Biking the Lake District

Off-Road Programs
We invite you to cycle and discover the Lake & Volcano District of Chile with us. Explore this fascinating part of our country dominated by astonishing National Parks, clear-water Lakes, amazing live Volcanoes and one of the best thermal waters in the world. Our trip includes local guides, amazing local cuisine, and our world known wines and handpick lodges and inns. This tour is orientated to more advanced cyclists

 

 
Highlights
Lakes, Volcanoes, Natural Reserve, hot springs, waterfalls and towns. Tour designed for advanced cyclists and van support.

DAY 1                    SANTIAGO 
Meet and Greet in Santiago Airport with our staff and transfer to the hotel.  Enjoy your day at leisure or may request for an optional tour of Santiago. Overnight in 4-star Hotel or similar category.
 
DAY 2                    SANTIAGO - TEMUCO - MALALCAHUELLO
Breakfast in the hotel. Reception and transfer from the hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to Temuco (not included in pricing). Reception and transfer from Temuco Airport to the hotel in Malalcahuello.  The hotel is located in the shoulders of Lonquimay Volcano, surrounded by millenarian Araucarias trees. After checking into the hotel, your guide starts assisting you to assemble your bike and prepare for a great warm up ride of one hour. Afterwards in the evening, you will have a briefing session with your group while enjoying dinner. Overnight in Corralco Lodge and SPA 4-star or similar category. (D)
Traveled distance: 25km
Cycle duration: 1 hour

DAY 3                    MALALCAHUELLO
Breakfast in the hotel. Begin your journey by taking the minibuses to the Sierra Nevada Range (18km) and through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km). Here you start paddling traveling alongside the Lonquimay River of 32 miles, one of the smoothest roads. Riding your bike through territories of different Pewenches communities and ascending to international customs “Pino Hachado”. After a pleasant ride, your challenge begins with a 22km climb until reaching the peak altitude of 1.884meters. Once you reach the summit, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Andes Mountains. At this point, you have reach Liucura Village where the minibus meets our group and drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Corralco Lodge and SPA 4-star or similar category. (B, BB, D)
Traveled distance: 58km + optional 22 optional
Cycle duration: 4 hours approx. with an optional additional hour
 
DAY 4              MALALCAHUELLO - TEMUCO - PUCON
Breakfast in the hotel. Start the morning with an amazing downhill cycle towards the village of Malalcahuello riding alongside the Cautin River. As the valley opens we descent to the foothills of the mountain range until arriving to the plain of Curacautin.  Then departing this town with a beautiful view of the Volcanoes Llaima, Longuimay & Tolhuaca, we start climbing a good hill. Afterwards, enjoy a fun descent ride onto a smooth road into a green valley passing through seeded fields until you reach the city of Lautario. At this meeting point, end the cycling and aboard on a van to transfer you to Pucon, 2hr drive. Overnight in Green Park Hotel 3-star or similar category. (B, L, D)
Traveled distance: 70kms
Cycle duration: 5 hours approx.

DAY 5                    PUCON
Breakfast in the hotel. Departing by cycling from the hotel toward the village of Caburgua to enjoy a beautiful view of the Caburgua Lake. Today’s road will be a constant flat with a few short climbs to warm up your legs. As we cycle today’s ride, your local guide will help identify several species of birds and trees and able to view beautiful farms ranches and the spectacular view of the Villarrica Volcano. If chances are good, you may be able to see some smoke coming out of the volcano. Then we begin the cycling on the swirling road until reaching The Termas Huife Resort where you can enjoy a hot mineral swim and relax in these self-healing natural waters, and have lunch. Finalizing the tour, you cycle back to Pucon. Tonight, dinner with the group at a local Chilean restaurant. Overnight in Green Park Hotel 3-star or similar category. (B, BB, D)
Traveled distance: 70kms
Cycle duration: 5 hours approx.

