Bike across the Andes: 10-day itinerary
Meet in London and fly overnight to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
Spend the morning enjoying all that Buenos Aires has to offer before taking a short flight to Bariloche, a beautiful city on the foothills of the Andes in the Patagonian Lake District.
Get set up with your bike and continue exploring Bariloche.
On your first full day of cycling you’ll ride alongside the crystal clear waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi, a stunning landscape dotted with mountain peaks and waterfalls. You finish the day in Villa La Angostura.
Climb the southern Andes to cross the border into Chile, where you will experience a lunar landscape as you move towards the summit. The afternoon leg of the trip takes you through Puyehue National Park, a natural beauty with volcanoes and thermal springs.
Cycle through Chile’s Lake District, including Lake Puyehue and Lake Rupanco. Spend the night and unwind in Puerto Octay.
Cycle along Lake Llanquihue, then part briefly with your bike to wander through the rainforest to find a 45-metre waterfall. Then spend the afternoon cycling to Ensenada.
Day 8 of the journey will take you to Petrohué Waterfalls, where turquoise blue water falls against volcanic lava rocks. You’ll then celebrate the end of your journey at Puerto Varas, Chile’s ‘City of Roses’.
Leave Puerto Varas to fly to Santiago, then transfer to an overnight flight back to London.
Arrive back in London.
How the sponsorship money you raise for your Andes bike ride could help women and girls living in poverty
Harriet, 14, lives in a village in the Upper West region of northern Ghana.
Before she got a bike from ActionAid, school was a three hour walk away. She would often have to get up in the dark to start her journey. She would arrive at school exhausted before the day had begun, so she would find it hard to concentrate and learn properly.
And the journey there and back was dangerous and frightening. Abducting teenage girls and forcing them into marriage is not uncommon in this region of northern Ghana, which is one of the most deprived in the country. Harriet was constantly on the alert, worried that men might chase her into the bush — especially in rainy season, when men often hide in the long grass and jump out and kidnap girls as they walk past — this has happened to friends of hers.
But now Harriet has her bike, she can cycle quickly and confidently, arriving on time for school and not in fear of abduction, and arriving safely home earlier too.
The sponsorship money you raise from your South American cycling adventure could help ActionAid to buy more bikes in Ghana to help girls like Harriet get to school safely — giving them a much better chance of finishing their education, instead of becoming child brides.
What’s included in this bike trip across the Andes?
- Food, water and snacks
- Airport transfers
- Experienced local guides
- Classic Challenge Tour Manager
- UK volunteer doctor
- Cycle mechanic
What’s not included
- Airport tax
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours
Ideas to help reach your fundraising target
Whether you’re a first timer or experienced at raising money, we can help you meet your fundraising target. Plus we’ll send you lots of resources to help promote your event — everything from balloons to posters.