Bike Tour Chile

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Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Intermediate

Location

Southern Chile

USD $4.745

Per person in DBL

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

Discover the most spectacular bike routes in Chile and ride among active volcanoes and glacial lakes. Join us in this road cycling tour and ride across the Lake and Volcano Scenic Route. Together with friendly locals, you will go cycling alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling hills and through national parks, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Bike Tour Highlights

  • UNESCO Geopark Kütralkura, Lonquimay Volcano and Malalcahuello National Reserve
  • Bike The Andes Mountains at Alto Biobio National Reserve
  • Meet the Mapuche people and learn about their ancestral culture
  • Savor Chilean cuisine and taste the best wines and local microbrew beers
  • Pucon city and Villarrica Volcano
  • Road cycling the Seven Lakes Route
  • Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve
  • Puerto Varas city, Llanquihue Lake, Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano
  • Bicycle Upgrade – carbon E-road bike Specialized. Check our bike fleet here 

Itinerary

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

Before we kick off our road cycling 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

On the first day of our road cycling tour, our local team will meet you at Best Western Ferrat Hotel in Temuco. We’ll drive for approximately 2 hours to Curacautín, 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 26-mile warm-up ride, with the Lonquimay volcano at sight and surrounded by ancient araucaria trees.

We’ll arrive at a modern hotel with SPA located in a small mountain village. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our welcome dinner together.

Accommodation: Malalcahuello Hotel & Thermal SPA
Meals: Lunch and welcome dinner
Today’s ride distance: 26 miles / 41.8 kilometers

Today, we will ride 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 indigenous communities, ascending the international path 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 kilometers (14 miles) more, until the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level). 
 
Upon arrival at border with Argentina, we’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes.
Accommodation: Malalcahuello Hotel & Thermal SPA
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner
Bike traveled distance: 36 miles / 58 kilometers (optional additional 14 miles / 22 kilometers)
Time cycling: 3,5 hours approx (optional additional 1,5 hour)

We’ll hike towards Cerro Coloradito, a natural view point of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica.

The hike is quite fun, with fantastic views and always surrounded by ancient forests of araucaria trees, some of them dating over 2.000 years old.

After the hike, we’ll drive to Pucón, Chile’s capital of adventure tourism.

Accommodation: Casa Solaria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Time hiking: 3 hours approximately

We’ll cycle from our hotel to Lake Caburgua, and then towards natural Hot
springs. The ride today is a combination of rolling hills with several short climbs at the second half of the road. 
 
As we cycle next to beautiful farms, we’ll enjoy views of the active 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 at the shores of the Liucura River.
Accommodation: Casa Solaria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
Today’s ride distance: 52 kilometers / 32 miles (optional additional 22 miles / 35 kilometers if you want to ride back to Pucón)

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 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 while enjoying the views of Chile’s southern volcanoes. Then, we’ll continue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village, before driving towards Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve.
Accommodation: Nothofagus Hotel & SPA
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Bike traveled distance: 94.7 kilometers / 58.8 miles

Today, we ride through quaint little villages with a strong German heritage.

The route consists of rolling hills with flat stretches, and ends at the beach of Llanquihue Lake. The landscape is dominated by the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone.

In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at Puerto Varas, a strong German-influenced quaint city located at the shores of Llanquihue Lake.

Accommodation: Cumbres Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and buffet lunch
Today’s distance:90 kilometers / 56 miles

This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we start riding from the hotel alongside Llanquihue Lake towards Petrohue Waterfalls in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park.                                  

Option extra 7.3 miles / 3750ftChallenge yourself and climb the Osorno Volcano, one of the steepest climbs in South America (if not Europe).

Accommodation: Cumbres Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, buffet lunch and farewell dinner
Today’s ride distance: 55 kilometers / 34 miles

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 special souvenirs to bring home, before heading to Puerto Montt Airport.

End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Itinerary Modifications

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

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 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 SPD and SPD-SL pedals, available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you prefer to use them.

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.

Bike Rental – Specialized Diverge Elite E5 (2021)

Frameset

Sizes49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
FrameSpecialized Diverge E5 Premium Aluminium
ForkFACT carbon, 12×100 mm thru-axle

Wheels

WheelsAxis Elit Disc, alloy rim, 14g spokes, 28h
TiresSpecialized RoadSport, 700x38mm or 700x28mm

Drivetrain

ShiftersShimano GRX RX400, 2×10 speed, mechanical shifting
DerailleurFront:  Shimano GRX RX400, braze-on
Rear:  Shimano GRX RX400, 10 speed
CrankShimano GRX RX600, 46/30T
CassetteShimano CH HG50-10, 11-36T, 10 speed
PedalsWellgo

Components

SaddleBody Geometry Bridge Saddle, steel rails
Seat PostAlloy, 2-bolt Clamp, 12mm offset, 27.2mm
HandlebarsSpecialized Shallow Drop, 31.8mm
StemSpecialized, 3D-forged alloy, 7-degree
BrakesetShimano GRX-RX400, hydraulic disc

E-Bike rental – Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon Evo (2023)

Frameset

SizesSmall, Medium and Large
FrameFACT 11r carbon, Open Road Geometry, front/rear thru-axles, fully integrated down tube battery, internal cable routing, Boost12x148mm
ForkFuture Shock 2.0 w/ Smooth Boot, Boost™ 12x110mm thru-axle, flat-mount disc

Wheels

WheelsFront: DT R470 Boost 12x110mm, Rear: 12x 148mm
TiresPathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready, Transparent Sidewall, 700x38c

Drivetrain

ShiftersShimano GRX 810 hydraulic brake levers, mechanical shifting
DerailleurRear
Shimano RX812 GX, Shadow Plus, 11-speed
CrankPraxis, 44T, 110BCD, Forged alloy M30, custom offset
CassetteSunrace, 11-speed, alloy spider, 11-42
PedalsWellgo Platform

Components

SaddleBody Geometry Power Sport, steel rails
Seat PostX-Fusion Manic Dropper, 50mm travel
HandlebarsSpecialized Adventure Gear Hover, 103mm drop x 70mm reach x 12º flare
StemFuture Stem, Pro
BrakesetShimano GRX 810 hydraulic disc

Battery

Controller

Motor

Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh

Specialized TCU, 10-LED State of charge, 3-LED Ride Mode display

Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor

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.

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.

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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