Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

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Road Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Ride through the beautiful Lake District of Chile and Argentina.

Discover a beautiful and fertile land at the northern gateway to Patagonia - a magical landscape filled with active volcanoes, turquoise rivers, gigantic lakes and ancient native forests. See Andean condors swooping down from the foothills of the cordillera as we cycle on some of the most scenic paved routes that South America has to offer. We'll gain a cultural insight into both Chile and Argentina, including the European influences and indigenous customs that have shaped the region. Cross the Andes twice in spectacular fashion on two wheels as part of an incredible 'once in a lifetime' journey!

Highlights

  • Two South American countries
  • Cycle across the Andes
  • Iconic Andean Lakes
  • See Monkey Puzzle Forests
  • Ride the 'Seven Lakes Road'
  • Cycle alongside Lago Llanquihue
  • Active volcanoes & lush forests
  • Free time to visit Bariloche & Pucon
  • Ride in Conguillio National Park

Key information

  • 12 nights hotels all en suite
  • 9 days cycling with full vehicle support 
  • 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite (12 for Land Only bookings)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation 
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings

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Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

 

Terrain:

Approx. 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved tracks. Mainly good condition paved roads; some unpaved roads on several days; condition of unpaved sections dependent upon weather.

Day by day breakdown
Day 338.0km/23.0miles
Day 443.0km/26.0miles
Day 549.0km/30.0miles
Day 625.0km/15.0miles
Day 860.0km/37.0miles
Day 918.0km/11.0miles
Day 1076.0km/47.0miles
Day 1258.0km/36.0miles
Day 1330.0km/18.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Santiago.

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Puerto Montt and transfer to Puerto Varas.

    Travellers on our group flights will arrive to Puerto Montt airport today after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from the airport to our start hotel in the nearby town of Puerto Varas. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the group transfer should you wish (and have informed us in advance) otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in Puerto Varas anytime in the afternoon/evening.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Cycle around the edge of Lago Llanquihue to Frutillar.

    Our Lake District cycling adventure starts off today in scenic fashion as we navigate clockwise around the shore of Lago Llanquihue (the third biggest lake in South America) and stretch our legs for the more challenging days ahead. From the lakeside road we will enjoy spectacular views of the volcanoes and Andean mountain range that lie just to the east. Volcanoes Osorno (2652m), Puntiagudo (2190m), Tronador (3451m), Puyehue (2240m) and Calbuco (2015m) are all visible on a clear day. We’ll cycle to the picturesque lakeside village of Frutillar, a German influenced settlement which is home to the modern 'Teatro del Lago' theatre. The ride ends here and after lunch we’ll transfer back to Puerto Varas. There will be the option to cycle back via a different route for anyone that wants to clock a few more miles today.

    Cycle approx. 38km on mostly paved road (plus an optional 32km).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Ride from Puerto Varas to Ensenada, situated between the looming Osorno and Calbuco Volcanos.

    We follow the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue once more today but in an easterly direction past Puerto Chico and straight towards the imposing Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Gateway to the Andean Lakes, our journey from here across the mountain range takes us in to more remote and spectacular environments.

    Cycle approx. 43km on paved road.

    *Note that some groups will stay at Petrohue Lodge instead of at Ensenada which increases today’s ride to a total of approx. 62km. Up until Ensenada the road is flat with just gentle undulations, then to reach Petrohue the road is unpaved and climbs around 150m over 19km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Begin the Andes crossing to Argentina; two lake crossings and some tough cycling sections to arrive at Puerto Blest.

    After breakfast we cycle onwards, following the banks of the emerald coloured Rio Petrohue towards 'Saltos de Petrohue' waterfalls. Upon reaching 'Lago Todos los Santos' we are greeted by a beautiful setting and we'll swap our mode of transport in order to board a catamaran ferry. Cruising across the lake is a peaceful experience as we keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors flying overhead (journey time approx. 1.5 hours).

