A motorcycle trip to the end of the world: to the most southern place on earth that you can reach by motorcycle. Patagonia is not only known for its magnificent nature, but also because its nature is particularly diverse.
|- Prices for 2020 -|
|surcharge for single occupancy||€895.00|
|- Prices for 2021 -|
|surcharge for single occupancy||€895.00|
|Transfers Airport Temuco & Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas - Hotel and back|
|17 hotel nights|
|Rental motorcycle incl. liability insurance|
|Multilingual (Dutch/German/English/Spanish) travel companion on the motorcycle|
|Escort vehicle and luggage transport|
|Travel security note|
|Visa (free on arrival)|
|Scheduled flight Germany - Temuco / Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas - Germany|
|Arrival Puerto Natales|
|wining and dining|
|Pocket money: 750 Euro (This amount is an indication how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drinks, souvenirs, optional excursions and petrol).|
|Minimum number of participants: 8|
|Maximum number of participants: 12|
|Maximum number of passengers: 2|
|For the motorcycle tour in Patagonia we take Honda CB 500 X cc or equivalent motorcycles.|
|Level of difficulty of the travelers:|
|A combination of three factors can make this journey considerably more difficult. First, the distances are longer than on other trips. Secondly, about 20% of the routes are on unpaved roads. And thirdly, there is the strong cross wind in the extreme south. This trip is actually only for experienced drivers who have proven that they are not afraid of long gravel roads. In addition, all factors together make the trip physically demanding, so a good physical condition is required.|
|About 20% of the route we ride on unpaved roads. They are mostly well-travelled gravel roads, so it is not very difficult. But you have to be careful in the curves and in the central reservation. As the unpaved roads are flat and well-traveled, it is difficult to prepare. In a basic training for off-road you learn the basic techniques of off-road driving. You will learn how to drive through pits, mud and over steep hills. None of this happens in Patagonia. But it's good to take part in a training session beforehand to find out whether off-road driving suits you. It would be a pity if you notice on the way that you don't like long driving on unpaved roads. This can take all the fun out of the trip. On the other hand, the infinite distances offer other participants the opportunity to drive too fast. It goes without saying that this is very dangerous. The tour guide will not allow it. The distances are very large on some days. Especially Argentina is a vast empty country where the accommodation possibilities are far apart.|
|Actually we ride through two different climate zones. Along the Carretera Austral in Chile there is a rainy maritime climate. One drives pieces here through subtropical rain forest, the view of rain is very big here. On the other side of the Andes lie the vast, withered pampas fields. It almost never rains here. In the south, on Tierra del Fuego, it can get very cold. We are then finally only 600 km away from the South Pole. It is also a plateau and therefore extra cold in the evening. So prepare yourself for different weather conditions. A good motorcycle suit, preferably waterproof, is certainly recommended.|
|Obligatory are a helmet, a warm motorcycle jacket, good gloves, good, firm motorcycle trousers and firm, high (mountain) shoes or boots. Because of the large temperature differences it can be practical to wear a motorcycle jacket with removable lining. In colder areas you can wear thermal underwear for example. Make sure you wear good gloves (no summer gloves!). Furthermore, a good pair of sunglasses is useful and a helmet with a visor that protects against the dust. If your motorcycle clothing is not waterproof, you should also bring a rain suit.|
|For both Chile and Argentina it is not necessary to arrange a visa in advance. In Chile, a "Tarjeta de Turismo" (tourist card) is issued free of charge upon entry at the border. You need a passport with at least 6 months validity.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
For more than two weeks we ride through the beautiful dark green rainforest, along the mostly remote pampas fields. We ride over the magnificent Carretera Austral in Chile and over the infinite Ruta 40 in Argentina. Along countless azure lakes and the mighty snow-covered mountain peaks of the Andes, which run like a red thread through this journey. We make a day trip to the National Park Torres del Paine and see the impressive Perito Moreno glaciers up close. So we reach Ushuaia on the southern point of Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world: The end of the world. We explore Tierra del Fuego and finish the tour in Puerto Natales.
DAY 1 DEPARTURE GERMANY (FLIGHT EXCLUSIVE)
The flights are exclusive but can be reserved through us.
The domestic flights in Chile are not really punctual, sometimes even flights are cancelled completely. It's better to plan an extra day.
DAY 2 ARRIVAL - TEMUCO/VILLARIRCA - CHILE
Arrival in Temuco in Chile and 80Km transfer to Villarrica, the starting point of our motorcycle tour. Villarrica is a splendid place and is situated on the lake, in the vicinity are two national parks. In the afternoon you will get to know your motorbike and get all the information you need about riding and travelling.
