Bike And Hike In The Lake & Volcano District Of Chile

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

Medium

Location

Chile

Date

October to April

From US $2.640 To US $6.035

7-Day Bike & Hike Tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

Bike and hike the best trails of the Lake and Volcano District and discover what the Southern Chile has to offer!

RATES
  • From $2.640 To $6.035
  • Single Supplement: US $505

For groups over 10 people, please contact us for private group rates.

PROGRAM INCLUDES
  • Professional tour guide (01 guide for every 9 clients)
  • Professional tour guide (01 guide for every 9 clients)
  • Private ground transportation (01 van for every 12 clients)
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at 3 * and 4 *hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Accidents insurance
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
  • Mountain Gear for Villarrica Volcano (crampons, ice axe, hiking boots, gators, helmet, backpack, gloves, pant cover and wind breaker).
  • All activities according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs and national parks.
NOT INCLUDED

 

  • International and domestic flights
  • Gratuities at restaurants and hotels
  • Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
  • Extra beverages & cocktails
  • Laundry and SPA services
  • Bike rental available upon request – Bike rental: US$120 for the whole tour
DATES
  • We operate this tour upon request and according to availability.

Itinerary

Day 01: Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Malalcahuello (Warm-up ride)

Our local staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to a small quaint mountain village called Malalcahuello, where a soothing SPA awaits us at our hotel.  Your guides will assist you to assemble and fit your bike and then take a short warm-up ride.  In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our Welcome Dinner together.

Accommodation: Corralco Hotel & SPA (4*)

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Bike traveled distance: 20 km / 12 miles

Time cycling: 1 hour

Day 02: Kütralkura Geopark and The Andes Climb (Second ride)

Today  the van will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km or 2,8 miles). There we’ll set off on our second ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this section features the Kutralcura Geopark and one of the smoothest roads.

We’ll bike the Geopark territory through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Achado until reaching the Customs. The road is quite rolling with several flat sections and a few small climbs. If you want to pedal up some serious grades, it is possible to extend the route on 22 km (13.6 miles) more, until the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level).

Once you reach the border line with Argentina you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes. Later we’ll get in the van and drive back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Corralco Hotel & SPA, (4*)  www.corralco.com

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Bike traveled distance: 36 + 14 miles

Time cycling: 3,5 hours approximately (with an optional additional 1,5 hour)

Time driving in the van: 30min before riding / 90min after riding

Day 03: Hiking Day - Lonquimay Volcano - Pucon (First Hike)

Today, we start hiking from the hotel towards Cerro Coloradito (redish hill), a natural view point of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica.

The hike is quite fun, with fantastic views and almost no other people in the trails. We’ll be surrounded by an ancient forest of araucaria trees, some of them dating over 2.000 years old.

After the hike, we’ll drive to Pucon, the Capital of Adventure Travel in Chile. Upon arriving to Pucon, we’ll do the mountain gear fitting for the volcano climb next day.

Evening at leisure. Ask our guides about shopping and dining in town.

Accommodation: Martina de Goñi (3*)

Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch

Time hiking: 3 to 5 hours

Day 04: Villarrica Volcano Climb (Second Hike)

This morning you will have to be ready at 6:45am and if the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll start driving to the Pucón Ski Resort located at the base of the volcano at 1.400 meters / 4.593 feet. Ascending the active Villarrica Volcano is without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience, the climb is not technical, but you need to be in good shape to reach the summit.

Once we arrive at the parking lot we can buy the lift ticket that will take us to the higher part of the ski courses at 1.800 mts / 5.906 feet, saving us almost 2 hours of climbing. The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, overlooking five lakes and several volcanoes in the distance such as Llaima and Lanín. The descent is quite fun, especially when we can slide down the snow on our rear ends.

We’ll return to the vehicles around 5 pm and immediately head off to Pucón, where we’ll hand back the gear.

Accommodation: Martina de Goñi (3*)

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Time hiking: 5 to 8 hours

Day 05: Pucon's Hot Springs Loop Ride (Third Ride)

We’ll cycle from our hotel to Lake Caburgua and then towards Pucon’s famous Hot Springs. The ride today is a combination of rolling hills with several short climbs at the second half of the road. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of this active volcano.

