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This adventure cycling and walking holiday in the Lake District of Chile features great cycling and can be tailored to your exact riding level.
Designed for the energetic, this mountain bike and walking adventure takes you through Chile’s varied landscapes.
We cycle through the Lake District and alongside fiords, through ancient forests and hike in Chilean rainforest.
Much of the terrain is gravel road and country lanes, pretty much free of car traffic, on this beautiful route designed for keen cyclists and walkers.
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A day in the saddle is between 20-70 kms/12-43 miles a day, depending on the group’s abilities and the terrain. There are some steep ascent and descents on volcanoes, guided all the way.
We can tailor the cycling to your needs – be it a shorter 4, 5 or 6 day bike tour, longer or shorter days, and we offer daily departures.
Great descents among the volcanoes, forests and fjords of Chile.
Choose your own adventure - from entry to top level riding.
Vehicle support all the way, with English-speaking guides.
Waterfalls, mountains views and hot springs to enjoy.
I would certainly recommend your company to anyone looking to plan a holiday in South America.
You are met at the airport or your hotel in Puerto Montt and we drive you to Puerto Varas and your hotel. Mountain bikes provided for those who would like to limber up on a local ride.
In the evening, we gather to discuss our coming adventure over a cocktail at a local restaurant in Puerto Varas.
We drive south through Perto Montt, the local capital and principal southern port of the region. We continues along the Carretera Austral next to the ocean before we arrive at the National Park Alerce Andino.
Alerce Andino Park is almost 40,000 hectares in size, making it the largest surviving Valdivian Rainforest in the world. Here survives many native Alerce trees – a giant coniferous tree distantly related to the redwoods of California. The largest are many centuries old.
We also pass through dense and varied vegetation on the trail before we return to Puerto Varas for the evening. (12 km, 8 miles trekking).
We wake early and depart from Puerto Varas by mountain bike along the shore of Lago Llanquihue. The snow capped volcanoes of the Andes grow steadily larger as we ride along the lakeshore towards them.
In Ensenada we hop board our support vehicle and travel uphill to the Mountain Lodge on the slopes of Volcan Osorno. After lunch on the lower slopes of the volcano, we spend the afternoon hiking on the surface of the volcano’s sculpted lava and snowfields.
We stay in a cozy mountain hut some 1,300m/4,265ft above seal level. With luck, we’ll enjoy a colourful sunset over Lake Llanquihue and Volcan Calbuco.
Biking: 45-65km / 28-40 miles (support vehicle at all times).
Hiking: 5-8km / 3-5 miles.
We are greeted by breathtaking morning views as we hike downhill on the slopes of Volcan Osorno to the edge of Lake Llanquihue.
After lunch, we bike or drive to the Ruca Chalhuafe Lodge, enjoying wonderful views of the Calbuco and Lake Llanquihue on the way. We enter the sleepy hamlet of Cascadas – and after lunch we hike to a spectacular canyon and its waterfall.
We return by support vehicle to Ensenada and overnight in cabins on the waterfront.
Biking: 35km / 22 miles (Support vehicle at all times)
Hiking: 3km / 2 miles
Depending on how we’re feeling, we can drive or cycle to Petrohue and visit the waterfalls there.
It is a short boat ride then hike to the start to meet up with our rafts – then it is rapids all the way down to our beach lunch spot. We return to Ensenada and our cabins for the night.
We will see the Pacific today as we cycle south to the Reloncavi Fiord. Our high points on the route afford us views of the largest ocean on the planet as we weave between the rustic farms of Northern Patagonia. It is possible to see dolphins on certain parts of the ride.
Late afternoon, we enjoy the hot springs of Ralun, relaxing after an adventurous day in the saddle. We then return to Puerto Varas and our hotel.
Biking: 45km/28 miles
We transfer you to Puerto Montt airport for your return flight.
(or extend your trip… just ask)
Prices From $1,500 / £1,200 per person
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Bikes, helmets and gloves, accommodation (private rooms only in Puerto Varas and Ensenada. Osorno Mountain Lodge offers triple or quadruple rooms.), English-speaking guide, meals as indicated, support vehicle, white water rafting trip and equipment, excursions as listed, transfers.
Domestic or international flights (please ask for prices), insurance, tips, meals not indicated, personal items, soft or alcoholic drinks.
Hotels, cabins and huts, all with en-suite bathroom. Upgrades available at extra cost.
Our bilingual, English-speaking mountain bike and walking guides have many years’ experience riding and walking the trails in this region.
We use locally-run hotels and local support staff throughout the tour.
Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for – please ask.
You usually wake early, around 07.00-08.00. Your meals are prepared and served to you in the hotels/cabanas etc, and will be a mix of hot drinks, cereals, fruits and toast with jams.
After breakfast, packs are prepared and your guide will explain the day’s activity, and you typically cycle/trek 3-4 hours in the morning before lunch, with a short or break or two en route.
Lunch will be either sandwiches or meat and cheese with crackers, with fruits etc available on trips from hotels and shops.
