Sacred Rides Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Patagonia

*Updated Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival San Carlos de Bariloche
Day 2: Rio Ternero
Day 3: Cajon del Azul Hike or Bike
Day 4: Cabeza del Indio “Pedal” to Rio Azul “Paddle”
Day 5: Trailbuilding in Rio Azul Canyon
Day 6: Perito Moreno & Market Day
Day 7 & 8: Manso Valley Overnight
Day 9: Return to San Carlos de Bariloche

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On the Sacred Rides Pedal and Paddle trip, in Argentinian Patagonia, you can play Magellan and unleash your inner explorer, but with a nice side dish of comfort at our spectacular back country ecolodge. Had the 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 two world-class whitewater rivers nearby), we’re throwing in a few afternoons of whitewater rafting, horseback riding, trail building, and an overnight excursion to a beautiful riverside cabin.

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.


Cost: Please contact Sacred Rides

Included:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Delicious, healthy meals
  • Whitewater rafting on the Manso and Azul rivers
  • 7 days of incredible mountain biking in the Andes
  • Experienced local guides and instructors
  • Transportation during the tour, and airport pickup/dropoff in Bariloche

Not included:

  • Airfare to Argentina or Chile and San Carlos de Bariloche.
  • Medical & travel insurance (required).
  • Mountain Bike (available to rent)
  • Optional guide gratuities.


*Please note the itinerary has been updated, check the Sacred Rides website for the most current information!

Day 1. Arrive Bariloche, transfer to lodge
We’ll meet you at the Bariloche airport and escort you to our spectacular eco-lodge tucked away in the Patagonian Andes, La Confluencia, at the confluence of two rivers. Along the way, we’ll check out some jaw-dropping scenery in Nahuel Huapi National Park within the Rio Azul Wilderness Area. We’ll check in to the lodge, tour the facilities and build our bikes. Before dinner, everyone will hop on their bikes and we will review the mountain bike skills required for the days ahead. At this time, your Guides will provide some feedback and some tips for making the most out of riding in Patagonia.. Tonight, 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!

Day 2. Rio Ternero Trail
We’ll get an early start this morning and shuttle to Rio Ternero. We’ll set out on a relatively challenging 30 km ride of rolling hills, semi-arid terrain and beautiful vistas, breaking for both lunch and traditional ‘mate’ at an old settler’s home. We’ll head back to the lodge where we’ll relax and tend to our sore muscles in the hot tubs and sauna.
Total km of riding: 30km | Elevation gain: 300m | Elevation loss: 600m

Day 3 & 4. Manso Valley Overnight Trip
Today we head to the stunning Rio Manso valley for an overnight trip. We’ll transfer by van to the Lago Steffen trailhead and sit in awe of the spectacular 3-lake view. We’ll spend the morning laughing down a short 8 km forest road. Once we arrive at Lago Steffen we’ll stop for a gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll hop into whitewater rafts for an exciting paddle to our cabin on the river, where we’ll spend the night. Our chef will accompany us and prepare a delicious dinner at our riverside cabin. After dinner, a bonfire by the river will cap off another perfect day. We’ll start the next morning with a gourmet 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! We’ll end the ride at on old farmstead, stop for lunch (lunch not included in the price), then paddle the lower Manso river to the Chilean border. The van will be waiting for us at the take-out for the 90-minute drive back to our lodge, just in time for another delicious dinner.
Day 2: Total km of riding: 8km | Elevation gain: very, very little! | Elevation loss: 600m
Day 3: Total km of riding: 22km | Elevation gain: 75m | Elevation loss: 150m

Day 5. Cajon del Azul Hike or Bike
Today we’ll be leaving directly from the lodge to explore the Azul River valley in the 55,000-hectare Protected Natural Area. You’ll have the option of traveling either by foot or by bike on a mix of single and double track. No matter which you choose, we’ll all end up at the same 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, everyone can order their own homestyle lunch along with a mountain-brewed beer at the nearby mountain refuge. Here we can stretch out in the sun beside the river for a few hours before returning to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, it’s back to the hot tub, wine glass in hand.
Total km of riding (or hiking): 22km | Elevation gain: 325m | Elevation loss: 325m

Day 6. Hielo Azul Glacier
These next couple of days will be spent in the Andes high-country above the Lodge. After a pancake breakfast, we’ll find horses waiting outside, saddled and ready to carry us (and our bikes) up to tree-line. By lunch time, the heavy climbing will be behind us and we’ll continue by bike through the last of the forest canopy on rolling single-track till we reach Natacion Lake. What goes up, must come down, as we enjoy the technical downhill back to the valley.
Day 6: Total km of riding: 15km / Elevation gain: 1500m / Elevation loss: 1200m

Day 7. Perito Moreno Ride & Market Day
Today we drive 30 minutes to arrive at Mount Perito Moreno. Our ride begins at the base of the local ski hill where we connect with a singletrack that meanders through the forest on rolling hills with the occasional steep downhill. The ride takes us directly back to the lodge in time for lunch. After a quick shower it’s time for some local sightseeing in town where you have the option to visit the famous “Feria Artesanal” or 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.
Day 7: Total km of riding: 16km / Elevation gain: 50m / Elevation loss: 150m

Day 8. Trailbuilding in the Rio Azul Canyon
Today, we’ll have an opportunity to give back to the amazing community that has enabled us to experience this stunning scenery on our bikes. We’ll assist the Land Ethic Action Foundation with its mountain bike trail building initiative in the Rio Azul Protected Area. We’ll ride our bikes to the worksite and enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountains. We’ll learn about sustainable trailbuilding techniques and get our hands dirty using shovels, rakes and chainsaws to build new trails and bridges over streams and gullies. We’ll get to test-run the new sections, enjoying the fruits of our labour, before riding back to the lodge for hot tubs and dinner.
Total km of riding: 4km | Elevation gain: 100m | Elevation loss: 100m

Day 9. Return to Bariloche
After a last breakfast and hugs with our hosts, we’ll head to Bariloche airport, arriving at approximately noon.


Play hard, rest easy.
During this trip you will stay at the beautiful La Confluencia Lodge.



Please call Sacred Rides or refer to the Sacred Rides website for more details on the logistics for this trip.

Check out this fun video made by a rider who joined us in January 2015!