Day 1 – 8th February 2019
Overnight flight from London to Sao Paulo.
Flight – London to Sao Paulo Guarulhos, International Airport. 20.10 – 05.55
Day 2 – 9th February 2019
Buenos Aires – Bariloche
Flight – Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Buenos Aires. 09.25 – 11.20
Flight – Buenos Aires to Bariloche – 13.30 - 15.55
Morning arrival Sao Paulo, onward flight to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina. From here we fly onto Bariloche in the heart of the Patagonian Lake District. Overnight at a centrally located hotel in Bariloche. This evening we have our event briefing about the challenge ahead.
Day 3 – 10th February 2019
Bariloche 40km Approx
This morning we transfer out to our bike fitting and after being acquainted with our bikes, have a fantastic warm up ride to get us acclimatised. This is a circular route passing the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the snow-capped Andes before we then head back inland to Colonia Suiza where we have lunch. The route then heads back towards Bariloche along a mix of tarmac and dirt roads. We finish this warm up ride at the Berlina brewery where there is an optional beer tasting session.
This afternoon there’s the option to then head up to the Cerro Campanario hill on the cable car for some fantastic views. This evening we overnight again in Bariloche.
Day 4 – 11th February 2019
Bariloche – San Martin de Los Andes 80km approx.
This morning starts with an 80km transfer out to the lake shore. From here we saddle up for a spectacular first day of cycling. We set off along the 7 Lakes route, which is dominated by the dramatic Andes mountain chain. Much of today's route is along lake shores, allowing for remarkable sights and great photo spots; the scenery is simply stunning with panoramic views of snow-clad peaks, evergreen forests and raging waterfalls. Our destination is the charming town of San Martin de Los Andes. It is one of the most beautiful locations in the Lake District, known as the
'Garden of Patagonia'. Overnight in San Martin de Los Andes.
Day 5 – 12th February 2019
San Martin de Los Andes – Choshuenco
77km approx. (53km off road)
It's an action-packed day as we cross the border from Argentina in to Chile. Today is probably the most challenging ride as it is mostly on dirt roads as we ascend and descend the mountanious region towards the border. One of the biggest challenges of the day is the climb through the southern Andes to Huahum Pass, 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. After lunch we then have a short ferry crossing before we get back on our bikes for the final20kms. We overnight in Choshuenco, on the shore of Lake Panguipulli.
Day 6 – 13th February 2019
Choshuenco – Pucon 86km approx. (3km off-road)
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 Lakes with views of snow-capped volcanoes. After lunch we ride another 20km along the lake shore to the small town of Lincanray. From here we than have a short transfer (1 hour) to our overnight stay at Pucon in the volcanic region, where we stay in the heart of this vibrant town.
Day 7 – 14th February 2019
Pucon - Cunco
80km approx. (16km off-road)
This morning we have an early start to get out of town and avoid rush hour traffic. Weather depending, we should get spectacular views of Villarrica as we head out. Today our route connects the lakes and large lava fields that surround the area. After we pass through the town of Villarrica along the lake shore we turn onto quiet roads for a challenging 15km off-road section through the forest. We finish and overnight at San Pablo lodge near Cunco.
Day 8 – 15th February 2019
Cunco – La Baita 70km approx. (19km off road) The start of this morning’s route passes through the two small towns of Cunco and Melipeuco along main but quiet country roads. We then enter the dramatic landscape of Conguillio National Park at the foot of Mt Llaima. From here the remainder of our ride is all on dirt roads as we cross through the lava fields hidden amongst volcanic lakes and forests filled with old Araucaria trees. The finish line of our ride will be on the shore of the Conguillio Lake. After celebrating the culmination of our ride, we have a short 14km transfer back to our overnight lodge. This evening we enjoy a celebratory meal to mark our fantastic achievement.
Day 9 – 16th February 2019
Flight 1 Temuco to Santiago 12.28 - 13.51
Flight 2 Santiago to Sao Paolo 16.00 - 21.05
Flight 3 Sao Paolo to London 23.40 – 13.15
This morning we transfer to Temuco airport for return flight to Santiago de Chile to catch our connecting international flight.
Day 10 – 17th February 2019
Arrival back into the UK, 13.15.
Please note this is a complex itinerary which is subject to change. Copyright Classic Challenge.