    Arriving in Peulla there is the option to take a public bus (costing US$43 at the time of writing) for those who do not wish to undertake the most challenging cycling portion of the trip. The tour leader will have explained this in advance in order to arrange tickets if anyone prefers this option.

    Cycling towards the Argentinian border involves riding 20km with a steady incline before taking on a challenging climb (approx. 700m over 7.5km) to reach the frontier. There is then a short descent into Puerto Frias. Depending upon how the weather has been in the proceeding days, the unpaved mountain roads can either be well compacted or sometimes loose and dusty. The final leg of today’s iconic journey across the Andes is a short ferry crossing on Lago Frias and 3km ride to the hotel at Puerto Blest.

    Cycle approx. 49km on unpaved gravel road.

    *Note that groups who stayed the previous night in Petrohue will cycle a total of 30km today.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Ferry across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo; cycle to Bariloche.

    Puerto Blest is situated on the westernmost point of Lago Nahuel Huapi and from here we board a catamaran to take us to Puerto Pañuelo. Instead of cycling directly towards Bariloche, we will take a scenic route on a paved road that loops around via Punto Panoramico to enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the Argentinian Lake District. Linking up with the lakeside main road, we’ll arrive to San Carlos de Bariloche, which will be our base for the next two nights.

    The hotel is located on the outskirts of town, on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake. There are several restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel and the town centre is a 5-10 minutes taxi ride.

    Cycle approx. 25km on paved road.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Free day; time to visit city of Bariloche and ascend the nearby viewpoint of Cerro Campanario.

    After several days of travelling, today is a free day allowing a well-earned chance to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. You may wish to take a look around the centre of Bariloche, a ski and adventure sports hub with numerous chocolate shops, or visit the nearby beach on the shores of Nahuel Huapi lake at Bahia Serena. There are plenty of adventurous activities available should you wish to indulge, such as guided ‘stand up rafting’ on Rio Limay, or the opportunity to independently trek up to Refugio Frey and back again on the slopes of Cerro Catedral.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Villa La Angostura; cycle the 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' to San Martin de los Andes.

    After breakfast we’ll transfer for approx. 1.5 hours around the northern edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi to bypass the busy Bariloche traffic and reach the starting point for another spectacular cycling route. The 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' (Seven Lakes Road) is an incredibly scenic route that winds its way northwards past lakes and forests connecting the alpine towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes. Depending upon the exact start point, today involves us riding a total distance of around 60km through spectacular and rewarding landscapes. We will break the ride with a lunchtime picnic stop and then arrive in San Martin de los Andes in the afternoon. Entering in to the picturesque small town of San Martin involves a wonderful approach along the shore of Lago Lacar. Here we have another two night stopover, and there are laundry facilities at the hotel should you wish to wash any clothes.

    Cycle approx. 60km on paved road.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Ride to Quila Quina beach on shores of Lago Lacar; optional return by boat.

    We leave the town on the same road that we entered on, but then turn off onto unpaved roads for the rest of the route to Quila Quina beach. The ride profile today involves one climb of approx. 250 metres and then a wonderful downhill that winds down to the lakeside. After a lazy picnic lunch at the beach and perhaps a siesta in the cool shade, you can choose to either cycle the same route back to town (another 18km) or take the easier option to return by boat (tickets cost approx. US$18).

    Cycle approx. 18km on mostly unpaved gravel road / or 36km if returning by bike and not boat.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Drive to Lanin Volcano for border crossing into Araucania region of Chile; ride through 'monkey puzzle' forests to Pucon.

    Today we depart San Martin and transfer all the way to the border crossing which is the start point for our ride. Under the looming presence of Lanin Volcano (3747m) we say goodbye to Argentina and cross back in to Chile via the Mamuil Malal pass. Entering the Araucania province of Chile, we descend through incredibly beautiful surroundings within Villarica National Park, then follow Rio Trancura along a gentle valley to the lunch stop in Curarrehue. We then follow the route of Rio Pucon into the town of Pucon. The town is situated on the shore of Lago Villarica and acts as a hub for adventure sports in the region.