After cycling the rolling and sometimes hilly road to the hot springs, we will enjoy lunch and then a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath. Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón, or you can ride in your bike if you want. Evening at leisure, dinner NOT included.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel (3*)

Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

Bike traveled distance: 52 km / 32 miles (+ 22 miles if you want to ride back to Pucón)

Time cycling: 3 hours approximately

Time driving in the van: 40 min from hot springs to hotel in Pucón

Day 06: Chile's 7-Lake Route (Fourth Ride)

Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception.  Today we will ride one of Chile’s most scenic roads, The 7-Lake Route. We’ll pedal alongside the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and cover three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive here.

At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. We’ll have a picnic lunch by the beach of Lake Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – while enjoying the views of Chile’s southern volcanoes. From here we continue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village. From this point will drive back to Pucón.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell BBQ dinner with our friends and local guides.

Accommodation: Martina de Goñi (3*)

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner.-

Bike traveled distance: 94.7 km / 58.8 miles

Time cycling: 6 hours approximately

Time driving in the van: 40min from Pucón before riding / 2 hours to Pucón after riding

Day 07: Pucón - Temuco's Airport (ZCO)

Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile.  After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Temuco’s Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember!

End of services.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Book your domestic flights not before 10am

More Info

Difficulty

Medium: designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [5] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace.

Packing tips

We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather. Including:

  • Helmet and cap
  • Brightly colored cycling jerseys
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Base layers
  • Windbreaker
  • Booties
  • Gloves
  • Two pairs of sneakers
  • Waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit and sandals

Itinerary modifications

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

Bike Rental

Our company counts with great rental bikes: Cannondale Caad8-5  105 Alloy  road bike or similar

FRAMESET

 

 

 

 

 

If you rent one of our great bikes, please feel free to bring your own helmet, pedals, seat and seat post (27,2 mm).

We can provide them too. Please bring two water bottles.

Sizes 51, 52.5, 54, 56, 58cm
Frame Caad8 alloy, optimized 6061 alloy, Save, BB30
Fork Cannondale Ultra, carbon blades, 1-1/8″
WHEELS
Wheels Maddux RS 3.0, 32 hole (36H 58-61cm)
Tires Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c
DRIVETRAIN
Shifters Shimano 105 5700
Derailleur Front:  Shimano 105 5700, 31.8mm clamp
Rear:  Shimano 105 5700
Crank FSA Gossamer, BB30, 50/34
Cassette Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28, 10-speed
Pedals Wellgo
COMPONENTS
Saddle Cannondale Stage ergo w/ crmo rails
Seat Post Cannondale C3, alloy, 27.2x300mm
Handlebars Cannondale C3 compact
Stem Cannondale C3, 31.8, 6 deg
Headset Tange Seiki Integrated, 25mm top cap
Brakeset Tektro R741, dual pivot, cartridge pad

Helmets & 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 Cannondale platform pedals and toeclips.  We will be happy to substitute any pedals you choose to bring.  Amity Tours also has a small number of Shimano mountain bike clipless pedals, available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  

Please let us know in advance if you prefer to use them.

Weather notes

We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic. www.meteochile.cl/reg09.html and www.meteochile.cl/reg10.html or www.accuweather.com

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 (50°F / 77°F) with some scattered rain (same thing during our Fall, March and April).

During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 50°F / 81°F. 

In January and February temperatures range between 60°F / 95°F.

Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain!

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

Currency

In Chile, the local currency is called peso.

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 $200.000 CLP.

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

Safety

Chile is by far one of the safest countries in South America in terms of public health and crime.

We are proud to affirm that our police is one of the least corrupt in the world; they are always friendly and helpful. In Chile there are no insects or animals that represent a real threat to human beings.

Road Safety

Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rearview 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.

Bicycle choice

If you bring your own bike, make sure you bring enough bike parts. Pack your bike well in a bike box that we can easily dismantle for its transportation during the tour. Standard size bike hard-cases are welcomed, nevertheless if they are extremely oversized they might have to be shipped to Puerto Varas (last city in the tour) at your own cost (USD $50 approx).

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, no kosher food is available.

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