Argentina's Lake District Family Bike Tour
- An epic mountain biking journey through three national parks
- The world-famous Llao Llao resort, an Argentine national treasure
- Kayak with your family on pristine Lake Espejo
- Tango lessons and yerba mate tasting
- For the younger set: empanada making, a private craft workshop with a famous silversmith and a taste of gaucho life on a fun-filled horseback ride
National Parks & Epicurean Delights in Patagonia
It's an incredible feeling. Everyone who comes here feels like they're the first. Arrive on the shores of the Quetrihué Peninsula and stand among arrayán trees over 300 years old. Embark on an epic journey with your family 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 and your kids 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 savor gourmet cuisine Soak up mountain vistas as you and your family pedal along scenic roads with remarkable views of shimmering Lake Nahuel Huapi, the jagged spires of Cerro Catedral and the glaciers of Cerro Tronador Set out on foot to Lake Perito Moreno, play a round of golf, go canoeing or fly fishing, try your hand at archery, or pamper yourself with a massage at the spa - the choice is yours!
Days 3-4 At a private home, feast on authentic Argentine asado 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 pudu deer in Los Arrayanes National Park Kayak the crystal-clear waters of Lake Espejo (Mirror Lake) Sip yerba mate like the gauchos Taste acclaimed local wines and move to the rhythm as you learn the tango and regional folkloric dances.
Day 5 Emerald lakes, snow-covered Andean peaks and the spellbinding Seven Lakes region Two-wheel it on a mostly paved undulating route past forests of coihue trees and the high desert of Parque Nacional Lanín - some of Argentina's most spectacular scenery Kids join an accomplished silversmith to create their own work of art.
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 The younger set has a blast exploring the outskirts of Lanín National Park on horseback.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Llao Llao (2 nights) One of Argentina's finest properties, with a history of hosting world leaders and diplomats, this National Historic Landmark features a stunning setting in the foothills of the Andes. 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) This restored historic residence showcases the work of local artists and is right at the doorstep of Lanín National Park and the Seven Lakes region. (pool, spa)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
Where do I start? There's so much to love about this amazing family trip. Grown-ups and kids alike will be awed by the landscape - it's almost too stunning to be believed. The glittering blue lakes and pristine forests, the rugged granite spires of nearby mountains, empanada making with local chefs... wow! Parents, you'll enjoy the great regional wines and elegant, family-friendly hotels. The younger set will have fun learning how to be a gaucho and joining in craft workshops with famous artists and getting to know our welcoming local friends. I hope you'll join us!- Regional Manager, Latin America
Trip Dates & Prices
Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.
2014 FAMILY DATES
- 12/20 - 12/26 ( $4998 per person, double occ., +$1410 for single occ.
- 12/22 - 12/28 ( $5598 per person, double occ., +$1300 for single occ.
- 12/27 - 1/2 ( $5598 per person, double occ., +$1300 for single occ.
2015 FAMILY DATES
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
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 to 7.1 Miles; 1000-1100` Elevation Gain)|
|Or Hiking (7 Miles; 500` Elevation Gain)|
|Morning Kayaking (2.5 Hours)|
|Or Hiking (4 Miles; 400` Elevation Gain)|
|Kids: Horseback Riding (2.5 Hours)|
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).
Our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* 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)
|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.|
|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.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.