Chile

We invited you to cycle and discover the Lake & Volcano District of Chile with us. We explored this fascinating part of the country dominated by astonishing National Parks, clear-water Lakes, amazing live Volcanoes and one of the best thermal waters in the world.

Our trip included local guides, amazing local cuisine,  world known wines and handpicked lodges and inns. This tour was adapted to all levels of cycling.

Highlights:

  • Views of Lakes Villarrica, Caburga, Calafquén, Panguipulli and Llanquihue
  • Volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, Villarrica, Lanin, Mocho – Choshuenco, Puntiagudo, and Osorno.
  • Lodging at Huilo-Huilo Natural Reserve, Malalcahuello Pucon and Puerto Varas towns
  • Hot springs and National Parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
  • Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano climb
  • English speaking professional cycling guide and van support every day
  • Amazing local cuisine accompanied with great Chilean wines
  • Combine this trip with Torres Del Paine W HIKE

 

ITINERARY

NOV 13, 2016

Day 01, Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Malalcahuello (First ride: warm up ride)

Our staff will meet you at Temuco airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello town, where we’ll do check in at our home for the next 2 nights, the spectacular Corralco Lodge & Spa, surrounded by hundreds of Araucaria trees and with Lonquimay Volcano right at tour door. Your guides will assist you to assemble/fit your bike and then enjoy a warm up ride. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our welcome dinner together.

Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4* or similar – http://www.corralco.com/en

  • Bike traveled distance: 25 km
  • Time cycling: 1 hour
  • Dinner

NOV 14, 2016

Day 02, Sierra Nevada – Liucura – Pino Hachado (Second ride)

Today and followed by a filling breakfast, the minibuses will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range (18 km right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km ). Here we’ll set off on our first ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this 54-km section features one of the smoothest roads. We’ll bike through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Achado until reaching the customs. The road is quite rolling with flat sections and a few small climbs and downhills. If you want to pedal up some serious grades, it is possible to extend the route on 22 km more, until the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level); on the top you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes and admire Tolhuaca, Lonquimay, Batea Mahuida and Llaima Volcanoes. Once at the top, we’ll take the vans and head back to your Hotel in Malalcahuello Reserve and enjoy dinner.

Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4* or similar – http://www.corralco.com/en

  • Bike traveled distance: 58 km + optional 22 km optional
  • Breakfast/Box Lunch/Dinner

NOV 15, 2016

Day 03, Malalcahuello – Lautaro (Third ride)

After breakfast, we’ll start our morning with an amazing downhill from our lodge towards the valley from the village of Malalcahuello. We’ll ride alongside the Cautín River as the valley opens after each meter we descent the foothills of the mountain range until arriving at the plain of Curacautín. As we leave this town we start climbing a good hill with a beautiful view to the volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca. Then there is a fun descent until you get to an extensive green valley. This section of the route passes through the middle of seeded fields on smooth hills until arriving close to the city of Lautaro where we end the ride. From Lautaro we get in the vans and start traveling to Pucón (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District and your home for the next 3 nights. This late afternoon is free for you to explore town and taste some of the best Patagonian cuisine.

Lodging at Apart Hotel Del Volcan 3* – http://www.aparthoteldelvolcan.cl/en/

  • Bike traveled distance: 70 kms
  • Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
  • Breakfast / Box Lunch

NOV 16, 2016

Day 04 Pucón – Lake Caburgua – Huife Hot Springs (Fourth ride)

We’ll cycle from our hotel to the village of Caburgua where we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the beach of Lake Caburgua and top of Llaima Volcano. The road today is a constant false-flat with a few short climbs – just enough to get your legs going. Before you start cycling, the staff will provide a snack for you to bring with you and some more on the support van. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. After gradually climb the rolling road to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath, having lunch at their restaurant. Later we’ll take ride back on the same road to see another perspective of the morning ride. If wanted, you’ll have the chance to cycle back to your hotel in town. At 20:00 hrs we’ll pick you up at the Hotel and take you to a local organic restaurant in Pucon.

Lodging at Apart Hotel Del Volcan 3* – http://www.aparthoteldelvolcan.cl/en/

  • Bike traveled distance = 68 km + 12 km if you want to ride back to Pucón
  • Time cycling: 4 hours approx
  • Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

 

NOV 17

Day 05, Pucón – Puesco – Pucón (Fifth ride)

We’ll cycle from Pucón to Curarrehue, a small village where you can still find Mapuche culture and learn a little bit about our indigenous people. The road today is generally flat with a few rolling hills and goes next to the Trancura and Puesco rivers. After we arrive to Curarrehue town we’ll climb a 15 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina).  Along today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of Villarrica, which is an active volcano. Return to hotel in Pucón and dinner at a Chilean local restaurant.

