Andes Crossing by Bike

A great way to explore both the Argentinian and Chilean Lake District in just 7 days, averaging around 40 miles a day on rough tracks. You'll see some of the regions most dramatic volcanoes and most beautiful lakes, and sleep under the stars in beautiful locations on a few of the nights.

7 Days

$2,294

Andes Crossing by Bike - 7 - $2,294

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Get to know the Alpine style town of San Martín de los Andes on a guided tour on your first day
  • Wind through key circuits and native forest, pedal through the Villarrica National Park, and reach the shores of Pirihueico Lake
  • Embrace the activities that the region has to offer, from rafting to hiking the Villarrica Volcano, with a free day in Pucón
  • Admire views of the rainforest-covered mountains on a two hour boat ride
  • Try out the local delicacies and the region's fine wine and beer whilst staying in different towns along the route

Landmarks visited on Andes Crossing by Bike

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at hotel

You will be met at San Martín de los Andes airport, from where you will transfer to your hotel in the town. An opening meeting will be held with the tour leader before discovering the charm of the town on a guided tour.

In the evening, share a welcoming dinner as you get to know your fellow travellers.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, San Martín de los Andes


Day 2: San Martin de los Andes

Distance: 45 km.

After breakfast at the hotel, begin the ride over different circuits in San Martín de los Andes  We tune our mountain bikes: Arrayan circuit, Cerro Chapelco, Quila Quina. At Quila Quina, we board a boat for a 30 minute trip back to town.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, San Martín de los Andes


Day 3: Lanin National Park - Pucón

Distance: 90 km.

The day begins with a journey to the entrance of Lanin National Park, where you will pick up your bike headed towards Pucón. You'll ride towards Curruhue grande lake, passing Lolog lake, Curruhue Chico lake and Verde lagoon.  

Then follows a far-stretching descent through the woods of Pehuen forest (Araucarias). The landscape becomes more leafy as you ride alongside incredible rivers and green meadows. Getting closer to Pucón, discover a new cone, the Villarrica Volcano with its steaming crater.

Spend the night in Pucón.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, Pucón


Day 4: Optional excursions

Enjoy a day off of your bike and choose from a range of optional excursions - try white water rafting, visit the hot springs, explore the city, hike the Villarrica Volcano, or take in all the scenery by the lake shore.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, Pucón


Day 5: Pucón - Coñaripe

Distance: 70 km. 

Set off on your bike again, this time starting with an uphill cycle into the Villarrica National Park, between Villarica and Quetrupillán Volcanoes. Then, continue the uphill journey into the dense Andino-Patagónico forest. The challenge of this part of the route is met with great delight as you marvel at the land, volcanoes and araucaria ('monkey puzzle trees') forests.

After completion of this stunning transvolcanic route, you will arrive in the town of Coñaripe. Spend the night at a hostel here.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hostel, Coñaripe


Day 6: Coñaripe - Pirihueico Lake

Distance: 35 km.

A shorter journey today, begin your journey westward for a few kilometres and then head south, riding on the shores of Neltume Lake with stunning views.

Lunch by the shore of this lake with views of two more volcanoes, Mocho and Choshuenco. To end the day, you'll bike about 15km, mostly uphill, reaching the shores of Pirihueico Lake and the hotel here.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, Pirihueico Lake


Day 7: Pirihueico Lake - San Martín de los Andes

Distance: 55 km + 2 hours boat ride.

Just a few meters from your hotel awaits the boat transfer to Pirihueico lake. The boat ride takes around 2 hours, with views of the rainforest that covers all the surrounding mountains. Back on land and once on your bike you'll cross the border and we continue for about 54km to San Martín de los Andes. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, San Martín de los Andes

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price from USD $2294 per person, based on a group of 6 or more people. 

Please note that groups only confirm with a minimum of 6 people.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,294 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.

Includes

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in hotels/ a hostel
  • Expert guide
  • Transfers to and from San Martín de los Andes
  • 2 boat transfers (Day 2 and Day 7)
  • Guided tour (Day 1)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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