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 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 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.
- 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
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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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).
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/22-28 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1300 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/27-1/2 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1300 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/20-26 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1300 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/22-28 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1300 for sgl. occ.)
- 12/26-1/1 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1300 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 12 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to horseback ride: 6 years
- No Burleys or Piccolos available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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.
Guest Trip Reviews
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