"I've done a lot of trips around the world but this was by far the most magical. The location, the lodge, the guides, the scenery... everything was simply amazing. I have amazing memories of this trip that I'll treasure forever. Wish I could go back today!" Joanne Hirani, CAN
 

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The word Patagonia conjures up images of brave adventurers and remote landscapes in a hidden corner of the world. For centuries the world's bravest have tested themselves in these lands - often with disastrous results.

These days, Patagonia still offers up plenty of adventure, but without the heaping servings of hardship. On this trip, in Argentinian Patagonia, you too can play Magellan and unleash your inner explorer, but with a nice side dish of comfort at our spectacular backcountry ecolodge.

 

Had those early explorers had their own wood-fired hot tub overlooking the Andes, they may have stayed a while longer. And if they'd known about the network of beautiful rides surrounding our lodge, well they just may have given up the exploring life all together and settled down in this little corner of paradise.

 

To ramp up the adventure factor just a little more (and take advantage of the world-class whitewater rivers nearby), we're throwing in some whitewater rafting, canyoning, and an overnight excursion to a beautiful riverside cabin. About the only thing we left out to make this the most adventurous adventure ever are the scurvy, and rickety boat to get you home ...

RANKED TOP 10 TRIPS OF 2011 BY OUTSIDE MAGAZINE!

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You are a Strong-Intermediate level mountain biker with a high level of fitness. Unlike the purpose built mountain bike trails found in places like North America and Europe, the riding in Patagonia offers a real “mixed bag” of demanding trail types. Expect to ride everything from backcountry roads, to rough ATV trails, to technical, steep, rocky and loose singletrack. You are an adventure seeker, and appreciate the charm of true remote wilderness. The lack of reliable wifi does not stress you out. You enjoy using two-wheeled machines as a means of exploring new lands while mixing in several other outdoor activities. You know how to swim and the thought of whitewater rafting in the valley below the Andes excites you.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $4,195 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $839 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Explorer

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    9 days
  • DATES

    Dec - AprilSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

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  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Be sure to visit the LOGISTICS tab, and click on the DESTINATION INFORMATION tab and review the section on VISAS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. 

 

DAY 1. ARRIVE IN BARILOCHE, welcome to patagonia!

Welcome to Patagonia!

 

Your Guides will meet you at 4pm at the San Carlos de Bariloche Airport (BRC) or 5pm at Las Marianas Hotel.

 

After pick-up, we’ll hop in the vehicles and start our 120 km drive to our eco-lodge, checking out some jaw-dropping scenery in Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Rio Azul protected Wilderness Area along the way.

 

Our spectacular eco-lodge is tucked away in the Patagonian Andes accessible only by 4x4 vehicle."   La Confluencia" wilderness lodge is named for its location at the confluence of two crystal clear rivers.

 

Upon arrival at the lodge, our chef will greet us with a homemade snack to help recover from your our first long ride.

 

Afterward settling in, we'll tour the facilities and build our bikes. If you're keen, you can take your bike out for a sweet warm up ride around the lodge property.

 

This evening, we'll feast over a delicious dinner, get to know each other a little and talk about the epic rides that lay ahead!

 

Total km of riding: Up to you!

 

If you need a little R&R after your long journey, you can book massages upon arrival at La Confluencia Lodge from DAY 1 - DAY 4 (see add-ons tab).     

 

DAY 2. Rio Ternero Trail in the Patagonian Steppe

After a hearty homemade breakfast prepared by the lodge chef, we'll set out on a relatively challenging 30 km ride of rolling hills, semi-arid terrain and beautiful vistas of the entire valley.

 

This ride takes us through typical Argentine estancias (ranches) populated by horses, cows and sheep. Lunch is on the trail and the ride ends with a spirited descent down to where our ride back to the lodge awaits.

 

Once back at the lodge take some time for a cold beverage while relaxing your sore muscles in the wood-fired hot tubs.

