Duration: 7 Days - 6 Nights
Location: Lake and Volcano District - Chile
Special Info: USD $2,635 per person

Discover the Lake and Volcano district in Chile. Mountain Biking Chile’s southern backroads is the ultimate green tour. This well supported 7 day mountain bike tour in Chile has been especially made for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers.

Mountain Bike Tour Chile

Mountain Bike Tour Chile 7 Days

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  • Day 1 Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Rucamanque

    Get ready for an amazing mountain bike tour in Chile. Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at the Airport and drive you to the city, where we’ll check in at your hostel and have a rest. In the afternoon we will check and fit your bicycles, have an orientation and briefing session, and pedal and easy ride near Temuco. In the evening we’ll enjoy an introductory dinner with your guides.

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 20 km  Time cycling: 1 hours approx

    Accommodation Hostal Pewman Ruca or similar

    Meals: Welcome Dinner 

  • Day 2 Temuco – Conguillio National Park – Manzanar

    This morning, following breakfast, we head off in our private pick-up truck to Melipeuco until we get to the gateway of the National Park Conguillío.

    The highlights of this wild protected area are the impressive araucaria tree forests, which are considered a living fossil (Araucaria araucana), and the most active volcano in Chile, the Llaima Volcano (3125 mts / 10.253 feet).

    Here we begin pedaling along a slightly steep path up to the park’s main entrance situated by the beautiful Truful Truful waterfall, overlooking a striking view of the Llaima Volcano. We’ll ride alongside vast lava fields and then through ancient forests of Nothofagus and araucarias, reaching an altitude of 1.650 meters above sea level (5.413 feet). This is followed the spectacular lakes Verde, Arco Irirs and Conguillío.

    The landscape of the Park is characterized by the Sierra Nevada Range, the lakes, and the active volcano Llaima, with its extensive lava flows that formed a huge moon-like valley. We’ll ride across the whole park from south to north, until arriving to the lake Captrén and the exit of the park, where we meet our vehicle. Then, we’ll check-in at the Suizandina Lodge. Dinner at the lodge around 8pm. 

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 50 km  Time cycling: 5 hours approx

    Accommodation Suizandina Lodge or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3 Malalcahuello – Corralco (Lonquimay Volcano)

    Today we’ll ride 30 kms / 19 miles, passing through pristine forests of araucaria trees (monkey puzzle tree) at Nalcas-Malalcahuello National Reserve until coming up on the Navidad Crater of Lonquimay Volcano, (last eruption – Christmas of 1988). Dinner and overnight at Suizandina (B, BL, D).

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 30 km  Time cycling: 3 hours approx

    Accommodation Suizandina Lodge or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4 Malalcahuello – Cordillera Las Raices

    Another day of great scenery, as we ride across Las Raices Range surrounded by thousand year-old araucaria trees and with Lonquimay volcano in sight. We will learn about the Chilean volcanoes, and also about the indigenous people called Pewenches, where its relationship with the araucaria tree is very close and interesting. At dusk we’ll visit the Malalcahuello Thermal SPA, the most modern of the region, to relax and enjoy the soothing baths. The resort has a fully equipped large indoor thermal pool, and two small pools at different temperatures (one very cold and one very hot). The Spa offers massages and beauty therapy services for an additional cost. 

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 50 km  Time cycling: 5-6 hours approx

    Accommodation Suizandina Lodge or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner 

  • Day 5 Pucon – Quelhue – Ojos del Caburgua Waterfalls

    Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We’ll drive (2 ½ hours) to Pucón – the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. We’ll cycle from Pucón to the Hanging Bridge of Quelhue where we can meet a Mapuche community. Then we’ll continue on biking until arriving at the fantastic Ojos del Caburgua waterfalls. 

    Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to Pucón and check in at Geronimo Hotel or similar. Evening at leisure (dinner NOT included); we highly recommend for you to explore this nice touristy town with its many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Ask our guides if you need some local knowledge about dining and good shopping. 

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 30 km  Time cycling: 2-3 hours approx

    Accommodation Geronimo Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch 

  • Day 6 Pucón – Villarrica Volcano

     Villarrica is a beautiful, cone-shaped, and very active volcano located at the northern end of Chile’s “Lakes Region”. The Ruca Pillán (or Devils House in “Mapuche” language) dominates the horizon south of Pucón. From our hotel in Pucón, we’ll head back west on the Villarrica-Pucon highway, then head up a dirt road to the entrance of Villarrica National Park. We continue biking up the road to the Villarrica ski resort. From here, we will have an amazing and unforgettable view of the Andes, the surrounding lakes and the astonishing volcanoes of the area. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of the Villarrica volcano. After biking we will have a BBQ farewell dinner. Return to Pucón. 

