Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Argentina, Chile
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MAP
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
13 Days Land only
16 Min age

Trip Overview

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!

At a Glance

  • 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

Trip 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

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.

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) and also Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve (Chi).

Group

Our guides are local Argentinean cycle tour leaders who are experienced at working with cycling groups. They have good English skills and are very knowledgable about the region.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Puerto Varas
End City:
Temuco

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start 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 2

    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 the 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. 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 34 km / 21 miles
  • Day 3

    Ride from Puerto Varas to Petrohue; boat ride on the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake.

    We follow the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue once more today but in an easterly direction past Puerto Chico and Ensenada, 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. We cycle onwards, following the banks of the emerald coloured Rio Petrohue towards the '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 wonderful and peaceful experience as we keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors flying overhead (journey time approx. 1.5/2 hours). 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 59 km / 37 miles
  • Day 4

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

    After breakfast we start cycling towards the Argentinian border which 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 followed by a 3km ride to your hotel in Puerto Blest.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 31 km / 19 miles
  • Day 5

    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. As we approach Bariloche we will board the bus for a short transfer (approx. 20 minutes), linking up with the lakeside main road.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 24 km / 15 miles
  • Day 6

    Free day; time to explore the 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. 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 7

    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 52km through spectacular and rewarding landscapes. We will break the ride up with a lunchtime picnic stop and should therefore 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. 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 52 km / 32 miles
  • Day 8

    Ride through Huilo Huilo biological reserve; boat ride to Port Fuy; ride to Choshuenco Village.

    After breakfast we will say goodbye to Argentina and cross back into Chile via the Huahum Pass. We will have a short transfer to the border before we start cycling up to Pirihueico Port, crossing the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. We will make a stop for coffee and lunch at the port. From here we will take a barge (boat) that will sail us to Port Fuy, (approx 1.5hours). From here we will cycle to the village of Choshuenco.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 31 km / 19 miles
  • Day 9

    Cycle to Panguipulli Village; transfer to Pucon.

    Today we start the day by cycling to Panguipulli Village. Here we wil have lunch before a transfer Pucón Town (approx. 1 hour). We will stay in a dowtown hotel, located by the feet of Villarrica Volcano (2840 m). 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Day 10

    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 also 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 (this 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 11

    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 becomes unpaved and dusty in places. From the entrance we will take a short walk to the Truful Truful waterfall. Afterwards 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.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Day 12

    Ride through Conguillio N.P.

    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. (Please note that this may not be possible as sometimes the centre is closed during our visit). We will then walk for an hour through the native forest to see ancient monkey-puzzle trees. Tonight will be the last evening all together with group and staff, so it is the perfect opportunity for a last meal and drinks to look back on what will have surely been a fantastic journey.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 30 km / 19 miles
  • Day 13

    Morning at leisure; transfer to Temuco airport for those on the group flights.

    Please note that 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 Llaima Volcano. There are also many optional excursions you can book. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you arrange these. In the afternoon those on the group flight will be transferred to Temuco airport for your evening flight; any post tour arrangements should be made for the afternoon of this last day.  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 can join this transfer if flight timings are similar to the group flight timings (please see the Transfer Details section below).  Please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park is in a very remote location and not close to the city of Temuco. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £535.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

We will have a support vehicle assisting our rides each day so you don't need to carry anything on your person whilst riding and you'll have easy access to the vehicle at drinks stops. If you want to opt out of any rides or sections then of course you can board the bus! The itinerary is designed so that most days involve a combination of cycling and road transfers - this is so that we can cover the required distances and ensures that we are cycling the most appealing sections which are also applicable to the moderate/challenging grading of the trip.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Since Chile and Argentina are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in Europe. Departures are therefore organized 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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

16 days, normally depart London Sat, return Sun

Itinerary Start

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Lan (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up-to-date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Please note that the tour leader will not join Flight Inclusive clients when they fly up to Santiago at the end of the tour. Those booking Flight Inclusive will fly up to Santiago and have a night in a hotel near the airport before departing the next day for the U.K.

