Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District

Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District

Join us on our 7-day Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District from Argentina to Chile tour where we will cycle paved roads across the Continental Divide in the Andes, from Argentina into Chile. At this latitude, the mountains are much gentler than the severe Peruvian and Ecuadoran landscapes that come to mind when you think of the Andes. Our route winds from the high plateau setting of San Carlos de Bariloche along Andean lakes, down through the valleys of the border region and into Chile's Lake District. Cycle past conical volcanoes and snow capped Andean peaks, and one of Chile's famous rushing rivers, and relax in the tranquil settings of our lovely hotels.

***Extend this bicycle tour by 3 days. Visit our Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé bicycle tour.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Dec 8-14, 2018
Guaranteed to Go!
Jan 19-25, 2019
Feb 2-8, 2019
Guaranteed to Go! 
Feb 16-22, 2019

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 7 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 57-60 kms (35-37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301 - 401
  • Countries / Argentina, Chile
  • Price / From USD$3495
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary


1 No cycling today.
2 26 mi / 42 km
3 8 mi / 13 km
4 54 mi / 87 km
5 56-60 mi / 90-97 km
6 34-38 mi / 55-61 km
7 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Argentina and Chile's Lake District, Views of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, Waterfalls on the Petrohué River, thermal pools, San Carlos de Bariloche. Puerto Varas

    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.

    Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork. We do shuttle a number of times on this ride to avoid traffic or sections of rough roads.
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine, 6 breakfasts, 3 (2 picnic) lunches

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Argentina, Chile
  • Begin/End
    San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina / Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Arrive / Depart
    San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) / Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC). San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina / Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC). There may be a reciprocity entry fee for entering Argentina through an international airport
  • Total Distance
    287-300 kms (177 - 185 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    57-60 kms (35-37 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301 - 401
    Asphalt roads. Rolling hills and flat terrain on most days with some longer distances. One long climb on Day 3 over the Andes, cumulative elevation gain does not exceed 3000 feet that day.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to South America!

Highlights: Fit Bicycles, Welcome Dinner

We meet this afternoon at our hotel, located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of the center of San Carlos de Bariloche. We'll schedule a transfer from the Bariloche Airport at 4 PM for anyone flying in today. After checking in, take a walk down to the lake and enjoy the stunning views of the Andes right outside the hotel. Or, better yet - explore Bariloche. This mountain town is a year-round destination for outdoor lovers and is bustling in the summer. We'll meet in the afternoon to fit bicycles and suggest a short test ride before meeting for a drink and dinner this evening.

DAY 2: Bariloche to Circuito Chico

Highlights: Bariloche, Cerro Campanario take the ski lift to the top of the Andes

We follow a classic ride today after a brief shuttle out of town. Tiny back roads lead us through forests and offer stunning views of both Lago Nahuel Huapi and the smaller Lago Perito Moreno. Our ride ends at the base of Cerro Campanario. Check in to the hotel and then walk the 500 meters to the chairlift and ride up to enjoy what some people call one of the top ten views in the world.

DAY 3: Villa La Angostura

Highlights: Lake Nahuel Huapi, Arrayanes National Park

Your day begins with a shuttle to Lake Nahuel Huapi. From there, you'll set sail on a ferry and view Bariloche's surrounding area from a different perspective as you float towards the Quetrihu? Peninsula. Upon docking you'll have the option to walk a wooded path through Arrayanes National Park and some of the most pristine myrtle in South America. In the 1970s, this 300-year-old myrtle stand was awarded special protection under the Argentine government. Local legend has it that Walt Disney walked through this forest in the late 1930s and it inspired his choice for Bambi's cinnamon color as well as the film's setting. Today our hike will take between 3 and 4 hours.

DAY 4: Crossing into Chile

Highlights: Cardenal Samore Pass, thermal spas

Heading across the Andes we'll pedal from Lake Espejo over the Cardenal Samore Pass (4,311 feet) to our thermal resort at the Termas de Puyehue. We'll have a picnic lunch together before enjoying the downhill into Chile! Be sure to take time to relax in the hotel's thermal pools before dinner together this evening.

DAY 5: Termas de Puyehue to Petrohue

Highlights: Lake Llanquihue, views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes

You'll pedal around the east side of Lake Llanquihue today with stunning views of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. We'll stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquility as we pass quiet farmlands and small forests. Take the shuttle or bike the last 6 km of gravel to the hotel before relaxing at the edge one of Patagonia's beautiful lakes. Tonight we'll feast on a delicious home-cooked dinner together.

  • Distance: 56-60 mi / 90-97 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Puerto Varas

Highlights: Puerto Varas

Just after leaving our hotel, plan to visit the famous "Saltos de Petrohue," waterfalls. Continuing our ride around Lake Llanquihue we'll enjoy more great views of Osorno Volcano on our way to Puerto Varas, a small but bustling town with numerous craft stores and great walks along the lake. We have the inside scoop on Puerto Varas' best restaurant for dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 34-38 mi / 55-61 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Puerto Varas

Highlights: Tour ends

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning. We'll offer a shuttle, or you can take a taxi to the airport in Puerto Montt which is less than a half-hour away for those who are flying home. If you need to return to Bariloche, we recommend transferring across Todos los Santos Lake. This trip has daily departures and the bus leaves just one hundred meters from our hotel! It is a beautiful and relaxing boat and bus trip and you'll arrive in Bariloche in time for a late dinner. Whatever your plans, buen viaje..

