Argentina Multisport

Argentina’s gorgeous Lake District awaits you! Discover the best locations in Northern Argentina. Hike to an Andes’ mountain hut, sea kayak in Moreno Lake and mountain bike pristine single-track for an unforgettable Argentina adventure.

This eight-day adventure discovers the best of what Northern Argentina has to offer, with an active multisport through the heart of the Lake District.

Starting in the sports hub of Bariloche, you spend your days hiking and exploring the stunning landscape of Nahuel Huapi National Park, exploring Mount Tronador and its glaciers on foot; seeing impressive waterfalls and magnificent views of the mountains.

Combine sea-kayaking in Moreno Lake with spectacular hiking along the ridge of the Cathedral Mountains and its towering granite spire summits.

Back on land, you will mountain bike pristine single-track trails along the turquoise waters of the Manso River to round out an unforgettable Argentina adventure.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Day 1: Arrive in Bariloche, (Arrival and welcome dinner)

Tonight is a late evening arrival, wherein you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. With its lakeshore views and distinctive design, the Design Suites-Bariloche will be a comfortable way to start your Argentina journey.

Dinner is included this evening and there may be time for a short “stretch your legs” walk around the area.  (D)

Airport transfer: 30 minutes

Day 2. Lake Nahuel Huapi (hiking and sea kayaking)

After an early morning breakfast, you begin with a drive along the renowned Circuito Chico, a beautiful introduction to the mountains, lakes and forests of this stunning region. You will hike to the viewpoints of Brazo Tristeza, one of the secluded sounds of Lake Nahuel Huapi, to enjoy spectacular views of Nahuel Huapi National Park; Moreno Lake; Mount Tronador, the highest peak, and Cerro Capilla and Cerro López.

After a lakeside lunch, you enjoy the easy two hour hike down to where you will explore the crystal clear waters of Lake Moreno by sea kayak. Here, you are at the foot of Mount López, where the high mountain glaciers spill their waters.

The water of the lake in magnificently clear and the feeling of gliding across the deep blue waters is indescribable. There is a chance to see some of the local fish deep in the still waters, but only if your eyes are quick. You will be exploring some of the hidden bays and the reflections of towering mountains.

After returning to the hotel, you will have a chance to explore the local markets and find a restaurant for dinner on your own in Bariloche. (B, L)

Brazo Tristeza hike (2 miles, 300 feet gain/300 feet loss, 1.5 to 2.0 hours)

Lake kayaking (1.5 to 2.0 hours, approx. 3-4 nautical miles)

Day 3. Nahuel Huapi National Park (hiking)

This morning, you will transfer about two hours to Pampa Linda, a small village located between the foot of Mount Tronador and the shores of Manso River.

You start hiking to the Otto Meiling Mountain Hut (2000m/6560ft) between the Castaño Overa and Alerce glaciers. You may take short hikes in the surrounding area and discover magnificent vistas of the summits and the neighboring mountain ranges in Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Mount Tronador (3,491m/11,454ft) is the highest peak in the area, towering 1000m over the other mountains in the area. There are several glaciers eroding the sides of this massif, leaving moraines and lakes as signs of their passing.

Tronador translates from Spanish as thunder for the sounds of the cracking and falling glacial ice. These thundering sounds are becoming more prevalent due to climatic warming and the destabilization of the glaciers.

It is common, although never guaranteed, to see Andean Condors soaring in this area. Otto Meiling, who pioneered mountaineering in this area, recorded the first sighting of condors in the area. His namesake mountain hut, famous for its simple, delicious food, fine wines and musical entertainment, is a welcome alpine shelter at this elevation. (B, L, D)

Hiking to Otto Meiling Mountain Hut (5-6 hours, 16km/10mi, 1100m/3600ft elevation gain)

Transfer to Pampa Linda: 2 hours

Day 4. Castano Overa Glacier Cirque (hiking)

After a homemade breakfast and some time to relax or explore, you start your descent. Halfway down, you traverse across the mountain to the Castaño Overa Glacial Cirque. Here the remains of the glacial period have left their trace with impressive waterfalls and hanging glaciers.

These cirques formed during the last Ice Age when glaciers scoured out rock and left bowl shaped areas behind. Often a terminal moraine will form from the till (rock debris pushed at the leading edge of the glacier) at the end of a valley, damming a tarn (lake) feeding a waterfall or a hanging glacier.