    Mountain Bike traveled distance: 25 km  Time cycling: 3 hours approx 

    Accommodation Geronimo Hotel or similar

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell BBQ Dinner 

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  • Day 7 Pucón – Temuco

     Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans back to Temuco (2 hours drive). It’s been a trip you will always remember! End of services. 

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to [email protected]
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $2,635 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $425
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $2,225 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR, ASK FOR OUR PRIVATE DEPARTURE LUXURY TOUR AND ITS RATES.
  • ◦ Professional mountain biking guide.
    ◦ Private ground transportation and support vehicle
    ◦ 6 Nights’ accommodation at hostels and mountain lodge.
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (B: breakfasts, BL: picnic lunchd, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
    ◦ Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes).
    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary.
    ◦ Entrance fee to Malalcahuello Thermal SPA.
    ◦ Entrance fee to national parks and all activities according to itinerary.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your client’s needs.
  • ◦ International and local flights.
    ◦ Accidents insurance.
    ◦ Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc).
    ◦ Beverages & cocktails on menus.
    ◦ Gratuities.
    ◦ Laundry.
    ◦ Bike rental available upon request.(USD$ 220).
  • ◦ Available from November 2017 to April 2018
    ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates.
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR, ASK FOR OUR PRIVATE DEPARTURE LUXURY TOUR AND ITS RATES.

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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Mountain biking and hot springs.

    DIFFICULTY

    Intermediate: You’re active on your days off, and recreational biking may even be your weekend sport of choice. You love to ride, and it shows in your endurance and strength. Our intermediate bike tours offer a steady but active pace (between 3 to 5 hours), with opportunities to push yourself. Expect some challenging climbs, with great descents over rolling terrain. Average distance per day: 20-30 miles / 30-50 km.

    VISAS

    Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile. Australian and Mexican citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted. USA, Canada and New Zealand citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00)to enter Chile. A valid passport is required  travelling as a tourist for 90 days.

    PACKING TIPS

    We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!

    FOOD

    Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, kosher food is not available.

    DATES

     Private departures from November 2017 until April 2018

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets.

    Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print -.

    HOTELS

     As indicated in the program or similar

    VEHICLES

    Modern van or Mercedes Benz minibus according to group size, air-conditioned

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    WEATHER NOTES

    We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic.

    Weather in Santiago      Weather in Pucón      The Weather Channel

    Generally the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, specially the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the southern hemisphere) present milder temperatures 10ºC to 25ºC (50°F to 77°F) with some scattered rain (likewise during our Fall, March and April). During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 10ºC to 27ºC (50°F to 81°F).  In January and February temperatures range between 15ºC and 35ºC (60°F / 95°F). Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

    In this part of Chile there are no insects or animals that represent a threat to human beings.

    AIRLINE INFORMATION

    We highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from Madrid to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights Santiago(SCL)- Temuco(ZCO) / Temuco-Santiago(SCL). This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

    We are happy to help you find and book your domestic flights, without extra cost.-

    The international terminal at SCL is located in the same building than the domestic terminal.

    Note: The local flights in Chile have a luggage allowance of 20kg. You will need to pay excess if your baggage exceeds this. There is an allowance for cycling equipment charged at 3kg (approx $5 per kg).

    ROAD SAFETY

    Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rear-view mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves) we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign that alert other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road. Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding. All our staff communicates by radio at all times.

    90 MINUTES RIDING WAIT POLICY

    In order to ensure that the timing and logistics of the rides and tour go more smoothly, please be informed that from the time that it takes for the first rider to complete a ride, the transportation vehicles will wait a maximum of 90 minutes for the remaining cyclists to finish riding. After this point, the riders yet to reach the finish line will have to get into the vans and be transported in the vehicles to reunite with the group.

    BICYCLE CHOICE

    If you bring your own bike, make sure they have tires of at least 28 cm size. Although the road surfaces are normally in fine shape, one never knows what condition they will be in after the winter. Pack your bike well in a cardboard box that we can easily dismantle for its transportation during the tour. Standard size bike hard-cases are welcomed.

    BIKE HIRE US$ 220,00

    Our company counts with great rental bikes. Cannondale Trail 5 mountain bike or similar

    Cannondale Trail 5 Mountain Bike

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    HELMET & PEDALS

    Most riders choose to bring their own helmets, but if you prefer, we have a small number of helmets available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you’d like to use one.  All our bikes are equipped with Wellgo pedals and toeclips.  We will be happy to substitute any pedals you choose to bring.  Amity Tours also has a small number of Shimano pedals, available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you prefer to use them.

    ALTITUDE SICKNESS

    There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 4,200 feet.

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $360.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

    GRATUITY

    In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. People usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips. At the end of the trip gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $100 dollars per person, per guide.

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