Classic Inn to Inn ✦ 7 days ✦ Moderate
Explorer Series - bicycling off the beaten path
The name Patagonia brings out visions of vast wild, untamed lands, guanaco grazing on the grass, towering peaks rising in the distance. It is also a land of 100 year estancia (ranches) and a region with uncrowded roads. Pedalers offers you the chance to cycle through these leandscapes, while enjoying luxurious lodging each evening.
Your journey begins in Puerto Natales, as we cycle across the vast grasslands surrounding the national parklands. Here ranchers raise horse and sheep, giant Chilean condors soar overhead and quiet historic haciendas await us each night. The jagged peaks of Torres del Paine, which have popped into view from time to time, now become our focus and we work our way by bike, vehicle and foot through the unbelievable landscapes of this region. Check out Grey Glacier, grab oustanding photos from the scenic overlooks we pass, enjoy the hearty Patagonia cuisine each night, washed down by Chilean wines. It is a ride without compare.
Classic Inn to Inn: from $4895
Tour is available from October thru April, Christmas & New Years are crowded.
Classic Inn to Inn: $4750
2023: 19 Feb ✧ 9 Apr
1: Arrival to Puerto Natales, Welcome Dinner
Upon arrival at Puerto Natales, we transfer to our hotel downtown. Take some time to enjoy a walk along the coast and boardwalks or explore through the colorful and eclectic town of Puerto Natales and its plaza de armas (central square) and the many local attractions such as artisan shops, cafés, markets, and the museum. Gather in the evening for tour orientation and your first taste of Patagonian cuisine at our welcome dinner.
2: Ride from Puerto Natales - Cerro Castillo
Today's ride begins from our hotel where we will head north following the coastline along Route 9, a well-paved, flat road passing through pampas and endless landscapes of Puerto Natales to our destination, Cerro Castillo, a small town just outside of the national park. The first 47kms of our ride will bring us to our first scenic stop, Figueroa Lake with various species of aquatic bird life. Continuing on, we ride by a natural condor roost and habitat where we can stop to observe these magnificent species as they soar seamlessly high above. We'll pass by estancias scattered with Patagonian sheep before entering the small community of Cerro Castillo where we arrive at our accommodation for the evening, Hostería El Pionero, an old English-style house and inn built almost 100 years ago.
Cycling: 60km, Terrain: flat and small hills, Meals: B,L,D
3: Ride to Estancia Cerro Guido - Half Day Culture & History Tour
After a hearty ranch breakfast we head out on today´s ride to Estancia Cerro Guido, the region's largest estancia (ranch) which continues its tradition of working in harmony with nature. This breathtaking 100,000 hectare ranch is surrounded by beautiful mountain views of Torres del Paine, pristine lakes, pampas and wildlife. We will take our time pedaling as we enjoy views of the Sierra Baguales Mountain Range to the east, Lago Sarmiento to the west, and the constant view of Las Torres from the park as we approach the estancia. Upon arriving we will have a delicious lunch in the restaurant of the estancia before enjoying a guided culture and history tour of this authentic Patagonian ranch, founded 100 years ago, with its typical architectural style and cultural heritage of Patagonia. In the evening, enjoy a freshly prepared dinner with fantastic views of the ranch with it´s free roaming horses and the iconic towers which sit off in the distance.
Cycling: 47km, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B,L,D
4: Ride to Laguna Azul & 'La Porfiada' Trail - Private Vehicle Tour to Lago Grey
Today's ride takes us from the peaceful countryside of the estancia into the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Our route takes us first towards stunning Laguna Azul (the Blue Lagoon), with incredible views of the mountains ahead and the flamingos and other waterfowl on Laguna Amarga. Stop for photos from the overlooks before reaching the shore. Here we have the option of a hike around the lake or a trail rides on the mountain bikes. Afterwards, grab some lunch then drive through the busy park stretch ahead, enjoying visits to some of the dramatic overlooks, on our way to Grey Lake, home to Grey Glacier and our hotel for the night.
Cycling: 39km + 20km, Terrain: hilly, Meals: B,L,D
5: Grey Glacier Boat Navigation - Ride to Serrano Village
Wake up to mountain peaks, floating glaciers, and pristine landscapes. A short morning walk takes us to join a boat tour through the icy waters to the immense Grey Glacier - Torres del Paine´s largest glacier. Discover the glacier up close with a local naturalist and learn about its importance to the biodiversity of the region, some juice served with the glacier's ice. Returning from the boat trip to the hotel for lunch in the restaurant before heading out for our afternoon ride - a nice 24km ride to the Serrano Village area along a flat gravel road passing pampas where we can see wild horses roaming and guanacos grazing throughout. We´ll end our ride at the Pampa Lodge Hotel for dinner and relaxation in this special place which offers one-of-a-kind views of the Paine Massif set on the horizon.
Cycling: 24km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B,L,D
6: Milodon Cave & Archaeological Cave Painting Tour - Ride to Laguna Sofía
After breakfast we shuttle to the Milodon Cave Natural Monument, a 200 meter long cave discovered in 1895 by Hermann Eberhard, a German explorer of Patagonia. The cave is notable for the discovery of a Mylodon – a now extinct ground sloth. We´ll first explore the cave on foot before heading out on our bikes along a moderate 10km mountainous dirt track taking us through history as we pedal past several small caves - one which includes ancient archaeological cave paintings left by primitive tribes who lived in the region. Reaching Laguna Sofia, we'll enjoy lunch, then make our way back to Puerto Natales, either on your bike or catch a lift. We'll celebrate a great ride with dinner at a local restaurant in Puerto Natales, one last night to tell tales and enjoy Chilean cuisine.
Cycling: 45km, Terrain: flat, Meals: B,L,D
7: Transfer to Airport
Breakfast is enjoyed at leisure in the hotel before your private transfer takes you to Puerto Natales Airport (15 minute transfer) for your return flight back home or to continue along your travels.
Pedalers provides Mondraker MTB Cross Country, a hardtail mountain bike.
As a safe health measure, guests are asked to bring their own helmets and waterbottles for cycling. If necessary these can be purchased in Chile.
Tour meets in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT), fly in before 3 pm on Day 1.
Tour ends in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT), fly out after 10 am on Day 7.
Passports required for all, Visas maybe required depending on citizenship.
Pick ups and dropoffs from Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ) can be arranged, but it is a 3 hour transfer each direction.
You, your family & friends, your preferred date
Classic Inn to Inn: from $4895
Tour is from October thru April, Christmas & New Years are crowded.
Join a group of like minded travelers (8 guests max).
Classic Inn to Inn: $4750 per person, double occupancy
Single Room: +$1005 Deposit: $500
2023: 19 Feb ✧ 9 Apr