Road Cycling In The Lake & Volcano District
Of Chile

Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Chile

Date

October to April

3.995 $

8-Day Road Cycling Tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

Discover the Lake and Volcano district in Chile.

Cycling Chile’s south backroads is the ultimate green tour.

This well supported cycling program has been especially made for intermediate and advanced road cyclists.

FIXED RATE FOR GROUP DEPARTURE DATES
  • US $3.995,00
  • Single Supplement: US $600,00

For private departure dates, please ask for special rates & availability.

PROGRAM INCLUDES
  • Professional tour guide (01 guide for every 9 clients)
  • Private transportation with trailer & bicycle rack
  • Accommodation at 3 *, 4 * and 5 * Hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 04 picnic lunches, 02 lunches and 04 dinners; on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches).
  • Gratuities at restaurants and hotels
  • Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes),
  • All activities according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to hot springs and national parks
  • All routes can be extended up to extra 20 miles.
NOT INCLUDED
  • International and local flights
  • Accidents insurance
  • Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
  • Extra beverages & cocktails
  • Laundry
  • Bike rental available upon request – Bike rental: US$250 for the whole tour.
DATES
  • December 02nd, 2019
  • January 20th, 2020
  • February 24th, 2020
  • April 02nd, 2020
  • Tour departs with a minimum of 2 people

Itinerary

Day 01: Santiago – Temuco – Malalcahuello (First ride)

Our local staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to a small quaint mountain village called Malalcahuello, where a soothing thermal bath 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: 12 miles

Time cycling: 1 hour

Day 02: Kutralkura 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). Here we’ll set off on our second ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this section features the Kutralkura Geopark and one of the smoothest roads.

We’ll cycle 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*

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Bike traveled distance: 36 + 14 miles

Time cycling: 3,5 hours approx, with an optional additional 1,5 hour

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

Day 03: Cerro Coloradito Hike - Transfer to Pucón

Today we start hiking from the hotel. We’ll hike 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 check out at the hotel, and then we start traveling to Pucón (3 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. 

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi Hotel, 3*

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Time hiking: 3 hours approximately

Time driving in the van: None before hiking / 3 hours to Pucón after hiking

Day 04: Pucon's Hot Springs Loop Ride (Fourth 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.

Accommodation: Martina De Goñi, 3*

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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

Time cycling: 3 hours approx

Time driving in the van: 40 min from Hot Springs to hotel in Pucón

Day 05: Chile's 7-lake route (Fifth 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.

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 there, we continue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village.

From this point will drive half hour to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Nothofagus Hotel & Spa.

Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel & SPA, 4* 

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Bike traveled distance: 94.7 km / 58.8 miles

Time cycling: 6 hours approx

Time driving in the van: Before riding, 40min from Pucón / after riding, 30min to Hotel

Day 6: The German Settlers Route (Sixth ride)

Today we’ll ride in the vans 84 miles until we reach the city of Osorno, where we will begin cycling. From this point we’ll start our ride towards quaint little villages with a strong German heritage. The route consists of rolling hills with flat stretches until we end the ride by the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us, the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone.

We’ll enjoy an incredible buffet lunch in a German family-owned restaurant and then drive in the vans 35 minutes to Puerto Varas. 

Accommodation: Cumbres Patagónicas Hotel & SPA, 5* 

Meals: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Bike traveled distance: 90 km / 56 miles

Time cycling: 5 hours approx

Time driving in the van: before riding, 3 hours / after riding, 35min to Puerto Varas

Day 07: Vicente Perez Rosales National Park ride (Seventh ride)

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we start riding from the hotel, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us – the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the village of Ensenada.

Upon completing the ride we’ll head back with the vans to hotel to relax before enjoying a farewell dinner.

Option extra 7.3 miles /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe.

Accommodation: Cumbres Patagónicas Hotel & SPA, 5* 

Meals: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Farewell Dinner

Bike traveled distance: 55 km / 34 miles

Time cycling: 4 hours approx

Time driving in the van: after cycling, 70 minutes from Osorno Volcano to Puerto Varas

Day 08: Puerto Varas – Airport in Puerto Montt (PMC)

Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. 

After breakfast, we’ll visit Puerto Varas downtown looking for that special souvenirs to bring home. Ask our guides about the local Markets with the best souvenirs, handcrafts and woolen clothing. Later we’ll ride in vans and head to the Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight home or wherever your travels take you next. It’s been a trip you will always remember! 

End of services.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Book your domestic flights not before 10am

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ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

 

Road cycling, 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, with opportunities to push yourself. Expect some challenging climbs, with great descents over rolling terrain.

 

Average distance per day: 40-50 miles / 65-80 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

 

Our company counts with great rental bikes: Cannondale Caad8-5  105 Alloy- 2014 or similar

 

FRAMESET
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.

90-MINUTE 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 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).

 NON-STANDARD WHEELS

If your wheel size is different than 700c, you MUST bring your own parts (tires, tubes and spokes). Likewise, if your wheels have any special features make sure you bring your own special spokes. 

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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