Road Cycling in the Lake District

See the best of Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes on this road cycling adventure in Northern Patagonia. Challenge yourself cycling approximately 70km a day, and an opportunity to climb Volcan Osorno, but enjoy the opportunity to relax in luxury every night.

8 Days

$3,350

Road Cycling in the Lake District - 8 - $3,350

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from airport and warm up ride
  • Ride along the Lonquimay River and visit Pucon
  • Enjoy views of Villarica Volcano and trip to hot springs
  • Visit to Huilo Huilo National Reserve
  • Trip to Petrohue Falls, option to climb Volcan Osorno
  • Transfer to airport for onward travel

Start from Temuco Airport and end at Puerto Montt Airport

Landmarks visited on Road Cycling in the Lake District

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Malalcahuello

Length of ride: 25 km, 1 hour

We will meet you at Temuco airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello, where a soothing thermal bath awaits us at our hotel. 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.

Accommodation: Corralco Lodge and Spa

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Sierra Nevada Range

Length of ride: 58 km + optional 22km, 4 hours approx (with an optional additional hour)

After a filling breakfast, the minibuses will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range (18 km right through the tunnel Las Raices, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km). Here we'll set off on our first ride, travelling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this 54km 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 good down hills.

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. In the small village of Liucura, we'll arrive at the meeting point with the minibuses that will take us back to Hotel.

Accommodation: Corralco Lodge and Spa

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 3: Curacautin

Length of ride:  70 km, 5 hours 

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 Cautin River as the valley opens after each meter we descent the foothills of the mountain range until arriving at the plain of Curacautin. 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 we arrive to the city of Lautaro where we end the ride. In Lautaro we get in the vans and start travelling to Pucon (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. Today we'll enjoy dinner in Pucon town, with fresh organic food at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Green Park, Pucon

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 4: Carburgua

Length of ride: 70 km, 5 hours

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. 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. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of the active Villarrica volcano. After cycling 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 the hot springs. After relaxing a while at the hot springs, we'll cycle back on the same road, seeing another perspective of the area. We'll meet at 9 PM to enjoy dinner at a local Chilean restaurant.

Accommodation: Green Park, Pucon

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 5: Lake Panguipulli

Length of ride 85 km, 6 hours 

Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquen 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 34 KM section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquen Lake on your left, by a road without many long ascends. This road is smooth and quiet as 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'll enjoy a short climb that takes us to a magnificent view of Mocho Choshuenco Volcano and Panguipulli Lake. Once we completed 60 km, we'll stop for picnic lunch and end our day with the last 20 km alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village. From this point we will drive half hour to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we'll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Nothofagus Hotel & Spa.

Accommodation: Green Park, Pucon

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 6: Puerto Varas

Length of ride: 75 km, 5 hours

After breakfast, we'll drive from Huilo Huilo, 180 km until arriving to Osorno Town. Once there, 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, passing by towns like Puerto Octay and Frutillar, always next to the shores of Llanquihue Lake. This road is used on "La Vuelta de Chile" race and it features one of the most beautiful days you'll enjoy on the saddle. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, we'll drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas and arrive to your hotel.  You'll have time to relax, enjoy your welcome drink and afterwards we'll go to enjoy dinner to a local restaurant that combines amazing wines with great cuisine, using only local products.

Accommodation: Hotel & Spa Patagonicao, Puerto Varas

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 7: Puerto Varas

Bike traveled distance: 70 km + 12 Km climb. Time cycling: 6 hours approx.

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Puerto Varas and start riding from 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. Finally, we will end our last ride arriving at Petrohue Falls, a turquoise waterfall located in the National Park Vicente Perez Rosales.

Optional 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 or by bike to the charming german-style city of Puerto Varas, our last destination, and let ourselves to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner at a seafood restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel & Spa Patagonicao, Puerto Varas

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


Day 8: Depart

Sadly, it's time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we'll ride in vans to Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It's been a trip you will always remember!

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $3,350 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.

Please note:

Prices start from USD 2990 per person for a group of 9-12 people through to USD 4070 per person for a group of 2 people.

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice for a minimum of 2 people, subject to availability.

Bike Rental is available at 265 USD per person.


Includes

  • Professional local guide - 2 guides from 9-20 cyclists
  • Lodging at 3*, 4* hotels and luxury lodges
  • Private vans and support vehicle (1 van from 2 to 11 cyclists )
  • Support vehicle (pick-up truck) with bicycle trailer from 6 riders up.
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Tips at restaurants for lunch and dinners
  • Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.

Excludes

  • International and local flights
  • Bike rental (available upon request)
  • Other cycle parts and components
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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