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Mirador Pucon to Curarrehue to Argentina Border

Mirador Pucon to Curarrehue to Argentina Border

#12 on our Great Rides list

Chile

Your ride begins near the bustling town of Pucón, which is well known as Chile’s outdoor activity mecca.

Location

Pucon, Araucania, Chile

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Distance

80.7 miles / 130kmm

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Elevation Gain

5,347ft / 1,630m

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Best Time to Visit

Winter or Spring

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Surface

Paved Road

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Difficulty

Level 3

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Level 2

Discover this ride on our Chile bike tour

Visit the Lakes and Volcanoes District

This ride takes you through the stunning Villarrica National Park where you will ride past expansive forests, glacial lakes, and the three looming stratovolcanoes in the Araucania region: Villarrica, Quetrupillán, and Lanín.

Enjoy the stunning scenery in the first half of the ride while you warm up for the real challenge, the 9-mile climb up to the border of Argentina via Mamuil-Mamal Pass. Your final ascent will reward you with breathtaking views of the famous Araucaria tree, Lago Quilleihue and the majestic Volcán Lanín, a dormant stratovolcano straddling the border of Argentina and Chile. Pucón is a town in central Chile’s Lake District, lying on Lake Villarrica overlooked by the snow-capped Villarrica volcano. An adventure tourism hub, it’s renowned for access to hiking trails, water sports, white-water rafting and kayaking as well as skiing and snowboarding. The surrounding terrain ranges from lakeside beaches to temperate rainforest. Natural hot springs are found in nearby forested valleys.

What you need to know

RIDE DETAILS
The ascent to the Argentine border is just over 9 miles long with an average grade of 6%. However, you will see grades of up to 13% along the way. Bring plenty of water and food for the climb as there are no reliable sources of supplies along the way. Unless you are legitimately traveling through the border and plan to stay in Argentina, do not attempt to cross the border. This could result in a sticky situation unless you have all the pertinent paperwork.

WEATHER
Weather can change rapidly and can be much colder at the top of the climb. Be prepared and bring layers, even if it seems warm when you start your ride, climbing 3500ft to the top of a mountain always warrants dramatic weather. Wind can be fierce near the top of the climb where it is more exposed. We recommend to use extreme caution when descending from the border as the wind can blow you right off the bike. Keep your areo bikes and deep dish wheels at home!

FUEL
Bathrooms can be found in the border control building just inside the entrance and are free of charge.

While you’re in town

Pucón is home to many beautiful shops with local jewelry, art, clothing, and other wares. You can also find outdoor clothing and gear shops such as Patagonia and Jack Wolfskin for your outdoor adventure needs.Stay at Hotel Antumalal on the outskirts of Pucón for quietude and spectacular views of Lago Villarrica. For a more local stay within walking distance to shops and restaurants, stay at Hotel Casa Solaria.

If more adventure and a test of fitness is your style, consider a guided hike to the top of the Villarrica Volcano. There are many outfitters in the town of Pucón that offer the hike.

Explore the region’s numerous natural hot springs, or “termas” in Spanish. Most are located within a short drive from Pucón.

Ready for this ride?

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer:

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined:

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

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Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

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Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself