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Chile's southern Lake District is "...a region of lush farmland, dense forest, snowcapped volcanoes and deep, clear lakes, hidden for the most part in the mountains," say the authors of Rough Guides. Explore this fascinating part of Chile with Bicycle Adventures! Pedal beside the Andes mountains, next to green rolling meadows and through national parks. Visit local ethnic villages. Explore Kütralkura, a UNESCO site that is Chile's first Geopark. Ride to Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello National Reserve and the Andes Mountains at the Alto Biobio National Reserve. Ride Pucon, Villarrica and Lanin Volcanoes and Villarrica National Park.Spend two nights in the Patagonian rainforest. Bike Chile’s Seven Lakes Route and visit Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. And for the first time ever, bicycle the newly-paved roads around Lake Ranco and along the German Settlers Route. Weather is similar to northern California, with December temperatures averaging 65 degrees. Come ride Chile's Lake and Volcano region: an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime tour!
National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this tour: Villarica National Park
Meet at the airport in Temuco, Chile, just a short flight from Santiago. Ride from the UNESCO Araucarias Biosphere Reserve to the Corralco Hotel and Spa.
Meet us at Temuco Airport. We'll shuttle 2 hours to the tiny, quaint town of Curacautín, conveniently nestled in the UNESCO Araucarias Biosphere Reserve of Malalcahuello. (Ever wonder where 'monkey-puzzle trees' live? You found it.) Stop for lunch and a bike fitting. Take a 26-mile warm-up ride through forests of ancient araucaria trees, with Lonquimay volcano in your sights. Arrive at Corralco Hotel & Spa, a beautiful wintertime ski resort. Tonight, enjoy an orientation and briefing session before the official welcome dinner. 26 miles.
Kütralkura Geopark and The Andes Climb.
Shuttle 30 minutes to the Sierra Nevada Range. Pass through the 2.8-mile Tunnel Las Raíces, Chile's longest. Set off bicycling smooth roads through a flat valley beside the Lonquimay River. This section features Chile's first Geopark, Kütralkura. Bike through the lands of different Pewenche communities as you begin to climb, ascending the international Pino Hachado Pass connecting Chile with Argentina. The second half of the climb offers some serious grades, finishing with a 14-mile climb to the peak altitude of 6,181 feet above sea level. At the summit - the border with Argentina - enjoy the truly breathtaking scenery of the Andes. Rest and refuel a bit, then hop back into the van to return to the Corralco Hotel & Spa. Tonight's dinner will be at a local restaurant in Malalcahuello. 50 miles.
Hike into Kütralkura Geopark to Coloradito Hill for terrific views of 4 volcanoes. Stroll through a forest of 2,000-year-old trees. Head to Pucon, the Lake & Volcano District's adventure hub.
This morning, hike from the hotel to Cerro Coloradito, a small reddish hill that boasts amazing views of 4 volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Sierra Nevada and Villarrica. Besides the fantastic views, the hike offers very sparsely-traveled trails and a stroll through an ancient forest of araucaria trees - some more than 2,000 years old! Check out from the hotel to begin the 3-hour shuttle to Pucón, the Lake & Volcano District's major adventure tourism destination. Stay tonight and tomorrow night at either Hotel Martina del Gońi, the lakeside Hotel Playa Grande or the Antumalal, depending on your tour date. Explore Pucon this evening: your guides will be happy to provide some local knowledge about great dining and shopping.
Villarrica National Park Loop Ride: beside the river and up the volcano - and down again.
Ride from your hotel in Pucón toward Curarrehue, a small Mapuche village near the border with Argentina. The route rolls beside the river Trancura with views of three volcanoes: Villarrica, Quetrupillan and Lanin. The first 45 km of today's ride are flat-to-rolling – just enough to get your legs going. Once you're warmed up, climb a 30 km section on brand-new asphalt on the international road that leads into Argentina. Stay on this route all the way through Villarrica National Park until you arrive at the Customs station next to the mighty Lanin volcano, tallest mountain in the Lake & Volcano District. Cruise a fun downhill all the way back to Currarehue. Enjoy tonight's dinner hosted by a local Mapuche family. Ride: 45 - 70 miles depending on weather.
Chile's Seven Lake Route: Villarrica Volcano and Lake Panguipulli. Head into the heart of the Chilean Patagonia Rainforest.
