, D) (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

Today starts with a transfer to Puerto Fuy followed by a one hour ferry crossing across Lake Pirihueico. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by lush vegetation. A distinctive landmark is the Choshuenco Volcano which rises out of the greenery and casts an incredible mountain panorama. Once ashore we cross the Chilean / Argentinian border and continue on to the Hua Hum lake. A 40-minute transfer takes us to the starting point of a fantastic trail ride through the ancestral home of the native Mapuche people, all the way to San Martín in Argentina. Here we can enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon of free time. Dinner and overnight stay in San Martín de los Andes.

8th Day (Sun) San Martín de los Andes (departure or extension) (B)

We have time to reflect on your tour during breakfast before taking a transfer to Chapelco Airport or continuing on with the Patagonian 7 Lakes Tour.

Journey

Arrival to San Martín 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)

– 990 euro

Included services

– 7 overnights (twin-share) incl. breakfast (5 x hotel, 2 x lodge)
– 3 x lunch and 5 x dinner (see itinerary)
– transfers between Chapelco airport and San Martín de los Andes (arrival and departure day)
– transfers during tour (see itinerary)
– Ferry ride Lake Pirihueico
– Experienced English-speaking guide and bike mechanic
– Luggage transfer
– Support vehicle with English speaking driver

Additional optional services (on request)

– Surcharge single room: 280 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: 120 euro/tour; Fully MTB Scott Spark or Santa Cruz (aluminium frame): 210 euro/tour; Fully MTB Santa Cruz (carbon frame): 240 euro/tour

Not included in the basic tour price

– Individual arrival to San Martín le 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 trail 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 found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

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 & 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
 20.10-27.10Patagonien Andenüberquerung MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes990 book
November 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 24.11-01.12Patagonien Andenüberquerung MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes990 book
March 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 15.03-22.03Patagonien Andenüberquerung MTBPatagonien - Bike & HotelSan Martin de los AndesSan Martin de los Andes990 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