Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Ends Melipeuco, Chile
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycle around iconic Andean Lakes including Lago Llanquihue and Lago Frías
The tour "Cycling The Lake District Of Chile & Argentina" starts in Puerto Varas and ends in Melipeuco. This is a bicycle trip that takes 13 days taking you through Puerto Varas, Puerto Blest, Frutillar, San Carlos de Bariloche and 10 other destinations in Chile and Argentina. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, meals and others.

Discover a beautiful and fertile land at the northern gateway to Patagonia - a magical landscape filled with active volcanoes, turquoise rivers, gigantic lakes and ancient native forests. See Andean condors swooping down from the foothills of the cordillera as we cycle on some of the most scenic paved routes that South America has to offer.On this trip, we'll gain a cultural insight into both Chile and Argentina, including the European influences and indigenous customs that have shaped the region. Why travel with us?Offering a fantastic mix of paved roads and off-road gravel tracks, this two-country cycling route through Chile and Argentina allows you to cross the Andes twice in spectacular fashion! With challenging bike ascents and catamaran rides across Todos los Santos Lake, you’ll also enjoy staying at a charming Eco lodge in the Conguillo National Park.
5 - Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 20 2020
4 - Very Good
A memorable journey
“This was our first adventure with Exodus, but we are not new to cycle touring having used several other tour companies in the past. This was also our first time in South America and it was memorable for many reasons - the stunning scenery, the excellent guides and the surprising amount of rough surfaces we had to ride on.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 02 2019
5 - Excellent
Cycle Lake District of Chile & Argentina : Great trip through stunning scenery
“Another terrific Exodus cycle trip comprising a mix of on & off road riding, flat & hilly sections in scenery that is simply beautiful. Enthusiastically led by Tai, ably assisted by his younger brother Yal, & side-kick Mattieu (the quiet one), our group of 16 bonded on the first evening, were buddies by lunch on the second day and firm friends thereafter. Excellent sea food and of course, steaks to be had and at bargain prices in Argentina due to the devaluation of their peso. Chile was more UK priced. Turquoise lakes & snow capped volcanoes were the centrepiece, topped off with the two day stay at the Eco lodge in the Conguillo National Park. We simply did not want to leave.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 29 2019
5 - Excellent
One bike - two countries.
“The snow-clad volcanoes and emerald lakes of the Andes mountains.Gravel tracks, black lava fields and ancient forests of monkey puzzle trees.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 23 2019
5 - Excellent
A Volcanic Undertaking
“Once again Exodus delivered. Our guides were fantastic, the bikes were well maintained, and the accommodation was for the most part great. The food was also better than some previous trips and only somewhat challenging for a gluten free/vegetarian. Power bars go a long way! Finally, the scenery was picturesque and breathtaking. Lots of lakes and Volanoes.”
  • Day 1: Start Puerto Varas.
  • Day 2: Cycle around the edge of Lago Llanquihue to Frutillar.
  • Day 3: Ride from Puerto Varas to Petrohue; boat ride on the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake.
  • Day 4: Begin the Andes crossing to Argentina; lake crossing and some tough cycling sections to arrive at Puerto Blest.
  • Day 5: Ferry across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo; cycle to Bariloche.
  • Day 6: Free day; time to explore the city of Bariloche and ascend the nearby viewpoint of Cerro Campanario.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Villa La Angostura; cycle the 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' to San Martin de los Andes.
  • Day 8: Ride through Huilo Huilo biological reserve; boat ride to Port Fuy; ride to Choshuenco Village.
  • Day 9: Cycle to Panguipulli Village; transfer to Pucon.
  • Day 10: Free day in Pucon; optional hot springs or trek up Villarica Volcano (weather dependent).
  • Day 11: Transfer to Cunco; cycle into the lunar landscape of Conguillio National Park; stay at base of Llaima Volcano.
  • Day 12: Ride through Conguillio N.P.
  • Day 13: End Conguillio National Park
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite (12 for Land Only bookings)Tour leader throughout
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)Local bike hire
  • Any international flights to Puerto Varas and from Melipeuco are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 08 February 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 February 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What level of fitness to you have to be to go on this tour?

    Some cycling experience and a good level of fitness is recommended. The total distance cycled in this tour is approximately 400km.

  • What type of bike do I need on this tour?

    The type of bike used on this tour is Trek X-Caliber 7 and Giant Fathom 29er 2 mountain bikes with front suspension. A quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this tour. At the time of booking the tour operator will take your height in order to reserve equipment. The operator will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.


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