Take on an iconic bike route with local help
Visit and stay in this spectacular landscape on day 7 and trek through it

Cycle Tour Chile: Northern Austral Road

Duration
11 days
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$1,085 USD

Spend 11 exhilarating days cycling the northern part of the iconic Carretera Austral on a locally-led guided tour. The city of Puerto Montt is the entrance to the route and where you will begin your journey. This cycling adventure invites you to visit the most spectacular landscapes of the Northern Austral Road. You will start the tour navigating the Reloncaví Estuary and the Bi-modal Route and pedalling through mountains, lakes, rivers, fjords, glaciers and native forests of the Los Lagos and Aysén Region before finishing the tour in Coyhaique.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    11 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged
  • Distance
    347.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    38.5 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Main Destination
    Patagonia
  • Distance
    347.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    38.5 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1PUERTO MONTT

    ​At 5 p.m. you will meet at the hostel, where the team of guides will present themselves and provide general information of the route and services included in the tour. They will give safety instructions and recommendations, make a revision of the equipment and the bicycle mechanics, and the last details of the tour preparation will be adjusted.

    • Hostel in Puerto Montt
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2HORNOPIRÉN

    After breakfast, you will start the first stretch along the coast of Puerto Montt to enter Route 7. You will take a barge to cross the Reloncaví Estuary up to Caleta Puelche. Then you will continue along the coast near the town of Contao, to continue on paths with slopes and mixed terrain of gravel and pavement, which will allow you to get to know the rural sector of the Hualaihué area, until reaching the town of Hornopirén.

    • 65.9 miles
    • Hostel in Hornopiren
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  3. Day 3PARQUE PUMALÍN

    In the morning you will depart with your bicycle on the barge of the Bimodal Route. The trip lasts 5 hours in the middle of fjords of Patagonia and you will have spectacular views of the Andes mountain range. Then you will arrive at the South Entrance of the Pumalín Park in Caleta Gonzalo. You will be cycling in the middle of an evergreen forest, take a break to walk the trail of millenary larch trees and continue your journey until reaching the sector of The Volcano of the Pumalín Park.

    • 24.9 miles
    • Camping in Pumalin Park
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  4. Day 4YELCHO LAKE

    You will start cycling along Route 7 today, crossing the Pumalín Park. Then you will continue on a gravel road, with panoramic views of the Chaitén volcano, where you can observe the traces of its eruption. You will take a break in the city of Chaitén to visit the city and have lunch to recover energy.  You will keep on going along a paved road through El Amarillo sector of the Pumalín Park. The route goes on until you reach the town of Puerto Cárdenas and the famous Yelcho suspension bridge, where it is possible to admire the mouth of the lake and the glacier of the same name. Bordering the beautiful Yelcho Lake you will arrive at your accommodation.

    • 57.2 miles
    • Camping at Yelcho Lake
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  5. Day 5LA JUNTA

    The route begins with beautiful scenery surrounded by native forest and views of the Yelcho glacier. You will face a high and difficult climb of Moraga hill, and as you pass this peak you will continue the descent where you can admire the impressive trace left by the terrible alluvium of Villa Santa Lucia of the year 2017, a phenomenon that radically transformed the landscape of the town and the life of its inhabitants. You will continue the journey along a winding paved road, bordering the Frío River, Palena, entering the Aysén Region until reaching the town of La Junta.

    • 57.8 miles
    • Hostel in La Junta
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  6. Day 6PUYUHUAPI

    You will continue in the direction of Puyuhuapi bordering the river and Lake Risopatrón. Then you will become immersed in the impressive scenery of The Queulat National Park, to reach the town of Puyuhuapi which is known for its carpets factory and architecture influenced by German settlers. You will arrive at the accommodation, have lunch and in the afternoon drive in a van to enjoy the hot springs in front of the Puyuhuapi fiord.

    • 28 miles
    • Hostel in Puyuhuapi
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  7. Day 7QUEULAT NATIONAL PARK

    On a paved road, you will cycle the border of a wonderful fjord to reach the Queulat National Park. The evergreen forest owns the landscape. After setting up camp you will trek through the park. There are two alternatives; one option is to go on the interpretive trail and the trail to the Témpano Lagoon to admire the imposing hanging glacier. And the other option, for the more adventurous ones, is to take a guided interpretive trek along the trail that leads to the viewpoint of the hanging glacier. This day will be key to get some rest and face the Queulat slope the next day.

    • 15.5 miles
    • Camping in the National Park
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  8. Day 8VILLA AMENGUAL

    After getting to know and touring the Queulat National Park, you will continue the journey with a stretch of gravel and dirt roads until coming face to face with a challenge of incredible beauty, the Cuesta Queulat. A progressive climb of a continuous winding road, consisting of 33 curves that show the best of the landscape of the park and its surroundings. After a long descent, you will continue a winding paved road and another high-intensity steep hill to reach Villa Amengual.

    • 37.3 miles
    • Hostel in Villa Amengual
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  9. Day 9VILLA MAÑIHUALES

    Continuing Route 7 on a paved road, you will cross the Las Torres National Reserve, and it will be possible to enjoy a ride in the middle of a privileged scenery of colours formed by the sky, rivers, forests and mountains, in a transition from the temperate rain forest to the Patagonian steppe. At the end of the tour you can observe the agricultural fields, the unique Lagoon Esponja and the Colmillo Hill in the town of Villa Mañihuales.

    • 37.3 miles
    • Camping in Villa Manihuales
    • Breakfast, Dinner, and Snacks
  10. Day 10COYHAIQUE

    Over a paved and gravel road, the final section of the Northern Carretera Austral offers some typical landscapes of Patagonia. On the way you will stop for lunch in Villa Ortega and have some rest to continue the last 32km (20mi) that will take you to the city of Coyhaique, where you will complete the tour.


    • 55.3 miles
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks
  11. Day 11Departure

    Enjoy the final breakfast of the tour as you Northern Austral bike adventure comes to an end.

    It is possible to continue cycling into Patagonia and to add the Southern Austral Road tour to your itinerary. Please contact us for more information.