DAY 6                    PUCON - HUILO HUILO
Breakfast in the hotel. Today you ride along the shores of 2 beautiful lakes, Calafquen and Panquipulli and cycle three-quarters around Villarrica Volano. Continue the ride through the town of Licanray, bordered by green prairies and native forests. Along the way, you should be able to view 5 volcanos on this smooth road. After a fun descent, you reach Panguipulli Lake where you can enjoy a short climb to the summit and view a magnificent view of Mocho Choshuenco Volcano. Prior to end your tour today, stop for a picnic lunch to enjoy Panguipulli Lake surroundings. Afterwards, ride 20km alongside the lake to reach at an ended paved road near Choshuenco Village where from this point, meet and greet your transportation and drive to Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight in Nothofagus Hotel & Spa 5-star or similar category. (B, PL, D)
Traveled distance: 85kms
Cycle duration: 6 hours approx.

DAY 7                    HUILO HUILO - OSORNO - PUERTO VARAS
Breakfast in the hotel. Today begin a drive from Huilo Huilo to Osorno Town, some 180km. On arrival, you ride through swirling roads and beautiful beaches along side of Lake Llanquihue. Keep a lookout of nearby wildlife and view of 4 volcanos Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca and Puyehue. The cycling today consists of small hills and long flat stretches most of the day, passing by towns like Puerto Octay and Frutillar, always next to the shores of Llanquihue Lake. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, you will drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas and arrive to your hotel. Have time to relax and enjoy your welcome drink. Afterwards, dinner in a local restaurant that combines amazing wines. Overnight in Hotel & Spa Patagonico 4-star or similar category. (B, L, D)
Traveled distance: 56 miles
Cycle duration: 5 hours approx.

DAY 8                     PUERTO VARAS
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, you will drive out of Puerto Varas and then begin riding in Puerto Octay, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting. Osorno Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and you will pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as you travel to the villages of Las Cascadas and Ensenada. 67 km northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake is one of the most beautiful routes of this tour. Finally, end your last ride arriving at Petrohue Falls, a turquoise waterfall located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.
Option tour to rise 12 km /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Osorno Volcan, one of the steepest climbs in South America, with ramps of 22%-24%. Upon completing the ride, you head back with the van or by bike to the charming German-style city of Puerto Varas. During the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hotel Patagonico 4-star or similar category.  (B, PL, D)
Traveled distance: 70 km + 12 Km climb
Cycle duration: 6 hours approx.

DAY 9                    PUERTO VARAS - PUERTO MONTT - SANTIAGO
Breakfast in the hotel. Time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. Private transfer from the hotel to Puerto Montt Airport. Flight to Santiago. Private transfer from Santiago Airport to the hotel. Farewell dinner. Overnight in 4-star Hotel or similar category.
 
DAY 10                  SANTIAGO - NEXT DESTINATION
Breakfast in the hotel. Private transfer from the hotel to Santiago Airport. Flight to next destination. (not included in pricing).
END OF SERVICES
Upon Request - send email to operations@exploringchile.cl
Including in pricing: 
- Private Transfer from Santiago Airport to the hotel 
- Accommodations in Double Basis Room including breakfast
- Professional local guide -1 guide from 2 -8 cyclists /  2 guides from 9 -15 pax
- Private vans and support vehicle (1 van from 2 to 11 cyclists)
- Support vehicle (pick-up truck) with bicycle trailer from 6 riders up
- Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
- Mentioned meals on itinerary (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches)
- Tips at restaurants for lunch and dinners
- Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.  

Not Including in pricing: 
- International flight to/from Chile
- Flight tickets Santiago - Puerto Montt - Santiago
- Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
- Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
- Laundry 
- Beverages & cocktails not included on menus
- Tips for drivers and guides
- Early check in / late check out
- Tips and other additional personal expenses
- Travel insurance (please read “Terms & Conditions” carefully)
- Bank charges for the transfer of money to our Chilean bank account
- Anything else not specified in the section: “Included in the Price”  
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