***Extend this bicycle tour by 3 days. Visit our Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chilo? bicycle tour.***

  • Meals: Breakfast




  • Beautiful and challenging ride. Very amazing guides who worked well together. Most hotels were great and delicious food.

    Lynn H., University Place, WA
  • The guides were excellant--always available and helpful. It was a great biking as well as cultural experience!

    Diane W., Boulder, CO
  • The tour leader was outstanding. She was most attentive to our needs and helped us have the best experiences ...

    William D.
    Goshin, CT
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Hard to choose...stunning scenery, challenging climbs, helpful, supportive tour leaders. I also loved the garden luncheon, and enjoyed the farm tour.

    Julia V., Nottingham, NH
  • Spectacular scenery, excellent leaders, wonderful hotels. Most of the rides were truly breathtaking

    Samuel S., Asheville, NC
  • We just returned from the Argentina - Chile trip and wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. The tour leader did an outstanding job leading this inaugural journey and along with our Argentine guides made our ride fun and interesting. The Chiloé extension only added icing to the cake. What a beautiful island filled with very special people and gorgeous scenery. I would highly recommend to anyone going on the bicycle trip to not miss this added bonus. It is well worth the time and money.

    Larry and Corky B.
    Herkimer, NY
  • Amazing scenery, great food, great wines, very knowledgeable and helpful guides.

    Michael S., New York, NY
  • [What I liked most was] the ride to Fruitallar. It was so beautiful and not much traffic.

    Whitney R,
    Fresno, CA
  • I had such a fantastic time on this tour. I think I can speak for my whole family when I say that this was my most favorite vacation of all time. I absolutely LOVED the hotels including the range and variety we got to stay in. Food was good, especially breakfast. Loved the empanadas as well. I felt like I really got to experience a great part of Patagonia and even the volcano was a good story. All pre-trip correspondence was so informational and very much helped me to prepare for the trip.

    Tiana E., Steamboat Springs, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The breathtaking scenery, the camaraderie of the folks in the group, the challenge of daily riding, the food and wine, the chance to see how another culture lives.

    Kathleen L., Springfield, VA
  • Thanks for a great ExperiencePlus!

    Jeff W., Fort Collins, CO
  • The guides were very good. Great trip.

    Thomas E.
    Houston, TX
  • An awesome tour. Best bike I have had on a tour (besides my own). I'll be back

    Patricia S., Alexandria, VA
  • I have to say that this was the best vacation of my life! I loved the guides, the places we stayed, the people, the challenges of our first bike trip, and of course the family together (without any disagreements!)

    Toni H. Steamboat Springs, CO
  • This was my first cycle tour and it has set a very high benchmark. Beautiful scenery, informative and attentive tour guides, challenging but very rewarding rides. The luxury of not having to worry about a maps, directions when cycling is excellent (loved the chalk arrows) and it was lovely to arrive at each of the accommodations and our luggage was waiting for us in the room.

    Trina M., Gwellup, Australia
  • I have described this as the best vacation of my life.

    Toni H., Steamboat Springs
  • Exquisite.

    David H., Littleton, CO
  • The scenery was amazing. Hotels and meals were also amazing and our tour leaders were the best!!!

    Walter S., Westmeadows, Australia
  • I enjoyed listening to our guides' regional stories, the scenery was magnificent crossing the Andes and the food was terrific in Chile.

    Lisa N., Pottersville, NJ
  • I've taken numerous bike tours with various companies and will say that ExperiencePlus! offers the best value for the money. Also, I find my fellow bikers in the ExperiencePlus! groups to be the easiest to get along with and among the nicest I've ever met while traveling - no whiners! Some of the more expensive bike tour companies tend to attract more high-maintenance travelers (who care more about the hotel and dressing up for dinner than the biking), meaning the focus of their trips will often stray from the biking and cultural experience. I like the fact that ExperiencePlus! will choose/recommend restaurants where the locals themselves dine.

    Charlene L.
    Jersey City, NJ
  • Thanks so much for everything, I feel really blessed in having such nice tour leader all the time. And I'm in love with the Hotel Puelche in Puente Varras, archecturally it was interesting, the porportions and lay out, plus the food was goood.

    Barbara H.
    Lexington, MA
  • Another fine ExperiencePlus! trip!

    Robin D., Oakland, CA
  • Great bike, great guides, great people, great scenery, great experience.

    Justin L., San Francisco, CA
  • [What I liked most was] The biking and the treatment we received from the tour leaders. Especially the birthday cake they provided at the day-three dinner for my 61st birthday.

    James M.
  • I would recommend the tour until I am blue in the face. We loved the cycling, we enjoyed the people we met, and we had such fun at the stops...

    Gillian Q., Vancouver, Canada
  • The trip was well organized: the guides were attentive, informative, helpful and fun to hang out with; the hotels were great; restaurants that were included or recommended by the guides were fabulous; bikes were in "new" condition; the other people on the trip were great travel companions. I would definitely recommend your company to anyone looking for a bike touring company and I hope to make it on another one of your trips some time.

    Jeff F., Cottekill, NY
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