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The Andean Lakes Crossing by Bike
Lakes Crossing Andes By bike

Crossing The Andes by bike is a classic adventure. And do you know how many mountain crossings there are from Chile to Argentina or vice versa? 43. Yes, it’s that many! Having said that, there’s only one that also allows you to experience what it’s like to sail through The Andes, traveling across three lakes that connect to four cycle routes in one day or more, leaving from Puerto Varas or Bariloche.
Bike & Boat Crossing through The Andes in two days or more
(staying in Peulla and/or Puerto Blest)

Total kilometers covered by bike: 121 kms - 75 miles
Season
Price per person
January 6th. 2017 until December 24th. 2017
Rate valid only for bicycle
USD 120
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1st leg: Puerto Varas – Petrohué | 64 km - 40 miles
Altitude: from 75 meters above sea levelto150 meters
▪Land: pavement cycle path
▪Difficulty: medium
▪Sailing trip aboard the first catamaran on Lake Todos los Santos: 10.00 am
▪Arrive to the Pertrohue port by: 9.30am
▪Traffic: Low
Note: This is the longest of all the crossing’s journeys
Leaving from Puerto Varas, you cycle along Route 225, heading towards Ensenada, along a luxurious cycle path. If you’re travel with a saddlebag, you can leave it at the dock and the port staff will keep it safe aboard the catamaran.
2nd leg: Sailing trip from Petrohué to Peulla on Lake Todos los Santos

Length of sail: 1hour 40minutesaboard theCatamaran Lagos Andinos
It’s important to arrive for the Lake Todos los Santos sailing trip by 9:30 am, a trip that passes through the interesting green color and exuberant vegetation of the Valdiviana Forest.

3rd leg: Peulla – Puerto Frías | 29 kms - 18 miles
Altitude of cycling along horizontal plane: 150 meters above sea level, covering: 17 kms –10 miles
▪Altitude of cycling uphill: from150 meters above sea level to1000 meters, covering: 8 kms –5 miles
▪Altitude of cyclingdownhill: from1000 meters above sea level to780 meters, covering: 4 kms –3 miles
▪Land: pebbly soil
▪Difficulty: medium to high(depending on each cyclist’s rhythm)
▪Sailing trip aboard the second catamaran onLakeFrías: 4.30pm
▪Arrive to the port by: 14.15 pm, having passed through customs and immigration
▪Optional accommodation: Natura Hotel or camping
▪Traffic: Low-just long-distance buses
Note: This is the crossing’s most difficult route owing to the 8 kms uphill, which is why the recommendation is to continue the following day.
It’s important to consider the medium to high difficulty of this route, as it presents significant changes in altitude along its 29 kms. Verify that the time it takes to complete this leg by bike is enough for you to arrive to Frías by 4:00 pm. For those who opt to stay in Peulla and continue with the journey the following day, there are many extra excursions on offer that you can enjoy.
4th leg: Sailing trip from Puerto Frías to Puerto Alegre on Lake Frías
Length of sail: 20 minutes aboard the catamaran Victoria del Sur.
It’s important to arrive to Puerto Frías by 4:15 pm, where customs and immigration paperwork will be realized.
5th leg: Puerto Alegre – Puerto Blest | 3 kms - 2 miles
Altitude: from780 meters above sea level to700 meters
▪Difficulty: Low
▪Land: Soil
▪Sailing trip aboard the third catamaran on LakeNahuel Huapi: 6:20 pm
▪Arrive to the port by: 6:00 pm
▪Optional accommodation: Hotel Puerto Blest
▪Traffic: Low -just long-distance buses
Puerto Blest is home to a beautiful boutique hotel with spa and heated swimming pool, where you can decide to take a rest from your journey and continue the following day.
6th leg: Sailing trip from Puerto Blest to Puerto Pañuelo on Lake Nahuel Huapi
Length of sail: 1 hour aboard the catamaran Gran Victoria
It’s important to arrive for the third sailing trip aboard the Brazo Blest by 6:00 pm.
7th leg: Puerto Pañuelo - Bariloche Center | 25 kms - 15 miles
Altitude: 700 meters above sea level
▪Difficulty:Low
▪Land: Pavemented
▪Traffic: High
On route to the port, you can appreciate the region’s typical architecture, its large gardens that decorate the entire route from Bustillo to the city center. We recommend that you take extra care, as heavy traffic passes along this route and there’s little space to cycle off of the carriageway.
End of the Journey
Not included:
 Bike
 Helmet, first aid kit, etc, the necessary to make the crossing
 Boarding fees
 Meals
 Accommodation
 Support Truck route between Peulla and Puerto Frías (on request)

