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This tour features challenging bike rides and hikes through the breathtaking landscapes of Chile's famed lake and Volcano district. All the while, you will sample some of Chile's finest wines and local foods. Highlights along the way include Villarrica National Park, Pichillancahue Glacier, Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, the Seven Lake Route, Lake Ranco, and the German settler's route. While some of the bike rides and hikes may be challenging, you will be able to rest in natural hot springs along the way. This tour provides a great balance for those who like to play hard and savor the relaxation afterward.
You will be accommodated in three and four stars hotels. All accommodations include a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. You will spend the first night at Hotel Dreams Araucania, the second and third night at Hotel Martina de Goni, the fourth and fifth night at Hotel Marina del Fuy, the sixth night at Bahia Coique Resort, the following night at Parque Futangue Hotel, and the last night at Cumbres Patagonicas Hotel and Spa.
Upon arrival at Temuco Maquehue Airport (PZS), you'll find a friendly driver waiting to take you to the Dreams Araucania hotel, a 30-minute drive. Check into the hotel, relax, and get out to explore the vibrant city as your introduction to Chile. Your hotel is located in a great area with lots of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before a 10:30 a.m. transfer to Pucón, the adventure hub of Chile. After checking into your hotel and lunch, your guides will assist you with bike fitting before a 16-mile warm-up ride towards Lake Caburgua. In the evening, you’ll have an orientation and briefing session before the welcoming dinner together. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
You will start the day with a bike ride from your hotel in Pucón toward Curarrehue, a small Mapuche village located near the Argentinian border. This day’s ride will follow the river Trancura with views of three volcanoes: Villarrica, Quetrupillan, and Lanin. The first 45 kilometers of the ride is mostly flat with a few rolling hills.
The ride can end there, or you can take on 30 kilometers climb all the way through Villarrica National Park. At the top of the climb, you'll find yourself next to the mighty Lanin volcano, the tallest mountain in the Lake and Volcano District. After the climb, enjoy a thrilling downhill ride all the way to the Mapuche village. Return to your hotel in Pucón to clean up before a very special dinner with a Mapuche family. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
On this day, you will leave Pucón and take a break from the bike. After a van transfer to the National Park Villarrica, you will arrive at the Pichi Llancahue Glacier trail. Make sure your shoes are laced tightly, as you will hike to a phenomenal glacier, completely covered by the volcanic ash from the Villarrica volcano. After hiking 30 minutes you’ll enjoy the stunning views of four volcanoes: Lanin, Quetrupillán, Villarrica, and Mocho-Choshuenco.
The vegetation changes from raulí (Nothofagus alpina) and hualle forests (Nothofagus oblicua) to gigantic thousand-year-old araucarias. After the hike, relax your muscles at the Geometricas Hot Springs, which offers the perfect combination of thermal facilities and natural surroundings. Termas Geometricas has 16 strategically located thermal pools, ensuring that you will never feel overcrowded. As you relax in the hot springs, enjoy views of the vast landscape. Once you are rejuvenated, you will be transferred to the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, where you'll have a delicious dinner. Overnight at the incredible lake-front hotel Marina del Fuy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
On this day, you will explore the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. Start the day with a whitewater rafting excursion down the clear, blue-green waters of the Fuy River. You'll raft the section called "bridge to bridge," which will take about an hour. The warm, clear waters come out of Lago Pirehueico, deep in the heart of Chile’s Lake District. The Fuy’s astonishing clarity is a sight to behold.
With a dense canopy of coihue trees overhanging its banks, the river has an exotic, even ethereal, feel to it. The lower section is four kilometers long, mostly class three wave train. After rafting, you'll eat lunch at Peterman's, a local microbrewery. Next, you'll have the choice of a hike in the temperate rainforest or relax at the hotel and enjoy the lake views.
