Tranquil fjords, wooden houses and churches, the rugged coastline of the Pacific: The Island of Chiloé, in northern Chilean Patagonia, is remniscient of the landscapes in Scandinavia. Though it was inhabited long before the Spanish arrived in 1567, the island remained isolated from the commercial trade routes until the founding of the nearby port city Puerto Montt in 1853. During these three isolated centuries, a unique culture developed. The Chilote are of Spanish and indigenous Mapuche descent, and depend on their marine environment to support their way of life.
***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour - check out our Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District tour which features the first 7 days of this itinerary.***
Day 1: Welcome to South America!
Highlights: Fit Bicycles, Welcome DinnerWe meet this afternoon on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, just outside of the center of San Carlos de Bariloche. We'll schedule a transfer from the Bariloche Airport for anyone flying in this morning. 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.
Lodging: Hosteria Las Marianas
Day 2: Bariloche
Highlights: Bariloche, Cerro Campanario take the ski lift to the top of the AndesWe follow a classic ride today after a brief shuttle from Puerto Pañuelo back to Bariloche. Tiny back roads lead us through forests and offer stunning views of both Lago Nahuel Huapi and the smaller Lago Perito Moreno. We recommend the chairlift up the Cerro Campanario to enjoy what some people call one of the top 10 views in the world. After lunch together those who want can pedal up (and down!) the Cerro Catedral route just outside of Bariloche before continuing back to the shores of Lago Gutierrez where we regroup before heading back to our hotel. We'll be back at our hotel this evening in Bariloche. Dinner is on your own tonight. Mileage: 59 kms of rolling hills (37 miles).
Lodging: Hosteria Las Marianas
Day 3: Villa La Angostura
Highlights: Lake Nauhel Huapi, scenic road to Villa La AngosturaThis morning we we'll avoid traffic with a 20 km (12 miles) shuttle out of Bariloche. We'll begin cycling at the south eastern tip of Lake Nahuel Huapi where you'll enjoy beautiful views on your way to Paso Coihue. We'll feast on a delicious picnic lunch together on the shore of the lake before continuing on to Villa La Angostura on one of Argentina's most scenic roads. Villa La Angostura is picture-perfect nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Dinner is on your own tonight. Distance: Approximately 68 km (42 miles).
Lodging: Hosteria El Establo
Day 4: Crossing into Chile
Highlights: Cardenal Samore Pass, thermal spasHeading 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. Today's mileage: 87 km (54 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Termas De Puyehue
Day 5: Termas de Puyehue to Petrohue
Highlights: Lake Llanquihue, views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoesYou'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. Daily mileage: 95 km (59 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Petrohue
Day 6: Puerto Varas
Highlights: Puerto VarasJust 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. Estimated distance: 61 km (40 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Solace
Day 7: Transfer to Chiloé Island
Highlights: Chiloé Island Penguins, Traditional Curanto Meal, Day off the bikesFrom Puerto Varas we'll shuttle and then ferry to the island of Chiloé continuing to the beautiful Pacific Coast and rock islands of Puñihuil, which just so happens to be the only place in Chile where you can view both Magellan and Humboldt Penguins. First we stop in Ancud for lunch together and then take a boat ride and around the small islands enjoying the antics of the penguins. Our early dinner is a special treat: Curanto - a unique seafood dish "pressure-cooked" underground. Afterward we'll continue to Castro, the capital of Chiloé and our home for the next two nights. Distance: No Ride Today.
Lodging: Palafito 1326
Day 8: Bicycle Castro to Dalcahue and Achao
Highlights: Fishing villages, traditional Chilote boatsWe pedal to the east coast of Chiloé today towards Dalcahue where we will then continue on and visit the village of Achao on the Island of Quinchao. Achao is the main town of the island and where the oldest church of Chiloé archipelago is located. We'll take the van back to Castro and dinner tonight is on your own. Mileage: 62 kms (38 miles).
Lodging: Palafito 1326
Day 9: Bicycle Chiloé National Park
Highlights: Quiet roads, lakeside bicycling and bird and wildlife viewing opportunities.We pedal from Castro to Chiloé National Park on the Pacific Coast today to explore its ancient forests and learn about its history. This region was described by Charles Darwin on his famous voyage as rich in its diversity of temperate-zone forest plants. The park was created by the indigenous communities of Chiloé who have fought to protect the environment threatened by intensive deforestation. The national park is also home to rare species of animals endemic to Chile, such as picaflores (hummingbirds), kingfishers, huillines (sea otters), and pudúes (the smallest deer in the world). We'll visit with members of the indigenous community of Quilque over lunch with local products. Tonight we overnight in a unique stilt hotel in the small town of Cucao. Total Mileage 55 km (34 miles).
Lodging: Palafito Cucao
Day 10: Shuttle to the Airport
Highlights: Tour endsWe board our shuttle and transfer back to our ferry and then on to the airport in Puerto Montt this morning. Expect to be at the airport in time to catch a flight after 3 pm this afternoon.
HighlightsChile's Lake District, Views of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, Waterfalls on the Petrohué River, thermal pools, San Carlos de Bariloche, Chiloé Island , Wooden Churches, Penguins
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 10 days, 9 nights accommodation; bilingual tour leaders; 6 dinners with wine, 10 breakfasts, 4 (3 picnic)lunches
Begin/EndSan Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina / Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC). There is a reciprocity entry fee for entering Argentina through an international airport; USA, Canada and Australia passport holders are required to register and pay online prior to arrival.
Arrive/DepartSan Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) / Puerto Montt, Chile
Total Distance499-595 kms (308 - 367 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage per day mileage 62-74 kms (38-46 miles)
What to ExpectStunning views of the southern Andes, volcanoes, lakes and waterfalls. An exhilarating ride into Chile, great food and fun activities.
Asphalt roads, rolling hills and flat terrain on most days. Half the days have mileages exceeding 50 miles. One long climb over the Andes, cumulative elevation gain does not exceed 3000 feet that day.
NotesIf this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour - check out our Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District tour which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.
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|*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 single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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