Mountain Biking In The Lake And Volcano District Of Chile

Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Chile

Date

October to April

From US $3.430 To US $6.035

7-Day Mountain Biking Tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

RATES
  • From US $3.430 To US $6.035

  • Single Supplement: US $385

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

PROGRAM INCLUDES
  • Professional tour guide (01 guide for every 9 clients)
  • Private transportation with trailer & bicycle rack
  • Accommodation at Hostels and Lodges 
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • Gratuities at restaurants and hotels
  • Accidents insurance
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes),
  • All activities according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs and national parks
NOT INCLUDED
  • International and local flights
  • Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
  • Extra beverages & cocktails
  • Laundry
  • Bike rental available upon request – Bike rental: US$200 for the whole tour
DATES
  • We operate this tour upon request and according to availability.

Itinerary

The following itinerary has been designed by one of our top cyclist guides. He is the former national champion in XC Mountain Bike in 2004 and in March 2009 won the silver medal at the Pan-American games of XC Mountain Bike.

Day 1: Arrival at Temuco - Rucamanque

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.

Accommodation: Hostal Pewman Ruka www.pewmanruka.cl

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Mountain Bike distance: 20 km

Day 2: Temuco - Conguillio National Park

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 lodge and have dinner around 8pm.

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge www.suizandina.com

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, and Dinner

Mountain Bike distance: 50 km

Day 3: 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 your lodge.

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge www.suizandina.com

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, and Dinner

Mountain Bike distance: 30 km

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, www.malalcahuello.cl 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. Dinner and overnight at your lodge

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge www.suizandina.com

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, and Dinner

Mountain Bike distance: 50 km

Day 5: Pucón - Quelhue - Ojos Del Caburgua

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 your hotel. 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.

Accommodation: Geronimo Hostel www.geronimo.cl

Meals: Breakfast, and Picnic Lunch

Mountain Bike distance: 30 km

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. 

Accommodation: Geronimo Hostel www.geronimo.cl

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Mountain Bike distance: 25 km

Day 7: Transfer to Temuco Airport

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-hour drive). It’s been a trip you will always remember!

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Meals: Breakfast

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ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Mountain Biking, hiking 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.

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

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 Australian 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.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

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

BIKE RENTAL : USD $200 FOR THE TOUR

Our company counts with great rental bikes: Cannondale Trail 5 mountain 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.

Sizes

S, M, L, XL

Frame

Trail 26, double-butted 6061 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8″

Fork

SR Suntour XCM-RL-26, 100mm, remote lockout

WHEELS

Wheels

Alex DC 4.0, double wall, 32-hole

Tires

Kenda Small Block 8, 26×2.1″

DRIVETRAIN

Shifters

Shimano Altus

Derailleur

Front:  Shimano Altus, 31.8 clamp

Rear:  Shimano Acera

Crank

Shimano M371, 44/32/22

Cassette

Shimano HG20, 11-34, 9-speed

Pedals

Cannondale Platform

COMPONENTS

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 3

Seat Post

C4, 27.2x350mm, 400mm (X)

Handlebar

C4 by UNO, 6061 alloy, 20mm rise, 680mm

Stem

Cannondale C4 by UNO, 31.8, 12 deg.

Headset

Tange Si

Brakeset

Cannondale Helix 6B hydraulic disc, 160/160mm

FAQ’S

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).

Gratuity

In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. In Chile 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 $120 dollars per person, per guide. 

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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