Each day brings new beauty; today is no exception. Ride one of Chile's most scenic roads, the Seven Lake Route. Pedal beside the shores of two beautiful lakes - Calafquén and Panguipulli - and cover three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic,snow-capped active volcano. Today's ride is smooth and quiet; hardly anyone drives this route. Stop along the way to take in a panorama of five volcanoes. Pedal by the beach of Lake Panguipulli - meaning “land of lions." Continue riding beside the lake to the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village. Stop for lunch, then we'll shuttle to Marina del Fuy, another beautiful lakeside lodge. Stay here for the next two nights. Ride: 49 - 63 miles.
Explore Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve today. Hike, birdwatch, take a zipline canopy tour - and/or visit the onsite spa.
Choose from a bevy of options today. Within the park there are four hiking trails: the Magnetic Stones trail (3-hour hike, medium difficulty); the Truful Route (3˝-hour hike,medium); the Truful River Route (6-hour hike,difficult); and Quinchamalí Lookout (3-hour hike,easy). Highlights include botanical forest, clear-water lagoons, mighty waterfalls and amazing views of snow-capped volcanoes. Would you like to learn about the reserve’s plants and wildlife? There are multiple nature walks that focus on botany, birdwatching and geology as well as flora & fauna interpretation. Feeling adventurous? Take the canopy zipline tour for an amazing experience of the rainforest. A group of platforms between 15 and 25 meters high (50 to 80 feet) are linked to each other by hanging bridges and suspended steel wires. Glide across the cables as though you are flying over the rainforest, rivers and canyons. Visit the Huilo-Huilo waterfall and eat lunch at the local microbrewery.
Lake Ranco Route: Bicycle Adventures is the first bike tour company to offer this gorgeous lakeside ride.
Today starts with a shuttle out of Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve to the lakeside villages of Rio Bueno and Lago Ranco. Begin today's ride next to beautiful Lake Ranco - a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains and green fields full of grazing cows. After a week in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District, you've probably realized that we are following a Scenic Road called “Red Interlagos." But Bicycle Adventures is the first bike touring company to offer today's brand new section around this beautiful lake. Stay tonight at the Futangue Luxury Lodge. Ride: 48 miles.
The German Settlers Route: ride around Lake Llanquihue and to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park to see the Osorno Volcano.
Shuttle 70 miles to the city of Osorno. Begin riding through this region known for its German heritage. Quaint villages, rolling hills and flat stretches lead to the beach of Lake Llanquihue. Continue riding to where a unique landscape is waiting: the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. Enjoy an incredible buffet lunch in a German family-owned restaurant, then shuttle 20 minutes to the five-star Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas, where you'll stay tonight and tomorrow night. Spend the evening exploring this beautiful city if you wish. Ride: 50 miles.
Vicente Perez Rosales National Park ride: Climb the Osorno Volcano, one of the steepest rides in the world. Or...take the chairlift to the top for some terrific hiking.
This morning, start bicycling from the hotel beside Lake Llanquihue, into the landscape of the perfect-cone Osorno Volcano. The side of the volcano reaches right to the shore of the lake. Pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as you ride to the village of Ensenada. This 29-mile route is one of the most beautiful rides of the tour. In Ensenada, regroup for a quick snack and then start the most challenging climb of the trip: the Osorno Volcano. This 7 mile challenge is one of the steepest climbs in South America - if not all of Europe. If your legs are tired, jump in the van and scoot up to the base of the ski resort for lunch. Take a chairlift ride from the base and hike for 2 hours while the others climb the steep road. On completion of the ride, shuttle back to the charming German-style city of Puerto Varas to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Ride: 36 miles.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Puerto Varas, then it's off to Puerto Montt’s airport for your flight to Santiago.
It’s time to say goodbye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. There is one complimentary 10:00 a.m. shuttle to El Tepual airport in Puerto Montt. However, since most flights leave Santiago for North America in the late evening, many guests prefer to enjoy this last morning in Puerto Varas and taxi there later. (Taxi fare to the airport is approximately $20 USD).
If you choose to spend the morning in Puerto Varas, you can walk to town to explore the marketplace and shop for souvenirs, handcrafts and the woolen clothing for which the area is known. Go paddleboarding or just take it easy. Then it's off to catch your flight back to Santiago and onward to wherever your travels take you next. It’s been a trip you'll always remember!
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.