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Explore Northern Patagonia’s gravel trails by bike before trekking through beautiful rock towers and snow-capped peaks in Southern Patagonia.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cycle the gravel roads of the famous Carretera Austral in northern Patagonia

  • Visit a craft distillery using local Patagonia herbs and ride the rolling hills of Chiloé Island

  • Spend three days trekking in Patagonia's famous Torres del Paine National Park

  • Explore the massive and beautiful Grey Glacier

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

IN COLLABORATION WITH:

Interested in the cycling portion only? Learn more here.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Varas
Day 2: Bike to Hornopiren
Day 3: Bike the Carretera Austral
Day 4: Bike the Carretera Austral to Chaitén
Day 5: Bike through Chiloé Island
Day 6: Bike the coast to Ancud
Day 7: Distillery tour and bike back to Puerto Varas
Day 8: Fly to Puerto Natales in Southern Patagonia
Day 9: Trek to the Base of the Towers  
Day 10: French Valley day hike
Day 11: Grey Glacier day hike to Puerto Natales
Day 12: International departures home

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Chile. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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My wife and I did a Patagonia trip with OneSeed and it was by far the best guided experience we’ve ever had. You have to do this trip! Our guide, Roberto, was phenomenal. OneSeed’s commitment to only hiring local guides native to the area makes all the difference.
— Jeff P.
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OneSeed was INCREDIBLE. I traveled to Patagonia, Chile this past November and the accommodations, food, guides, and trek truly exceeded my expectations. The company took care of all the planning for transportation and stays so it was great to not have to worry over all the details.
— Sara J.
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Chile is hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. It’s stacked in cultural beauty and views that you can’t get out of your mind. The trip leaders made the whole experience run smoothly and had all the local beta, history, and stories of the area and people. Hands down the best part was riding bikes through the Tompkins Reserve.
— Luke H.

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Day 1:  PUERTO VARAS

Welcome to Chile! The jumping off point for northern Patagonia, Puerto Varas is chock-full of mountains, beautiful coastline, and volcanoes. A OneSeed staff member will pick you up at the airport and take you to your lodge. A welcome dinner and orientation over your first (of many) Chilean beers to start.

Inclusions: airport shuttle; accommodations; welcome dinner

 
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Day 2:  Puerto Varas to Hornopiren

Begin your journey along the famous Carretera Austral, one of the longest unpaved roads in the world. Today’s ride includes incredible scenery with the ocean to the west and lush subtropical forest to the east. After the first of a series of ferry rides, take off from the bow of the boat on the bikes and end the ride at some very welcome hot springs.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 3:  Hornopiren to Chaitén

From one frontier town to the next, we start the day with an incredible 3.5-hour ferry ride through the dramatic fjords this region is known for. Hop back on your bike for more time riding along the Carretera Austral en route to Chaitén. Cycle through Conservación Patagónica, one of the world’s newest and largest National Parks systems.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 4:  Chaitén

Spend another day cycling along the iconic Carretera Austral. Explore nearby hanging glaciers and fill up on fresh seafood to fuel your ride. Prepare to leave mainland Chile for the island of Chiloé the following day.

Inclusions: breakfast; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 5:  Chaitén to Cucao (Chiloe Island)

Another water crossing today takes you to the fabled island of Chiloé. For many Chileans, this is the heart of Patagonia culture and lore. A beautiful island of rolling hills dotted with flowers and miles of fantastic riding. This is the longest day of cycling. We end at the small fishing village of Cucao where a wood-fired hot tub soak overlooking the water awaits.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 6: Cucao to Ancud (Chiloe Island)

After a shuttle to the northwest corner of the island, we start the day by exploring a penguin colony teeming with wildlife. Riding straight from the beach, we finish at a lighthouse with a cold beer overlooking the island’s raw coastline. Gorgeous sunset from our cabins to end the day.

Inclusions: breakfast; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 7: Ancud (Chiloe Island) TO Puerto Varas

Visit a local distillery where Patagonia’s first spirit is being crafted using only local ingredients. After a tour and a sample, ride from the German-influenced town of Frutillar along one of Chile’s largest lakes en route back to Puerto Varas with snow-capped volcanoes on the horizon. Enjoy a celebration dinner to end the cycling portion of the trip.

