This fantastic MTB Tour is truly done in the heart of the Andes. Without crossing the border to Chile but riding very near to it, we use almost forgotten paths and gravel roads that are hardly kept “alive” and we get to know one of the most beautiful places in Argentina. This ride will take us along the “Barrancas” river in the first three days, going up to 9.000ft to then take us to Varvarco Andean and pristine lagoon; will make us ride by Domuyo mtn. the highest in Patagonia (15.000ft) and enjoy the thermal waters coming from underneath and will let us enjoy the only geysers in Argentina. It’s a demanding ride as we gather more tan 12.000ft elevation gain in the first three days, but landscapes and views will pay by far the effort giving back a great experience.
|DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL||Chos Malal/ Chos Malal|
|DEPARTING TIME||8 p.m. depart from Buenos Aires|
|Location||Chos Malal, Neuquen|
The tour starts in Barrancas and ends in Huinganco, in Neuquen Province, North Patagonia, Argentina .
The van leaves on Friday night from Buenos Aires city. If you wish to arrive in Chos Malal, you should do it on Saturday to meet the rest of the group. The nearest airport is Neuquen’s Airport (230 miles) and we can arrange your transfer to Chos Malal (Flight and transfer not included in the tour price).
Day 2: Chos Malal - Barrancas - Río Barrancas
30 miles- 3600 feet elevation gain
Day 3: Río Barrancas - Cajón de los Nevados
37 miles – 3.300 ft elevation gain
Day 4: Río Cajón de los Nevados - Laguna Varvarco Tapia
Probably this is one of the highlights of the tour as the landscape is stunning; the narrow valley, green meadows, mountain snowcapped needles until getting into our privileged campsite near “Varvarco Tapia” Lagoon, probably the best place for sunset pics spotting as we’ll be camping in front of the north face of “Domuyo” mtn.
32 miles – 4.600 ft elevation gain
Day 5: Laguna Varvarco Tapia - Aguas Calientes
During nearly 16 miles we’ll ride with no vehicle support and we’ll carry our gear until meeting our support vehicles again. When this path meets the “Varvarco” river we’ll have assistance to cross the river with our bikes. Once on the other side, we’ll pass by “Ailinco” Chapel until getting to “Puesto Valdez” where we’ll camp. Today our effort will be very well payed: “Aguas Calientes” is not far away and we’ll have the chance to enjoy a hot thermal mountain sparkling bath. “Domuyo” mtn has volcanic activity underneath and waters come at 95° to 120° Fahrenheit.
26 miles – 1.300 ft elevation gain
Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Los Tachos - Varvarco
Just before entering “Varvarco” town we’ll find an astonishing situation: The clear “Neuquen” river and the milky “Varvarco” river join together and get along several hundred yards without blending, giving the river a peculiar aspect.
31 miles – 2.500 ft elevation gain
Day 7: Varvarco - Huinganco
After 12 miles we’ll cross “Butalón Norte” and in the mile 18 we’ll enjoy our lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Huinganco, where we’ll load the bikes in the trailer and we’ll be transferred to Chos Malal. We’ll spend the night at a very pleasant hotel and will enjoy a very nice evening meal.
33,5m – 3.600 ft elevation gain