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ACROSS THE ANDES BIKING FROM ARGENTINA TO CHILE

Leght Trip
8 days

Ski Season
November- May


Level
Intermediate to advanced cyclers / bikers


Style
Multiday mountain  bike- cycling trip


DETAILS

This guided mountain biking trip is a special combination of two countries, two different cultures, and two Andean crossings. This is a well-rounded cycling vacation in South America mountain biking through several different ecosystems of the Patagonian Steppe, High Andes Mountains, Temperate Rainforest, Lakes District, Volcanos, Pacific Ocean, and National Parks of Argentina and Chile.

We begin cycling around the outskirts of San Carlos de Bariloche at the entrance of Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park, then a lake crossing traversing three lakes to arrive to Chile. With your mountain biking guide, you descend Volcano Osorno, cycle through Chile’s Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, then visit the Pacific Ocean and a few salmon farms. We’ll visit Puerto Varas which is one of the nicest tourist towns in Chile. Then, another bicycle crossing through Paso Puyehue, a high Andean pass, to arrive to Villa Angostura, Argentina and cycle in the Arrayanes National Forest.

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Welcome to Bariloche!
Your cycling guides will pick you up in the Bariloche airport and show you a bit of our beautiful town.  San Carlos de Bariloche, the “South American Switzerland”, is a beautiful spot to start your South American mountain biking vacation!  This mountain town is located on the shore of the huge Nahuel Huapi Lake, and it is no wonder that Argentina declared the surrounding area it’s first national park, the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  Briefing of the trip with the whole group.  Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local parrilla, grill/BBQ, with authentic asado, grilled steak, and great Argentinian wine.

Night in a cozy hosteria (3 stars).

Day 2:  Green Farms and Gaucho Villages
A scenic 80 km drive from Bariloche takes us to the Manso River.  This majestic river starts from the largest glacier on Mount Tronador and travels all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains.  Starting at a hanging bridge, we start cycling along a hilly single track trail.  Along the way we’ll cross little creeks, pass local farms and gaucho ranches, and come almost to the border of Chile and Argentina.

After 20 km single track biking we’ll come to another suspension bridge that crosses the Rio Manso.  Here we’ll relax by the river and enjoy a nice lunch before riding back along the river on a gravel road back to our van.  A little snack and then back to Bariloche!

Night in same hosteria.
Total Ride: 20 km single track + 25 gravel road with optional van support.


Day 3:   Exploring the Bariloche Area
Today, your cycling guide will take you mountain biking through the outskirts of Bariloche. Climb up to the “Balcony of Gutierrez”, cycling 5 km uphill for an hour and a half, pass through the Villa Catedral Ski Resort.

Enjoy the great views of the huge Lake Gutierrez and the Nahuel Huapi National Park before heading down 6 km on asphalt and gravel roads biking.  Another 10 km on a scenic gravel backroad cycling takes us all the way to Colonia Suiza, a quaint farm village established by Swiss settlers in the late 1800s.

Night in Hotel (3 stars)
Total Ride:  30 km cycle with 400 mt elevation gain.
Day 4:  Lake Crossings to Chile
Early in the morning we depart Bariloche to Puerto Pañuelo on Llao Llao Peninsula, near Bariloche.  We will be taking our first boat of the day on Lake Nahuel Huapi to get to Puerto Blest. This is an hour to hour and a half scenic ride, and once in Puerto Blest we will bike 3 km to Lake Frias, which is a emerald lake fed by a river of glacier milk. Another 20 minutes boat across Lago Frias with an excellent view of Mt Tronador (3554 mts), the highest peak of the area with the glacier drains into this lake. Once we arrive in Puerto Frias, your cycling guide will take you 27 km mountain biking on a gravel road to Peulla, a little Chilean village where we will do customs.  Next, a boat cruising across Lake Todos los Santos for less than 2 hours to arrive in Petrohue, Chile.  Here we have a scenic drive through the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to the perfectly conic-shaped Volcan Osorno.  At 1600 meters above sea level we come to Refugio Osorno, a mountain hut with an incredible view.

Night in Volcano Osorno Mountain Hut.
Total Ride:  35 km cycle with 400 mt elevation gain.
Day 5: Descent of Volcan Osorno
Wake up on Volcano Osorno at the base of the snow line with the amazing view of the huge Lago Llanquihue, one of the largest natural lakes in South America.  After a good breakfast, we ride 17 km down the volcano to the lake.  From the base of the volcano, your mountain biking guide will take you from Ensenada to the town of Ralun or Cochamo.

Cycling beside the Petrohue River we reach the Pacific Ocean at the Seno de Reloncaví.  In the afternoon, your guide will drive you to Puerto Varas.  This Chilean city is on the shore of Lago Llanquihue, and it has a lot of European architecture and cuisine due to German immigrants that settled this area in the 1800s. Have a tour of Puerto Varas, and we’ll stay the night here.

Night in hotel (3 stars).
Total Ride: 55 km cycle with 300 mt elevation gain. Mostly flat terrain with gentle hills.
Day 6:  High Andean Pass through the Andes to Argentina
A a scenic drive through the green Chilean countryside takes us from Puerto Varas 200 km north.  Along the drive, we’ll pass several waterfalls, drive through a temperate rainforest, and have views of 4 different volcanoes in Patagonia’s Ring of Fire.

We’ll take the van to the top of  to Paso Puyehue, an Andean pass on the border of Argentina and Chile. Once the guide has driven to the highest point of the pass, and we’ve crossed the border, we start our descent cycling all the way to Villa La Angostura on an asphalt road.  Villa La Angostura is a pretty little ski village surrounded by national park.

Night in Hotel (3 stars).
Total Ride:  50 km cycle with 400 mt elevation gain. 50% downhill.
Day 7:  Colorful Trees of the Arrayanes National Forrest
Today, your cycling guide will take you on the mountain bikes right from the little town of Villa La Angostura to the nearby Arrayanes National Forrest.  We’ll ride to the tip of the Peninsula de Quetrihue which reaches into the Nahuel Huapi Lake. This peninsula is vegetated by Arrayanes trees, family of Nothofagus trees with a very beautiful orange bark.  Your guide will take you on a fun single track trail for a relaxed day with beautiful Patagonian scenery.

Drive back to Bariloche. Good bye dinner.
Night in Hotel (3 stars).
Total Ride: 24 km cycle with 50 mt elevation gain.

End of Services.

GEAR LIST
  • Camelback or little pack for riding
  • Waterbottle Nalgene
  • Clip Pedals and biking shoes (optional)
  • Crocs or light weight sandals for after biking (optional)
  • Biking Quick dry pants
  • Shorts biking pants
  • 2 Capilene shirts
  • Thin fleece
  • Wind braker layer (Windstopper recommended)
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Biking or regular fleece gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player/camara- optional

PHOTO GALLERY


Min 4 people US$ 2650.-
Min 6 people US$ 2450.-


Professional Mountain Bike Guide
Private transportation
Mountain bikes
Helmets
3 International boat cruising tickets
All nights in hotels or mountain huts specified in itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks
Welcome and goodbye dinners

Not included:
Clip pedals and shoes
Meals in restaurants not specified in itinerary
Hot springs entrance fees
Air fare


Nov 4-11 -2017
Nov 18-25 – 2017
Dic 2-9 – 2017
3-10 marzo 2018
17-24 marzo 2018
31 March- 7 april 2018

ANDESCROSS
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70% RATE OF RETURNING CLIENTS FOR OVER 10 YEARS

The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08

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