This fantastic journey will take you over and through the Andes Range, over a little-used mountain pass (the Vergara Pass, at 2460 meters above sea level – 8070 feet). You will share the road with the desert wind, condors soaring high above, and your fellow cyclists. The tour begins in Malargüe, a small city in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, bordering with the Northern edge of Patagonia. After 5 days of exhilarating cycling, we’ll arrive in Curico, 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. We have been successfully running this tour for years, so you can be assured that every detail has been thought of, letting you concentrate on fully enjoying your journey across the Andes, and to deeply experience our country and culture. Live this once-in-a-lifetime experience with us!
|DERTURE/ARRIVAL||Malargüe (Argentina) & Curico (Chile)|
|DEPARTING TIME||8 p.m. in Buenos Aires|
|Dates||January, February, March|
Andes cross through “Paso Vergara” & “Portezuelo de Carqueque”, starting in “Malargüe”Argentina until “Curico” 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 San Rafael, in Mendoza Province. If you choose to fly to Mendoza, you must arrive in Malargüe by Friday or Saturday. The nearest airport is San Rafael, which is 180 km from Malargüe. We can arrange for your transfer from San Rafael airport to Malargüe.
Day 2: Malargüe-Portezuelo de Carqueque
In the beginning the uphill is quite relax and easy and we always have the “Cerro Torrecillas” 3.770 meters (12.370 feet) on our right. After doing 22km we pass by the “Castillos de Pincheira” some strange geological formations that received the name “Castles of Pincheira”. Our delicious first picnic is ready and we’ll be delighted with our cooks! 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. After lunch real uphill starts, it’s the time to focus on the bike and take our pace. While we ride the views will change to real mountains scenery with Plaster Mountains and water streams.
During this first stage, the temperature will be around 30º Celsius (86º Fahrenheit) at day, and as low as 0ºC at night (32ºF). 27 miles – 3300ft elevation gain
Day 3: Portezuelo de Carqueque- Puesto de Don Beno Forquera
30 miles – 3300ft elevation gain.
Day 4: Puesto de Don Beno Forquera - Glaciar del Azufre
32,5 miles – 3600ft elevation gain
Day 5: Glaciar del Azufre - Río Teno
26 miles – 1400ft elevation gain
Day 6: Río Teno - Curicó
43 miles – 1400ft elevation gain