After a picnic lunch, you head towards the village Pampa Linda, one of the most attractive and well-known areas in South America. The Pampa Linda Lodge is located in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park, affording access to some of the most incredible areas in Argentina. (B, L, D)

Hiking Castano Overa Glacier to Pampa Linda (5-6 hours, 20km/12.5mi, 1100m/3600ft elevation loss)

Day 5. Lake Mascardi (sea kayaking)

After a hour getting to Lake Mascardi, you will buddy up for a two-hour tandem kayaking excursion around Corazón Island, exploring its solitary coast before stopping for a well earned lunch.

Surrounded by the mountains of the national park, this usually calm, deep lake mirrors the area’s grandeur and is an excellent opportunity for photographs. The bravest and most hearty people can opt for an after lunch swim, while others may look for a short hike or a bit of relaxing before continuing towards the night’s campsite.

Once there, you will have the afternoon free to enjoy exploring the area and nature on your own.

The clay sediments washed down from the nearby Mount Tronador create Lake Mascardi’s emerald color. This is a special place, seldom visited by people due to the remoteness. There is a short hike of about 45 minutes up to a great balcony overlooking the lake and the mountains surrounding it.

This may be the best opportunity to see some of the locals: wild rabbits or an elusive fox, and many types of birds including ibis, seagulls and woodpeckers. If you have quick eyes, you may spot a trout or two in the deep, clear water.

While you are exploring the area, the guides will set up roomy two-person tents and prepare dinner so you may enjoy the lakeshore campsites and soak in this quiet wilderness enveloped by Argentina’s grandeur. (B, L, D)

Transfer to Lake Mascardi (1 hour)

Lake kayaking (1.5-2.0 hours paddle time for the morning and afternoon)

Day 6. Manso River Valley (mountain biking)

Your restful night’s sleep is “disturbed” by a soft knock on the tent and the smell of strong coffee left just outside the door. After breakfast, you are transferred to the Manso River Valley in the south of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

From here you will mountain bike for about 4 hours covering 24km/15miles along a beautiful single track hugging the shoreline of the Manso River’s crystal blue waters.

This old single track was used by pioneers and the first explorers to obtain firewood or bring in the cattle, and goes through the thick Andean forest. It’s common to encounter local people in this valley living their lives, herding cattle or working their gardens. In today’s ride you will be traversing wide meadows, crossing some water and negotiating the forest trail close to the river.

The ride is relatively flat with a few ups and downs, until the last few kilometres that include a steeper section and some more challenging technical parts.

After returning to the hotel and showering to wash off the camping and biking, you will have the freedome to refuel with a delicious meal in one of several nearby restaurants. Hotel staff or your guides will help with their suggestions, but it may be more fun to search out a great place on your own.  (B, L)

Transfer to Manso River Valley (2 hours, 35 miles)

Mountain biking (4 hours, 24km/15mi, elevation negligible with one steep section)

Day 7. Manso River Valley – Limay River Valley (mountain biking)

Today you head to the Eastern part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, cycling around its namesake lake to discover some of the Patagonian steppe. You will pedal along country roads and trails that have fallen into disuse along the Limay River.

For lunch, you will be treated to a typical Patagonian asado (Argentinian style barbecue) in a place known as Valle Encantado (which means “enchanted valley”, due to its curious shapes), surrounded by spectacular rocky formations that have been moulded by millennia of rain, snow and wind.

This afternoon, you may opt for to fantastic viewpoints high above the river valley, giving you one last chance to spot local fauna before returning to Bariloche, where this multisport adventure ends with a celebration dinner. (B, L, D)

Mountain biking (4 hours, 24km/15mi, elevation negligible)

Day 8. Return to Airport, end of Tour

After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you have free time for some last minute shopping in Bariloche before departing for home. You may have time to visit the Patagonian Museum, the main square and historical buildings.

In downtown along Mitre Avenue you will find a number of artisans shops, chocolate and wine shops, Argentinean gifts shops and some very good restaurants with Patagonian food and the world famous Argentina Barbecue.

