Day 1: Arrive at Conguillio National Park
Upon your arrival at Temuco airport (approx 9:30am), our local team will pick you up to start our adventure. Before we start pedalling, the guides will check your bike and conduct a short briefing session with a safety talk. This is a very well-supported bike ride, with a “sag-wagon” following the group for assistance at all times. We'll drive through old-fashioned little towns like Cunco and Melipeuco until we get to Conguillio National Park, one of the most outstanding parks of the Lake and Volcano District in Chile. This wilderness protected area is also part of Kütralkura, the first UNESCO Geopark in Chile.
During your visit, you will witness how the Llaima volcano has permanently shaped the landscape of the area with its eruptions, and you will have the fantastic opportunity to walk on the lava flows; later we’ll also visit the Truful-Truful Canyon and its waterfalls. This is the most important geosite of all the geopark, where you can see 13,000 years of eruptive activity of the Llaima volcano. You'll cycle all the way to La Baita Lodge, the first eco-friendly lodge in Chile. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour (traditional Chilean drink) as your local guide introduces you to the next few days of adventure.
Total hiking time: 2 hours
Total biking time: 2 hours
Total driving time: 1 hour and 40 minutes approx (110 km Shuttle from Temuco airport to Conguillío)
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge, Conguillío National Park
Day 2: Bike ride the 7 Lakes Circuit
Today we will ride one of Chile's most scenic roads: the 7-Lake Circuit. We will pedal alongside the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and travel three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. This road is smooth and with little traffic, with one climb at the beginning of the route. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes: Villarrica, Quetrupillan, Lanin, Mocho and Choshuenco.
Our first stop is at Lican Ray (at kilometre 28), a summer beach town located next to Calafquen Lake. Here we can have some snacks and refill our water bottles. We resume cycling and the road passes through green prairies, fruit farms and native forests. The lakeside road presents gentle rolling hills and is very quiet as almost no vehicles drive on it.
We take our lunch stop at a very special place called Foye Mapu (at kilometre 51). Here a Mapuche family will welcome us in their home and feed us traditional food. They will share some of their ancestral culture and we can learn how to make merkén a smoked chilli powder that is super tasty.
After lunch there are just 11kms to cover before we arrive at the town of Panguipulli. Then, it's a short ride to the beach of Lake Panguipulli - meaning “land of lions” - while enjoying the views of Chile's southern volcanoes. Just a few more blocks of pedalling and we arrive at our next boutique hotel where we will enjoy a delicious dinner and a good night's rest.
Total biking time: 62 km (3 to 4 hours), Villarrica - Lican Ray – Panguipulli
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 381, Panguipulli
Day 3: Bike ride the German Settlers’ Circuit
Today we make an early start and transfer from our hotel in Panguipulli, along part of the Panamerican Highway to Cancura village to begin cycling. From here we’ll start our through quaint little villages with strong German heritage, such as Puerto Octay and Puerto Clocker. The route consists of rolling hills with long flat stretches until we reach the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us: the perfect cone of the Osorno volcano. In Puerto Octay (at kilometre 27), we'll try local beers, eat lunch in a German style restaurant and then explore the village on our bikes.
The last 40km of the ride is dominated by the Osorno volcano, surrounded by very green fields and cows roaming freely. We can opt between a fully paved road or a gravel road that travels alongside the lake. We’ll arrive by bike to our lakefront lodge and if you are feeling brave you can dive in to the cold waters of Chile’s second largest lake, Llanquihue, or you can take a plunge in the outdoor hot tub or the indoor swimming pool.
Total biking time: 67 km (4 to 5 hours), Cancura - Puerto Octay – Las Cascadas
Total driving time: 2 hours and 30 minutes approx (162 Km Shuttle from Panguipulli to Cancura)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Las Cascadas Lodge, Llanquihue
Day 4: Bike ride the Llanquihue Lake Circuit
In the morning, we leave the lodge on our bicycles, riding alongside Lake Llanquihue and through Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The unique landscape is stunning, with Calbuco, Puntiagudo and Osorno volcanoes at sight. The road is very quiet and fully equipped with a bike lane and several roadside viewpoints. The foot of the Osorno 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 Ensenada and Petrohue. This 35 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 Todos Los Santos in Petrohue, a turquoise lake located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
We will eat lunch together and then return the bikes for transportation and storage; it's also time to say goodbye to your crew of local guides. The final part of this adventure is a refreshing rafting experience in the class 4 rapids of the River Petrohué. We will spend the next two hours on the water, through one of the most scenic and pristine rivers of north Patagonia. After our exciting time in the white water we will drive to the charming town of Puerto Varas for a well-deserved dinner and a one night stay at the hotel Mero Gaucho, a small family place with a homely feel. Dinner will be served in a private dining room for our group.
Total biking: 35 km (2 hours), Las Cascadas - Ensenada – Petrohue
Rafting: 2 hours
Total driving time: 45 minutes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mero Gaucho, Puerto Varas
Day 5: Return to Temuco airport or continue your Patagonian adventure
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices differ depending on group size:
2-3 people: USD $3750 per person
4-5 people: USD $2573 per person
6-7 people: USD $2275 per person
8 people: USD $2160 per person
A departure can be set up on a date of your choice with a minimum of 2 people (subject to availability)
Prices are based on accommodation in a double room in a simple guest house; upgrades are available - please enquire for more details.
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- All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
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- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Personal expenses and equipment
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