• Happy Canada team

BIKING FROM THE DESERT TO THE RAINFOREST
Biking Hua Hum Andes pass

Leght Trip
8 days

Ski Season
November- May


Level
Intermediate to advanced cyclers / bikers


Style
Multiday mountain  bike- cycling trip


DETAILS

Ride your mountain bike through the different cultures and landscapes of the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia. Argentina and Chile are separated by the high Andes Mountains and this makes for very dramatic changes as we cycle.

In a  biking vacation of 8 days, you will cycle through a very diverse region of South America; from the dramatic steppe of Argentina where the Andean Condors nest, to the lush rainforest and of Chile, you will navigate around the lakes and gravel roads from the Andes mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy the local wine and cuisine while taking in the majestic view of 3 volcanoes: Lanin, Choshuenco, and Villarica. There are many natural hot springs and thermal baths along the way to soak tired legs!.

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:  The Patagonian Steppe
We drive for 20km out of the town of Bariloche. Prepare our bikes for a nice and smooth dirt road cycling along the turquoise-colored Limay river. We will pass through beautiful Estancias and Gaucho farms. See the Argentine ranch culture of cattle, horses, and sheep. If we are lucky, maybe we’ll spot a guanaco on the way in its wild environment or a giant condor’s nest. We will end our bike ride at the tiny town of Villa Llanquin and drive to the junction of the rivers Limay and Traful. In this remote area, we spend the night in a locally owned hosteria with an incredible view of the volcanic rock towers of Valle Encantado, “The Enchanted Valley”.

Night in Hosteria (2 stars).
Total Ride: 20 km cycle with gradual ups and downs.
Day 3:   Paso Cordoba to San Martin de los Andes
Today we witness the visibly dramatic transition of the landscape from the Patagonian Steppe as we enter the Andean range. We start the day by driving to the top of the pass (Paso Cordoba) and the bike riding begins with a fun downhill through amazing rock tower formations. We pass through the tiny “Far West” town of Meliquina and have a tasty picnic lunch in nature. Then, we drive or bike to San Martin de los Andes at the foot of Lago Lacar. Our hosteria is located in downtown San Martin de los Andes, so you can easily explore this cute Patagonian town on your bicycle or by foot.

Night in Hosteria (3 stars) Dinner on your own
Total Ride: 25 km cycle with 500 mt elevation descent. Possible to cycle more.
Day 4:  Andescrossing – Hua Hum Pass
Today we cross the Andes, leave Argentina, and enter Chile! Chile can be described by these words: rainforests, volcanoes, hotsprings, rivers, ocean, and seafood! It is a beautiful country with breathtaking nature all around. We will mountain bike ride right from our hotel in San Martin de los Andes to the frontier observing the transition of vegetation across Lanin National Park. After customs, we ride another 10 km by van or bikes according to timing with the Ferry that we use to cross Lago Pirehuico. This hour and a half boat ride lets us appreciate the beauty of Volcan Choshuenco and delivers us to Puerto Fuy. Little bike ride to the small town of Huilo-Huilo after the ferry crossing. Night in a one of a kind hotel, Montaña Magica- Baobab Hotel, that we give endless stars. This “Tree House Hotel” has amazing architecture that fits right into its natural environment.

Night in Hotel. Dinner on your own.
Total Ride: 35 km cycle with 400 mt elevation gain and 500 mt descent. .
Day 5: The Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Chile
We take an easy morning in this special hotel with its hanging bridges and forest of humongous trees. Optional short hike to the Waterfalls of Huilo-Huilo. We’ll drive to Termas de Coñaripe and the bike enthusiasts can ride part of the way. Relax in the beautifully landscaped hot springs and eat lunch in the Restaurant of Coñaripe. Van ride to the city of Pucon, the outdoor recreation center of Chile, at the base of Volcano Villarica and along the shore of the lake by the same name.

Night in Hotel (3 stars) Dinner on your own
Total Ride: 0- 30 km cycle with 0 mt elevation gain. .
Day 6:  Ascent and Descent of Volcano Villarica
The plan is to ride up with our mountain bikes Volcan Villarica as high as we can (14 km). This is an active volcano that is so high that the top is covered with snow year-round. You’ll be able to see the smoke coming out of the top! We prepare a lunch for you at the top of the ride at the base snow line.Pictures, relax and enjoy the view of the neighboring Volcan Llaima, and then bike a fun downhill on gravel road all the way to Pucon again!

Optional Hot Springs.
Night in Hotel (3 stars) Dinner on your own.
Total Ride: 28 km cycle with 1000 mt elevation change.
Day 7: Between Two Volcanoes
Today we head back towards the west. Departing from our hotel in Pucon on our bikes, we cycle a gravel road between the west side of Volcan Villarica and its neighbor, Volcan Quetrupillan. After biking we will have lunch waiting for you close to some waterfalls of the Villarica National Park. Drive to hot springs for a relaxing afternoon and return to Pucon by van.

Night in Hotel (3 stars) Goodbye dinner included.
Total Ride: 32 km cycle with 500 mt elevation gain.


Day 8: Adios to the Andes

Drive to airport in Temuco or Valdivia according to convenience of the group. We depart early in the morning to get in time to airport.

Adios friends and 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
IS RECOMMENDED BY

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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