The hike follows the Magnetic Stones trail (three-hour hike, moderate difficulty). The highlights of the hike include a botanical forest, scenic clear-water lagoons, mighty waterfalls, and amazing views of snow-capped volcanoes. If you would like to learn about the reserve’s plants and wildlife, there are nature walks that focus on botany, bird watching, and geology, as well as flora and fauna interpretation. Later you can relax at your lake-front hotel and then get ready for the night’s dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
On this tour, each day brings new beauty, and this day will be no exception! You'll begin by cycling one of Chile's most scenic roads, The Seven Lakes Route. You will ride straight from the hotel alongside the shores of the Fuy river and the stunning Panguipulli Lake. Be sure to take time to view the majestic, snow-capped volcanoes (five will be in view at one time!). The ride finishes on the beach of Lake Panguipulli, meaning “land of lions.”
Enjoy the views of Chile's southern volcanoes while eating a fantastic lunch prepared by the local culinary academy. After lunch, you will be transferred to the lake-front hotel Bahia Coique in Lake Ranco. If you are a meat lover, prepare to enjoy the Angus beef from De Pellin y Coigue restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
After almost a week traveling in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, you may have realized that you are following a scenic route called “Red Interlagos.” You will begin the day with a bike ride from the village around Lake Ranco on a new section of the route. This fantastic lake is surrounded by mountains and green fields full of grazing cattle. The ride will continue south, towards Termas de Llifen, where you will eat lunch, and then finish in the village of Lago Ranco, located in front of the lake. On this day, you will stay at a private reserve called Futague, located by Lake Ranco. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
The day starts with a transfer from your hotel in Futangue to Puerto Octay village where the day's bike ride begins. Here, you will start your ride towards quaint villages with a strong German heritage. The route consists of rolling hills with some flat stretches until you end the ride by the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting: the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone.
You will enjoy an incredible buffet lunch in a German-style family-owned restaurant and then resume cycling towards the village of Frutillar, famous for the world-class classical concerts that take place in the Teatro del Lago. During this ride, you will have views of four volcanoes (Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca, and Puyehue). With the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, this will be a picturesque day.
You'll end the ride in the village of Llanquihue and enjoy a well-deserved local beer. After you have quenched your thirst, you'll be transferred to the five-star Cumbres Patagonicas hotel and spa in Puerto Varas. On this day you will have the farewell dinner at a truly unique restaurant where you will sample traditional Chilean dishes and flavors prepared in tapas style with wine pairings. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
More consistent rolling countryside and some notable hills with longer distance rides. Longer rides or hikes like 45 to 60 kilometers for cycling and 12 to 20 kilometers for hiking, four to six hours. Preparation for this tour should include cycling at least 80 to100 miles per week including hill climbing or combining other workout activities. Walking or hiking at least three hours with a small backpack with water at least two times per week.
Pure Adventures recommends you bring your own helmet, but rentals are available in limited numbers. Flat Wellgo pedals with toe clips come on the bike, but you may bring your own pedals and they'll install them. The vans and sag wagons carry spare tires, and drivers can assist to fix the flat tires. All the staff is connected with radios, so assistance is quick and close. Hybrid bikes are available in limited sizes. These bikes don't have rear racks and panniers however as this is not necessary on the guided programs. Hybrid Bikes: Kona Dew: aluminum frame, Shimano Altus/Alivio component group with a 3x8 drivetrain.
Juan Francisco was born and raised in Neltume, the closest village to Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. He loves adventure sports and he is a famous trail runner in Chile. He has Mapuche blood and knows all about our local history. Juan is also a professional adventure guide and a wilderness first responder. Pure Adventures partner with the best guides who are experienced with English speaking travelers. All guides are professional with certifications and licenses and will look after every need you may have during your travels. Juan is just one of the guides.
This Pure Adventures tour will take place in Lake and Volcano District, Chile in Temuco, Pucon, Villarrica National Park, Pichillancahue Glacier, Huilo-Huilo Bio Reserve, and Lake Ranco.
During this tour, you will be served with eight breakfasts, one lunch box, six lunches, and seven dinners. On route, snacks include mineral water, trail mix, and fresh fruit.
Please book your flight to arrive at Temuco Maquehue Airport (PZS). Pure Adventures will pick you up from the airport.