    Cycle approx. 76km on mostly paved road.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Free day in Pucon; optional hot springs or trek up Villarica Volcano (weather dependent).

    Today is at leisure for you to choose from doing organised activities or having some time out. There are numerous nearby hot springs (termas) and spas in this part of Chile meaning Pucon is the perfect place to soothe away any bike-induced aches and pains! Your tour leader will be able to advise which local agencies to use depending upon what you would like to do. There is a nice beach in Pucon just a short walk from the hotel, and there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from.

    Should the local conditions permit then today is the perfect opportunity to climb to the crater of a live volcano! Villarrica Volcano (2840m) is situated just outside of the town and most recently erupted in March 2015. Obviously this activity comes with its risks and so the local tour company will only take groups if the conditions are totally safe. All equipment can be rented, meaning that you only need to bring your own waterproof walking trousers. The early morning ascent takes around 4 hours and involves wearing crampons to cross a glacier before a memorable and unique descent after reaching the crater (which isn’t for the faint hearted!). Depending upon the amount of snow at the summit, the normal way of getting down the volcano is to sledge down a specially crafted series of compacted snow and ice channels. This is a special experience from start to finish, but should only be undertaken if aware of the challenges.

    If you wish to cycle today then of course you can take your bike out and the tour leader will recommend some routes.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Cunco; cycle into the lunar landscape of Conguillio National Park; stay at base of Llaima Volcano.

    Departing Pucon, we transfer northwards after breakfast to the town of Cunco. From here the cycling starts with a 33km stretch of paved road towards Conguillio National Park, stopping for lunch in Melipeuco. Shortly afterwards is the turn off to enter the national park where the road eventually changes to unpaved and dusty in places. We will carry on cycling until the entrance of the National Park. From the entrance we will take a short walk to the Truful Truful waterfall. From here we will carry on cycling for 7km until we reach our accommodation for the night.

    The scenes that we encounter today are vastly different from the rest of the tour. Clouds rise up from surrounding valleys and quickly change form whilst passing over the volcanic lava. Llaima Volcano (3125m) dominates the skyline and we spend the night in a remote and charming eco-lodge. The property restricts energy use as part of its self-sufficiency, meaning that electricity and hot water are not available during the night.

    Cycle approx. 53km on paved and then unpaved roads.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Return ride through Conguillio N.P; visit National Park Interpretation Centre.

    It is our last day of cycling today as we continue riding further within Conguillio N.P. and see several beautiful lagoons (Laguna Arco Iris, Laguna Verde) and Conguillo Lake. We will also visit the parks interpretation centre in order to find out about how the park was formed. Then we will walk for an hour through the native forest to see ancient monkey-puzzle trees or araucarias. Tonight will be the last evening all together with group and staff, so the perfect opportunity for a last meal and drinks to look back on what will have surely been a fantastic journey.

    Cycle approx. 30km on unpaved and then paved roads.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Morning at leisure; transfer to Temuco airport.

    Please note that this today is a free day before your evening flight. After breakfast you can enjoy a leisurely walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Lllaima Volcano. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Temuco airport for your evening flight. Flight Inclusive bookings will fly to Santiago and spend tonight in a hotel near the airport before departing on international flights tomorrow. Land only bookings please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park is in a very remote location and not close to Temuco. Any post tour arrangements should be made for the afternoon of this last day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Depart Santiago.

    Fly back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

Essential Info

Visas

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Chile

British, most European and most other nationalities, including Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, do not require visas. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Chilean Embassy if in doubt. Citizens of Australia pay a fee on first entry into Chile by air (cash US Dollars only, no credit cards or cheques) $95 - valid for only 90 days). There is no fee for other nationalities at the time of writing. The one-time charge is valid for the life of your passport so keep the stub stapled in.

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a .

Chile

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, and lunches will either be at convenient restaurant stops during our rides or packed lunches. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in the hotels and local restaurants for the evening meals that are not included in the price of the trip. Chile and Argentina traditionally have a lot of meat dishes in their cuisine, however vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf. For tours in 2017 the evening meal when staying in Conguillio N.P. is included in the trip price.

