Mountain Bike Tour Chile

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Duration

7 days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Southern Chile

USD $3.640

Per person in DBL

7-Day Mountain Biking Tour - Lake and Volcano District

Riding the incredible MTB trails of the national parks is the best way to discover the Lake and Volcano District. Surrounded by the Andes mountain range, valley, volcanoes and glacial rivers, you will explore the best off-the-beaten paths Southern Chile has to offer.

Mountain Biking Tour Highlights

  • Conguillio National Park and Llaima Volcano
  • Meet the Mapuche people and learn about their ancestral culture
  • Savor Chilean cuisine and taste the best wines and local microbrew beers
  • Malalcahuello National Reserve and Lonquimay Volcano
  • Visit Pucón and Villarrica Volcano, Chile’s most active volcano 
  • Caburgua Lake and Ojos del Caburgua
  • Bicycle Upgrade – E-MTB bike Scott. Check our bike fleet here 

Itinerary

For flight quotes (international and domestic), please contact our partner Exito Travel.  

Before we kick off our mountain bike tour in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, you should take a day or two to adjust to local time and recover from your travels, and allow for any flight or luggage delays. You should fly into Temuco airport (ZCO).

In Chile, domestic flights are operated by 3 local airline companies: LatamSky Airline and JetSmart.

We recommend staying at Best Western Ferrat Hotel in Temuco city, which is well-located with lots of restaurants and other facilities just a short walk away.

Our meeting hotel address is: Juan Reusch #445, Temuco

Official Airport Transfer

The official shuttle company at Temuco’s Airport is called TransAraucania.

They are the only authorized shuttle company at the airport, and their staff wears a blue and green uniform.
By contract with the airport, they must have available transport based in the domestic flights arriving every day.

They have a counter at the airport, right next to the automatic doors (from the baggage carrousel). They offer regular and private shuttles to Temuco at $30.000 pesos (USD $40 per vehicle).

You don’t need reservations and you can pay in Credit Card or Cash. The ATM’s is on second floor.

All their shuttle services will drop you off at the hotel or address you are staying in Temuco. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes.

Our meeting hotel address is AVENIDA ALEMANIA 945, TEMUCO.

On the first day of our mountain bike tour, our local team will meet you at Best Western Ferrat Hotel in Temuco at 9am.

We’ll drive for approximately 2 hours to Melipeuco, a small quaint village. This village is part of the UNESCO Kütralkura Geopark and the Biosphere Reserve “Araucarias”.

There, we’ll stop for coffee and snacks. Afterwards, your guides will assist you to assemble and fit your bike. Once we are ready, we’ll start our trip with a 24-km warm-up ride, with the Llaima volcano at sight and surrounded by ancient araucaria trees.

We’ll arrive at the first Chilean eco-friendly lodge located in the park. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our welcome dinner together.

Accommodation: La Baita Ecolodge at Conguillio National Park
Meals: Lunch and Welcome dinner
Today’s ride distance: 24 kilometers / 15 miles

Today’s ride starts at the eco-lodge in Conguillio National Park, where we begin pedaling alongside 4 volcanic lakes, overlooking a striking view of the Llaima Volcano.

We’ll ride alongside vast lava fields and then through ancient araucaria forests, reaching an altitude of 1.650 meters above sea level (5.413 feet). 

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
Today’s ride distance: 50 kilometers / 31 miles

Today, we’ll ride in the Malalcahuello National Reserve, passing through pristine forests of endemic trees up to the Christmas crater next of Lonquimay Volcano.

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
Today’s ride distance: 30 kilometers / 19 miles
 

Another day of great scenery, as we ride across Las Raices Range surrounded by thousand year-old araucaria trees and with the Lonquimay and Tolhuaca volcanoes at sight.

Accommodation: Suizandina Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
Today’s ride distance: 50 kilometers / 31 miles

Upon arrival at Pucón, Chile’s capital of adventure tourism, we’ll checking in at hotel. We’ll cycle from Pucón  towards Caburgua, passing through Quelhue and the Ojos Del Caburgua waterfall.

Finally, we’ll have the unique experience to share a dinner with the Colipi Family, part of the Mapuche community. They will be our host this evening as they will cook for us and share their ancestral culture and cosmovision.

Accommodation: Casa Solaria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
Today’s ride distance: 30 kilometers / 19 miles

Today we start riding from our hotel towards the Villarrica Volcano up the ski resort located at the base of the volcano.

