Expedition: Chile’s Carretera Austral
- Length 17 days
- From USD$8450
- Style/Level Expedition 5.0
- Countries Chile
- Begin/End Puerto Montt / Coyhaique
OverviewThe famed “Carretera Austral” is an intrepid bicyclist’s paradise through a full third of Chilean Patagonia. Paved only part of the way, which makes for a nice introduction to gravel riding, this road was started in 1976 during the regime of General Augusto Pinochet. The Carretera Austral – also known as Route 7 – connects some of Chile’s most remote communities located across a wild and mountainous, fjord-laden region whose snow-capped volcanoes, dense forests, stunning lakes, impressive rivers, and glaciated peaks are largely protected within national parks and preserves. This once-in-a-lifetime tour follows a partially-paved Route 7 from Puerto Montt to the southern shores of General Carrera Lake. We’ll pedal a few long stretches of “ripio” (Spanish for gravel) near the tour’s end. Whether you come for the scenic beauty, the remote wildness or the challenging cycling, you’ll never forget this experience.
Please note: Hard tail 29″ mountain bikes with 1.5″ touring tires will be used on the majority of this tour. Wider, 2.1″ knobby tires are available for the last three days of riding when conditions are 100 percent gravel.
Keep in mind
We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
– Expeditions require that you be prepared for anything and a sense of adventure will be your most valuable asset!
– 29″ mountain bikes with 1.5″ touring tires will be used on the majority of this tour. Wider, 2.1″ knobby tires are available for the last three days of riding when conditions are 100 percent gravel.
– Due to poor road conditions there may be a few sections of road you will have to shuttle.
– You will travel to remote areas with very basic accommodations.
– Private Rooms may not be available every night.
Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Expedition tour here.
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Dates, prices & booking
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Mountain (Chile and Argentina)
Arrival & departure
Beautiful and tranquil location, amazing scenery, itinerary was great – including timing of rest days, activities on rest days, accommodations, food, cultural components. The times when I was completely alone in the beautiful places with only sounds and smells of nature (and knowing that someone was not too far away, ready to take care of all of my needs).Roseanna N., Lafayette, CO – January 2023
Tour was superb. The team was outstanding and the route perfect, even the weather obliged. A chance to see a nearly untouched magical part of the world by the best means possible with the best people.Andrew D., London, UK – January 2023