CARRETERA AUSTRAL CYCLING SOUTHERN PATAGONIA
Epica Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine – 2018
• Spectacular scenery and riding in the vastness of Chilean Patagonia.
• The impressive view of the Southern Patagonian Andes.
• The beautiful estancias Patagonicas.
• Kayak at Sofia Lake.
• 9 night Cabins and hostel
• Mountain Bike –
• Breakfast , snack , Lunch , diner in the camping nights.
• Local, English-speaking guides
Spend a 10 Active days in the mountains, in the middle of the vastness of Patagonia.
Is This Tour For You?
You can ride up to 5-6 hours a day at a moderate pace (with plenty of stops to enjoy some incredible views) You can handle moderately technical terrain: rocks, moderately steep terrain. You could paddle in floating water.
Day 1: Arrive in Coihayque
Day 2: Coihaique – Villa Cerro Castillo You will be able to take it easy this morning, we will ride 40 km on paved road towards El Blanco. The town was a post for travelers and populated by farmers. There are just 500 people that live in the town today. In the afternoon we will continue to Villa Cerro Castillo. It is approximately 64 km more on paved roads. You will pass by the Reserva Villa Cerro Castillo and admire the interesting landscapes and peaks. In the evening you will settle into a hostel and enjoy a filling meal!
Day 3: Villa Cerro Castillo – Puerto Murta We will start out very early today, because we are going to have a big riding day. Breakfast will be at 7:30 and we will leave before 9:00, the first 50 km of the day will be ridden in a transfer. We will get out of the transfer and continue our way on our bikes. The ride is on gravel and we will continue peddling past beautiful lakes, rivers, and through valleys until we finally reach Puerto Murta. We will spend the night in the tiny town and rest after a long day.
Day 4: Puerto Murta – Puerto Tranquilo To make up for yesterday, today will be extremely slow. We will have a late departure and ride 23 km on gravel road to Puerto Tranquilo. This small port town is home to Lake General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile. If we have time in the afternoon you might want to visit Exploradores Glacier and San Valentin Mount and ice field; both bodies of ice contribute to the northern ice field.
Day 5: Puerto Tranquilo – Puerto Bertrand Today we will leave the peace of Puerto Tranquilo and head towards to Puerto Bertrand, a place where the famous and amazing Baker River starts. Along the route we will pass three lakes, during the summer months the lakes will rise and flood a lot of the area´s farmlands. We will ride 78 km on gravel roads and cozy cabins will be awaiting us in the evening. The town is a great place for fly fishing and we may encounter serious fishermen in this town.
Day 6: Puerto Bertrand – Cochrane After a nutritional breakfast we will begin cycling along Baker River. You will be able to relax and admire the impressive rapids along the way. We will ride 62 km on gravel road, and cycle over a couple of demanding stretches as we head towards another bigger town. We will stay in a cozy hostel in Cochrane. This is the last town we will stop at with internet and telephone connection. After today we will be entering some of the most untouched places in Patagonia. Outside of Cochrane you can find San Lorenzo Mount, this is one of the highest peaks in the region (12,158 ft) and on a clear day you can see it in the distance. We will spend the night in Cochrane before delving further into Patagonia.
Day 7: Cochrane – Camping Los Nadis We will be off into the wilderness! Camping Los Nadis is a nice stop along the road, there aren’t many options for accommodations in the area, but this is a perfect spot to stop and enjoy a typical Patagonian barbecue. You will enjoy beautiful views and a peaceful campsite after a 60km ride on gravel roads.
Day 8: Camping Los Nadis – Caleta Tortel Today we will leave the peaceful camp and get back on the road. Our destination today is called Caleta Tortel; it is 97 km, along gravel roads, away from Camping Los Nadis. It is an incredible town built on steep stone cliffs and until 2003 was only accessible by water. Today the town is connected via boardwalks and when you arrive you will have to get a boat-taxi or walk along the boardwalks for about 30 minutes until reaching our final destination in a cozy hostel.
Day 9: Day of Exploration During our rest day we will have the opportunity to visit Jorge Montt Glacier. We will enjoy a day trip by boat to see the northern portion of the Southern Ice Fields, which is the third largest fresh water reserve in the world. In the evening we will return back to Caleta Tortel and have another good night´s rest.
Day 10: Caleta Tortel – Villa O’Higgins We will need to start out early today because the journey today is 155 km on gravel roads and on water. We will begin the day by taking a transfer to Puerto Yungay where we will board a boat. This ferry will save us some distance peddling and also make the last leg of our adventure on the Carretera Austral more interesting! We will head towards Villa O’Higgins after the ferry crossing docks in Rio Bravo and have 92 km to go on gravel roads. Finally we will arrive in Villa O´Higgins and prepare for the crossing the following day.
Day 11: Villa O’Higgins – Candelario Mansilla Today we will begin our voyage across Lake O’Higgins and Lake San Martin. First we will have breakfast and prepare to cross the lake on a ferry. We will have to ride 15 minutes down a gravel road and then board a ferry that will take us two and a half hours across Lake O´Higgins to Candelario Mansilla, where we will stop and enjoy the life of this remote Estancia for the evening. We will eat dinner here and sleep under the stars in tents.
Day 12: Candelario Mansilla – Lago del Desierto – Chalten Today will be a bit longer than the day before. We will begin the day hiking/cycling four to six hours on a trail that isn´t maintained very well; the distance is only 22 km. It will be difficult, but will add an aspect of true adventure and wilderness to your expedition. Finally you will read Lago Del Desierto and you will board another boat that will take you across the lake. A transfer will meet you and as you come into El Chalten you will notice the amazing peaks that made this area famous. It is a short 40 km ride to El Chalten and we will arrive in time for a shower and dinner.
Day 13: Hiking Day Today you can spend the day for yourself. You can take a walk out of El Chalten or just relax in the quaint little town. We can also arrange for a guided tour this day if you wish.End Of The Services …
• Mountain Bike Guide
• Van with Bike Trailer for suportt
• All the lunch and breackfaast in the 13 days
The Program Include
• Mecanic suportt for the bikes
• Mountain Bike
• 12 nigth of Acomodation in cabins and hostels