 

DAY 3. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! CAJON DEL AZUL BIKE OR HIKE PLUS OPTIONAL CANYONING

After hearty homemade breakfast, we’ll hop on our bikes and roll out directly from the lodge to explore the Azul River valley in the 55,000-hectare Protected Natural Area.

 

A challenging day, we’ll be faced with long climbs and some steep, loose gravel downhills.

 

Our reward will be our final destination: The Cajon del Azul (The Azul River Gorge).

 

This geologic marvel, carved by the Azul River over eons, is a smooth-walled granite canyon some 30m deep, yet narrow enough at the top to allow one to stand with a foot on each side and the river roaring through below!

 

After lots of pictures, we’ll place our orders for a homestyle lunch along with a mountain-brewed beer at the nearby mountain refuge. (Lunch not included in the price). We’ll enjoy a little R&R riverside, before riding or hiking back to the lodge.

 

Once back at the lodge you’ll have the option to read a book, take a nap or relax at the spa.

 

Want more adventure? Join your guides down to the river to try your hand at river canyoning. This is a combination of walking, hiking, sliding down rapids, and swimming in crystal clear natural water pools.

 

This evening, we’ll enjoy another gourmet dinner at the lodge, followed by a soak in the hot tub with wine glass in hand!

 

Day 4. CABEZA DEL INDIO “PEDAL” TO RIO AZUL “PADDLE”

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we’ll head out to one of our newest trail systems, "Cabeza del Indio" (Indian Head). Cabeza del Indio trail boasts a mix of fireroad and singletrack through meandering forest with a high elevation view looking down into the canyon of the Raquel and Azul rivers.

 

We’ll ride down into the valley to the river’s edge of the Rio Azul.   Here, we’ll have a picnic lunch and dip our feet in the refreshing aqua waters.

 

After lunch, we’ll swap our bikes for whitewater rafts and head down the gorgeous Rio Azul (class II) before heading back to the lodge for dinner and drinks.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If water levels do not permit whitewater rafting, we will switch the activity to horseback riding.

 

DAY 5. DAY OF CULTURE: RIDE MOUNT PERITO MORENO, FERIA ARTESANAL

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll hop in the shuttle and drive 45 minutes to arrive at Mount Perito Moreno.

 

Our ride begins on a secondary gravel road that leads us to the base of the local ski hill where we connect with a technical singletrack. This trail meanders through the forest on rolling hills with the some steep ravine crossings.
 

Our afternoon ride takes us right back to the lodge.   After a quick shower, it's time for some local sightseeing in town where you have the option to visit the famous “Feria Artesanal” (local artisan craft and food fair). Tourists from all over the country flock to El Bolsón to enjoy the market with over 300 stalls to explore!   Artists sell everything from sculpted wooden cutting boards, and handmade mate gourds to jewelry, instruments and pottery.

 

This day generally ends with a huge scoop of ice-cream at the famous “JauJa” organic ice-cream shop before heading back to the lodge for dinner and a little R&R.

 

DAY 6. MANSO VALLEY OVERNIGHT

After breakfast, we’ll pack up the shuttle for our overnight trip to the stunning Rio Manso valley.

 

We’ll start by a long drive to the Lago Steffen trailhead, where we'll take the time to relish the spectacular 3-lake view.

 

We’ll hop on our bikes and enjoy a short, fun, 8 km forest road ride to Lago Steffen.

 

We’ll stop for a gourmet lunch before hopping into whitewater rafts for a beautiful paddle that leads us directly to our cabin on the river, where we'll spend the night.

 

Tonight, your guides also become your chefs where they’ll treat you to a very typical Patagonian meal. 

 

After dinner, if you aren't too tired, you can sit fireside and sample another tradition - "Fernet & Coca" - a hugely popular drink in Argentina (that might take some getting used to).

 

Rest up tonight, because tomorrow is a big day and often the highlight of the trip!

 

DAY 7. MANSO VALLEY OVERNIGHT CONT'D...

We'll start the morning with a hearty breakfast, then leave the cabin by bike for a rolling 20 km ride through the national park.

