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Chile & Argentina: Cycling the Andes, Volcanos & Lakes – Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival: Temuco – Malalcahuello

We will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello, where you can enjoy a soothing thermal bath at a five-star hotel and spa resort. Group dinner. 

Day 2, Malalcahuello – Loop Ride

Ride: 50-64 miles/5,000 ft.
We’ll enjoy an easy spin on a quiet and scenic road alongside the Lonquimay River for 37 miles. There’s a challenging 13-mile climb up Pino Hachado (6,181 ft.), where we’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes and five volcanoes  Group dinner.

Day 3, Malalcahuello – Lautaro – Pucón

Ride: 52 miles
From the village of Malalcahuello, we’ll ride down valley and alongside the Cautín River, and descend through the foothills to Curacautín. As we leave town, we’ll begin climbing and enjoy beautiful views of Llaima, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca volcanos. Our five-star, lakeside hotel in Pucón offers wonderful views and a pool and spa.  Group Dinner.

Day 4, Pucón – Loop Ride

Ride: 42-64 miles/2,700 ft.
We’ll cycle to the village of Caburgua and stop for a lakeside snack. We ride through beautiful farmland with views of the majestic, snow-capped Villarrica Volcano (if we’re lucky, we’ll see smoke coming out of this active volcano).

We’ll stop at Huife Hot Springs for a soothing soak in a mineral bath and ride or shuttle back to Pucón. The evening is yours to explore Pucón’s shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Dinner on your own at one of Pucon’s great restaurants. .

Day 5, Villarrica Volcano Ride

Ride: 33-56 miles/2,500-5,000 ft

Today’s route travels along the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and most of the way around the Villarrica Volcano. We’ll ride through picturesque lakeside towns along roads bordered by green prairie and native forests.

After lunch, we’ll follow a smooth, quiet road where cars are scarce. At one point along this section we’ll have a view of five volcanos! End the day with a relaxing soak at our five-star wilderness resort. Group Dinner at our Hotel .

Day 6, Travel to San Martin, Argentina

Rest Day
After breakfast, we’ll leave Chile and travel to Argentina by ferry. Group Dinner.

Day 7, San Martin – Loop Ride

Ride: 66 miles/4,600 ft
Today we’ll ride the “route of the seven lakes,” a well-known scenic road once traveled by Ernesto “Che” Guevara (lakes include Lacar, Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machonico). Our route passes by four of the seven lakes, and follows rolling terrain through the Andean-Patagonian forest. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you are free to explore the shops, restaurants, bars and cafés of this charming village. .

Day 8, Argentinean Patagonia Steppe

Ride: 50-97 miles/2,000-5,000 ft
Today’s challenging route takes us across beautiful Argentinean Patagonia Steppe on a varied route that includes rolling hills, long flat stretches, and a great 4.4-mile climb. The terrain will differ from previous days as we enter the Pampas region, with grasslands and higher mountains with jagged rocks.

We’ll most likely see wildlife along our route such as guanacos (lamas), ñandus (large flightless birds, similar to ostriches), condors, and red deer. After a fantastic ride, we’ll arrive at our hotel, located in a tiny village popular with cyclists and fisherman. Group dinner. 

Day 9, Lake Nahuel Huapi

Ride: 50-77 miles/3,500 ft
Today’s route follows a gorgeous river for 25 miles and offers magnificent views of a majestic, jagged-rock mountain range. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as guanacos, ñandu, deer, wild boar, skunks, foxes and birds of prey. We’ll ride alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi, a generally flat road with easy rolling sections. Some of the best views in the country can be seen from its beaches. We’ll check into our four-star hotel and spa, and the evening is yours to explore the town, shop or take a dip in the hotel’s heated pool. Group dinner.

Day 10, Crossing the Andes

Ride: 54 miles/4,150 ft

Today’s route takes us over Hito Samoré pass (4,255 ft), where we can enjoy an excellent view of the heart of the Andes mountain range. We’ll conclude the ride with a thrilling 14-mile descent into Chile and take a short transfer to our fantastic, five-star hotel and spa resort. Group dinner.  

Day 11, Ride Osorno to Puerto Octay, Frutillar

Ride: 55 miles.

This will be another picturesque day on our bikes, with the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance. We’ll start our ride towards Puerto Octay. Puerto Octay is a small, charming village with a strong German heritage, located on the north shore of Lake Llanquihue. This area has a unique and beautiful landscape, marked by the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. Once we reach Frutillar town we’ll jump in the van and drive 40 minutes to Puerto Varas. Group dinner.

Day 12, Puerto Varas and the Osorno Volcano

Ride: 36 miles, with an optional climb.

Our final day of riding offers some of the best scenery of the tour with great views of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcano that rises from the lakeshore. We’ll ride through this astounding landscape on our way to the village of Ensenada and continue to Petrohue Falls, where we’ll stop for a visit. We’ll finish the day by relaxing at our four-star hotel and spa, and enjoy a farewell Group Dinner.

Ride Option (7.3 miles/3,750 ft.): For a real challenge, ride up the Osorno Volcano — one of the steepest climbs in South America, if not Europe!  

Day 13, Departure

We’ll say our good-byes over a final breakfast and then transfer you to Puerto Montt Airport for flights back home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Chile.