The Northern Lakes Ride

Experience the stunning landscapes of the Argentinian Lake District on this challenging bike trip from Villa La Angostura to San Martín de Los Andes. You'll cycle over the Cordoba Pass and camp by the crystal-clear Lake Filo Hua Hum along your ride through forested valleys on this 240km adventure. Experience the stunning landscapes of the Argentinian Lake District on this challenging bike trip from Villa La Angostura to San Martín de Los Andes. You'll cycle over the Cordoba Pass and camp by the crystal-clear Lake Filo Hua Hum along your ride through forested valleys on this 240km adventure.
5 Days
$1,250

The Northern Lakes Ride - 5 - $1,250

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Bike and equipment check; Villa La Angostura 

Day 2: Ride Villa La Angostura to Villa Traful; Hotel 

Day 3: Ride Villa Traful to the Cordoba Pass to Lake Filo Hua Hum; Camp 

Day 4: Ride Lake Filo Hua Hum to Lake Nuevo and back; Camp

Day 5: Ride Lake Filo Hua Hum to San Martín de Los Andes; Hotel

Landmarks visited on The Northern Lakes Ride

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Bike and equipment check; Villa La Angostura 

Arrival in Villa La Angostura, setting the bikes and equipment, and revision of the general plan of the trip. Welcome dinner.

The picture postcard setting of this small village amongst beautiful lakes and forested hills makes it very popular with Argentinian tourists in the summer. There are a wide range of hotels and exclusive resorts in the area.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Simple 'no frills' hotel


Day 2: Ride Villa La Angostura to Villa Traful; Hotel

We begin the ride right from the hotel, through the back streets of Villa La Angostura to the area of the River and Lake Correntoso. After travelling along the Siete Lagos Route for about 30km we'll join an unpaved road that leads us all the way to our destination. This ascends to around 900m at Portezuelo, 25km from the shoreline of Lake Traful which we follow to our accommodation at Villa Traful. The entire day will be spent in the mountain forests.

Length of ride: 60km

Climb: 1140m

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Simple 'no frills' hotel


Day 3: Ride Villa Traful to the Cordoba Pass to Lake Filo Hua Hum; Camp

We leave Villa Traful early on a winding dirt road that continuously switches between up and downhill riding, though no slopes exceed 100m. We'll then navigate the shoreline of Lake Traful for about 25km until reaching the confluence of the rivers Traful and Limay.

At this point, we'll join an unpaved road known as Paso del Cordoba. This has a slight slope for the first 10km, after which it increases until the first pass. Once over the top there is a downhill then another uphill section to reach the actual place called the Cordoba Pass.

From here we'll have an incredible view of the multi-coloured rock formations, before embarking on a 12km downhill stint to the Caleufu River. This is an ideal place for a stop and a snack or lunch, depending on when we arrive.

Our destination, the campsite at Lake Filo Hua Hum, is another 10km away.

Length of ride: 72km

Climb: 1460m

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping (with services)


Day 4: Ride Lake Filo Hua Hum to Lake Nuevo and back; Camp

After such a long day yesterday, we'll have a more relaxed day today. The ride starts from our campsite at Lake Filo Hua Hum, and the route heads through a private farm towards Lake Nuevo which can only be accessed on foot or by bike.

This mountain trail follows the course of the valley with only very gentle ups and downs. Reaching the isolated Lake Nuevo is well worth the effort as, if the weather is good, we'll be able to swim. We'll also push on a bit further to the shore of Lake Falkner.

Once we return back to the campsite at Lake Filo Hua Hum, we'll relax and enjoy some beers by the lake, before starting the fire for tonight’s dinner.

Length of ride: 31km

Climb: 336m

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camping (with services)


Day 5: Ride Lake Filo Hua Hum to San Martín de los Andes; Hotel

From the campsite at Lake Filo Hua Hum we'll take a wide gravel road for 15km to the shoreline of Lake Meliquina. The first half will be exposed to the sun, after which we'll ride through the shady forest towards the paved road that takes us all the way into our final destination on the trip, San Martín de los Andes.

This quaint alpine town, nestled on the shore of Lake Lácar, is one of Patagonia's best kept secrets. It's surrounded by fantastic opportunities for hiking, kayaking, biking and skiing. In the town itself there are numerous hotels and some great restaurants – consider staying here for a couple of days at the end of your trip.

Length of ride: 54km

Climb: 700m

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Simple 'no frills' hotel

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The base price of USD $1,250 per person is based on an 4-person group


The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

8 people: USD $1,100 per person

6 people: USD $1,200 per person

4 people: USD $1,250 per person

2 people: USD $1,600 per person

Please contact us for more details on pricing and departures

2021

2022

Start date Price (pp)
November 2021
7-Nov-2021 $1,250* Provisional Date Enquire
December 2021
1-Dec-2021 $1,250 Provisional Date Enquire
January 2022
9-Jan-2022 $1,250* Provisional Date Enquire
February 2022
7-Feb-2022 $1,250 Provisional Date Enquire
March 2022
15-Mar-2022 $1,250* Provisional Date Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $1,250

Additional Notes

Joining and departure instructions – Please arrive in Villa La Angostura by early afternoon on Day 1 – the day before your cycle trip begins – for a briefing with our team. We'll check all the equipment and bikes together and introduce the guide/driver who will lead your trip and who can answer any questions you might have. You will meet the other cyclists joining your group, if applicable. If you would like help booking your pre/post-cycle arrangements, please just let us know.

Guide – Please note that there is no additional mountain bike guide accompanying this trip; the driver of the vehicle is also your guide.

Private excursion or group tour – Enjoy this bike ride as a private excursion, or as part of a larger group on set dates throughout the season. Please ask us for details.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 2 nights camping
  • Cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • English and Spanish speaking MTB guide
  • Permanent support vehicle
  • Trailer for the safe transport of the bikes
  • First aid kit
  • Communication equipment
  • Bicycle repair equipment

Excludes

  • Bike
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • Internal and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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