Carretera Austral Ultimate Mountain Biking in Patagonia

Cycle 334 miles of the southern section of Chile's infamous Patagonian highway. This is a wonderful way to see the less visited Aysen region of Patagonia, as well as witnessing Patagonia's most famous glaciers and the dramatic Mount FitzRoy.

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Carretera Austral Ultimate Mountain Biking in Patagonia - 10 - $1,885

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Buenos Aires to Patagonia
  • Chile Chico - Puerto Guadal - Cochrane - Tortel
  • Tortel - Puerto Yungay - Villa O'Higgins
  • O'Higgins - Candelario Mancilla - El Chalten - El Calafate
  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - Buenos Aires

Start from Buenos Aires and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Carretera Austral Ultimate Mountain Biking in Patagonia

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Travel from your location to Buenos Aires. Make sure your bike arrives! Free time in the city. Lodging (optional): Hotel in Buenos Aires. 

Day 2: Buenos Aires to Patagonia 

Flight Buenos Aires-Comodoro Ribadavia. Van transfer from Comodoro (Arg) to Chile Chico (Chile). The trip takes 5 hours (486 km/302 mi).

Day 3: Chile Chico | Puerto Guadal 

(115 km/ 71.5 mi | 2100 m/ 6890 ft elevation gain | short option 65 km/ 40.4 mi) 

We start our journey towards the Carretera Austral, on a dirt road with very little traffic and spectacular landscapes, along Lake General Carrera - the largest lake in Chile and the second largest in South America. The lake extends into Argentina, where it's called Lake Buenos Aires. Lodging:  Puerto Guadal, huts. 

Day 4: Puerto Guadal | Cochrane 

(75 km/ 46.6 mi | 1600 m/ 5249 ft elevation gain | short option 68 km/ 42.3 mi) 

We leave behind Puerto Guadal and ride towards the South, to Cochrane, the capital of the province of Capit?n Prat, a village of 3000 inhabitants that presents itself as the main centre of services in the region of Ays?n (Banking, ATM, Hotels, and Restaurants). Lodging: Cochrane, hostal. 

Day 5: Cochrane | Tortel 

(130 km/ 80.8 mi | 1900 m/ 6234 ft elevation gain | short option 50 km/ 31.1 mi) 

Going deep in Patagonia. We detour from Carretera Austral and go west to Caleta Tortel, 103 km/ 64 mi from Cochrane, by a road built only in 2003. Lodging: Caleta Tortel, hostal. 

Day 6: Tortel | Puerto Yungay | Vila O'Higgins

(155 km/ 96.3 mi | 1900 m/ 6234 ft elevation gain | short option 65 km/ 40.4 mi) 

From Tortel we have to backtrack 20 km/ 12.42 mi to resume the Carretera Austral, towards the south. We then arrive at Puerto Yungay (optional van ride to this point) where we will cross a fjord on a barge (45 min), which leads us to the last section of the Carretera, opened in 2000. From the South bank (Rio Bravo) we still have 100 km/ 62 mi of wildlife until we reach O'Higgins. Lodging: Villa O'Higgins, hostal. 

Day 7: O'Higgins | Candelario Mancilla 

(7 km/ 4.3 mi | 100 m/ 328 ft elevation gain) 

We get up early and cycle a 7km/4.3 mi path along the river Mosco and cross and then follow the river Mayer until we reach Bahamondez Bay. We will cross Mayer river via the Augusto Grosse Bridge (123 m/ 403 ft) and a 500 m/ 1640ft pass way. From here we can see where rivers Mosco and Mayer meet and the summits that surround O'Higgins. We will then take a boat trip in a fiord for a couple of hours to arrive at Candelario Mancilla remote farm, where we will stay. Optional extra boat trip to visit O'higgins Glaciar. Rest day. Lodging: Candelario Mancilla farm. 

Day 8: Candelario | El Chalten | El Calafate 

(62 km/ 38.5 mi | 530 m/ 1739 ft elevation gain | short version 22 km/ 13.7 mi) 

Spectacular day crossing the border from Chile to Argentina in a pristine area where only pedestrians or bikers can be found (and horse riders!). Another a boat ride in Laguna Desierto, we will arrive at the south shore from where we can cycle viewing Fitz Roy peak at a distance until we arrive at El Chalten.   Van Transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate (280 km/ 174 mi). Lodging: El Calafate, hosteria. 

Day 9: El Calafate | Glaciar Perito Moreno | Buenos Aires 

Visit the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno (160 km/99 miles return van trip). Internal Flight to Buenos Aires (not included). Transfer to the hotel. Free time to visit Buenos Aires. Dinner in Buenos Aires (not included) - opportunity to attend one of the famous tango milongas or celebrate the intense nightlife of the Argentinean capital. Lodging: Hotel in Buenos Aires 

Day 10: Departure 

Transfer from hotel to international airport. Return flight. Options: 1 hotel nights in Buenos Aires: Double room - 50EUR | Single room - 75EUR

Prices change according to group size. Please ask for more information.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,885 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

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Prices are per person based on a group of 3+ people. Supplements apply for smaller groups.

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