Inclusions: breakfast; bikes; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 8: Puerto Varas to PUERTO NATALES

Depending on what time your departing flight is, we’ll try to get you a hearty breakfast before a day of traveling. Arrive in Puerto Natales and meet your local guide at the airport. Take a shuttle to the B&B then explore the quaint town of Puerto Natales.

Inclusions: breakfast; domestic flight, airport pickup in Puerto Natales

 
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Day 9: Puerto Natales TO Paine Grande

After breakfast, head to Torres del Paine National Park to begin your trek. Hike with daypacks as you ascend through a rocky terrain cut by pristine glacial rivers. Gain two thousand feet in elevation as you climb through a beautiful lenga forest to the base of the towers. Another short climb will put you meters from the towers and the emerald lake that sits at their base. Return the way you came and catch a bus to Pudeto Pier where you’ll take the 6:00pm catamaran to your campground or refugio for the night.

Peak Altitude: 2,870 ft (875m)

Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; park entry fees; catamaran; accommodations

 
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Day 10: hike to French Valley > back to Paine Grande

Hike through forest and marshland towards the Italian Campsite where you’ll begin your ascent into the French Valley. Enjoy views of Cerro Hoja and Cerro Máscara, two of the famous horned peaks. When you arrive to the Britain Lookout at the end of the valley, you’ll have 360 views of mountains, lakes and glaciers. Hike back to your campground or refugio and enjoy a well-deserved dinner and treat yourself to some Chilean wine!

Peak Altitude: 2,495 ft (760m)

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (15 km) / 7-8 hours roundtrip of trekking to the Italian Campsite. *additional 3.2 miles (5km) if you choose to hike all the way into the French Valley.

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; accommodations

 
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Day 11: Grey Glacier Day Hike > Travel to Puerto Natales

Spend the day hiking along several lakes towards the Grey Glacier overlook. Enjoy panoramic views of the impressive ice field covering the west end of the park. Hike back to Refugio Paine Grande for the 6:30 pm catamaran across Pehoe Lake, then take a bus back to Puerto Natales.

Peak Altitude: 820 ft (250m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7 miles (11.3 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast / lunch / dinner; catamaran & bus; accommodations

 
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Day 12: PUERTO NATALES to Puerto Montt

Choose to depart for home on your own from Punta Arenas or opt for a flight back to Puerto Montt if your international departure is there. OneSeed will cover the domestic flight back to Puerto Montt.

Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle; domestic flight back to Puerto Montt


NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • snacks during trek (there is plenty of food provided and you can purchase snacks at your lodge)

  • some lunches and dinners

  • single supplement for individual rooms ($300)

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date

  • domestic flights within in Chile

  • airport transfers on Day 1, Day 8, and Day 12

  • 7 nights of lodges and B&Bs in northern Patagonia

  • 2 nights accommodation in Puerto Natales

  • 2 nights camping accommodations OR in refugios (shared rooms & bathrooms)

  • bilingual local guide team, including a mechanic to keep your bike rolling smoothly

  • meals as specified in itinerary details

  • all ferry and catamaran rides

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • farewell dinner

  • all ground transportation in Chile

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Puerto Natales during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Puerto Varas and Torres del Paine National Park.

Packing System: The cycling portion includes a support van to carry your gear. The trekking expedition does not include porters. You are responsible for carrying all of your personal gear in your own pack during the trek.

