- Get on a transfer from the airport to your hotel in Coyhaique
- Enjoy a “free” evening in Coyhaique
- Cycle from Coyhaique to Villa Cerro Castillo via a predominantly paved route
- Ride from Villa Cerro Castillo to Puerto Tranquilo
- Cycle past lakes and farmland via a gravel road to Puerto Bertrand
- Follow the area’s famous Baker River to Parque Patagonia
- Travel 97 km to Caleta Tortel, a fascinating fishing village built on stilts and boardwalks
- Drive / boat / cycle to Villa O’Higgins, which is the gateway town to Patagonia’s Southern Ice Cap
- Enjoy a rest day in Villa O’Higgins
- Cross Lago O’Higgins by boat to Candelario Mansilla
- Hike from Candelario Mansilla to Lago del Desierto
- Cross Lago del Desierto by boat en-route to El Chalten
- Catch a morning bus to El Calafate
- Transfer from Coyhaique Airport to Coyhaique
- 2 nights of camping [including tents + sleeping mats + cooking equipment]
- 2 nights in a hotel [double-occupancy room]
- 1 night in a dorm-type room
- 6 nights in private, double-occupancy hostel rooms or private cabaña rooms
- Breakfast on days 2-12
- Lunch on days 2-11
- Dinner on days 2-11
- “Support Vehicle + Driver” on days 2-11 [including snacks + water + transportation of gear] Ferry on days 8, 10, 11
- “Mechanical Assistance” [including cleaning + maintenance]
- Bike [Giant Talon 27.5]
- Bus from El Chalten to El Calafate
- “Communication Satellite” [for security reasons only]
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Anything not listed as included
- Personal trekking gear
- Personal biking gear
- Drinks during lunch or dinner
- Tips for staff or at meals
- Bedding [i.e. sleeping bag]
- Wind proof and water proof jacket, such as Gore Tex or similar
- Fleece or pile coat
- Quick dry long sleeve t-shirt
- Quick dry or cotton short sleeve t-shirt
- Winter hat, beanie
- Light gloves
- Quick dry hiking socks
- Quick dry, light weight long underwear bottoms
- Quick dry and breathable windproof pants
- Light trekking boots and/or gym shoes
Other necessary items
- Sleeping bag (-5°C for Nov. – Mar. trips, -15°C for April – Oct. trips)
- Water bottle (1.000cc)
- Sun glasses
- Chap Stick with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Backpack (big enough for all your personal things)
- Shower Shoes, flip flops
- Head lamp and/or flashlight
DAY 1: Arrive in Coyhaique
Upon arrival to the Balmaceda Airport [BBA] a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Coyhaique. Coyhaique is the biggest city in the region and is the commercial centre for this part of Patagonia. We will spend the night in the town and you will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy city life before the trip begins!
Total Distance (by car): 40 km
DAY 2: Cycle to Villa Cerro Castillo
Coyhaique – Villa Cerro Castillo
You will be able to take it easy in the morning as we ride 40 km on paved road towards El Blanco. This town used to be populated by farmers and there are about 500 people living there today. In the afternoon, we will continue to Villa Cerro Castillo, approximately 64 km further (on paved roads). We will pass by the reserve of Villa Cerro Castillo, which is admired for having interesting landscapes and peaks. In the evening, you will settle into a hostel to enjoy a filling meal!
DAY 3: Ride to the Largest Lake in Chile
Villa Cerro Castillo – Puerto Murta
Today will have an early start. Breakfast will be at 7:30 am and we will leave before 9:00 am. The first portion of road will be driven in a transfer. In the afternoon, we will get out of the transfer and continue via bike, mostly over paved roads. We will continue peddling past beautiful lakes, rivers, and valleys until we finally reach Puerto Tranquilo. This small port is home to Lake General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile. If we have time in the afternoon, it may be possible to visit Exploradores Glacier and San Valentin Mountain / Ice Field.
DAY 4: Bike Towards the Baker River
Puerto Tranquilo – Puerto Bertrand
In the morning, we will leave the peacefulness of Puerto Tranquilo and head towards Puerto Bertrand, which is located at the start of the amazing Baker River. We will bike for about 78 km on a gravel road. This evening will be spent in a cozy cabin.
DAY 5: Begin the Baker River
Puerto Bertrand – Parque Patagonia
After a nutritional breakfast, we will begin cycling along Baker River. You will be able to relax and admire the impressive rapids along the way as you ride for about 62 km on a gravel road. There will be a couple of demanding stretches as we ride towards a remarkable park created by The Tompkins Foundation in 2004. Tonight, we will be camping. There will most likely be time for a short hike in the area if desired.
DAY 6: Enjoy a Traditional Patagonian Barbecue
Parque Patagonia – Camping Los Nadis
Camping Los Nadis is a pleasant stay along the road. There are few options for accommodation in the area, so it is a perfect spot to stop and enjoy a typical Patagonian BBQ. We will enjoy beautiful views and a peaceful campsite after about 60 km of riding on gravel roads.
DAY 7: Experience the Tranquility of Caleta Tortel
Camping Los Nadis – Caleta Tortel
We will leave the peacefulness of Los Nadis in the early morning. Our destination is named Caleta Tortel, an incredible town built on steep stone cliffs and – until 2003 – was only accessible by water. Today, the town is connected via boardwalks. When we arrive, we will have to take a boat-taxi (or walk along the boardwalks for about 30 minutes) to reach our accommodation in a cozy hostel.
DAY 8: By Bike and Boat to Villa O'Higgins
Caleta Tortel – Villa O’Higgins
The journey from Caleta Tortel to Villa O’Higgins will consist of travel over land as well as water. We will begin the day by taking a transfer to Puerto Yungay where we will board a boat, this ferry will save us some distance peddling and will also make the last leg of our adventure on La Carretera Austral more interesting! We will head towards Villa O’Higgins after the ferry docks in Rio Bravo. There will be a long ride on gravel roads until, finally, we arrive in Villa O´Higgins to prepare for tomorrow’s boat crossing.
Total Distance: 60 km / 37,2 miles
Ascent: 746 m / 2447 ft
DAY 9: Rest in Villa O’Higgins
Today will be a rest day or a weather day. There will be time for an excursion from town towards a beautiful glacier or up a mountain. If the weather is wild we may use this day to reroute the trip through Argentina to arrive at your destination, El Chalten, on time. Either way, you will have another exciting day in Patagonia!
DAY 10: Sleep Under the Stars in Candelario Mansilla
Villa O’Higgins – Candelario Mansilla
Today we will begin our voyage across Lake O’Higgins and Lake San Martin. First, we will have breakfast and prepare to cross the lake via ferry. After a 15-minute drive down a gravel road we will get to the ferry, which will take two and a half hours to cross Lake O´Higgins and arrive to Candelario Mancilla. Here, we will enjoy the evening in a remote estancia, eat dinner and sleep under the stars.
DAY 11: Hike Towards the Home of the Famous Fitz Roy
Candelario Mansilla – Lago del Desierto – El Chalten
This will be a slightly longer day than the previous. We will begin by hiking for about five hours along a not very well-maintained trail, for approximately 22 km. Finally, we will reach Lago del Desierto and board another boat that will take us across the lake. A transfer will meet you and as you come into El Chalten you will notice the amazing peaks that have made this area famous. It is a short 40 km ride in the van to El Chalten.
DAY 12: Continue Your Journey
El Chalten – El Calafate
In the morning, you will catch a bus to El Calafate. Your flight should not be before noon. Your transfer will take you to the airport depending on what time you depart.