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Lakes District Mountain Biking Tour: From the Lakes District to Patagonia
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Travel by bicycle on a unique tour through the Lakes District of Southern Chile and Argentina. Climb a smoking volcano, hike through a pristine Araucaria (monkey-puzzle) forest, camp at remote hot springs, raft through basalt gorges and enjoy both the Chilean and Argentine culture and cuisine while camping and staying in hotels. The trip masseuse is available for evening and morning massages.

ATAC's tour vehicle takes all camping and personal gear between camps and hotels. It is possible to ride as much as you like. The van can pick up those who choose to ride less or not at all on any particular day. Transportation, guides, one half hour massage, trip video, and all meals (except for lunch and dinner on day 8) are included in trip price. View equipment list to see what we recommend bringing.

Day 1 of tour

Arrive at Pucon airport via Santiago, Chile. Meet your ATAC trip leader. Stay in the Ecole Lodge, your home for the next two days. Meet the whole group for a hearty vegetarian dinner at Ecole's restaurant.

Day 2 of tour

Climb Villarrica Volcano - Bike Down: Leaving Pucon early in the morning, climb Volcano Villarrica. The summit has breathtaking views of the Andes as well as spewing, bubbling lava in its crater. Upon descending to the ski area, ride mountain bikes back to town. Check out the Los Posones hot springs in the evening or spend the evening on the town.
Total Climb to Crater from Ski Resort: 3000 ft
Total Distance by Bicycle: 20 km
Total Descent on bike: 5000 ft

Day 3 of tour

Ride Along the River: In the morning, eat breakfast at Ecole and then ride bikes along the Rio Trancura and Rio Liucura past the Ojos de Caburgua to Lago Caburgua. Continue up the road to the entrance of Huerquehue National Park. Stay in a lodge at the edge of Lago Tinquilco.
Total Distance by Bicycle: 40 km
Altitude Gain: 2000 ft.

Day 4 of tour

Hike through Huerquehue National Park: Leaving in the morning, hike through Huerquehue National Park, past 3 small lakes and through ancient Araucaria forests to the Rio Blanco hot springs. Stay in cabins on the shore of the hot springs. Bikes travel with the ATAC van.
Total Hike Time: 6-8 hours.

Day 5 of tour

Ride and Raft (Rafting dependant on water level): Leaving early in the morning, ride from the hot springs through thick native coigue forests and along the Rio Maichin to the river's put-in. Raft a class IV section of creek through narrow basalt canyons. At take-out, ride your bike or hop in the van for a short ride to Panqui Hotsprings where we stay in their hotel. If the river water levels don't permit rafting, there is an option of hiking to Lago Secreto in the afternoon.
Total Distance by Bicycle: 60 km
Total Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Total Time on the River: 1- 2 hours.

Day 6 of the tour

Ride to Puesco: After a leisurely breakfast, ride bikes to the town of Curarrehue. Visit the Mapuche museum and eat lunch in town. Continue up the road in the afternoon towards the Puesco border of Chile and Argentina. Camp and/stay in small cabins along a creek. Celebrate the evening with a Chilean asado (barbeque).
Total Distance by Bicycle: 50 km
Total Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Those who have brought their kayaks and are keen to paddle class V can enjoy the classic Puesco section of the Trancura

Day 7 of bike tour

Ride Across the Border: Leaving at 7 am, ride bikes to the Chilean border and get passports stamped. Continue on the road up to the high mountain lake, Quilleihue and then through Araucaria forests - from temperate forest to the high desert of the Argentine customs outpost. After completing border crossing paperwork, continue down hill towards the town of Junin de los Andes. Ride as much of the trip as you want. From there, the ATAC van takes us to San Martin de Los Andes.
Total Distance by Bicycle: 60 - 80 km
Total Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Lakes Ride Through National Park Nahuel Huapi: Ride the scenic roads through virgin forests, along rivers and past lakes through the Nahuel Huapi National Park. On day 8, camp on the shore of Lago Falkner. On day 9, arrive to the town of Villa La Angostura. Stay at a hotel in town. Feast at an Argentine steakhouse for a farewell dinner.
Total Distance by Bicycle: 100 km

Departure: Return home via San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Flights leave to Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this itinerary is subject to change.

Biking past Volcano Villarrica near Pucon, Chile

Looking into Villarrica's crater on the Lakes District bike tour in Chile

Rafting in duckies in Pucon, Chile

Views of Lanin while mountain biking in Chile

Camping on lake Meliquina, Argentina


Overlooking the wild lakes of Argentina's Patagonia while mountain biking

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About the Tour

Trip Notes
Equipment List
The Guides
Travel to Argentina & Chile
Map of Patagonia
Patagonia Flora & Fauna
Patagonia History

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Tour Dates

Nov 17 - Nov 26, 2006
Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2006
Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2006
Dec 29 - Jan 7, 2007
Jan 19 - Jan 28, 2007

Feb 2 - Feb 11, 2007
Feb 23 - Mar 4, 2007
Mar 9 - Mar 18, 2007

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