Big adventures for families with older teens & 20-somethings
Argentina's Lake District Family Breakaway Bike Tour New!
- Pedal amid emerald lakes and jagged snow-covered Andes peaks
- Discover tucked-away Mapuche lands just northwest of the lush Lakes 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
A Trio of 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 an epic journey through the Seven Lakes region, and be blown away by the endless beauty of riding through three of Argentina's 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 family's discovery.
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 & TerrainThe Lake District’s beautiful yet rugged topography limits the number of available roads. Although we've carefully crafted this itinerary to feature a mix of the region’s most scenic paved and dirt roads, at times we encounter small trafficked areas as well as a few sections of dirt roads with loose rocks and sand. Of course, you’re always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier or rougher sections of the route.
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 (barbecue) and enjoy homemade empanadas Ready for an exciting ride? A technical double-track trail on the Quetrihué Peninsula leads past cinnamon-colored arrayán trees and tiny pudú deer in Los Arrayanes National Park Bike, fish, kayak 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 along the Continental Divide through some of Argentina's most spectacular scenery; it's a ride you'll never forget!
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.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The small towns and stunning scenery of this region create a wonderful environment for an unforgettable family vacation. On the bike, you'll journey through three of Argentina's most spectacular national parks, visit charming old-world villages and be amazed by one transcendent view after another. You'll pedal along the Continental Divide and through territory belonging to the indigenous Mapuche people. You'll also have the chance to visit a lively local handicraft market and, yes - even dance the tango.- Regional Manager, Latin America
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. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, golf)
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 of Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Hotel & Spa La Cheminée
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)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
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.
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|Hiking (4.7 or 7.1 miles)|
|Hiking (8 miles)|
|Optional kayaking (2.5 hours)|
|Hiking (5 miles)|
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