 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Chile.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Chile here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Santiago - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Backpack (for carrying your gear)

  • Small lightweight backpack (for day hikes; see example here)

  • Down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)

  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Rain pants

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Waterproof medium-weight gloves

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals (for walking around the lodges in the evening)

  • Day pack – should be light and easy to stuff in main pack when not in use

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine (showers are available during the trek)

  • Sleeping bag with 40°F rating

  • Pack cover

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Documents and Logistics

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Cycling Gear

  • Cycling shorts (2-3) - padded chamois liners also a good option since you can wear any riding shorts over the top

  • Lightweight top or cycling jersey (2-3)
    Helmet (required) & water bottles x 2 - if necessary, we do have a limited selection available if given prior notice

  • Sunglasses & hat

  • Sunscreen - light removable arm sleeves also work well

  • Casual clothes

  • Toiletries & meds

  • Light warm top & light rain jacket

  • Separate daypack - this will stay on the support vehicle and be accessible

  • Bike accessories - if you prefer, bring your own saddle, pedals, grips, etc.

Other (optional)

  • Chamois cream - helps prevent saddle sores

  • Reading material for the trail

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Chile (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Camera

  • Trekking poles (must fit inside pack for domestic flight)

  • Synthetic shorts

  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)

  • Energy/protein bars (especially for vegetarians as non-meat sources of protein are scarce)

  • Outlet adapter

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables


Puerto Varas Weather

BIKING - CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

The warmer season lasts from December to March, with an average daily high above 64°F. The cool season lasts from May to September with high precipitation and freezing temps.

While November to March are more ideal weather windows, Chile’s weather can be unpredictable. Expect sun, rain, grey, and bluebird skies during your cycling adventure.


Trekking - CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

The best time to travel to Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months in Chile, November to March. During this season, the highs fluctuate around 60ºF and the lows can drop down below 40ºF.

The park is infamous for its strong winds that can blow up to 80 mph. Expect to encounter sun, rain, and wind all in one trip.

TORRES DEL PAINE WEATHER


TREKKING ELEVATION - TORRES DEL PAINE

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Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

  • If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days, but you will need a Tourist Card (free upon arrival). Please keep your passport and tourist card with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Check the latest Chile entrance requirements on the US Embassy website.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

The water along the trail is safe to drink, whether that's straight from the tap or off a glacier.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast at the refugios may include eggs, fruit, cereal, lunch meat, cheese, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Lunch is usually a sandwich made by your guide, fruit, snack bars, and some chocolate. Dinner may include meals like chicken with mashed potatoes, pasta, beef and rice, salad, soup, etc.
  • While extra snacks are not included, you will have plenty of food during the trek. Travelers also have the option of purchasing snacks at the refugios, so having extra cash on hand is helpful. We do recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email info@oneseedexpeditions.com.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

  • On the trail, you will be sleeping in refugios which are basic mountain lodges with shared mixed gender dorm-style bunk beds and shared bathroom facilities. Refugios are simple but comfortable spots to rest your head and even have a glass of wine after a long day of trekking. Some offer bedding while others do not, which is why we still recommend bringing a 40+ degree sleeping bag.

How many people will be on my expedition?

  • We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition.
  • We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.
  • If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.
  • All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

WHAT BIKES WILL WE BE RIDING?

  • Everyone will be riding the Cannondale Trail 3 Hardtail MTB (29er)
  • These hardtail mountain bikes with big 29″ tires work really well, both on the gravel roads as well as the occasional paved surface. Don’t want to use the rental bike? No worries, bring your own and we’ll take $200 off the total cost of the trip.
  • Riders with a strong preference are encouraged to bring their own saddle, grips, pedals, and cycling shoes. Riders are required to bring their own cycling water bottles and helmet. We can provide these if necessary but have limited options and will need to know in advance.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

  • You are responsible for carrying your backpack during the entirety of your trip. Some days you will be able to leave your large pack at the refugio and only carry a daypack if you are returning to that refugio.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

  • You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Puerto Natales. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.
  • Please keep in mind you are only allowed one carry-on (17.5 lb limit) and one checked back (50 lb limit) for your domestic flight from Santiago to Patagonia. Carry on must be within 21.5 x 13.5 x 10 inches.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

  • While the elevation is not much of a factor on this trip, daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-10 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Patagonia is recommended.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

  • The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 3,608 ft. Trekking at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

  • Weather in Patagonia is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a slightly more comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain or snow. It never hurts to prep for both!
  • Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Torres del Paine National Park.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

  • We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

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