Itinerary Map: Key landmarks and route for Mountainbike Around the Reloncaví Fjord
Day 1: Puerto Varas - Ensenada
From Puerto Varas we head out toward Ensenada, a small town located 47 kilometers along a paved road. The LLanquihue Lake offers ample opportunity to relish the presence of Osorno Volcano along with other breathtaking views. Late in the evening we take an 18-kilometer round trip turn off to revel under the spell of Petrohue’s waterfall. This whole day, the 65 kilometer trip is over paved road.
Day 2: Ensenada - Cochamó
Leaving behind Ensenada and Osorno Volcano, we head out toward the town of Ralun, located in the Reloncaví Estuary and site where the waters of the Petrohué River converge. Thirty kilometers of biking leaves us at the end of our paved road. The remaining 15 kilometer gravel road along the Reloncaví Estuary offers changing views of Yates Volcano along the way to Cochamó- our final destination for the day.
Day 3: Cochamó - Río Puelo
We continue bordering the breath-taking landscape of the estuary - always heading toward the south. The changing views make the ups, downs and curves all the more worthwhile. Forty-five kilometers later, along this unpaved road, we arrive at Puelo River. The surrounding basin, whose waters originate in Argentina on the other side of the Andes mountain range, is site of one of the most voluminous water flows in the region. This is easily evidenced by the highly developed ecosystem which has developed within the Reloncaví Estuary.
Day 4: Río Puelo - Lenca, Alerce Andino
We leave Puelo River behind and continue along the bank of the estuary- all the while heading south. The 2,000 meter majestic Volcano Yates looks down on us as we skirt along its surrounding mountainside. After the 35-kilometer unpaved leg of the trip on our bikes, we arrive at Puelche, which serves as our jumping off point to the Carretera Austral. This mythical road continues to serve as the starting point of many inspired adventures within the unexplored southern Chilean territory. In Puelche the 40-minute ferry crossing leaves us a little closer to Caleta Arena on the north bank of the estuary where we continue on an unpaved road for another 25 kilometers. Our final destination for the day, Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, is among the more outstanding parks in the region as well the site of our camp site that is nestled well within the southern beech forests.
Day 5: Alerce Andino - Puerto Varas
The last 10 kilometers over a gravel road lead us back to the Carretera Austral where we begin the paved 30 kilometer trip back to region’s capital, Puerto Montt. Our last 17 kilometers take us through the growing city of Alerce before ending our circuit at Lake LLanquihue’s star lakeside town - Puerto Varas.
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Get a real experience of the Chilean Lake District's fjords, volcanoes and lush valleys covering 170 miles over 5 days. You'll cycle with local guide/operator and spend most nights in comfortable hostels and spend your final night under the stars in one of the regions most beautiful National Parks.