Freeride mountain biking (some lift access) with sick riders from Argentina. Get pointers to better your technique on the downhill. On most days, ascent is required. On others, take lifts or 4WD vehicles to the top of the mountain. Ride Cerro Catedral (Bariloche, Argentina) and neighboring summits. In the evening, tour the nightlife of Bariloche, Argentina - the center of Patagonia. Stay in the middle of Bariloche at an ATAC Patagonia apartment. Bring your own bike or rent one of ours. Santa Cruz and Zenith rides available.
Transportation, guides, lunches and some dinners are included in trip price.
Arrival to Bariloche, Argentina - the Capital of Patagonia:
Arrive to Bariloche (BRC) international airport via Buenos Aires, Argentina. An ATAC representative will meet you at the airport and take you to an ATAC Patagonia apartment in the middle of Bariloche, Argentina. If you bring your own freeride mountain bike, we can help you build it up from the box. In the evening, meet the rest of the riders and head to Alberto’s pasta house for a welcome dinner.
Starting the day early, load up the ATAC Patagonia 4wd and head up to Catedral ski resort – 20 minutes from the center of Bariloche. Relying on the chairlifts for the majority of the ascents, mountain bike all sides of the mountain on descents with views overlooking the town of Bariloche, Argentina and Lago Nahuel Huapi. All of this in the heart of Patagonia. In the late afternoon, and ending the day of riding, load the vehicle up and head to Cerveceria La Cruz for a micro-brew and a snack. In the evening, relax at the ATAC Patagonia apartment or head into town for a night out in Bariloche.
In the morning, we head back to the base of Catedral ski resort for a demanding and technical mountain bike ascent to Refugio Frey set on Lago Negro, Patagonia. On route, pass through Lenga forests until tree line. After 3 hours, pedal to the refugio for a snack and swim in the lake. Spend the rest of the afternoon descending mountain bike technical trail. In the late afternoon, head down the coast of Nahuel Huapi (by van) to the Cerveceria Blest – a famous brewery in Patagonia.
Sleep in… In the late morning, bike 10 km from the ATAC Patagonia apartment in Bariloche to the top of Cerro Otto. Mountain bike ride about 15 minutes down the road to reach el Refugio Arelauquen where a prepared lunch will be waiting. After lunch, ride a mountain bike singletrack on a descent back to town. For those who still have energy, head back up for another loop via a gondola, riding different trails back down. As many laps as required to tire out the entire crew. It is up to you.
Villa La Angostura:
Taking the ferry from Bariloche, head across Lago Nahuel Huapi, Argentina, past Isla Victoria to the peninsula of Los Arrayanes. From there, mountain bike ride singletrack (easy – almost no hills) to Villa La Angostura. Get a ride to the local ski hill, Cerro Bayo, for some downhilling. After a few runs, have dinner in town. In the evening, return to Bariloche, Argentina via the ATAC Patagonia van. Go out if you want to, but if you have been going out every night, consider a night in…
Cerro Lopez, Argentina:
In the morning, load up the ATAC Patagonia van and head to the Llao Llao Peninsula. Ride a 2 hour fireroad to the Refugio Lopez, nessled in a huge granite bowl overlooking Nahuel Huapi lake. After a tea and lunch, head down the wicked singletrack to Colonia Suiza. In the late afternoon, head to a restaurant above Playa Bonita for a beer and snack. Later, head back to the ATAC Patagonia apartment in Bariloche.
Departing early in the morning, head out to Pampa Linda in Argentina’s Nahuel Huapi National Park. (1.5 hour drive). Upon arrival, we will ascend along fireroads to Refugio Otto Meiling (4 hours) with bikes. This ride has the best views of the whole trip. See glaciers, ice fall and sick singletrack on the downhill.
Arrive late in the evening to Bariloche. Go out for a farewell dinner at Alberto’s steak house.
Departing in the afternoon, catch a flight from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, Argentina and then back home.
We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this
itinerary is subject to change. All itineraries can be customized.
(may differ slightly from the one online.)
A US$500 deposit per person and completed reservation forms are required to make a reservation.
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Incline Village, NV 89450
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Some notes about reservations:
Trip Cost Inclusions and Exclusions. The cost of the mountain bike freeride tour in Bariloche, Argentina, Patagonia includes:
accommodations, food (up to 10 meals), equipment, transportation,
and guides. The mountain biking freeride tour price does not include: airfare
and travel expenses to and from Bariloche, Argentina; government tourist taxes; additional meals;
alcoholic beverages with some dinner(s); optional activities; and
individual costs not provided to the rest of the clients.
Trip Cost, Deposit & Cancellation. The full balance of the trip
cost is due 60 days before the trip departure date. If this balance
is not paid 60 days prior to departure, ATAC reserves the right
to cancel the client’s reservation. If a reservation is made
less than 60 days prior to departure, the full balance of the trip
is due at that time. A client’s cancellation is effective
on the date ATAC receives written notice of the cancellation. $200.00
of each deposit is nonrefundable, regardless of when cancellation
notice is given. If cancellation notice is received over 120 days
before departure, a trip cost payment and $300 of the deposit will
be refunded; if received 90 days before departure, a trip cost payment
and $200 of the deposit will be refunded; if received 60 days before
departure, a trip cost payment and $100 of the deposit will be refunded;
if received 30 days before departure, one-half of the trip cost
will be refunded; and if received less than 30 days, there will
be no refund. Note: ATAC recommends that all clients purchase traveler’s
insurance and can help clients locate an agent. If a client is prevented
from traveling due to serious illness, death in the immediate family
or a similar catastrophe, at ATAC’s sole discretion, the client
may transfer to another trip or locate another qualified individual
to take client’s space subject to the replacement client executing
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departure on the condition that 100% of the trip cost payment and
deposit be returned to the client. ATAC may cancel a trip within
30 days of departure for reasons of force majeure, unusual or unforeseen
circumstances outside the company's control. When a trip is canceled
by ATAC, the client may choose between a full refund of all monies
paid and any alternative trip with open reservation space offered
by ATAC, subject to an adjustment for any difference in costs.
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