BARILOCHE MOUNTAIN BIKE WEEKEND
A special weekend of mountain bike and adventure in the magical surroundings of Bariloche
Bariloche is known around the world for its magnificent natural scenery – with amazing lakes and majestic mountains, thick native forests and magical deserts. The region never ceases to amaze, and there´s no better way of experiencing this than on a mountain bike. This unique weekend itinerary captures the essence of our incredible city in a 4-day package. You will deeply experience the highlights of our regular, longer tour in Bariloche; and surely, you will want to come back for more!
- Bike down the famous Mount Otto – at night! After riding through superb forest trails over the high ridges of the mountain, you´ll see the sun set with a panoramic view of the entire region – the inmense Andes to the West, lakes and forests all around, and the infinite Patagonian Steppes to the East. The nighttime descent to Bariloche will be an unforgettable adventure!
- Enjoy an exclusive day, biking through the heart of Estancia La Esperanza, an active ranch in the outskirts of Bariloche, also exploring the remote Vulture´s Nest Peak, a protected area that is the favorite nesting spot for the Andean Condor.
- Live a day of adventure in the incredible natural setting of the Manso River Valley – we´ll mountain bike over smooth trails crossing exhuberant forests, after which we´ll raft down this amazing river, white water rapids included, all the way to the border with Chile, in the process experiencing the world-renowned Nahuel Huapi National Park.
4 days / 3 nights
to be announced
Begins and ends in: Bariloche, Argentina
Airport–in and Airport-out city: Bariloche, Argentina
Please ask us about prices for private groups.
Spaces are reserved in order of arrival. To reserve your place, please complete the contact form; if you'd like to speak with us, please send the contact form, and we will gladly telephone you.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Night descent of Mount Otto – the perfect welcome
This afternoon we will receive the group with a welcome cocktail, followed by a detailed presentation of the tour, as well as a mini-clinic on mountain biking. We will fit the bikes and have a brief ride, making sure everything is in perfect order, after which we will hop on our van, driving to the top of Cerro Otto. The upper ridge of the mountain has great riding trails, crossing through thick forests – there are trails with different technical levels to choose from. The views from atop are truly magical, with the Andes Range on one side, the Patagonian Steppe on the other, and lakes and forests all around us. We’ll find the perfect spot to view the sunset over the Andes – a real treat! The adventure continues when we get on our bikes again, for a nighttime descent all the way back to town. With the city’s lights off in the distance, and wrapped in the immense darkness, our lamps will guide us on our way down. You will surely remember this experience!
Approx. 15 km (9 miles) over dirt and gravel road or trails, with some light hills at the start, then all downhill, medium technical difficulty.
The Ñirihuau Valley – ranches, rivers and canyons
After a morning ride in our van, we’ll arrive at the edge of the Patagonian Steppe. With impressive peaks and green forests in sight, we’ll begin this magical day of crossing the Ñirihuau River Valley. We will approach the Cerro Las Buitreras (Vulture Nests´ Mountain) – this amazing peak is famous as a preferred breeding area for the Andean Condor, and its eroded volcanic rock makes for a truly impressive sight. Our morning’s biking ends upon arrival at Estancia La Esperanza, where we’ll live a very special day. La Esperanza (Hope Ranch) is a working ranch, situated in the heart of the Ñirihuau Valley, set deep among mountains outside Bariloche. We’ll meet Gerd Hickmann, our host at the ranch – born in Germany, Gerd is today an adopted Patagonian man. In this company we will enjoy an outdoors country picnic by a quiet stream or under the shelter of the ranch´s main house, while we sip on Argentine yerba mate.
After lunch and relaxing at the ranch’s main house, you will have the option for more biking. You can also opt to go horseback riding through the tight canyons of La Esperanza, under mountains and peaks eroded by the wind, creating an imposing and majestic landscape. This is also a special place for viewing the native fauna – it is common to see the Andean Condor flying high above, or red deer racing towards the forest.