Weather

Since Chile and Argentina are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in Europe. Departures are therefore organised between October and March, to take advantage of the longer, warmer days in the summer period. During these months the summer temperatures in Santiago de Chile reach over 30C, while in Puerto Montt and the Lake District region in general they are more likely to be around 20C. The weather in this part of the world is very changeable and you should be prepared for some possible rain showers.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 44km (27 miles)
Number of days cycling: 9
Vehicle Support: 100%
Note: Between Peulla and Puerto Blest there is a section of the ride where our vehicle cannot take the same route, however in the event of an emergency it is possible to have vehicle access. This is the toughest section of the itinerary.

Terrain and route: Approx. 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved roads. Some large elevation gains; mixed cycling terrain; variable weather conditions and some remote locations.

Some cycling experience and good level of fitness is recommended. Total distance covered: approx. 400km

Most of the roads are in good condition, although there can occasionally be potholes and poorer conditions in some short sections. You should be prepared for some cycling on unpaved gravel/dirt roads. The Andes crossing day from Chile to Argentina is the toughest day of cycling on the tour as the stretches of unpaved road between the lakes involves a long climb up to the border crossing which is potentially on rough terrain depending on how the weather has been. It is possible to skip this section of the itinerary and take a public bus to join the group at the hotel in Puerto Blest.

The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns where we are more likely to encounter other vehicles.

We will visit the following national parks:
Pérez Rosales National Park (Chi), Nahuel Huapi National Park (Arg), Lanín National Park (Arg), Villarrica National Park (Chi), Conguillio National Park (Chi)

Accommodation

Hotels

We spend 12 nights in a range of hotels along the route. All rooms are en suite and breakfasts are included each day. Accommodation has been chosen to suit our group size and requirements. They are all cyclist friendly and strategically located for the best cycling route possible around the Lake District.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales consultant for details.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2017
    Peter Moy

    It would be hard to top this trip.

    This was my first Exodus bicycle trip and if the other are as good as this one it will not be my last. The scenery was spectacular. Each day was a different and new experience. This trip has it all; some moderately challenging gravel, relaxing riding on tarmac winding between rugged peaks, boat trips across beautiful lakes, good company, great food and drinks, excellent well-maintained equipment, and helpful staff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many inspirational moment on this trip is impossible to single out one specifically. Cycling over the pass trough the Andes in the between Peulla and Puerto Frias was an achievement for me with my limited mountain biking experience. (I only fell off once!) Climbing the active Villarica volcano was a once in a life time experience, particularly as there was a small eruption while we looking into the crater.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This trip covered a lot of territory through some fairly tough country. The logistic for this trip were complex involving the coordination of boat and bus transfer in two very separate countries. Yet the whole show ran like clockwork. I was impressed. This was a very professionally run trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    IF you do not enjoy a salmon or fillet steak then this trip may change your point of view. The Argentinian steal is sublime as is the Chilean salmon. I recommend Tony's Casa de Carne in Bariloche. I had the best steak I ever tasted in my life at Tony's steak house. (And I am an Australian!) Also, I recommend the frappe at the Chocolate Museum in Bariloche as well. I suspect my waste line would have expanded dramatically if I had stayed in Bariloche longer than a couple of days!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You are exposed to the wild weather of the roaring forties from the Southern Ocean in this region of the world. Be prepared for one or two days of solid weather. (Wind and Rain).
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Gerlinde Bellefroid

    Absolutely wonderfull!!

