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Cycle Tour Chile: Northern Austral Road
Spend 10 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.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration10 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance273.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance29.8 miles
You will discover several locations along the way, including Hornopirén, Chaitén, Villa Santa Lucía, La Junta, Puyuhuapi, Mañihuales and Coyhaique. In these destinations, you will stop and rest at diverse lodgings and feeding stops, where you will learn some of the history and traditions of the local culture. This cycle touring route takes place over tarmac and gravel roads, as well as some challenges such as the Moraga and Queulat slopes.
Aside from the magnificent cycling, the tour also includes trekking through the Pumalin National Park, a visit to the hot springs at Ventisquero de Puyuhuapi and guided trekking on the Lagoon Tempano or the Queulat Glacier at Queulat National Park.
The trip is classified as having a difficulty of medium/high, covering an average of 62 km (38 mi) per day. The Carretera Austral, at this point, consists of approximately 150 km (93 mi) gravel and 409 km (254 mi) of tarmac. Previous experience in recreational or professional cycling sports is essential to get the most out of this trip as is being in good physical condition with training prior to the trip.
Join this small group tour to explore and enjoy spectacular attractions such as Pumalín Park, Yelcho Glacier, Palena River, Risopatron Lake, the majestic Hanging Glacier of Queulat National Park. Do not miss out on this great personal experience, an opportunity to travel sustainably and contribute to local rural communities on the famed Carretera Austral.
*Note that this tour can be joined with the Southern Carretera Austral tour to make one epic journey.