25 km (15 miles) over dirt back roads, some gravel, some light uphills, low technical difficulty.
For horse lovers, this is a unique opportunity – please ask us previously, so that we can organize your horseback outing after our morning ride (this activity is not included in the price of the tour).
Mountain bike and rafting in the Manso River
The day begins with a morning drive, heading South in our comfortable van, travelling over the edge of the National Park – a fantastic ride, winding through various lakes and mountain ranges covered with thick native forests. After an hour and a half in the van, we arrive at the Manso River Valley, inside the National Park. This will be a day of adventure – we´ll first jump on our bikes, initiating a wonderful ride over trails on the edge of the river. After this very fun stretch on the bikes, we will stop for a light lunch, taken outdoors, inside an exuberant forest with views of the river.
The magnificent Manso carries cristal-clear snowmelt waters, fed by the mountain chains of the region, and winds its way towards the nearby Pacific Ocean. This creates an awesome setting for a rafting journey, all the way to the very border with Chile. The river’s rapids are great for a safe and fun rafting experience. After this fantastic experience, we’ll have a barbeque lunch together, prepared by our friends at the Manso.
21 km (13 miles) over dirt trails, with some steep hills, medium technical difficulty; some streams have to be waded on foot. Rafting is class III + or below, depending on conditions. No previous experience is required.
Adios in Bariloche
After breakfast, we will shuttle you to the Bariloche airport. For those remaining in the region, or continuing your trip in Patagonia – which we highly recommend – we will gladly help you with your travel plans within Bariloche or Argentina.
hotel: Hotel Tivoli
With a fantastic location in central Bariloche, everything is nearby, including the lake´s boardwalk, only a couple of blocks away. The location also offers an excellent variety in gastronomic and entertainment options nearby. The staff´s excellent service also make the Tivoli a great option, becoming an ideal base for your week of adventure. You might even stay a few more days in Bariloche, or make this your base for further travel within our wonderful region (which we highly recommend!).
We were treated with perfect professionalism, everything was delivered exactly as promised.
“What an incredible itinerary, one day better than the next, beautiful places and delicious food. Congratulations on the organization and logistics to the entire Dirty Bikes team. Best of all was the privilege of meeting Silvina and Pablo, our Tour Leaders – they were both sensational, always attentive, and very patient in teaching us how to ride our mountain bikes. They were sensible to our personal needs and did everything possible to make each one of us happy. All of this with constant merry, energy, humor and warmness. More than customers, we feel like we´ve become great friends, and words cannot express our gratitude”
Many thanks to Javier and Pablo, our excellent tour leader and ride guide.
“Our ride through such beautiful forests and lakes was enhanced with our guides’ friendly, polite and relaxed manner. All accommodations were first class and the camp at Lake Falkner provided a personal and memorable barbecue in a quiet location. All lunches were gourmet affairs. Javier provided intelligent, fair and detailed knowledge of the surrounding nature, environment and the people of Argentina. Very enjoyable and memorable for me. Thanks to all at Dirty Bikes.”
Damiano (Tour Leader) was wonderful!
“The biking was great and it was superb to have the van support as our children learned to mountain bike. Damiano was spectacular with the children, they were very comfortable with him. The trip was well organized and supplied. The kayaking was lovely. All around, a great 3 days in Patagonia. Thank you so much”
I loved the trails and circuits
“And especially the last 3.5 km uphill, excellent! And everything else was brilliant! Pepe was great, as was Nicholas the chef. Kisses!”
I want to congratulate Anibal and his team for the excellent organization of our adventure
“The human touch and magnificent disposition in everything, and in every moment”
Thank you for the great bike trip.
“Although I found it quite difficult at times and found it a challenge , I absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for helping me to overcome my fear of biking downhill!!
The scenery was amazing and it was so good to see it all in the open air and not by car or bus! A great trip, well worth it”
Michelle Wallace (England)