From there, we will have an amazing and unforgettable view of the Andes, the surrounding lakes and the astonishing volcanoes of the area.

Accommodation: Casa Solaria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
Today’s ride distance: 25 kilometers / 15,5 miles

The following activity is only possible when your flight from Temuco departs after 4pm.

Our last morning is full of adrenaline. We’ll start with a double track climb through local forests until we’re high above Pucón with a great view of Volcano Villarrica in the distance. This will take us to a huge flow of petrified lava, the result of the 2015 eruption of Villarrica, which makes for some very exciting riding and sets the perfect end of this great trip. 

Afterwards, a private transfer will take us to Temuco Airport (ZCO) to catch your flight.

End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

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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.

Included Bike – Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Comp Alloy (2023)

Frameset

If you rent one of our great bikes, please feel free to bring your own helmet, pedals, seat and seat post. We can provide them too.

SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER EVO COMP ALLOY

SizesS (S2), M (S3), and L (S4)
FrameM5 Alloy chassis and rear-end, asymmetrical design, 29″ Trail Geometry with S-Sizing, SWAT™ Door integration, head tube angle adjustment, horst pivot BB adjustment, threaded BB, fully enclosed internal cable routing, 12x148mm dropouts, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, 150mm of travel
Suspensions

Fork: FOX FLOAT 36 Rhythm, GRIP damper, two position Sweep adjustment, 15x110mm axle, 44mm offset, S1:150mm of travel, S2-S6:160mm of travel

Rear Shock: FOX FLOAT X Performance, Rx Trail Tune, EVOL Air sleeve, 2-position lever w/ LSR adjustment, S1:210x50mm, S2-S6:210x55mm

Wheels

RimsSpecialized 29, hookless alloy, 30mm inner width, tubeless ready
Tires

Front: Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.3“

RearEliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON® T7 compound, 29×2.3″

Drivetrain

ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle, trigger, 12-speed
DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear:  Shimano Acera
CranksetSRAM NX Eagle, DUB, S1:165mm, S2-S5: 170mm
CassetteSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t
ChainringsSteel, 30T

Components

SaddleSaddle Bridge Comp, Hollow Cr-mo rails, 155/143mm
Seat postX-Fusion Manic, infinite adjustable, two-bolt head, bottom mount cable routing, remote SLR LE lever, 34.9
HandlebarSpecialized, 6061 alloy, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep30mm rise, 780mm width
StemAlloy Trail Stem, 35mm bar bore
Brakeset

Brakeset Front: 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm

Rear: SRAM Code R, 4-piston caliper, hydraulic disc, 200mm

  

 

Available E-Bike rental – Scott Strike Eride 930 (2023)

scott strike eride 930

SizesSmall, Medium, and Large
FrameAlloy Frame / Virtual 4 link kinematic VLK 27.5″ and 29″ compatible / geo adj. / Boost 148x12mm 140mm travel / Bosch Gen4 / Integrated removable Battery. Tapered Headtube E2, Central Kickstand Mount. Range Booster Ready
Suspensions

Fork: Marzocchi Z2 Air / eMTB+ Rail 3 / 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer 44mm offset / Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 140mm travel

RearX-Fusion NUDE Trunnion SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj.
3 modes: Lockout-Traction Control-Descend Reb. Adj.Travel 140-90-Lockout / 185x50mm

Wheels

RimsSyncros MD30 / 32H / 30mm / Pin Joint. Tubeless ready
Tires

Maxxis Rekon / 29×2.6″ / 60TPI Wire Bead. EXO. Dual

Drivetrain

ShiftersShifters SRAM SX Eagle Single Click
DerailleurRear
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
CranksetCrank SRAM Eagle 34T DM / Steel
CassetteCassette SRAM PG1210 / 11-50 T
  

Components

SaddleSyncros Capilano
Seat postSyncros Duncan Dropper Post 2.5. 31.6mm / S size 100mm / M size 125mm / L size 150mm
HandlebarSyncros Hixon 2.0 Rise / Alloy 6061D.B. 20mm rise / 8° / 760mm
StemFSA CK-320 / 165mm / 34T
Brakeset SRAM DB8 4 Piston. Disc Centerline CL Rotors 200mm F&R
Electric assistance

Battery: PowerTube 625Wh

Controller: Bosch Purion

Motor: Bosch Performance CX. EU: 25kmh / INT: 20mph 

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.  

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.

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.  

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 alerting 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.

Weather notes

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

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!

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