Pax number: Min. 6 / Max. 15 (limited vacancies)
Difficulty: High (Average: 52 km per day/ Road type: 367 km gravel - 100 km pavement)
Previous experience in recreational or professional cycling sports, good physical condition and previous training.
PRICE $700.000 CLP
22 - 31
South Austral Road ITINENARY
From the City of Coyhaique we will start the most southern bicycle section of Route 7, in the middle of a landscape of mountains, Patagonian steppe, ice fields and great possibilities of adverse weather conditions, we will cross the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, we will border the turquoise colors of the General Carrera Lake in the town of Puerto Tranquilo, we will sail in the middle of the Marble Cathedrals, we will be surprised with the power of the Backer River with a Rafting activity in Puerto Bertrand, and we will enter the unique landscape of Patagonia between the city of Cochrane and the Ñadis sector, to finish the tour in the village of the Caleta Tortel footbridges, where we will return to the city of Coyhaique.
Arrival to Coyhaique, we will meet at 5:00 pm at the Huella Patagónica Hostel to carry out an induction of the route, itineraries and program description, to later review the travel equipment and the condition of our bicycles. At the dinner will be provided travel recommendations, road safety skills and minimum impact practices.
In Cerro Castillo village the asphalt ends and we start a road of high difficulty. We can observe many attractions of the route such as Laguna Verde, the Dead Forest in the Ibáñez River, landscape modeled by the ashes from the Hudson Volcano in 1991. We will make a free camping with all the comforts of the camp, to insert ourselves in the wild of route 7.
PUERTO RÍO TRANQUILO
With steep ascents and loose gravel road, the landscape is modeled by native forests and forest development land. We border the Murta River to welcome the General Carrera or Chelenko Lake (native language), where we can dazzle with its turquoise water color and finally reach Puerto Río Tranquilo, a tourist town on the Carretera Austral Sur.
We start the tour bordering the lake, at the distance we can admire valleys that descend from Campo de Hielo Norte, and we will arrive at the bridge "Lago General Carrera" where Lake Bertrand is born. We will arrive at the Maitén junction where the roads for Puerto Guadal and Chile Chico are bifurcated, we will continue on Carretera Austral in a section of permanent ascents and slopes to reach Puerto Bertrand.
By gravel road and with the presence of slopes, we will cross the Emerald, Juncal and Chacabuco lakes, in the middle of Patagonian steppe fields, it will be possible to admire Mount San Lorenzo in perspective, we will continue by gravel road until descending the slope of the Ñadis , we go into one of the best kept secrets of Patagonia, in the middle of a unique landscape we will camp in the valley of Los Ñadis Sector.
In this last section, we will continue through wetlands, peat bogs, passing through the transition from the Patagonian steppe to the evergreen forest, until we reach the famous town of Caleta Tortel, famous village of the footbridges of natives trees, which allow connect the houses with the civic center and the public services of the commune.
CERRO CASTILLO VILLAGE
We started our first stretch on paved road, to make a rest and food stop in the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, accompanied by a spectacular landscape of Patagonian steppe and rock formations. We will continue the journey facing the famous slope of Devil that will lead us up and down to the town of Villa Cerro Castillo, located opposite the huge massif of the same name, to reach our accommodation
Continue along the Austral route heading south, following the Baker River in the middle of a Patagonian steppe landscape where the trees begin to disappear and the grasslands invade the landscape in the midst of sinuous mountains. We will stop for a walk to the junction of Baker River with the Neff River, which descends from the depths of Campo de Hielo Norte. We will continue our journey passing very close to the Patagonia Park, where it is possible to see wildlife until we reach the town of Cochrane.
Day of return in van to the city of Coyhaique, making panoramic stops to rest and feeding. In the afternoon we will arrive to the city of Coyhaique, where we will complete the trip with a great night of celebration to closing the adventure and activities.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
Hostel or cabins, 6 nights.
Camping, 3 nights. (Includes tents for 2 and 3 people sharing).
Breakfast: (prepared by accommodation service and guide staff)
Snack: (prepared by guide staff).
Dinner: (prepared by accommodation service or local restaurants)
Van Transfer from Caleta Tortel to Coyhaique
Tour leader: Cycling tour guide, responsible for the expedition, certified in first aid, knowledgeable in environmental interpretation and bicycle touring, intermediate or advanced level in English
Truck: Driver, is responsible for the support vehicle, to give technical assistance with the repo bike service, food logistics on route and in charge of emergency evacuations.
Mechanic: Cycling tour guide, responsible for the mechanics of bicycles and monitoring of the tour group cycling equipment. Advanced knowledge in mechanics and bicycle touring recommendations.
Camp: Tents marmot 3 stations, for 2 to 3 people, community dome, kitchen implementation.
Safety, communications and first aid: Spine board, orthopaedic neck brace, first aid kits in the car and for the guides on route, VHF communication radios for staff, satellite telephone
Mechanics: Repobike service (spare bike on route in case of serious mechanical failure of personal equipment), tool box, accessories and spare parts.
Navigation: Marble Cathedrals Rafting: Baker River
Trekking: Confluence of the Baker River.
* All of our activities includes accident insurance with coverage in cycling activities and adventure tourism.
Alcoholic beverages and a la carte meals.
Bicycle and bicycle touring equipment (Additional Service)
International transfer commission or Pay Pal Charge.
Services not specified above.