After an hour or so for lunch – depending on weather conditions – you will continue, usually 3-4 hours more, although some days are shorter or longer than others, and then relax before dinner.
Most evening meals are not included. International and Chilean cuisine will be available.
This trip is aimed at those who are regular cyclists and walkers and have a degree of biking experience, some moderately difficult sections, but nothing a confident cyclist cannot achieve.
Distances of between 20-40km per day, and with this level of fitness you will be able to complete the other activities. The trip is active and fun without aiming to decimate you.
There is a support vehicle with you at most times when riding – not all areas are accessible by road – and your guide is with you on all activities.
There is no high altitude to worry about on this tour.
Chile is the land of contrasts, from verdant vineyards to driest desert, deep fjords and towering glaciated volcanoes.
A narrow but incredibly long, snake-like country, Chile’s unusual geography features more than 5,000km of South Pacific Ocean coast. The country is almost 4,400km long but barely more than 160km at its widest.
It is best divided into general regions, all of which offer spectacular landscapes and identities of their own.
This variety means Chile is the land where almost every activity is possible. Hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking.
Or climbing, cruising, fishing, horse riding, wine tasting.
Or simply eating great food, relaxing and exploring.
Trekking heaven. Paine National Park lies in Patagonia and features some of the best trekking in South America. With no altitude worries here, hikers enjoy an unrivalled mix of access to wild flora and fauna that exists in this massif. It is at once windswept, and then balmy. Paine National Park is a must see for walkers visiting South America.
Northern Patagonia is the least densely populated part of the country – spectacular virgin scenery make this a hidden gem and superb area for trekking, boating and horse riding.
And that’s before you think about possibly cruising through fjords, or kayaking them, flying to Antartica or staying at a working hacienda.
Iconic, Easter Island is an archaeological treasure. Here you will find the famous Moai stone statues, as well as caves and rocks decorated with etched petroglyphs and painted pictographs.
Northern Chile features the Atacama, the driest desert with the clearest skies in the world, is alive with active volcanoes replete with spitting geysers mixed with archaeological wonders and fantastic rock formations.
Central Chile is the heart of Chile and includes the capital Santiago. With its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters, this central valley produces some of South America’s finest wines, Colchagua Valley to name but one.
Here, the Andean mountain chain soars more than 6,000m above sea level. Chile’s traditional symbols such as huaso (cowboy) and cueca (national dance) originate here, an area which is rich in agriculture and produces most of Chile’s export fruit.
In winter, skiers are attracted to this tasting the promise of some fabulous snow on the huge peaks which overlook Santiago.
Southern Chile and the Lake District
Lush and verdant, The Lake District area is the place to climb snow-capped volcanoes by day while relaxing next to stunning glacial lakes by evening. You can walk, bike, raft, cruise and drive your way around this beautiful region.
Central, southern and Patagonia Andes all present different challenges to mountaineers and trekkers. Options are varied in the central Andes with many of the Patagonian peaks remaining unexplored and unsummitted.
Good kit is vital for every trip.
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We provide everything except a bike, personal equipment and clothing.
During the day hopefully it will be generally sunny enough for shorts and T-shirts though having a fleece and rain gear handy is advisable. It can and will get cold, especially in the evenings so bring a warm fleece jacket, a good waterproof and some warm clothes including thermal underwear, gloves, scarf and woolly hat as well as one set of smarter clothes for cities.
Below is a more detailed guide.
Detailed kit list – clothing
Official name: Republic of Chile
Country population: 17,000,000
Capital city: Santiago (6 million)
Largest cities: Santiago, Concepcion, Valparaiso
Languages: Spanish (official)
Official currency: Chilean Peso
Major industries: Copper mining, agriculture, fish
Time zone: GMT-5 in winter (Mar-Sep) and GMT-4 in summer (Sep-Mar)
Festival: Festival de la Cancion Viña del Mar
International song festival
Location: Viña del Mar
1st two weeks of February
Culture, dance, music, song , sport
Location: Easter Island
Festival: Carnaval de Invierno
Street parade with floats celebrating mid winter
Location: Punta Arenas
Festival: Fiesta de La Tirana
Religious festival – culture, mass dance parades
Location: La Tirana, Atacama
Independence day – celebration of Chilean culture – various activities
Location: Country wide
Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.
We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.
We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.
When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.
You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.
What is ATOL?
The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.
And ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.
Who is covered?
To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).
If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.
If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.
Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.
I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?
If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.
We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.
If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.
You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.
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How do I successfully achieve high altitude acclimatisation? This is the question that anyone travelling to the high altitude Andean areas of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina or Colombia should be asking themselves. Successful acclimatisation will make a huge difference to your visit. It will mean you have a much safer and more enjoyable experience, whether trekking or climbing high Andean peaks. Over the past 25 years I have been up many 5,000 m plus peaks and trekked many fabulous routes in the Andes. I have suffered altitude headaches, lethargy, loss of appetite and certainly lack of breath when trying …
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