We’re traversing the Andes from Bariloche, Argentina to Petrohué, Chile by boat. Well mostly by boat, with a little biking. Three ferries will take us across Lago Nahuel Huapi, Laguna Frias, and Lago Todos los Santos, and we’ll bike the short distances in-between the lakes. For a map of the route, click here.
We had difficulty finding information about making this crossing with bicycles, so if you found this page for planning purposes, here’s the dirt:
Turisur is the company that does the crossing. Buy the ticket at their office in Bariloche (address: Mitre 219). The advertised price is USD $280, however if traveling by bicycle the price is $98. They accept US dollars and Argentine pesos, however they use the official government exchange rate. We paid in pesos bought on the Blue Market with a better exchange rate, therefore the ticket cost us $64/person. The ticket includes three ferry rides with a bicycle. These are passenger ferries, not for vehicle transport. The buses that transport the passengers over the road sections will transport panniers, however they will not carry bikes, so cyclists must ride the road sections. But really, you’ll want to ride, because the scenery is amazing, some of the best we’ve seen.
From Bariloche, ride 16 miles to Puerto Pañuelo to board the first ferry, crossing Lago Nahuel Huapi and arriving at Puerto Blest (1hr 40min). From Puerto Blest, ride 2 miles to Puerto Alegre, board the second ferry crossing Laguna Frias (30 min). Get stamped out of Argentina at Puerto Frias. The next leg is an 18 mile ride to Peulla, Chile. There is a steep 2 mile climb up from Laguna Frias to Paso Pérez Rosales at the Chilean border. Then it’s all downhill on gravel to Peulla. Get stamped into Chile at Peulla. From Peulla, board the third ferry crossing Lago Todos los Santos (1hr 45min), arriving in Petrohué.
It is possible to make the third ferry if you ride fast, however this stretch has spectacular scenery and it’d be unfortunate to have to rush. We elected to do the crossing in two days, taking the third ferry on the second day.
Ferry #1 crossing Lago Nahuel Huapi:
Ferry #2 crossing the emerald green waters of Laguna Frias:
Glaciers on Tronador: