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Patagonia Tour

Itinerary

Patagonia Tour


Previous day: Bariloche. Transfer airport/hotel. Meeting in Bariloche, setting the bikes and equipment, and revision of the general plan of the trip. Welcome dinner. Night in Hosteria.


Day 1: Bariloche - Villa La Angostura. First day on the bicycle. We go round Nahuel Huapi Lake for about 30 km on paved road until arriving at the famous hotel Llao Llao near Puerto Pañuelo. Embark on a boat on Nahuel Huapi lake to the Victoria Island and then to the "Bosque de Arrayanes" (Myrtle Forest). On that place we get on our bikes and we pedal to Villa la Angostura on a very entertaining 12 km trail, with a 150m elevation gain. This path has a short part which is a little bit more technical and in which it is possible to walk. This place is surrounded by amazing landscapes all around: lakes, forests and mountains. Total: 42 km.


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Day 2: Villa La Angostura - Villa Traful. We start pedaling from the hotel on the back streets to the area of the River and Lake Correntoso. We begin going along 7 Lagos Route for about 20 km until we find an unpaved road that will take us to Villa Traful. This road goes uphill to about 900m until we reach a "Portezuelo" and from there we are left with a 25km road, in which we will go up and downhill along the shoreline of Traful Lake. The whole day will be spent in the forest in the mountain. Night in camping site. Total: 60km.


Day 3: Villa Traful - Paso Córdoba. We start early on a curvy dirt road that will continuously alter between going up and downhill, with slopes that won't go over 100m. It will go along the shoreline of Traful Lake for about 25 km until we reach the confluence of the Traful and Limay Rivers. There we will take a road known as Paso del Córdoba. This unpaved road has a slight slope on the first 10 km, then it gets steeper until the first portezuelo, then it goes downhill and then uphill again to reach the Paso before mentioned. There with an incredible view of the various colours rock formations, we start going downhill for about 12 km until we get to Rio Caleufu, an ideal place for a stop and a snack or lunch according to the time of arrival. Later we keep going for about 10 km to our camping site. Night at Filo Hua Hum camping. Total: 72km.


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Day 4: Filo Hua Hum - San Martín de los Andes. From the camping site we take a 10k wide gravel road along Meliquina Lake shoreline. The first half is under sunshine and then we move into the shadowy forest towards the paved road that will take us to San Martin de los Andes. Night in hosteria. Total: 54km.


Day 5: San Martín de los Andes. Free day to do optional activities, which are not included on the trip. Horseback riding, trekking, mountain bike circuit around Chapelco Ski Center. Night in hosteria.


Day 6: San Martín de los Andes - Paso Tromen On this day, our journey starts on the vehicle. After 30 kms north, we finally get on our bikes. On the way we pass through the little village of Junín de los Andes, then we turn west towards the mountain that gives its name to the National Park, the Lanin Volcano of 3776 meters above sea level. The road will give us on every turn the best views of the volcano to which we will slowly be approaching. To end the day we go through a forest of araucarias that we will lead us to the base of the volcano where we set up our campsite. Total: 70km


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Day 7: Paso Tromen - Pucón After a good breakfast we continue our trip to the west. Only a few miles away we stop for inmigration and customs formalities, and then once on chilenean ground, we begin a long descent through the woods. The landscape changes, it turns more humid and leafy, with incredible rivers and green meadows. Getting closer to Pucón we will discover on our left hand a new cone, the Villarrica Volcano with its steaming crater. Once in Pucón, we head straight to our accommodation. Total: 88km


Day 8: Pucón Day off to do optional activities, such as rafting, walking around the city, relax by the lake shore, visit hot springs, hiking the Villarrica Volcano and take a look at its steaming crater. Night in hostel.


Day 9: Pucón - Ruta Transvolcánica - Termas de Coñaripe (Pellaifa) We begin going uphill entering Villarica National Park between Villarica and Quetrupillán Volcanoes. We continue going uphill into the dense Andino-Patagónico forest on a 20km trail. On this part of the journey, we will not be joined by a support car because of the thick forest. This is one of the most special parts of the trip, and even though it will be more demanding, the land, the volcanoes and araucaria (aka monkey puzzle trees) forests become a great award and an excellent memory. Once we finish the transvolcanic route, we will get to the town of Coñaripe, where we will rest and hydrate so that we can start the last part of the journey to the camping site where we will spend the night. We will be surprised when we get there with a very special gift: Hot springs! Night in cabin. Total: 55km.


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Day 10: Termas de Coñaripe - Neltume This is not a very long day in which we begin our journey towards west for a few km and then finally turn south, riding the shores of Neltume Lake with great views. Our lunch will be by the shore of this lake from where we can see two new volcanoes, Mocho and Choshuenco. To end the day, we bike about 10km uphill till the town where we spend the night, Neltume. Total 36km


Day 11: Neltume - Nonthué. Before leaving we can trek around to find better and closer views of the volcanoes, and also the beautiful waterfalls of the Fuy River. Then we continue for about 5 km south till Puerto Fuy on the shores of Pirihueico Lake where we take a boat transfer. The boat ride takes about 2 hours, with great views of the rainforest that covers all the surrounding mountains. Back on land and once on our bikes we cross the border and we continue for about 16 km to our next campsite, Nonthue. For those who wish we can visit two small lakes of the area and an amazing waterfall: Chachin. Total 45km.


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Day 12: Nonthue - San Martín de los Andes After spending a beautiful night by the shore of the lake, we start the last day of our journey. The trail goes towards east, parallel to Lacar Lake on its north coast. On this day, amazing views will be waiting for us, around noon we stop on Yuco Beach, the perfect place to recover energies with lunch. In the afternoon we continue our way to San Martín de los Andes, we pass through Mapuche lands and we ride narrow forest trails to a new beach called La Islita. Perfect place for ones who want to swim in the cold water of the lake for a refreshment. Finally, the last 10 km of our journey to San Martín de los Andes! Total 42km


Day 13: Breakfast. End of our services.





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