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Argentina's Lake District Bike Tour
Argentina's Lake District Bike Tour

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.

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.

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.


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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Premiere Inns

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (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 (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 (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)


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).

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 12/29-1/4 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 1/11-17 Price: $5248 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 1/25-31 Price: $5248 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 2/1-7 Price: $5148 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 2/22-28 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/8-14 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/15-21 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/29-4/4 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/12-18 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/16-22 Price: $4798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/24-30 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/28-1/3 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/31-1/6 Price: $5498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1410 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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.


Guest Trip Reviews

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

Overall, this trip definitely ranks among my very favorite Backroads trips ever (of six so far). The leaders, the accommodations, the biking, the scenery, the weather - everything was fantastic!
Laura Froelich - San Francisco, CA

Thank you for an outstanding and unforgettable experience! Can't wait till the next one! No detail left unattended to - truly a once-in-a-lifetime treat seeing places and having experiences that I otherwise would not have had.
Tracy Berglass - Santa Monica, CA

The absolute trip of a lifetime. I could have continued with this group for another week! Patagonia is spectacular and your crew did an over-the-top job.
Carey Condy - Kentfield, CA

I have been on a number of Backroads trips and this one was really outstanding. The accommodations and food were excellent; the scenery was lovely and thrilling; and the Backroads leaders were great.
Ellen Goldstein - New York, NY

This, our fifth Backroads trip, was the best ever! The scenery was spectacular, the accommodations lovely, and the leaders and guests delightful! The ultimate sign of a spectacular trip: getting teary-eyed in the van on the drive to the airport in Bariloche!
Kim Doyle - Atlanta, GA

The leaders presented the more challenging bike rides in a wonderful way (to the older folks like myself, as well as the younger folks.) All of us were treated equally. Once we decided to take on the challenge the support was spectacular. One example is the "epic" 70-mile ride on the last day. It was one of the most memorable sporting experiences of my life for which I will always be grateful - without the encouragement I got and support along the way I might not have finished. For me this support was similar to the best of the well-organized marathons I have run. It's difficult to explain how much the leaders made this a wonderful experience, but they did. They did the same on other challenging rides I took.
Tiffany Rystrom - Sausalito, CA

We love Backroads and recommend it highly to all of our friends. Truly it has enhanced our understanding of cultures, our love of nature, and opened the world to us. We are grateful for every trip you have provided and hope to do more in the years ahead. Backroads remains our favorite - although we have taken two trips with other companies. I think you do a better job on helping the participants learn about the culture and your guides are incredible. We will not forget our trip to the Patagonia.
Candice Nadler - Excelsior, MN

It was a wonderful trip. Lovely people, leaders, hotels, food and scenery. It was a very big adventure!
Fernanda Bratz - Sao Paulo, Brazil

One of the best vacations I have ever had. The trip was great and leaders/support team were superb (and then some). They added a great deal to the experience. I can't imagine better leaders. Everything was well coordinated and there was clearly a lot of concern in making sure that the vacation was as stress free and enjoyable as it could be.
Barry Greenberg - San Diego, CA

I have been dreaming about this particular trip for over ten years, so my expectations were extremely high. It was wonderful. These trips are the best way to see and feel a place. Keep up the great work.
Joanne Piscitelli - Durham, NC

Absolutely one of the best planned, best coordinated, and most enjoyable "organized" trips I've ever taken.
Stuart Meddin - Atlanta, GA

This was my best trip yet. The scenery was stunning and the weather was terrific. The accommodations and meals were really awesome. I enjoyed all the long routes and the additional stuff like hiking, white-water rafting, maté tasting. The leaders were terrific as well. They worked very well together. Our group was one of the most fun I have been a part of. It was just a lot of good times!!
Ashna Chopra - Windsor, ON

Another trip which exceeded my expectations. I can't believe how your company delivers the quality of leaders and superb itinerary with every single trip we take!
Jeanne Knox - Minneapolis, MN

The bike trip my family took to the Lake District of Argentina was spectacular in and of itself. But our trip leaders made the trip "off the charts" wonderful!!!! They were prepared and organized, helpful and very supportive, and endeared themselves to my family!!!
Margee Young - Austin, TX