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Chile and Argentina

Wild Patagonia

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

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5

Duration

12 days

Prices from

£3,125 P.P.
Chile and Argentina

Wild Patagonia

Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

12 days

Prices from

£3,125 P.P.
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An epic mountain biking journey across some of the worlds finest mountain biking terrain, our Wild Patagonia holiday promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Our bikes will take us into the remote Andes giving us the opportunity to explore untouched valleys and cross high passes through the mountains. We'll also we treated to miles of trails through private nature resrves and tackle several of the regions thrilling Bike Parks. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking! While mountain biking in Patagonia you'll be surrounded by high mountains, climb through rugged valleys and roll alongside peaceful lakes.
Staying two nights in Bariloche allows us to sample the luxurious food and wine that this alpine town is famous for before continuing on our adventure. The terrain is varied and constantly changing and includes hard-packed forest roads, challenging climbs and long, sometimes technical descents. The singletrack sections are amongst the best trails on the planet and the effort put in to get to them makes them even sweeter! A final night back in the beautiful lakeside town of Puerto Varas is the perfect way to end our tour and remember the many highlight experiences along the way.
This mountain biking trip in Patagonia is specifically designed for fit and experienced riders. The riding is demanding and the routes often tackle technical singletrack.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring unspoilt remote Andean Valleys
  • Crossing high passes by bike
  • Riding the finest mountain singletrack imaginable
  • A cold locally brewed beer after a long day in the saddle
  • Fuelling up on Bariloche’s famous Steak and Malbec
  • Enjoying some of Chile’s many Bike Parks

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Bloody amazing! Could not have wished for anything more from a trip. This was my tenth trip with Skedaddle and without doubt this one is Numero Uno.

Mark, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Departure from Home: Non Riding Day

Depart from home for Chile, arriving the following day. Most travellers will be flying via Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport Santiago (SCL).

Day 2
Arrival Chile - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas
Non-riding day

After your arrival in Santiago, Chile, you will need to clear customs and immigration before heading to the domestic terminal (just upstairs) in order to catch your internal Chilean flight to the capital of the Chilean Lake District, Puerto Montt (PMC), where you are met by your Saddle Skedaddle guides.

Following arrival, we transfer you to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Situated around 20kms from Puerto Montt it occupies a lovely position on the shores of one of the largest natural lakes in South America Lake Llanquihue. From here the perfect cone of Osorno Volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Calbuco volcano and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the lakefront.

It’s a great place to take things easy after long flight(s) and with this in mind, the day is spent resting-up from your travels and preparing the bikes for the journey ahead.

Our evening meal is taken in one of the great restaurants that exist in Puerto Varas. At a convenient point during the meal we’ll discuss the programme for the tour in a little more detail and be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Day 3
Puerto Varas to Parque Futangue
15 Miles / 20 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After breakfast we load up the support vehicles for a transfer to Parque Futangue, which takes around 2 hours. Located on the shores of Lago Ranco, Parque Futangue is a private reserve full of a variety of trail options including the Sendero del Cielo, the fantastic ‘Sky Trail’ singletrack.

Above a sea of clouds, we’ll climb 800m (2500feet) up a mountain trail to Altas Cumbres – the highest viewing point in the park at an altitude of more than 1,200 m (4000feet). Passing Pitreño Lagoon we head on to a wonderful path which crosses beautiful Lenga forests with stunning views of Lake Ranco, Cordón del Caulle and many of the different volcanoes in northern Patagonia. This isolated part of the Park is a refuge to animals such as puma, vizcacha and condors.

We will stay overnight at the Futangue Lodge, a beautiful hotel with expansive views of the mountains.

Day 4
Parque Huilo-Huilo
20 Miles / 30 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We transfer again today, this time to another spectacular private park; the biological reserve of Parque Huilo-Huilo. Here too we have access to an incredible network of singletrack and trails exploring the temerate forests that fill the park.

Most likely we will tackle a complete loop starting on the north side of the park next to Volcán Mocho Choshuencaround, tackling the most rewarding trails in the park, full of pure adrenaline and stunning mountain views.

Is a very technical day whtricky descents in the rain forest and some very steep climbing sections.

We stay overnight in the accommodation in the reserve.

Day 5
San Martin de los Andes
13 Miles / 21 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we make the journey into Argentina by way of a 2 hour ferry across Lago Pirihueico and a vehicle transfer.

We start cycling on 10 km (6 miles) of gravel roads before reaching the highlight of the day, the well-known ‘Sendero la Tucumana‘. This is a treat of a trail that winds through forests and across dramatic bridges, generally descending towards San Martin. Build by local riders it has fast descents, bends and amazing views before we get to La Islita, a native reserve that takes care of the local trails.

Nestled by Lago Lacar and surrounded by mountains San Martin is a real treat.

As we pull into San Martin we are further enthralled by its prettiness. We take our lodgings at a nice hotel in town and suitably refreshed set off to explore the streets.

Day 6
Cerro Chapelco to Villa Traful
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

This morning we have the thrill of exploring San Martin’s very own Cerro Chapelco Bike Park. With trails to suit all riders, from beginner to expert, the park offers a thrilling singletrack extravaganza and a chance to explore the purpose built trails enjoyed by local Argentinian riders.

Leter in the day we have a short transfer before riding a good earth and gravel road towards Villa Traful. We roll and wind through woods, past beautiful lakes with snow dusted mountains in the distance, arrival finnally on the shores of Lago Traful and our lovely hotel.

