This 1 week mountain bike tour across the Andes starts in Argentina and finishes in Chile. An epic mtb adventure
We start our mountain bike tour across the Andes as we ride under the Domuyo Volcano domains, the highest mountain in Patagonia! And we end in “Los Angeles”, the capital of the 8° region in Chile.
The challenging climbing is rewarded by long downhill rides once we enter Chile. We will camp under incredibly huge skies, involved in a magical setting of jagged peaks, snow-capped mountains and desolate desert landscapes. Our experienced team of tour leaders, support staff and cooks work as an efficient team. They are always a step ahead of our guests needs. You will always have a team member nearby.
If you prefer you can ride alone. Whether it be cycling strong at the front or at your own relaxed pace in the rear. You will have this freedom. Our team members will greet you around the next curve with an encouraging word and a friendly smile. You will feel their strong support. Live this Andes cross once-in-a-lifetime experience with us!
1st day: Those travelling by land from Buenos Aires must expect twenty hours on the road until arriving in Chos Malal where we start our 1 week mountain bike tour across the Andes. The left time will be used to set the bikes up and meet the staff and your travelling colleagues. We’ll stay the night at the nicest hotel in town (Hotel included, dinner free and not included)
2nd day: After breakfast, the organization staff will give a speech of the tour before starting to ride. Once on the road, we start the first stage from Chos Malal towards the northwest, looking after “Cordillera del viento”, the windy Andes range. Just after some few miles, we’ll see the “Domuyo” Volcano (4700 meters over the sea level) the highest mountain in Patagonia, one of the most important icons for trekking and climbing expeditions in North Patagonia.
3rd day: In the second stage of the Andes cross, we leave “Huinganco” and will soon pass by “Andacollo”, the last town we’ll meet in Argentina towards the limit between both countries. Our support team will prepare lunch and dinner every day we are cycling, welcoming guests at midday with a hearty outdoors lunch, and preparing dinner at our previously organized campsite in the evening. As always, you can choose from cycling hard ahead of the pack, or at a relaxed pace, taking your time to snap pictures and marvel at the landscape. Our support vehicles will be used to move our equipment and baggage ahead as well as to give support to riders.
4th day: After breakfast, we’ll put the campsite down and listen to the daily mini-speech that will give us the accurate information about the general conditions for the day in terms of temperature, highlights, biking distance and elevation gain. Always following the “Reñil Leuvú” River, the landscape will start to vary: The soil will get the dark color of the volcanic rock and this one will be blended by different tones of emerald vegetation.
5th day: The most overwhelming day of this 1 week mountain bike tour across the Andes is awaiting us: The challenging uphills, the fascinating downhills and the stunning scenery, composed by the perfect cone of the “Antuco” volcano and the sharp top of the “Sierra Velluda”, will take your breath away!
In the morning we start the last uphill riding definitely over a dark soil, due to an ancient volcanic activity. At this point, after facing strong winds and tough uphills, we’ll be really looking forward to arrive to the top of the mountain, where the milestone will show the exact place where both countries meet
6th day: In the morning we’ll cycle between the “Antuco” Volcano and “La Laja” lagoon, we’ll find loose sand which makes riding a lot more difficult, but an exhilarating downhill is almost to begin! A fantastic gravel track down that will show us the slight transformation of the environment as far as we go forward. The mountain vegetation will leave space to Cypress, Radales, Lengas, Coihues, Ñires, and all trees of the humid Patagonian forest.
After 31km we loose more than 600 meters (1960 feet) and we find the start of the paved road.
7th day: We start the last stage and start to roll over a slightly downhill paved road. Views changed completely: We left behind the mountain appearance that turned into a very green and humid farm area that receives the weather influence from the Pacific Ocean. As we slowly enter an urban area, we make emphasis in safety and steer our bikes with more self-control. The support team will wait at the hotel with lunch prepared, ready to celebrate the success of our tour with champagne! After loading our bikes, you’ll have time for a relaxing shower, with a free afternoon to enjoy the pool, followed by a group dinner at our hotel.
8th day: We’ll leave “Los Angeles” in our minibus, heading towards “Neuquen” back in Argentina through “Paso Pino Hachado” (600km/12 hours). You can choose between being transferred to “Concepción´s” airport, where you can fly home via Santiago de Chile or extend your travels in the amazing country of Chile.