Chile Lakes + Volcanoes Bike Tour

The District at the Gates of Patagonia

7 days / 6 nights Level: 2Price From: $6,195Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, a sanctuary of wildlife and nature at the base of the Andes
  • Cycle a landscape where volcanoes may as well be mile markers, with Villarrica, Choshuenco, and Osorno guiding every ride
  • Stay at three exceptional and distinct hotels: an estate on an organic farm in the Lakes District, a lodge inside within Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, an architectural property on the banks of Lake Llanquihue
  • Spend an afternoon the principles of indigenous cooking from a Mapuche chief
  • Visit picturesque Petrohué Falls, the dramatic waterfall named for the mist that rises from the rushing water

Eat

Traditional Chilean food like caldillo de congrio, hash-like picadillo, and merkén (a smoked-chili spice); local lake trout, and empanadas

Drink

Pisco sours; Chilean Cabernet, Carménère, and Chardonnay

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Chile!

    Meet your guides in downtown Pucón where it’s hard to notice anything but the beautiful snow-capped Villarrica volcano. Begin with a bike fitting and safety briefing before our first spin towards Lake Caburgua. Like an amazing illusion, Villarrica is a constant companion on our ride through rural Chilean landscapes lined with farmhouses and evergreen forests. We’re headed for Huife hot springs—the geothermal waters are a soothing soak for sore legs after a morning full of climbing. After lunch, perk up with a thrilling descent back to the main road. From here, a transfer takes us to our first exceptional hotel in Chile’s Lake District. Settle in before a dinner designed from ingredients straight out of the hotel’s organic vegetable garden.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pucón, Huife
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 2,712 feet / 827 meters
    Longer Option: 39 miles / 63 km, elevation gain: 3,475 feet / 1,059 meters
    Accommodations: &Beyond Vira Vira

  • Day 2

    Mapuche Cooking and Culture

    A short transfer takes us to this morning’s ride: start pedaling from the outskirts of peaceful Curarrehue and proceed up to the town of Catripulli where Villarrica feels close enough to touch. If you’re keen for a challenge, keep riding all the way to the Chile-Argentina border—it will provide more context for our afternoon with a Mapuche chief. The Mapuche are an indigenous people to parts of Patagonia, and their deep connection to these Andean forests have informed their culinary culture: learn about traditional Mapuche foods and the cooking rituals that have endured for millennia. This afternoon, opt for more miles or hop in the van and head to the hotel, where you can soak in the hot tub, treat yourself to a massage, or sip a Chilean vintage in the wine cellar before dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Catripulli, Curarrehue, Rucananco
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 984 feet / 300 meters
    Longer Option: 54 miles / 87 km, elevation gain: 4,943 feet / 1,507 meters
    Accommodations: &Beyond Vira Vira

  • Day 3

    The Shores of Lake Panguipulli

    This morning we’ll transfer to Lake Panguipulli to cycle one of the most scenic routes in Chile. Follow the glassy lakefront, then enjoy the rush of a descent while fixing your gaze on the glacial peaks of Choshuenco volcano. Break for lunch in the misty village of Choshuenco in the Andean foothills, then transfer to our next hotel located inside the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. Tonight’s dinner feels like finding your place at the table inside a warm and cozy treehouse.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Panguipulli, Choshuenco, Huilo Huilo
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 1,843 feet / 562 meters
    Longer Option: 42 miles / 68 km, elevation gain: 4,186 feet / 1,276 meters
    Accommodations: Nawelpi Lodge and Hotel Nothofagus

  • Day 4

    Huilo Huilo

    The natural splendor of Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve awaits us: this protected part of the Patagonian jungle is home to dozens of bird species, endemic plant life, and an ecosystem all its own. We’ll see it for ourselves as we hit the trail and hike to Huilo Huilo Falls. Lunch in the field is a national dish—empanadas—before we board a boat to a secret spring deep in the wilderness of Huilo Huilo. Back at the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish: listen to the murmurings of the Fuy River, have a casual meal at the brewery, or dine at your choice of onsite restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Huilo Huilo
    Accomplished: 2-3 hours hiking
    Accommodations: Nawelpi Lodge and Hotel Nothofagus

  • Day 5

    The Land of Lake Llanquihue

    Today begins with a transfer from the Araucanía region to the gates of Patagonia. Arrive in the port town of Puerto Octay in time for lunch, then start cycling from the shores of Lake LLanquihe—or for a more leisurely ride, pick up the route from Las Cascadas. Either way, it’s a day full of scenery that includes surprising German architecture and beautiful bodies of water, all presided over by the snowy pinnacle of the Osorno volcano. After checking into our sleek sustainable hotel, we venture into nearby Puerto Varas for some of the best local seafood.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Puerto Octay, Las Cascadas, Ensenada
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,444 feet / 440 meters
    Longer Option: 45 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 2,726 feet / 830 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel AWA

  • Day 6

    Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls

    Our last day of cycling truly hammers home why this region of Chile is known as the Lakes and Volcanoes District. After breakfast, ride right from the hotel towards Petrohué Falls, tucked into Osorno’s foothills. The approach is unspeakably beautiful with the volcano’s conical peak appearing to rise directly out of Lake Llanquihue. Pedal past the villages of Ensenada and through Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, home to the lava-etched Petrohué Falls. Here, we’ll hop off our bikes and walk up the Petrohué River’s basalt banks to the waterfalls at its source. After our moment of zen (and plenty of photos), ride to the town of Petrohue for lunch in the dining room of a historic lodge. Choose to pedal the rest of the way back to AWA, or catch a lift in the van and rest up for this evening’s festive farewell dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Villa las Cascadas, Petrohué Falls, Petrohue
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 1,118 feet / 341 meters
    Longer Option: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 1,814 feet / 553 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel AWA

  • Day 7

    Goodbye to Chile

    Sadly, our week of cycling has come to an end and it’s time to bid the Lakes and Volcano District farewell. After breakfast, your guides will transfer you to the Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago—or wherever you next destination may be.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Temuco, Chile Pick-Up Location: Pucón Pick-Up Time: 9:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Puerto Montt, Chile Drop-Off Location: Puerto Montt airport Drop-Off Time: Mid-morning
Travelers Take Note

To show you all our favorite parts of Chile, this tour includes transfers on multiple occasions. We like to think of it as an opportunity to see more of the country en route to your next ride.

A very limited number of e-bikes are available on this tour. Requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 5 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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