The word Patag­o­nia con­jures up brave adven­tures 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 Inn. 

Had those ear­ly explor­ers had their own spa over­look­ing the Andes, they may have stayed a while longer. And if they’d known about the net­work of beau­ti­ful rides sur­round­ing our Inn, 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.

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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.

Itinerary

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 120km dri­ve to the Inn, check­ing out some jaw-drop­ping scenery in Nahuel Huapi Nation­al Park and the Rio Azul pro­tect­ed Wilder­ness Area along the way.

The spec­tac­u­lar Inn is tucked away in the Patag­on­ian Andes. 

Upon arrival, our chef will greet us with a home­made “pic­a­da” (snacks!) to help recov­er from your travels.

After 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 Inn 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 which can be offered from DAY 1 — DAY 4.  Please note:  Mas­sages are cash only and a 1‑hr mas­sage ranges from $30 ‑50 USD. 

Day 2. Rio Ternero Trail in the Patag­o­nia Steppe

After a hearty home­made break­fast , 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 awaits to take us back to the Inn. 

Once back at the accom­mo­da­tions you can take some time for a cold bev­er­age while relax­ing your sore mus­cles in the spa.

Day 3. Choose your own adventure!

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

This is a chal­leng­ing day as we’ll be faced with long climbs and some steep, loose grav­el down­hills.  The option to hike is also avail­able today.

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. We’ll enjoy a lit­tle R&R river­side, before rid­ing or hik­ing back to the our accommodations.

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

Want more adven­ture? Join your guides down at 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, fol­lowed by a soak in the pool with wine glass in hand!

Day 4. Cabeza del Indio, Ped­al to Rio Azul & Paddle

After a hearty break­fast, we’ll head out to one of our newest trail sys­tems, “Cabeza del Indio” (Indi­an Head). Cabeza del Indio trail boasts a mix of fire road 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 Inn for din­ner and drinks.

PLEASE NOTE:  If water lev­els do not per­mit, we will switch to anoth­er activ­i­ty such as horse­back rid­ing or ziplining. 

Day 5. Cul­tur­al Day: Ride Mt Per­i­to Moreno

After break­fast, 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 our accom­mo­da­tion. 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 Inn 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 Continued

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. 

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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Dates chosen: Jan. 15, 2021—Jan. 23, 2021
Skill Rating: Blue Square
Fitness Rating: Blue Square
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.