January 5th
Departure day
Argentina
Destination
Advanced
Difficulty level

This is a fantastic plenty of contrasts Andes ride that starts under the Domuyo Volcano domains, the highest mountain in Patagonia, and ends in “Los Angeles”, the capital of the 8° region in Chile.
The challenging climbing is rewarded by long downhill rides once we enter Chile. We will camp under incredibly huge skies, involved in a magical setting of jagged peaks, snow-capped mountains and desolate desert landscapes. Our experienced team of tour leaders, support staff and cooks work as an efficient team, always a step ahead of our guests needs. You will always have a team member nearby; if you prefer cycling alone, whether it be cycling strong at the front, or at your own relaxed pace in the rear, you will have this freedom. Our team members will greet you around the next curve with an encouraging word and a friendly smile, supporting you every step of the way. Live this once-in-a-lifetime experience with us!

DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL Chos Malal (Argentina)/ Los Angeles (Chile)
DEPARTURE TIME 8 P.M. Departing time from Buenos Aires
SERVICES INCLUDED
 18 Seater exclusive van equipped with TV and video
 Mountain bike transportation during the extent of the tour
Support vehicles equipped with two-way communication radio (everyday, with on-board service, including granola bars, fruits when possible, and other snacks and drinks)
Bilingual Tour Leaders, equipped with two-way radios, and local guides
All meals, at campsites, hotels or restaurants (except meals while on transit, dinner on Day 1 and lunch on Day 8)
 Support staff in charge of setting up camp and preparing meals every day of the tour
 All accommodations: while camping, our comfortable 2-person tents (individual tents are available – please inquire), with dining structural tent, latrine tents, and comfortable camping equipment including tables, chairs and dining ware.
One night at a 4-star hotel in Los Angeles (Chile), with double or triple occupancy.
One night of hotel in Chos Malal, Neuquen (Arg), with double or triple occupancy (single supplement is available – please inquire)
One night in Neuquen (Arg), for those returning to Buenos Aires in our van
 Daily Trip Information Notes, with maps, routes and detail on the region
 Mechanical assistance and spare bike available (in case yours break down)
Pre-trip information package with details on how to prepare, what to bring, and more detailed information
Meals not detailed in the program, drinks, alcohol drinks, air tickets, transfers not detailed in the tour program, bike parts, phone calls, laundry expenses and personal expenses
 MTB rental

Additional information

LocationChos Malal, Los Angeles
Duration9 days
DatesJanuary, February

Andes cross through “Paso Pichachen”, from Chos Malal in Argentina to “Los Angeles” in Chile.

Guests starting with us in Buenos Aires will depart in our van on Friday afternoon. Our meeting point is in Buenos Aires (flight to, and accommodations in Buenos Aires are not included in tour price). We recommend flying to the city of Neuquen, in Neuquen Province. If you choose to fly to Neuquen, you must arrive in Chos Malal by Saturday. The nearest airport is Neuquen, which is 380 km from Chos Malal. We can arrange for your transfer from Neuquen airport to Chos Malal (Flight and transfer not included).

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Day 1:

Those travelling by land from Buenos Aires must expect twenty hours on the road until arriving in Chos Malal. The left time will be used to set the bikes up and meet the staff and your travelling colleagues. We’ll stay the night at the nicest hotel in town (Hotel included, dinner free and not included).
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Day 2: Chos Malal - Huinganco

After breakfast, the organization staff will give a speech of the tour before starting to ride. Once on the road, we start the first stage from Chos Malal towards the northwest, looking after “Cordillera del viento”, the windy Andes range. Just after some few miles, we’ll see the “Domuyo” Volcano (4700 meters over the sea level) the highest mountain in Patagonia, one of the most important icons for trekking and climbing expeditions in North Patagonia. The morning ride will take us through a wide open valley and over a nice paved road. In the afternoon, views will change completely: We’ll enter the Huinganco Valley and enjoy a narrow and undulating path, surrounded by dense pine forests until arriving in Huinganco summer village. Riders must expect a wide range of temperatures between the day and the night.
38,5 miles – 4500 ft elevation gain 
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Día 3: Huinganco - Río Reñil Leuvu

In the second stage of the Andes cross, we leave “Huinganco” and will soon pass by “Andacollo”, the last town we’ll meet in Argentina towards the limit between both countries. Our support team will prepare lunch and dinner every day we are cycling, welcoming guests at midday with a hearty outdoors lunch, and preparing dinner at our previously organized campsite in the evening. As always, you can choose from cycling hard ahead of the pack, or at a relaxed pace, taking your time to snap pictures and marvel at the landscape. Our support vehicles will be used to move our equipment and baggage ahead as well as to give support to riders.  After passing by “Andacollo” and after crossing the “Neuquen” River, we’ll continue riding over a gravel road, surrounded by a semi desert landscape that will clearly allow us to see the snowcapped mountains in the west. Before arriving to the campsite, we’ll be following different snaking rivers, first the “Nahueve”, then “Lileo”, to finish camping on “Reñil Leuvú” riverbank.
28 miles – 3175 ft elevation gain
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Day 4: Río Reñil Leuvú - Cajón del Pichachen

