Posted by: paulgilders | April 1, 2012

The Three Lakes Crossing

Our plan was always to return back to Chile from Argentina, but we had initially thought we would cross further north and ride over a major pass. However, other cyclists warned us of the continued effects of ash from the Puyahue Volcano which mean dust in dry weather and slippery roads in the wet. We therefore decided to cross back to Chile further south via the “Three Lakes” route. This basically means taking the bikes on boats for three lake crossings and then cycling the sections in between. It has to be the easiest crossing of the Andes, but one of the most beautiful. The lakes were Lago Nahuel Huapi (Argentina), Lago Frias (Argentina) and Lago Todos Los Santos (Chile). We spread the trip over 2 days, staying at Peulla on the Chilean side after the first day. The trip was truly incredible.

Lago Nahuel Huapi

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Lago Frias

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Riding the pass

After Lago Frias we climbed (mostly pushed) over the pass separating Argentina from Chile

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We then descended rapidly on rough roads. On the way down we had great views of the Tronador volcano sitting high at 3500m. It was then a slow flat slog along the valley road to Peulla.

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Peulla

Here is our campground at Peulla – it was free. We were able to use the hotel toilets.

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Lago Todos Los Santos

During the second day we transitioned to see the Chilean Volcanos – in particular The Puntiaguado volcano (the pointy one) and the Osorno volcano (the domey one).

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We arrived at our destination “Petrahue” late in the afternoon and were the sole campers on the beachside campsite underneath the Osorno volcano.

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