13 days, normally start Puerto Varas Sun, end Temuco Fri

Land Only travellers should meet the group at the start hotel in Puerto Varas. Your 'Final Joining Instructions' will confirm the hotel details but you can contact us beforehand to confirm and make your travel arrangements.

Getting from Puerto Montt airport to the start hotel is a fairly short journey of around 30 minutes. There are taxis or colectivos available at the arivals terminal to take you.

Alternatively you can meet the group flight transfer at Puerto Montt airport and join at no extra expense. Ask Exodus for the flight number and transfer time. It is a small airport and the leader will make themselves visible by holding an Exodus branded arrivals card.

At the end of the trip, those booking Land Only will finish in Temuco and can join the group transfer to the airport if they like. 

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Puerto Varas
Location end:
Temuco

What to Take

Essential Equipment

 

  • Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Cycling shorts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • High factor sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Photocopy of Passport (page showing name and number)

Just in case you experience any issues with your main luggage, we strongly recommend packing a set of your cycling clothes in your carry on bags.

Optional Equipment

  • Your own saddle
  • Your own pedals
  • Cycling gloves
  • Walking shoes
  • Waterproof trousers (for optional volcano trek)

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Trek X-Caliber 7 and Giant Fathom 29er 2 mountain bikes with front suspension.

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Reading List

Reading List

In Patagonia Bruce Chatwin (Penguin) A classic account by the great travel writer of his experiences in Patagonia.
Natural Patagonia Marcelo D. Beccaceci (Pangaea Publishing) A bilingual guide to flora and fauna in the region, with great illustrations
Victor, An Unfinished Song Joan Jara
Folk Tales from Chile Brenda Hughes
Back to Cape Horn Rosie Swale
My imagined Country Isabel Allende
Travels in a Thin Country Sara Wheeler

Practical Information

Passport

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Chile

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.

Vaccination

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, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

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.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

We are advised that there is no risk of malaria on this trip.

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, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Argentina's Timezone:
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires -03 (GMT -03:00)
Chile's Timezone:
America/Santiago -03 (GMT -03:00)

Electricity

Argentina's Electricity:

220 volts

Chile's Electricity:

220 volts

Money

Argentina's Currency

The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 46 to the UK£ and 35 to the US$.

Chile's Currency

The national currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2018) of approximately 856 to the GBP, 664 to the USD, 510 to the CAD, 770 to the EUR, 488 to the AUD and 445 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Chilean Pesos are the national currency of Chile, and Argentinean Pesos in Argentina - therefore these are what you will require for spending money.

If bringing a foreign currency to exchange then we recommended that you take US dollars, as sterling can be more difficult to exchange and the rates are not as good. However, Euros are increasingly accepted and have a good rate of exchange. Please ensure that you do not have any torn or damaged bank notes, as these are often not accepted. Exchange facilities can be found in Puerto Varas, Pucon and Temuco. In Bariloche you will be able to exchange some Argentinean Pesos or use an ATM. In Argentina the leader will give recommendations and assist group members in getting the best exchange rate in a safe way.

Please note changing money in the first couple of days may be difficult, so we strongly recommend taking some Chilean Pesos or using an ATM to withdraw Pesos directly.

ATMs are available in Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Bariloche, San Martin, Pucon, Temuco. Bringing traveller's cheques is not advisable. If planning to use your card overseas as opposed to exchanging currency then you should always inform your bank in advance to prevent problems.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Average meal prices in Argentina equate to about US$15-20 and in Chile slightly more in general US$20-25. The price of a beer in both countries is approx. US$3-4.

Optional Excursions

Prices given are correct at the time of writing but can fluctuate, the activities are also dependent upon availability.

Rafting on Rio Limay in Bariloche - approx. US$ 80

Trek up Volcan Villarica in Pucon - approx. US$ 100

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Although tipping is entirely discretionary, it is customary in this part of the world and as such we recommend an allowance of US$5 per day for your cycling leader plus US$2-3 each for the driver and assistant leader. The team may ask for a kitty at the start of the trip in order to cover tipping for hotel porters etc.

Responsible Tourism

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… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.