starting point

You can start a Bike & Boat trip in either country:
from Bariloche in Argentina or from Puerto Varas in Chile.

How long does it take
You can finish the trip in just 1 day! (That is only when biking from Argentina to Chile, one way.)
If you plan on doing the round trip, you should plan for at least 3 days and 2 nights, regardless of the country from which you choose to begin your journey.

You can always extend your adventure by staying one or two nights more in Puerto Blest or Peulla, where there are hotels located in the middle of The Andes Mountains that organize a range of interesting and fun tours.

Is this crossing easy if you don't have previous experience?
No. It's important to bear in mind that the Bike & Boat crossing is a journey of around 180 kms, of which 121 kms is by bike.
The journey from Argentina to Chile is easier, because there are less uphill stretches to climb. The journey from Chile to Argentina is more difficult, because there are more uphill stretches to climb.

BIKE & BOAT: WHAT IS INCLUDED AND USEFUL INFORMATION

Bike & Boat trip INCLUDES:
  • Sailing trip across Lake Nahuel Huapi
  • Sailing trip across Lake Frías
  • Sailing trip across Lake Todos los Santos
Bike & Boat trip DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Bicycle
  • The necessary equipment to make the crossing: helmet, first aid kit, bike bags, etc.
  • Boarding taxes
  • Food
  • Accommodation (unless booked with the trip in our website)
  • Emergency van en route between Peulla and Puerto Frías (available at an extra cost) "

Useful information:
▪ Each passenger must arrive with his or her own cycle, prepared for high mountain terrains.
▪ We recommend that you carry a first-aid kit with you.
▪ Take into consideration that the difficulty of this route fluctuates between medium to high.
▪ Pack comfortable sports clothing and footwear, a warm coat, a hat, sunblock and sunglasses.
▪ It’s obligatory to wear a cycle helmet for safety reasons.
▪ Pack a water bottle to keep you fully hydrated.
▪ It’s obligatory to travel with al documentation required to make the border crossing from Argentina to Chile.
▪ Times are subject to modifications without prior notice. We recommend that you reconfirm all times before you travel.


For further information:
Write us or contact directly to
monica@visitchile.cl
Season
Price per person
January 6th. 2017 until December 24th. 2017
Rate valid only for bicycle
USD 120
Ask for information
Price in US dollars
*Cruce Andino or the Andean Lakes Crossing Ticket by bike, can be done in 1, 2 or more days.



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Puerto Varas - Peulla - Bariloche by bike in two days or more
(staying in Peulla and/or Puerto Blest)

If there are any questions or requirements, please tell directly to: monica@visitchile.cl
Canada and Australia
We would like to remind you that, as established by the National Migration Office of Argentina, from March 1st 2013, passengers from Canada and Australia arriving at National Territory must pay the Reciprocity Fee as request to enter the country before starting their trip, as the computer equipment to that effect has been removed from airports. Payment must be made through any of the following websites:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/
or http://www.provinciapagos.com.ar/

Each passenger will fill in his or her personal data and credit card data to perform the online payment through Banco Provincia. Then, the application will generate a payment voucher which will be mandatory to enter the country for these nationalities and must be presented at time of migration control.
Does mean that you will have to pay the reciprocity tax when you go before into Argentina on the Lakes Crossing.
If you have any questions or requirements, please tell to
monica@visitchile.cl and she will be glad to answer.
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