 

This is a true adventure ride - you'll feel like Indiana Jones with all the stream crossings and suspension bridges!

 

The ride ends at a picturesque riverside restaurant where we stop for lunch (lunch not included in the price).

 

After lunch, we’ll start our whitewater rafting trip down the famous "Frontera" section of the Manso river.   The word "manso", means calm in Spanish, but these rapids are anything but!

 

No experience is required for this spectacular ride through class III-IV rapids down a turquoise river with our experienced and professional river guides.

 

The raft trip ends at the Chilean border where our vehicles will meet us to transfer us to Bariloche.

 

We'll spend our final two nights at Las Marianas hotel in Bariloche.

 

Tonight, we encourage you to enjoy a group dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in Bariloche. (Dinner not included). 

 

DAY 8. RIDE VALLE ENCANTADA

After a buffet breakfast including homemade breads and preserves made by “Mama Mariana”, we’ll grab a packed lunch and head out on our last ride of the week called the “Valle Encantada” (enchanted valley).

 

This is a spectacular ride with rolling hills and some fast descents bordering and crossing the “Arroyo" Chacay (Chacay stream) several times.

 

We’ll ride through both abandoned and working settlements where only a few families live raising horses and sheep.  

 

You may want to pack your swimsuit as we'll have a rest stop on the shores of the gorgeous crystal clear Rio Limay where we can cool off and watch fly fishermen take their aim at rainbow trout.

 

We’ll head back to Las Marianas hotel for a shower before heading out on the town for our farewell dinner to  celebrate our incredible week of adventure. Cheers!  (Dinner not included).

 

DAY 9. RETURN TO BARILOCHE AND GOODBYES!

After our final breakfast at the hotel, we’ll say our goodbyes.

 

We’ll be offering one shuttle service to the airport, arriving to the airport no later than 10:30 a.m.

 

For Riders flying out at another time or day, a taxi can be arranged independently with the reception at Las Marianas Hotel, at the Riders expense at a rate of approximately $25 USD.
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  • 8 nights accommodation (remote wilderness eco-lodge, riverside cabin)
  • Organic, farm-to-table meals (8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners)
  • Whitewater rafting on the Manso and Azul rivers
  • 6 days of incredible mountain biking in the Andes
  • 2 experienced local guides
  • Transportation during the tour, airport pick-up and drop-off in Bariloche

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Mirko Moreno
I was born in Patagonia in the Welsh settlement town of Trevelin, surrounded by Andes mountains and rivers. Ever since I was a child, my parents gave me a sense of adventure by taking me on different expeditions from climbing mountains to multi-... Coming soon!

Ezequiel Elizalde
“Eze” was born and raised in the outskirts of El Bolsón where his family ran a campground on the banks of the Azul River. As an adult, he has been spending his summers guiding rafts on the river, and guiding mountain bikers through the forests...[more] Coming soon!

Julian Tisato
Growing up in Argentine Patagonia Julian always had a love for rivers and mountains. Riding bikes was the number one pastime of his childhood and this eventually progressed into competitive downhill and cross-country bike competitions. His short... Coming soon!
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Mountain Biking Patagonia - Video by Yonder Journal
Legendary Biking and Paddling in Patagonia, by Lonnie Russell
Loving Patagonia!

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
2 4 hours 33.86 km 310 m 817 m 995 m
3 3 hours 14.08 km 646 m 642 m 684 m
4 3 hours 23 km 317 m 665 m 994 m
5 3.5 hours 27.77 km 445 m 445 m 605 m
6 1 hours 10.63 km 55 m 463 m 975 m
7 4 hours 25.7 km 226 m 69 m 556 m
8 4 hours 29.6 km 317 m 920 m 1338 m
9 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
Totals 22.5 hours 164.64 km 2316 m 4021 m 1338 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Supplement$900.00 USD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$325.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$70.00 USD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 USD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 USD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
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Friday, December 6, 2019 Bariloche airport, 4 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019 Bariloche airport, 10:30 am 4,295.00 859.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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