Day 7
Villa Llanquin Loop
25 Miles / 38 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We have a short morning transfer before we set of on a great ride known as the Villa Llanquin Loop. Heading for a genuine condor nesting area or “Condoreras” we have the around 1,000m (3200 feet) of climbing to tick off. While mainly dirt roads and jeep track surfaces the route is incredibly scenic through beautiful rolling hills and following sparkling rivers. It is remote area where only a few locals go and the rock formations and views are the some of the best on the trip. The last 4kms of descent are so very fast.

Finishing the ride we hop aboard our support vehicle for the 40 minute transfer to the bustling provincial city of Bariloche. With its Swiss style architecture and chocolates, it is known as the St. Moritz of South America and we have set aside the rest of the afternoon to explore this lovely place.

There is perhaps only one way to end the day such a day – a juicy Argentinean steak and majestic Malbec, followed by some tasty chocolate treats.

Day 8
Bariloche
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today is a flexible day with many options to suit the appetite of the group. The morning will likely be spend exploring the Cerro Otto trails, perhaps including a climb up to the summit of Cerro Otto itself. The trail network has something for everyone including flow trails and technical singletrack.

After a fun morning the afternoon can be taken at leisure in Bariloche itself, or those with the energy can spend the afternoon in Bariloche’s Bike Park tackling the many green. blue, red and black graded trails.

Hungry and thirsty riders are well catered for in Bariloche’s many fantastic bars and restaurants.

Day 9
Bariloche to Petrohue
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we will be returning to Chile by a mix of bike and boat! We will be riding on remote dirt and gravel roads and completing a number of Andean Lake crossings, taking the the only crossing through the Andes that allows you to make the connection between each lake and the next by bike, sailing across three lakes; Todos los Santos, Frías and Nahuel Huapi. There is a short climb from Argentina side before border formalities will be completed. Once in Chile it is pure fun coming descending down a gravel road without any traffic. Tonight we are blessed with another spectacular lakefront accommodation at Hotel Petrohue.

Day 10
Volcán Osorno
20 Miles / 35 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

An incredible day taking on the impressive sounding Paso Desolación, a mountain pass climbing the flanks of Volcán Osorno through Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. We’ll be climbing for about 20kms (12 miles) on dirt roads and singletrack then the payoff begins. Paso Desolación is a long 14km (10 mile) downhill section with the most amazing views of the area. We’ll take our time and make sure we savour the last sections of singletrack before arriving at another gem of a hotel located lakeside in Puerto Varas.

Day 11
Cerro Phillipi
10-15 Miles / 15-25 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

One last chance to sample the great trails of Chile! Cerro Phillipi is a smaller but great fun new Bike Park located right in Puerto Varas. It is an ideal finish of the trip with a few technical sections to enjoy! The afternoon is free to explore Puerto Varas on foot or by bike before packing up your bikes and preparing for your journey home. A last dinner will be enjoyed and perhaps a farewell drink in Puerto Varas’s delightful bars.

Day 12
Departure day from Puerto Montt
Non-riding day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Having rested at our lodgings and had a final glimpse of the mountains and volcanoes we make our way to Puerto Montt airport (PMC) to catch a flight to Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL), from where we catch our international flights home, arriving the following day.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Our Wild Patagonia holiday travels through some of the last great wild areas of Chile and Argentina. The terrain is challenging with long climbs, rocky trails and technical descents. You will be riding at up to 1,700 metres and there will be the occasional time where it is necessary to push your bike.

You will also be riding in Bike Parks where trails are colour-graded in a similar fashion to trail centres and bike parks around the world. On these trails you are likely to encounter technical trail features such as berms, drops and rock gardens, however you will be able to select the trails that best suit your skill level.

A high level of fitness and good bike handling skills are recommended to enjoy a safe and rewarding experience.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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2
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Grade 4 - 5: Challenging/ Demanding

Aspects of both our grade 4 and 5 holidays

Distances of 25-55 miles / 40-90 kms per day

For experienced mountain bikers who enjoy difficult technical sections and physical challenges

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 4-5, will have aspects of both our grade 4 and 5 holidays. As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose include challenging climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with obstacles such as drop offs and rock gardens. Our grade 4-5 trips should suit you.

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I’ve never stayed on a private island before, had such juicy steaks, ridden in such a remote and beautiful location, had such a laugh or had such a fantastic holiday. Worth every peso!

Drew, Edinburgh

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
30/01/2021
Return Date
10/02/2021
Duration
12 days
Price
£3,125.00
Start Date
29/01/2022
Return Date
09/02/2022
Duration
12 days
Price
£3,225.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).

B) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

C) Full tour service including guides, support vehicles etc.

D) Unless stated at least one leader qualified in First Aid.

E) Airport collections / drop-offs on scheduled arrival and departure days.

F) All land, boat and ferry transfers

G) National Parks entrance fee

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance (available to UK residents if required)

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

The arrival point for this particular Skedaddle trip is Puerto Montt (PMC) where our guides will meet you for the first time. There are no direct flights to Puerto Montt from outside of Chile, so you will generally be required to fly via Santiago.

At the end of the trip your flight home will depart from Puerto Montt (PMC), typically travelling via Santiago. You are free to arrive and depart at any time on the arrival and departure days.

Please don’t book any flights without prior consultation with Skedaddle.

Accommodation

Our selection of accommodation is of a very high standard in a range of beautiful lodges and hotels. Accommodation will be shared twin or double ensuite rooms where possible.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically very good full-suspension mountain bikes featuring disc brakes and good quality components. Due to the demanding nature of the terrain and riding we strongly recommend a lightweight full-suspension bike for this tour.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

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