A spectacular ride across the Patagonian Andes which straddle Argentina and Chile. Our route takes in highlights of the awe-inspiring Lake District, where snow-capped mountains fringe glacial lakes. The dramatic scenery has been shaped by millions of years of volcanic activity. Marvel at towering conical volcanoes, which contrast with lush forests and tumbling waterfalls below. It is a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. Saddle up for a truly unforgettable adventure.
- Cycle through some of South America's premier national parks
- Enjoy panoramic mountain views of the Andes
- Ride along the shores of sparkling glacial lakes
- Discover Bariloche, Argentina's adventure capital
- Stay in picturesque alpine villages and lakeside towns
- Visit the incredible Petrohué Waterfalls
- For more about our challenge highlights, pictures and video.
Return flights from London with British Airways, hotels and lodges for the challenge, all food, water and snacks while cycling, airport transfers, luggage transfers, experienced staff including local guides, a Classic Challenge Tour Manager, UK Volunteer Doctor, cycle mechanic and support drivers.
What's Not Included
Airport tax - £380 approx.(January 2017), travel insurance, meals where specified, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.
How To Take Part
To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options:
1.Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £350 registration fee when you book your place on the tour, and agree to raise the £3500 sponsorship. You will pay for the airport tax which is currently approx. £380. You will be invoiced for the airport tax approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.
2.Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £350 registration fee when you book your place on the tour, and pay the balance of £1835 tour cost and £380 airport tax. You will be invoiced for the tour cost and airport tax approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.
For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions.
All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
Day 1: Depart London
Overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires - Bariloche
Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina. It's a fascinating city with a dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. We stop for lunch (not included) in one of its colourful neighbourhoods, packed with colonial Spanish squares, leafy avenues and brightly-painted houses. Early afternoon transfer (1½ hours approx.) to the domestic airport for our onward flight to Bariloche in heart of the Patagonian Lake District.
Day 3: Bariloche
After bike fitting this morning, the rest of the day is free to acclimatise in the alpine town of Bariloche. This evening after dinner we hear more about the challenge ahead. Overnight in Bariloche.
Day 4: Bariloche – Villa La Angostura
Saddle up for a spectacular first day of cycling. We set off into the Nahuel Huapi National Park, which is dominated by the dramatic Andes mountains. Much of today's route is along the shores of sparkling Lake Nahuel Huapi. The scenery is simply stunning with panoramic views of snow-clad peaks, evergreen forests and raging waterfalls. Our destination is the charming village of Villa La Angostura, one of the most beautiful locations in the Lake District, known as the 'Garden of Patagonia'.
87km approx. (7km off-road)
Day 5: Villa La Angostura – Aguas Calientes
It's an action-packed day as we cross the border from Argentina into Chile. This morning's route skirts the northern edge of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We then climb through the southern Andes to Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass at 1,314 metres, one of the main mountain crossings between Argentina and Chile. The scenery changes to a lunar landscape, the closer we get to the summit. Border formalities may take some time so we have lunch at the pass before continuing the challenge. This afternoon's ride is through Puyehue National Park, a paradise of thermal springs, volcanoes and endless forests. Late afternoon, we tackle a tough 4km climb to reach Aguas Calientes hot springs resort in the heart of the national park. There will be the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs to ease those aching limbs.
Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Puerto Octay
It's the longest day of the challenge but an easier ride today. We are now in the heart of the spectacular Chilean Lake District in the foothills of the Andes. This morning we cycle around the southern shores of glacial Lake Puyehue and then along the west coast of pristine Lake Rupanco. Overnight in Puerto Octay on the north shore of Lake Llanquihue.
104km approx. (25km off-road)
Day 7: Puerto Octay – Ensenada
Much of today's route is along the eastern shore of Lake Llanquihue. There is a 22km stretch of off-road with two very steep hills. As the day progresses, Osorno volcano provides a stunning backdrop to our ride. En-route, we stop for a short trek through lush rainforest to a beautiful 45 metre waterfall. Then it's back on our bikes for the final push to the lakeside village of Ensenada, which offers panoramic views of three mighty volcanoes: Osorno, Calbuco and Puntiagudo.
59km approx. (22km off-road)
Day 8: Ensenada – Puerto Varas
The highlight of this morning's ride is a visit to the Petrohué Waterfalls, in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The icy turquoise waters cascade across lava rocks formed from the nearby Osorno volcano. We return to Lake Llanquihue and follow the shoreline with some challenging climbs en-route. Finis and celebrate at Puerto Varas, known as 'the City of Roses'. It is also the main port on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. This evening we celebrate the end of a memorable challenge.
Day 9: Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago de Chile
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport (approx 45 minutes) for a lunchtime flight to Santiago de Chile. Connect to the international overnight flight to London.
Day 10 - London
Morning arrival back in the UK.
Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change