Mountain Biking & Touring
Mountain biking in the Futaleufú region is based our around the road system and a number of well-developed trails that connect the roads and La Gringa Carioca Hostal is situated central to them.
In the summer it is common to see cyclists from all over the world in the village. Most are making a trip down Chile’s famous Carretera Austral (Southern Highway) with Futaleufú serving as the northernmost “trailhead” of their expedition.
Futaleufú also hosts an annual mountain bike race called Ruta de los Valles that takes place on one of our most popular mountain bike circuits in the valley. It is a well-attended event, with cyclists coming from all over the world to participate.
The race website is here: Ruta de los Valles
There is very little single track in the area because of the rapid growth of the vegetation that quickly reclaims trails. Most of the trails that do exist are commonly used to move livestock throughout the valley. However the road system is still completely gravel and not well travelled making for spectacular cycling. Also, when it is raining in Chile, the Argentine side is usually dry providing an easy accessible alternate route for cyclists heading South.
Bike rental is available in the town of Futaleufú.
Rides from La Gringa Carioca Hostel
Argentina Border Ride (20 km)
This out-and-back ride is a great ride for families along the flat recently paved road to the Argentine border. Great scenery and views in both directions await.
Espolon Valley Circuit (22 km)
This ride follows the north bank of the Espolon River to a swinging bridge in the Valle Bonita sector. After crossing the bridge head back to town on the main road (Route 231). If you are willing to do a little hiking, have lunch on the viewing platform at the Devil’s Throat, a spectacular 200ft high cataract where the waters of Espolon Lake enter the Espolon River.
Ruta de los Valles (25.5 km)
This mountain biking follows the course of the annual race. It takes you down the Upper Futaleufú River Valley, crosses over an old swinging bridge in the Las Escalas Valley and then back to town from the other side of the river along Route 231. The beginning of the ride follows the famous class V Infierno Canyon section of the Futaleufú River.
Azul Valley Loop (48 km)
This ride follows the north bank of the Espolon River to a swinging bridge in the Valle Bonita sector. After crossing the bridge head south along Lago Lonconao and take route W-905 at about the 18 km mark heading off to the west. The road will drop into the Azul Valley, cross a swinging bridge over the Azul River and follow the road south east back to Route 231. Return to Futaleufú on Route 231.