    As Belgians it was our first experience with Exodus Travel but it was an wonderfull experience. We absolutely loved the full trip, the magnificent nature every day again, the nice atmosphere within the group, the local guides who took good responsability. The combination of both countries, lakes, volcanoes, mountains, vieuws all over....the beauty just didn't stop! Very good bikes (as new!) with front suspension.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was a new and beautiful suprise. The possibility of climbing an active volcano with some members of our group was unique, very special!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thank you to all the guides and organisation.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy!!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Melanie Ward

    Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

    A great tour around the lakes of Chile and Argentina. The itinerary over the Andes and over the lakes via boats is fantastic. Great food and scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day cycling over the Andes. It was a tough climb but very rewarding!!! Cycling in Conguillio National Park was also fantastic and a contrasting landscape to all other days - stunning!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader and his assistants were a great team, and worked well together.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack clothing for cool and wet weather. The first week was cold and wet, and I wish I had packed more clothes suitable for cooler weather both on and off the bike (think of what you're wear when cycling in November in London). The second week was warm and sunny, so save your shorts and t-shirts for that week. Make full use of the local launderettes in Bariloche and Pucon...costs only a few pounds for a bag of dirty clothes washed and dried in under 24 hours. Also, a number of people on the group flights missed their connecting flights and had their baggage go missing which was understandably very stressful. The main cause was due to short connections between flights (e.g. 2 hours in Madrid). Ensure you have lots of time for flight connections; we booked our own flights and allowed 3.5 hours in Madrid which worked ok. Packing some cycling gear in your hand luggage is also a good idea as the cycle clothing options are limited in Puerto Varas and surrounding areas.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy the steaks and Malbec!
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Keith Batchelor

    Cycling in Chile and Argentina

    The trip was very well organised, the bikes were all brand new and the guides, Taiel and Jeronimo, always did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly. The scenery was spectacular with some very impressive views of snow capped volcanos and lakes. We had a bit of rain at the beginning of the holiday but from day 3 onwards the weather was great. The gravelly tracks provided me with an interesting challenge from time to time and there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery along long stretches of Tarmac. A fantastic and memorable holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed the Asado (Argentinian barbecue) at San Martin, prepared by Jeronimo the Asador. It gave us a excellent opportunity to mix with the other travellers and guides over some lovely food and wine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leaders, Taiel and Jeronimo, both did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly and that we all had a really good and memorable experience. They always listened carefully to any comments and/or recommendations and responded to them to ensure maximum satisfaction.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is worth learning a few words of Spanish as, unlike in Europe, relatively few of the locals speak English. That said, usually Taiel of Jeronimo were close at hand and able to assist.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A minor improvement to the schedule would be not to spend a complete day in The working city of Temuco. We could possibly have had a extra day in Pucon with the wide variety of activities on offer there or perhaps we could have spent the night at Melipeuco before driving to the airport at Temuco the following afternoon in plenty of time for the flight to Santiago.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Yvette Pole

    Cycle the Lake District of Chile and Argentina

    Having personally completed over 8 Exodus cycling trips, this one to the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina rates as one of the best - a fabulous route through stunning scenery of snow capped mountains, volcanoes with lava fields and vast lakes. Highly recommended

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling over the Andes mountain pass between Chile and Argentina, with the later visit to the Conguillio National Park and the Eco-lodge

    What did you think of your group leader?

    They were all great - thank you to the local team Marcello, Taiel & Jero

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most days had good weather, but you should also pack proper rain proof gear, as the weather can be erratic

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All cycle days of this itinerary can be fully enjoyed by everybody who has a basic level of biking skill and a reasonable average level of fitness - If you like cycling holidays, great adventure and visiting fascinating places, you must do this well organized trip
  • Reviewed November 2016
    John Cheek

    John

    A fantastic cycling trip to the Lake District of Chile and Argentina. An expertly organized adventure, with fantastic bike rides and breathtaking scenery. A 'must do' trip - between my wife and I, we have done over 12 Exodus cycling holidays and this one rates as the best. A well thought out route, professionally managed and a never to be forgotten experience. A special thanks go to the local operator of BikeWay and Marcello, with guides Taiel and Jero, who all made this tip so memorable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling over the Andes, with the views of the snow capped volcanoes and lakes

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowable and professional, who always went beyond what was expected or required

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the sometimes sudden changeable weather - check on the weather conditions for the time of your trip and insure you take all the clothing options with you, to enjoy every day of the cycling

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A highly recommended trip - a definite add to the 'bucket list' of a must do cycling holiday

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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