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Cycling the Lake Districts of Chile & Argentina
Ride through the beautiful Lake District of Chile and Argentina on a 13-day bicycling adventure. Discover a beautiful and fertile land at the northern gateway to Patagonia - a magical landscape filled with active volcanoes, turquoise rivers, gigantic lakes and ancient native forests. See Andean condors swooping down from the foothills of the cordillera as you cycle on some of the most scenic paved routes that South America has to offer.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance222.5 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance24.9 miles
You'll gain a cultural insight into both Chile and Argentina, including the European influences and indigenous customs that have shaped the region. Cross the Andes twice in spectacular fashion on two wheels as part of an incredible 'once in a lifetime' journey!
Other highlights of the trip include visiting iconic Andean Lakes, seeing Monkey Puzzle forests, riding the legendary 'Seven Lakes Road', cycling alongside Lago Llanquihue and being amidst the lush and (active) volcanic landscape of this region.
This trip is classified Road and has an activity level of 4 (Moderate/Challenging) with an average daily distance of 44km (27 miles) over 9 cycling days. Between Peulla and Puerto Blest there is a section of the ride where the support vehicle cannot take the same route, however, in the event of an emergency, it is possible to have vehicle access. This is the toughest section of the itinerary. The terrain and route are approximately 74% tarmac, 26% unpaved roads. There will be some large elevation gains; mixed cycling terrain; variable weather conditions and some remote locations.
Some cycling experience and a good level of fitness is recommended. Most of the roads are in good condition, although there can occasionally be potholes and poorer conditions in some short sections. You should be prepared for some cycling on unpaved gravel/dirt roads. The Andes crossing day from Chile to Argentina is the toughest day of cycling on the tour as the stretches of unpaved road between the lakes involve a long climb up to the border crossing which is potentially on rough terrain depending on how the weather has been. The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until you reach towns where you are more likely to encounter other vehicles.