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Argentina - The Andes cross
This fantastic journey will take you over and through the Andes Range, over a little-used mountain pass (the Vergara Pass, at 2460 meters above sea level - 8070 feet). You will share the road with the desert wind, condors soaring high above, and your fellow cyclists. The tour begins in Malargüe, a small city in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, bordering with the Northern edge of Patagonia. After 5 days of exhilarating cycling, we’ll arrive in Curico, Chile. The challenging climbing is rewarded by long downhill rides once we enter Chile. We will camp under incredibly huge skies, involved in a magical setting of jagged peaks, snow-capped mountains and desolate desert landscapes.
Our experienced team of tour leaders, support staff and cooks work as an efficient team, always a step ahead of our guests’ needs. You will always have a team member nearby; if you prefer cycling alone, whether it be cycling strong at the front, or at your own relaxed pace in the rear, you will have this freedom. Our team members will greet you around the next curve with an encouraging word and a friendly smile, supporting you every step of the way.
We have been successfully running this tour for years, so you can be assured that every detail has been thought of, letting you concentrate on fully enjoying your journey across the Andes, and to deeply experience our country and culture. Live this once-in-a-lifetime experience with us!
The starting point is Malargüe, in the Argentine province of Mendoza- the heart of the Andes. The destination is Curicó, Chile where we arrive after crossing the Andes at Vergara Pass (2460 meters/ 8,200 feet above sea level) and Portezuelo del Carqueque 2800 meters
(9100 feet above the sea level).
8 days/7 nights*.
The trip can be done from January to March, due to the weather and path conditions. From April to December this dirt road is closed to transit.
*8 days for those flying home from Santiago, Chile
Flight in: San Rafael, Argentina
Flight out: Santiago de Chile
Depart: (Friday) Guests starting with us in Buenos Aires will depart in our van on Friday afternoon. Our meeting point is in Buenos Aires (flight to, and accommodations in Buenos Aires are not included in tour price). We recommend flying to the city of San Rafael, in Mendoza Province. If you choose to fly to Mendoza, you must arrive in Malargüe by Friday or Saturday. The nearest airport is San Rafael, which is 180 km from Malargüe. We can arrange for your transfer from San Rafael airport to Malargüe.
Saturday Day 1:
We’ll arrive in Malargüe in the afternoon, giving you free time to stroll the town, visit a museum or rest. Tonight we’ll be lodged at a local hotel. Dinner is on your own, so you can visit the town and choose from the varied regional options. Malargüe is famous for chivito, the local name for goat. Of course, you will also find the famous Argentine grilled meat here.
Sunday Day 2: Malargüe - Portezuelo del Carqueque
After our detailed welcome and safety talk, we begin biking from the town’s central square. The first stage involves leaving Malargüe heading west towards the "Portezuelo del Carqueque"
In the beginning the uphill is quite relax and easy and we always have the "Cerro Torrecillas" 3.770 meters (12.370 feet) on our right. After doing 22km we pass by the "Castillos de Pincheira" some strange geological formations that received the name "Castles of Pincheira". Our delicious first picnic is ready and we’ll be delighted with our cooks! Our support team will prepare lunch and dinner every day we are cycling, welcoming guests at midday with a hearty outdoors lunch, and preparing dinner at our previously organized campsite in the evening.
After lunch real uphill starts, it’s the time to focus on the bike and take our pace. While we ride the views will change to real mountains scenery with Plaster Mountains and water streams.
During this first stage, the temperature will be around 30║ Celsius (86║ Fahrenheit) at day, and as low as 0║C at night (32║F).
42,5 km (26,5 miles) - 1000 meters (3280 Feet) uphill
Monday day 3: Portezuelo del Carqueque - Puesto de Don Beno Forquera
In the first morning in the Andes we wake up surrounded by a dreamlike mountain landscape. After having breakfast and putting the tents down, we start the stage where we’ll arrive to the top of the trip at 2800 meters (9100 feet above the sea level).
In the kilometer 13 we are finally there in the high Andes! As always, you can choose from cycling hard ahead of the pack, or at a relaxed pace, taking your time to snap pictures and marvel at the landscape. Our support vehicles will be used to move our equipment and baggage ahead as well as to give support to riders.