Transfer to the airport (30 minutes)

*(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

While the above information describes a typical itinerary, the tour’s actual itinerary may vary due to changes in transportation, weather, lodging availability, local events or safety conditions. We reserve the right to alter the tour due to these circumstances should the need arise.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Tour Dates: 

(Custom dates available upon request)

Prices (based on double occupancy):

(Call for current pricing)

Price Includes: Lodging (double occupancy), airport transfers Day 1 and Day 8 of the tour, transportation on tour, meals as indicated on the tour (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, does not include beverages), national park entrance fees, English-speaking guides, activities as listed in the itinerary including necessary equipment.

Price Excludes: Airfare (both international and in-country flights), beverages (water, tea, soda, juice, alcohol, etc.), airport departure taxes, travel insurance, meals as indicated in the above itinerary, personal expenses in hotels (phone, laundry, room service, etc.), gratuities for guides and other gratuities, and costs incurred as a result of bad weather, delayed flight or other situations beyond our control.

Sleeping bag, pad and liner are not include but may be rented for an additional $40/person.

Single Supplement Policy:  All tour pricing is based on double occupancy lodging. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender.  If you reserve your tour at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement  of half the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). 

Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Activities: Hiking, sea kayaking & mountain biking

Activity level: Moderate

Group Size: 4 – 12 participants

Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights.

Departure: Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina

Meeting Time & Place:  San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (airport code BRC) on Day 1. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Airport transfers on day 1 and 8 are included in the trip price.

Departure Time & Place:  San Carlos de Bariloche Airport on Day 8. Do not book departing flights earlier than noon.

Best time to travel:  December – March

Weather and Climate:  Due to the alpine environment, weather is variable throughout the day and by elevation. Dressing in layers will be essential to your comfort throughout the day.

Rain is possible at any time and weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so having rain gear is highly recommended. At the same time, the sun is strong at higher elevations, and therefore adequate precautions should be taken to prevent sunburn, even on cool, sunny days. On average, the temperature in December through April range from highs in the 70’s and 80’s Fahrenheit and lows in the 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit. 

More detailed weather information is available by visiting www.weatherbase.com.

Physical preparation:  This tour is designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure and possess a positive attitude. Most activities are 3-4 hours in either the morning or afternoon with a lunch stop in between.

It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. All participants must be in good overall physical condition.  The more physically prepared you are for this tour, the more you will enjoy this unique, adventure experience.

We encourage you to call us and talk more specifically about any questions you have on the activities, your fitness, and any other aspects of the trip – please don’t be shy!

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Day 1, 2, 6 and 7. Design Suites Bariloche(or similar)

Right in front of Nahuel Huapi Lake, Design Suites Bariloche offers rooms with lake views and private hot bathtubs. A restaurant, 2 swimming pools and a fitness center are featured. Bariloche’s Civic Center is 1.5 miles away.

Featuring designer decor, rooms at Design Suites offer panoramic views of Nahual Huapi Lake. All of them feature Wi-Fi and private spa tubs. Some of these spa tubs overlook the lake.

A buffet breakfast is served daily. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, and drinks from the bar can be enjoyed in the charming lounge, which features floor-to-ceiling windows.

Day 3.  Otto Meiling Mountain Hut

The Otto Meiling Mountain Hut is a basic, high-elevation, famous for a great food, nice mountain atmosphere, good wines, nice candle light dinner service and good music.

The sleeping area is one big room with mattresses for your sleeping bag. We recommend bring your own bag liner or you can rent one with your sleeping kit. Two simple rest rooms/toilets. No showers or other amenities.

Day 4.  Pampa Linda Lodge

Offering recreational choices for all guests, the Pampa Linda Lodge is a warm refuge for the mountain life enthusiast. The Vereertbrugghen family has operated this place for three generations and welcome residents and foreigners to enjoy the comfortable facilities and their famonus quality service

All bedrooms have private bathrooms, telephones and access to mountain bikes, television lounge, table tennis, board games, library and a splendid fireplace to share the unforgettable moments.

Day 5.  Lake Mascardi shoreline camping

We choose the best place depending period of the year (after winter/spring = high level of the lake / summer/Fall = low level).

In that area there are 2-3 places for camping (wild camps), we choose the best available depending weather conditions, group  of paddlers and less crowed if it happened, but it is rare to find too many people in that area. We (guides/assistants) set up and take down tents (if passenger wants to help guides are very welcome, but not necessary).

Guides take care about cooking and cleaning and other responsibilities during guiding. We provide to guests roomy 2 person tents with vestibules (Mountain Hardwear or similar). Expedition Tarps are used to protect group for the sun or rain.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!


 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

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