Crossing the Andes from the Chilean fjords to the Andean lakes


Crossing the Andes from the Pacific ocean to lake Nahuel Huapi. Riding through indigenous forests, patagonian lakes and mountains, climbing up the Osorno volcano with our bikes.

1 Dec 2014
Photos of the last travel in Crossing the Andes from the Chilean fjords to the Andean lakes

Day 1: Bariloche:
We meet in Bariloche we have a welcome dinner.
Lodging: hotel

Day 2: Bariloche – Circuit Chico
Tour around Lakes Nahuel Huapi, Escondido and Moreno. Also we ride through Colonia Suiza and take alternative roads and paths .
Daily biking ride: 65 km (20 km gravel road)
Lodging: hotel

Day 3: Andes crossing to Chile – Puerto Montt.
We travel to Puerto Montt by bus and bike along Lake Llanquihue (paved road ) to the Pacific ocean where our cycling trip begins. Free afternoon, you may visit Chiloé island on your own.
Lodging: hotel.

Day 4 – Puelo:
We cross by boat to Caleta Puelche we continue cycling on a gravel road (45 km), in the Reloncavi fjord (by the Pacific ocean). We stop at a cabins resort at the beginning of Puelo village.
Daily biking ride: 65 km (15 km paved road).
Lodging: at cabin

Day 5 – Ensenada (Chile):
We continue cycling to the end of the fjord of Reloncavi, with several cliffs with great views to the Pacific ocean. The ocean seems like a lake in this section surrounded by leafy forest with ferns and big leaves called nalcas. We cycle through a small village called Cochamo.
Daily biking ride: 75 km (45 gravel road). Smooth ride.
Lodging: at cabin by Llanquihue lake shore.

Day 6 – Hot springs Aguas Calientes (Chile):
We cycle for about 20 km in the Perez Rosales national park, on gravel road with several uphill and downhill sections, surrounded by leafy forest by the Llanquihue lake shore. Then we continue cycling by Rupanco and Puyehue lakes, where we continue on paved road until we arrive to Aguas Calientes hot springs resort, which is in the Puyehue national park. You will have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs
Daily biking ride: 115 km (50 km on gravel road)
Lodging: at cabin

Day 7 – Villa La Angostura – Crossing the Andes:
After 55 km we reach Cardenal Samore Puyehue Pass ( at 1350m). We ride past lakes Espejo and Correntoso. We have a 20 km long downhills
Daily biking ride: 95 km, on paved road.
Lodging: at hosteria – inn

Day 8 – Villa la Angostura:
Leisure day with the possibility to go on a short cycling ride on trails to Quetrohue peninsula know by the Arrayan forest – unique in the world (12km+12km), the trails are low technical cycling
Daily biking ride: 24 km
Lodging: at hosteria – inn

Day 9 -San Martín de los Andes:
We take the famous road of the 7 lakes “Camino de los siete lagos”, which goes through the Nahuel Huapi and Lanin national parks. It is an undulant road through Andean leafy forest cycling by the lakes shores.
Daily biking ride:110 km (50 km paved road)
Lodging: in cabins.

Day 10 – Confluencia:
We start cycling by the Meliquina lake shore. We ascent to Córdoba pass with a spectacular panoramic view. We descent to Confluencia where the rivers Limay and Traful join, with beautiful rocky surrounding, with funny rock formations.
Daily biking ride: 75 km gravel road
Lodging: hosteria – inn.

Day 11 – Bariloche:
We cycle by the Limay river shore for about 25 kms in a narrow valley. The we cross the Limay river over a hanging bridge, at Villa LLanquin and continue cycling on gravel trails by the river shore with great steppe landscape surroundings arriving to Bariloche in the afternoon. At night farewell dinner.
Daily biking ride: 75 km (50 km on paved road).
Lodging: hotel.

Bariloche and surrounding areas. Puerto Montt (Chile). Lake Llanquihue. Volcano Osorno. Hot springs. Puyehue Pass (1350m). Argentina: Villa la Angostura. Arrayan forest (Quetrihue Peninsula).Nahuel Huapi ,Lanin Naxional park, “Camino de los Siete Lagos”, San Martin de los Andes.Bariloche.

675 km. (350 gravel road + 325 paved road)

Biking days last approx.. 5/6 hr.. and are split in two legs, morning and afternoon. Normal cycling speed is approx. 17km/h. Those who might feel tired can use the support vehicle. We cycle about 80 km per day with about 800 m level difference per cycling day.

minimum 8 people. Registration should be confirmed two months in advance otherwise a 15% will be added to the price.

  • Experienced guides assistance
  • Support vehicle
  • Mechanical assistance and spare bike
  • All meals included (4 meals daily plus energy snacks in between)
  • Transfer to Puerto Montt
  • Lodging in hotels and at cabins

  • Mountain bike or hybrid, with gravel and paved road tires and prior mechanical check up
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle or water backpack (Camel)
  • Sleeping bag and Thermarest
  • Tent only if you want a single tent
  • Head lamp or flash light with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Sunblock lotion and lipbalm
  • No need for saddlebags unless you want to carry your own camera

  • Bike pants short & long
  • Running pants
  • Windbreaker
  • synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Gloves
  • Socks synthetic & wool
  • Rain poncho (optional)
  • Sandals or spare tennis shoes