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Chile Bike Tour

Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District

From $5,598 - $6,848 pp dbl. occ. | 7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,710 to $2,310 for sgl. occ.)

Snow-blanketed volcanoes towering above shimmering lakes. Fine local wines and inspired cuisine. Untamed stands of dense forest. This is Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District. A place where old-world charm comes alive in lakeside German villages and ancient indigenous culture thrives in Mapuche communities. Discover a region of enchanting beauty that is at once wild and refined.

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Chile

Start Puerto Varas / End Pucón or Temuco Airport

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Highlights

  • Embark on an epic road biking trip through a wildly diverse landscape on Chile's Ring of Fire
  • Pedal quiet paved roads with breathtaking views through some of Chile's most remote and rugged terrain
  • Relish the comforts of luxury hotels including the Relaix & Châteaux Hotel Hacienda Vira​ Vira at the foot of Villarrica Volcano
  • Share the indigenous Mapuche culture during a private ceremony and dinner in a local home—a unique experience
Chile

Start Puerto Varas / End Pucón or Temuco Airport

Chile Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Explore the rugged Lakes and Volcanoes District—a landscape of peaks, lakes and forests | Bike along the shore of Chile's second-largest lake, flanked by snowcapped Calbuco and Osorno Volcanoes | Visit a working dairy farm and sample manjar, Chile's staple sweet.

Days 2-3 Pedal through the quaint colonial villages of Frutillar and Puerto Octay, where German culture, cuisine and architecture are well preserved | Quiet lakeside roads lead past bucolic farms, green pastures and grazing cows | Relax at Parque Futangue, a remote nature reserve of virgin forests, lava fields and waterfalls.

Day 4 Experience the rain forest in Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, recognized by National Geographic as a World Legacy award-winner | In the heart of the reserve's wilderness, Nawelpi Lodge is the perfect luxury base for exploring the area on foot.

Days 5-7 Villarrica Volcano and its namesake lake create a dramatic backdrop for Pucón, Chile's adventure capital | Ride a portion of the stunning Seven Lakes Route | Bike the Ironman route, following the Trancura River and enjoying views of several mighty volcanoes in the distance | Gain insight into the area's indigenous culture while visiting a Mapuche village and cultural center | A ride into Villarrica National Park offers splendid vistas and first-rate cycling | Visit a local Mapuche family for a farewell meal and traditional ceremony. 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $5,598 - $6,848 pp dbl. occ.
7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,710 to $2,310 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Hotel AWA
Hotel AWA

Puerto Varas (1 night)

Futangue Lodge
Futangue Lodge

Parque Futangue (1 night)

Nawelpi Lodge
Nawelpi Lodge

Huilo Huilo (2 nights)

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira
Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Pucón (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Chile

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hotel AWA

Hotel AWA

Puerto Varas (1 night)

Savor superb lakefront views from floor-to-ceiling windows at this design hotel featuring contemporary architecture that melds modern style with local materials. (pool, spa)

Futangue Lodge

Futangue Lodge

Parque Futangue (1 night)

Surrounded by gardens, meadows and lush forest, this remote lodge is set within the borders of a private reserve. 

Nawelpi Lodge

Nawelpi Lodge

Huilo Huilo (2 nights)

From the comfort of your luxury bungalow in the heart of the Huilo-Huilo Reserve, connect with nature while falling asleep to sounds of the rain forest and the rushing Fuy River.

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Pucón (2 nights)

Run by a Swiss husband-and-wife team and lauded by Travel + Leisure, this luxurious hotel and full-fledged farm is perched above the Liucura River at the foot of a snowcapped volcano. A Relais & Châteaux member.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 18 700
2 15* 800 28* 1600 33* 1900 47* 3100
3 14* 800 28 1900 46 4100
4 Walking & Hiking (3–9 Miles)
Optional Activities in Huilo Huilo (Mountain Biking, Kayaking, etc.)
5 31* 1900 44* 3300 61* 3900
6 25* 1100 46* 1700
50 1900
7 9* 700 18 1000
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Travel Time

In order to experience the full grandeur of Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on a typical Backroads trip. This enables us to explore the incredible variety of ecosystems and scenery this region has to offer. Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.

Why Travel with Backroads in Chile

The Best Leaders in Chile

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Chile, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Chile has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Chile—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great biking trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Chile trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Chile that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Chile you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Chile, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

Travel Time

In order to experience the full grandeur of Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on a typical Backroads trip. This enables us to explore the incredible variety of ecosystems and scenery this region has to offer. Rest assured, the views from these shuttles are spectacular.
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