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Argentina's Lake District Family Breakaway Bike Tour
Argentina's Lake District Family Breakaway 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 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.

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 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  Bike, 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  Kayak the amazing crystal blue waters of Lago Espejo (Mirror Lake) 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
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 1000
2 17* 1100 25 1500 40 2500
Hiking (4.7 or 7.1 miles) (1000 - 1100` elevation gain)
3 7* 500
12* 600
OR Optional Hiking (4 -8 miles) (500` elevation gain)
4 15* 1600 28* 2900 33 3300
20* 1800
OR Optional Hiking (2 miles) (500` elevation gain)
5 13* 1000
Kayaking - Lago Espejo in the monring
6 9* 800 19 1000
10* 200
OR Optional Hiking (4 miles) (800` elevation gain)
7 13 1400

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

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

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.
Michelle Muench - Regional Manager, Latin America