Twelve kilometers down we’ll enjoy our lunch together. In the afternoon we’ll have the second uphill of the day, not as hard as the first one but still challenging, until arriving to one of the most beautiful parts of the trip: a viewpoint from where to see Mt. Campanario, the "Río Grande", the glacier of Peteroa Vulcano and the Mt. Planchón. From now it’s all the way down and we loose more than 600 meters (1900 feet) until crossing the "Río Grande" through a yellow big bridge. We set camp at a local puesto, basically a hamlet where locals will treat us with the famous chivito of Mendoza.
46 km (28,5 miles) - 1000 meters (3280 Feet) uphill
Tuesday Day 4: Puesto de Don Beno Forquera - Glaciar del Azufre
Today’s challenging stage will see us begin early, getting us ever closer to our ultimate goal. Our objective will be the wonderful plateaus under the Peteroa Volcano, which last blew ashes in the 90’s. We’ll see this amazing smoking massif high above us. The ride involves plenty of climbing, getting us into the very heart of the mountains. We’ll also see fields of volcanic stone and ash as we reach our campsite, which will be set up under a nearby glacier. No better way to celebrate today’s accomplishments!
52 km (32,3 miles) - 1100 meters (3600 Feet) uphill/455 meters (1488 Feet) downhill
Wednesday Day 5: Glaciar del Azufre - Río Teno
Emotion and excitement will abound us, as we finish our climbing and we leave Argentina across the border into Chile. This is the start of some amazing downhill riding! After 9 km we’ll reach the border control, as well as the tour’s maximum elevation of 2,465 ms above sea level (8,070 ft). The zigzag downhill path will get your adrenaline flowing; but be sure to stop for the amazing views. We’ll arrive to lunch stop just by the Chilean border control. More downhills by the "Río Teno" to arrive at our campsite near by Teno River, where Olympic kayak teams train. One more night to replenish ourselves with a nourishing meal, enjoying the company of our group, which will, by now be a unified team!
42 km (26 miles) - 420 meters (1374 Feet) uphill/1620 meters (5298 Feet) downhill
Thursday Day 6: Río Teno - Curicó
More downhill riding on this last stage of our High Andes Crossing. Still, there are plenty of challenges, as we must carefully steer our bikes over the winding dirt road. The temperatures will rise today as we near sea level, so we’ll begin early to enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel this afternoon (well worth it!). The landscape will differ drastically, as we experience a change in vegetation in the more humid Chilean region. After crossing the town of Los Queñes, we’ll once again cycle over a paved road, with 26 km to go before reaching Curicó. The support team will wait at the hotel with lunch prepared, ready to celebrate the success of our tour with champagne! After loading our bikes, you’ll have time for a relaxing shower, with a free afternoon to enjoy the pool, followed by a group dinner at our hotel.
68 km (42,5 miles) - 420 meters (1374 Feet) uphill/1420 meters (4644 Feet) downhill
Friday Day 7:
We’ll leave Curicó in our minibus, heading towards back to Malargüe, Argentina. We will arrange the shuttle to drive you to Santiago de Chile, where you can fly home or extend your travels in the amazing country of Chile. From the famous wineries of the Central Valley, to the deserts of the North and the glaciers of the South, Chile offers truly magical destinations.
Saturday Day 8:
After an early start in Malargüe, we expect to arrive in Buenos Aires around 10pm, travelling over paved roads throughout the day.
Difficult level: Advanced
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Price: 1370u$ dollars
Private tent: 130u$
Transfer from San Rafael airport to Malargüe: 70 u$ dollars
|Reiseziel||Argentina - The Andes cross|
|Beginn||Jan 2017 (jeden Fr.)|
|Preis ab||USD 1.370,00|
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|Region||Chile - Santiago de Chile, Argentinien - Mendoza, Argentinien (Alle Regionen), Argentinien - Rio de la Plata, Argentinien - Anden, Argentinien - San Rafael, Argentinien - Buenos Aires, Chile - Anden, Chile (Alle Regionen)|
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