Lodging at Apart Hotel Del Volcan 3* – http://www.aparthoteldelvolcan.cl/en/

  • Bike traveled distance = 75 kms
  • Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
  • Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

 

NOV 18

Day 06, Licanray – Panguipulli – Choshuenco (Sixth ride)

Each day brings new beauty on this tour and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of two
two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and will cycle three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. We’ll ride through the lake-side town of Licanray on roads bordered by green prairies and native forests. The first 21-mile section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquén Lake on your left, by a road without many long ascends. This road is smooth and quiet as Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of almost no vehicles drive here. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. After a fun descent toward the town and Lake of Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – we have the picnic lunch by the beach at Lake Panguipulli. From here we can contiue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until ending at Choshuenco town.

From this point will drive 30 minutes to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo until arriving to the shores of Pirihueico Lake, our home for one night.

Lodging at Hotel Boutique Marina Del Fuy 4* – http://www.marinadelfuy.com/

  • Bike traveled distance: 80 kms
  • Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
  • Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

 

NOV 19

Day 07, Osorno – Frutillar – Llanquihue / North side of Llanquihue Lake (Seventh ride)

After breakfast, we’ll ride 3 hours to Puerto Octay town and enjoy en early lunch at a restaurant with local specialties and breathtaking views of Lake Llanquihue and various Volcanoes. We will ride through rolling hills and beautiful beaches along Lake Llanquihue, always on the lookout for wildlife and views of 4 volcanoes (Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca and Puyehue). With the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, this will be another picturesque day on our bicycles. The cycling today consists of small hills and long, flat stretches most of the day. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, we’ll drive 15 minutes to Puerto Varas and stay overnight at hotel Patagonico in Puerto Varas, where you’ll be able to enjoy dinner on your own, walking distance from your Hotel.

Lodging at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* – http://www.hotelpatagonico.cl/en-us/

  • Bike traveled distance: 46 kms
  • Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
  • Breakfast / Lunch

 

NOV 20

Day 08, Puerto Varas – Ensenada – Petrohue Falls (Eighth ride)

In the morning, the vans will take us to the shores of beautiful Lake Llanquihue where we will approach the Osorno Volcano and admire the majestic Llanquihue Lake. As we cycle along the lake, the snow-capped volcano appears to rise directly out of the lake, and we will have wonderful views of it during much of the day. We’ll pass through the village of Ensenada, then on to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and hike a short distance to the dramatic Petrohue Falls. After a 40 minutes ride in the vans, we’ll arrive back to your hotel and go to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* – http://www.hotelpatagonico.cl/en-us/

  • Bike traveled distance: 65 km
  • Time cycling: 4 hours approx
  • Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner

 

NOV 21

DAY 09, Llanquihue Lake Route, Northeast section: Puerto Octay – Las Cascadas (Ninth ride)

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Puerto Varas and start
riding near Puerto Octay, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us – the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the villages of Las Cascadas and Ensenada. This 67 km northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake Route is one of the most beautiful routes of the tour, as you get closer to Osorno Volcano.
Option extra 12 km /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe, with ramps of 22%-24%.

Upon completing the ride we’ll head back with the vans to the charming german-style city of Puerto Varas, our last destination, and let ourselves to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner at an amazing local restaurant.

Lodging at Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4* – http://www.hotelpatagonico.cl/en-us/

  • Bike traveled distance: 60 km + 12 Km climb
  • Time cycling: 4-6 hours approx.
  • Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Farewell dinner

 

NOV 22

Puerto Varas – FREE DAY


 

NOV 23

Puerto Varas – FREE DAY.


 

NOV 24

Fly from Puerto Montt to Patagonia or back to Santiago.


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PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Professional local guide – 2 guides from 9-20 cyclists
  • Lodging at 3*,4* hotels
  • Private vans and support vehicle (1 van from 2 to 11 cyclists )
  • Bicycle trailer
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
  • Mentioned meals on itinerary (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit, salads and gourmet sandwiches)
  • Tips at restaurants for lunch and dinners
  • Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and local flights (we can help you buy local flights)
  • Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
  • Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages & cocktails not included on menus
  • Bike rental (available upon request) Lapierre 18-speed Road Bike or Kona Hybrid Bike
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • 2 nights at Puerto Varas – can be arranged at 75.00 USD per person for 2 nights for a total of $ 150.00
  • Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport – approx. 30 USD for 2 – 3 persons.

Additional Information

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Road cycling, Hiking, Hot springs & SPA, Chilean culture and history

DIFFICULTY

Medium, designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [5] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace.