Meet in Puerto Varas
Your tour starts with a shuttle pick-up on Day 1 at the meeting hotel in Puerto Varas listed below (your spot is already reserved on this shuttle):
As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.
The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.
We recommend flying into the Puerto Montt International Airport (PMC)
We will be glad to arrange your pre- and post-tour stay at the Meeting Hotel for you upon request. Note that we will not sleep there as a group and the stay there is not included in the tour price.
Getting to the Meeting Hotel in Puerto Varas from the PMC airport
- Taxi (30min/30,000 pesos)
Tips on flights:
Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) has connections to Santiago, Chile (SCL), Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE), and Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) see LATAM
- Connecting in Santiago, Chile: LATAM offers several 1.5 hour direct flights from Santiago.
- Connecting in Buenos Aires: LATAM offers several flights daily from both Buenos Aires Airports - you may have to connect through Santiago). It is a 4.5 to 5.5 hour flight. We would recommend connecting through Santiago rather than Buenos Aires.
For more travel planning tips, including our packing lists, visit our Travel Planning Pages.
Farewell and enjoy Argentina or Patagonia
On the final tour day, we shuttle from the tour end you to the Trelew Airport (REL). Shuttle departs at 6:00 a.m. with arrival at the airport by 6:30 a.m. in time for the first flight to Buenos Aires at 7:50 a.m., which is good if you have an international connection to catch later in the day. Tour Leaders will take your shuttle reservations on tour.
If your flight is later in the day (which is also recommended if you are planning on staying in Buenos Aires), there are a number of taxi services available. Tour Leaders or your hotel can assist with arrangements.
Tips on flights:
Trelew Airport has connections to Buenos Aires, from where you can connect to the United States from Santiago, Chile. Non-stop flights from Trelew to Buenos Aires take less than 2 hours but be aware of some itineraries that make several stops along the route and therefore take much longer. See LATAM
You will likely have to change airports in Buenos Aires. Read details on how to do that here.
We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
Expeditions require that you be prepared for anything and a sense of adventure will be your most valuable asset!
- Due to gravel/poor road conditions there will likely be 2 or 3 instances where you will have to shuttle.
- You will travel to remote areas with very basic accommodations.
- Private Rooms may not be available every night.
Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Expedition tour
Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages and straps available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet. Daily Routine (Procedures and Logistics)
Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.
Navigating on Tour
At breakfast each day we will make the "Master Route Map" available so you can highlight your map for the day's ride. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!
But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.
The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.
We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.
We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.
Meals and Restaurants
Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.
Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.
We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.
Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.
Tipping Your Tour Leader Team
If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.
We'll be taking photos throughout the tour and we encourage you to do the same. Please note that we may use these for promotional purposes. Please inform us if you prefer images of you not be used. We realize that many of our travelers are great photographers and often people want to share photos after the trip. We'd love to see and share your photos from the tour with the world so if you don't mind the possibility of being famous (at least in the ExperiencePlus! world) send us a link to your tour photo gallery, or upload your favorite 20 - 30 pictures to your tour departure gallery - we'll send you the link to that online photo gallery in your final email!
Expedition Tour Style
Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Expedition tour at the Expedition Tour Style page.