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Argentina's Lake District Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Pedal amid emerald lakes and jagged snow-covered Andes peaks
  • Discover tucked-away Mapuche lands just northwest of the lush Lake District
  • Tango lessons and yerba mate tasting
  • The world-famous Llao Llao resort, an Argentine national treasure
  • An epic mountain biking journey through three national parks

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National Parks & Epicurean Delights in Patagonia

Everyone who comes here feels like they're the first. It's an incredible feeling, as if you're on an expedition of one. Arrive on the shores of the Quetrihué Peninsula and stand among arrayán trees over 300 years old. Embark on a journey through the Seven Lakes region, and be blown away by the endless beauty of three Argentine national parks. You'll find yourself describing every incredible view to the person next to you because they couldn't have seen what you did. No one could have. Patagonia is your discovery.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic & Terrain

The Lake District’s beautiful and rugged topography limits the number of smooth paved roads available. We've carefully crafted this itinerary to feature a mix of the region’s most scenic paved and dirt roads. Although we use paved roads whenever possible, you should be comfortable riding a mountain bike on sections of rougher terrain. While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, that's not always possible in Argentina and some options on this trip follow more heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you’re always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier or rougher sections of the route.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic & Terrain

The Lake District’s beautiful and rugged topography limits the number of smooth paved roads available. We've carefully crafted this itinerary to feature a mix of the region’s most scenic paved and dirt roads. Although we use paved roads whenever possible, you should be comfortable riding a mountain bike on sections of rougher terrain. While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, that's not always possible in Argentina and some options on this trip follow more heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you’re always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier or rougher sections of the route.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 The world-famous Llao Llao resort, a national treasure where we sip yerba mate like the gauchos and savor gourmet cuisine  Soak up mountain vistas as you pedal along scenic roads with remarkable views of shimmering Lake Nahuel Huapi, the jagged spires of Cerro Catedral and the glaciers of Cerro Tronador Your feet may take you to Lake Perito Moreno - or to the spa!

Days 3-4 At a private home, feast on authentic Argentine asado and handmade empanadas  Ready for an exciting ride? A technical double-track trail on the Quetrihué Peninsula leads past cinnamon-colored arrayán trees and tiny pudu deer in Los Arrayanes National Park  Bike, kayak, shop or just relax at our elegant lodge  Taste acclaimed local wines and move to the rhythm as you learn the tango and regional folkloric dances.

Day 5 Emerald lakes, snow-covered Andes peaks and the spellbinding Seven Lakes region  Two-wheel it on a mostly paved, undulating route through some of Argentina's most spectacular scenery  Enjoy the scenic spots en route to San Martín de los Andes - with so many lakes, rivers and streams along the way, there are countless photo ops!

Days 6-7 Bike through territory belonging to the indigenous Mapuche people Scope out an artisans' market in San Martín de los Andes for wood handicrafts, sauco jam and other delightful treasures Visit the gallery of a world-renowned artist Explore pristine Lanín National Park.

Premiere Inns*

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Llao Llao (2 nights) One of Argentina's finest properties, this National Historic Landmark features a stunning setting in the foothills of the Andes and a history of hosting world leaders and diplomats. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, golf)

Correntoso Lake & River Hotel
Correntoso Lake & River Hotel

Villa La Angostura (2 nights) This lodge is beautifully decorated with fine woodwork and elegant furniture, set against the lovely backdrop of Lake Nahuel Huapi. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Hotel & Spa La Cheminée
Hotel & Spa La Cheminée
* Casual Inn

San Martín de los Andes (2 nights) At the doorstep of Lanín National Park and the Seven Lakes region, this restored historic residence showcases the work of local artists. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip was one of the best things I will have ever done in my life! The leaders were brilliant, kind, funny, warm, master problem-solvers and beautiful people. It was day after day of adventure, exercise and discovery; camaraderie and laughter; joy and memories.
Kristen Breck - Kentfield, CA
What a beautiful part of the world this is. Rich in culture, nature, outdoor activities, great food and amazing people!
Martha Falkenberg - Woodside, CA
Best trip of my life! Enough said.
Patrick Osgood - Reno, NV

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
December 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
December 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 12* 800 17 1100
2 17* 1100 25 1500 40 2500
20 1200
Hiking (4.7 or 7.1 miles) (1000 - 1100` elevation gain)
3 12 600
OR Hiking (7 miles) (500` elevation gain)
4 14 900 21 1500 28 2000
Optional kayaking (2.5 hours)
5 19* 900 30* 1500 44* 2400
64 4000
6 9* 800
10* 300
OR Hiking (5 miles) (800` elevation gain)
7 13 1400
 
note:

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 50% dirt and 50% paved).

The perceived level of difficulty is greatly increased by the rugged terrain on the dirt roads and sandy sections, making the routes more challenging than the mileage suggests. The level of difficulty assigned to each day's routes takes these factors into account.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Argentina tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America biking tours, Latin America walking and hiking tours and Latin America multisport tours.

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Llao Llao (16 miles from Bariloche)/San Martín de los Andes or Bariloche

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All meals included except 3 lunches, 1 dinner

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