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Bike Across The Andes 2018

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Destination: Argentina, Chile

Runs from : 17th November 2018 to 26th November 2018

A spectacular ride across the Patagonian Andes which straddle Argentina and Chile.  Our route takes in highlights of the awe-inspiring Lake District, where snow-capped mountains fringe glacial lakes.  The dramatic scenery has been shaped by millions of years of volcanic activity. Marvel at towering conical volcanoes, which contrast with lush forests and tumbling waterfalls below. It is a landscape of outstanding natural beauty.  Saddle up for a truly unforgettable adventure.


What's Included

Return flights from London with British Airways, hotels and lodges for the challenge, all food, water and snacks while cycling, airport transfers, luggage transfers, experienced staff including local guides, a Classic Challenge Tour Manager, UK Volunteer Doctor, cycle mechanic and support drivers.

What's Not Included

Airport tax - £380 approx.(January 2017), travel insurance, meals where specified, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.

How To Take Part

To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options: 

1.Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £350 registration fee when you book your place on the tour, and agree to raise the £3500 sponsorship. You will pay for the airport tax which is currently approx. £380. You will be invoiced for the airport tax approx. 10 weeks prior to departure.

2.Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £350 registration fee when you book your place on the tour, and pay the balance of £1835 tour cost and £380 airport tax. You will be invoiced for the tour cost and airport tax approx. 10 weeks prior to departure. 

For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions.

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

 

Highlights

  • Cycle through some of South America's premier national parks
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views of the Andes
  • Ride along the shores of sparkling glacial lakes
  • Discover Bariloche, Argentina's adventure capital
  • Stay in picturesque alpine villages and lakeside towns
  • Visit the incredible Petrohué Waterfalls
  • For more about our challenge highlights, pictures and video.

Take the challenge…

Registration Fee £350

Fundraising Option 1: You raise £3500* approx. minimum sponsorship.

Fundraising Option 2: You pay £1835* & raise as much as possible for your chosen charity.

*Please note that a small surcharge will be added to the Tour Cost if the final group size is small

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Itinerary

Day 1

Overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires

Day 2

Buenos Aires – Bariloche

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina. It's a fascinating city with a dual heritage—part European, part Latin American. We stop for lunch (not included) in one of its colourful neighbourhoods, packed with colonial Spanish squares, leafy avenues and brightly-painted houses. Early afternoon transfer (1½ hours approx.) to the domestic airport for our onward flight to Bariloche in heart of the Patagonian Lake District. Overnight at a centrally located hotel in Bariloche.  This evening we have our event briefing about the challenge ahead. 

Day 3

Bariloche 40 km Approx

This morning we transfer out to our bike fitting and after being acquainted with our bike have a fantastic warm up ride to get us acclimatised.  This is a circular route passing the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the snow-capped Andes before we then head back inland to Colonia Suiza where we have lunch.   The route then heads back towards the Bariloche along a mix of tarmac and dirt roads.  We finish this warm up ride at the Berlina brewery where there is an optional beer tasting session. 

This afternoon there is the option to then head up to the Cerro Campanario hill on the cable car for some fantastic views.  This evening we overnight again in Bariloche. 

Day 4

Bariloche – San Martin de Los Andes                                                                                         80km approx.

This morning starts with an 80km transfer out to the lake shore.  From here we saddle up for a spectacular first day of cycling.  We set off along the 7 Lakes route, which is dominated by the dramatic Andes mountain chain.   Much of today's route is along lake shores allowing for remarkable sights and great photo spots; the scenery is simply stunning with panoramic views of snow-clad peaks, evergreen forests and raging waterfalls. Our destination is the charming town of at San Martin de Los Andes.   It is one of the most beautiful locations in the Lake District, known as the 'Garden of Patagonia'. Overnight in San Martin de Los Andes.

Day 5

San Martin de Los AndesChoshuenco                  

77km approx. (53km off road)                                                                                                   

It's an action-packed day as we cross the border from Argentina into Chile.   Today is probably the most challenging ride as it is mostly on dirt roads as we ascend and descend the mountanious region towards the border.   One of the biggest challenges of the day is the climb through the southern Andes to Huahum Pass one of the main mountain crossings between Argentina and Chile. The scenery changes to a lunar landscape, the closer we get to the summit. Border formalities may take some time so we have lunch at the pass before continuing the challenge.  After lunch we then have a short ferry crossing before we gte back on our bikes for the final 20kms.    We overnight in Choshuenco, on the shore of Lake Panguipulli. 

Day 6

Choshuenco  – Pucon                                                                                                                  86km approx. (3km off-road)

It's the longest day of the challenge but an easier ride today. We are now in the heart of the spectacular Chilean Lake District in the foothills of the Andes. This morning we cycle around the southern shores of glacial Lakes with views of snow-capped volcanoes.  After lunch we ride another 20km along the lake shore to the small town of Lincanray.  From here we than have a short transfer (1 hour) to our overnight stay at Pucon in the volcanic region where we stay in wooden lodges set into the Chilean countryside.  

Day 7

Pucon - Cunco                                                                                                                               80km approx. (16km off-road)

This morning we have an early start to get out of town and avoid rush hour traffic.  Weather depending, we should get spectacular views of Villarrica as we head out.  Today our route connects the lakes and large lava fields that surround the area.   After we pass through the town of Villarrica along the lake shore we turn onto quiet roads for a challenging 15km off-road section through the forest.  We finish and overnight at San Pablo lodge near Cunco. 

Day 8

Cunco – La Baita                                                                                                                           70km approx. (19km off road)

The start of this morning’s route passes through the 2 small towns of Cunco and Melipeuco along main but quiet country roads.   We then enter the dramatic landscape of Conguillio National Park at the foot of Mt Llaima.  From here the remainder of our ride is all on dirt roads as we cross through the lava fields hidden amongst volcanic lakes and forest filled with old Araucaria trees.  The finish line of our ride will be on the shore of the Conguillio Lake.  After celebrating the culmination of our ride we have a short 14km transfer back to our overnight lodge.   This evening we enjoy a celebratory meal to mark our fantastic achievement.

Day 9

This morning we transfer to Temuco airport for return flight to Buenos Aires. 

Day 10

Arrive back into London Heathrow. 

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