After breakfast, we’ll put the campsite down and listen to the daily mini-speech that will give us the accurate information about the general conditions for the day in terms of temperature, highlights, biking distance and elevation gain. Always following the “Reñil Leuvú” River, the landscape will start to vary: The soil will get the dark color of the volcanic rock and this one will be blended by different tones of emerald vegetation.
Today will be an uphill day. After doing 26km, we’ll arrive to “Gendarmeria” border control, where we’ll do the Argentinean migrations and customs paperwork. We’ll seize that period to have lunch. In the afternoon we’ll see the “Moncol” mountain, different valleys and woods of “Lengas”, a typical strong tree from Patagonian Andes. In the end of the day, some downhills will give us a break!
24 miles – 3150 ft elevation gain.
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Day 5: Cajón del Pichachen - Sierra Velluda

The most overwhelming day is awaiting us: The challenging uphills, the fascinating downhills and the stunning scenery, composed by the perfect cone of the “Antuco” volcano and the sharp top of the “Sierra Velluda”, will take your breath away!
In the morning we start the last uphill riding definitely over a dark soil, due to an ancient volcanic activity. At this point, after facing strong winds and tough uphills, we’ll be really looking forward to arrive to the top of the mountain, where the milestone will show the exact place where both countries meet. After riding nine hard kilometers we’ll get to the limit between both countries. There’s not much to be said at this point: the incredible views will hold us not to leave while we stare at the “Antuco” Volcano (2985meters) and the “Sierra Velluda” (3865meters). The “Antuco” Volcano was active until 1853, and its glaciers drag down different sort of sedimentations, giving different green tones to “Laguna Verde” (The green lake) and different rivers that flow into the “Laja” River. The downhill will let us go until arriving to “Carabineros de Chile” where local authorities will do the paperwork for us to enter the country. The campsite will be in a magic place, nearby both volcanoes.
24 miles – 2920 ft elevation gain 

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Day 6: Sierra Velluda - Campamento Río Rucúe

In the morning we’ll cycle between the “Antuco” Volcano and “La Laja” lagoon, we’ll find loose sand which makes riding a lot more difficult, but an exhilarating downhill is almost to begin! A fantastic gravel track down that will show us the slight transformation of the environment as far as we go forward. The mountain vegetation will leave space to Cypress, Radales, Lengas, Coihues, Ñires, and all trees of the humid Patagonian forest.
After 31km we loose more than 600 meters (1960 feet) and we find the start of the paved road.
The “Laja” River will escort us while we cycle down, until we arrive to “Antuco” the first Chilean town and first civilization contact. After some few more miles, we’ll arrive to the “Río Rucue” campsite, where we spend the rest of the afternoon and make use of the river to refresh ourselves.
37 miles – 2083 ft elevation gain 
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Day 7: Campamento Río Rucúe - Los Ángeles

We start the last stage and start to roll over a slightly downhill paved road. Views changed completely: We left behind the mountain appearance that turned into a very green and humid farm area that receives the weather influence from the Pacific Ocean. As we slowly enter an urban area, we make emphasis in safety and steer our bikes with more self-control. The support team will wait at the hotel with lunch prepared, ready to celebrate the success of our tour with champagne! After loading our bikes, you’ll have time for a relaxing shower, with a free afternoon to enjoy the pool, followed by a group dinner at our hotel.
32 miles – 580 ft elevation gain

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Day 8: Back in Argentina

We’ll leave “Los Angeles” in our minibus, heading towards “Neuquen” back in Argentina through “Paso Pino Hachado” (600km/12 hours). You can choose between being transferred to “Concepción´s” airport, where you can fly home via Santiago de Chile or extend your travels in the amazing country of Chile. From the famous wineries of the Central Valley, to the deserts of the North and the glaciers of the South, Chile offers truly magical destinations. You can also travel back to “Neuquen” the door entrance to Argentinean Patagonia, from where you can extend your travel plan, or fly back to Buenos Aires. The van will arrive to Neuquen in the evening, and we spend the night in a hotel.
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Day 9: Towards Buenos Aires

Early departure towards Buenos Aires. Those planning to fly back to Buenos Aires can choose from daily flights. The arrival is expected at 11p.m. at the same meeting point used for the start of the tour.

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