DAY 3 TEMUCO - JUNE DE LOS ANDES - ARGENTINA
Today we leave Chile via a beautiful partly paved route over the Andes mountains. We follow the river Melipueco and see some small villages. Over its entire length, the border between Chile and Argentina is formed by the Andes Mountains. That means long pieces of no man's land. We follow a beautiful high pass and come to the Argentine part of the border. The border area is characterized by many native snake firs. In Argentina we follow the road parallel to the Rio Malleo and arrive in Junin de los Andes in the north of Patagonia.
DAY 4 JUNE DE LOS ANDES - SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE - ARGENTINA
Via Ruta 40 we follow the Andes mountains in southern direction. You will enjoy the ride from the magnificent view of the majestic mountains. We pass the tourist village Villa La Angostura. The Dutch Queen Maxima owns 2 parcels of land in Villa La Angostura, her brother Martin has a restaurant there. It is still about 80 km to San Carlos de Bariloche. The city is located in the heart of the National Nahuel Huapi Park and on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche is also called the Argentine Switzerland.
DAY 5 - SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE - ESQUEL - ARGENTINA
We're still in the Argentinian part of the lake district. In the morning you will be able to see one or more lakes almost all the time. We follow route 258 and El Bolson is the first place where we arrive after 130 km of pure nature. This place is known for its regular UFO sighting. Also this place is very nature-conscious and one finds here, in contrast to the rest of Patagonia, many vegetarian and biological restaurants. We'll stay here for lunch. Not much further we leave the big road and ride along a dirt road into the national park 'Los Alerces'. Here you will see more beautiful lakes this afternoon than you can count on one hand. The last 30 km after Esquel we ride again on paved roads.
DAY 6 - ESQUEL - PUYUHUAPI - CHILE
Early in the morning we continue our tour to the south. Before we arrive at the Chilean border, we still arrive in the small place Trevelin. The largest Welsh community in Argentina lives here and you can see that. Everywhere a dragon is depicted and the green-white colours of the Welsh flag can be found. The road will be unpaved here and it will remain that way for the time being. Over a beautiful stretch we reach the border. It is a small border post consisting of a small house and a border post. A little further is the Chilean post, which seems much bigger. In Futaleufu we take a short break and prepare ourselves for the beautiful trip that is coming this afternoon. The rest of the day we ride on the Carretera Austral and you won't get tired of all the beautiful and magnificent nature on this route. After every bend a new lake, a waterfall or a river awaits us. Then there is also an almost constant view of the white peaks of the Andes. But it's deserted here. The only road users you may encounter are shepherds on horses with an entire herd of cows or sheep behind them. We spend the night in the village of Puyuhuapi. A lot of Germans have come to this area.
DAY 7 - PUYUHUAPI - COIHAIQUE - CHILE
The area today will be even more beautiful than yesterday. It is the second part of the impressive Carretera Austral through the beautiful dark green rainforest with its countless lakes and rivers. This is The Best Off of Northern Patagonia. We ride through two national parks: NP Queulat and Lago Las Torres. We ride slowly and stop more often to take pictures. So we can optimally enjoy all the beauty around us. In Coihaique we stay overnight in a hotel in the center.
DAY 8 - COIHAIQUE - PUERTO GUADAL - CHILE
We continue south on the unpaved Highway 7 and arrive in the province of Carrera. This is an abandoned area with only one path and this beautiful path leads us along the shore of the azure blue Lagos Buenos Aires. Half of the lake is located in neighbouring Argentina. From the southern point of the lake it is still a little bit to ride to Puerto Guadal.
DAY 9 - PUERTO GUADAL - REST DAY
Puerto Guadal is a village of about 500 inhabitants. The inhabitants of Puerto Guadal live mainly from agriculture and tourism. There are several attractions in the vicinity of the village which are easily accessible due to the location on the Carretera Austral. These include an abandoned copper mine, a waterfall and marble caves. We stay in a beautiful hotel by the lake.
DAY 10 - PUERTO GUADAL - GOBENAR GREGORES - ARGENTINA
Today we have a long route to take. A beautiful dirt road leads us along the shore of the beautiful lake Gral Carrera. We cross the border into Argentina. We are now on the other side of the Andes in Patagonia, Argentina. Due to the effect of the Andes, this area is much drier than Chile on the west side. Suddenly you're in a completely different world. Perito Moreno is the first place we arrive. Here we refuel and get some provisions, because it will also be the last place for the time being. A long day through one of the most remote areas of the country follows. It is the most abandoned part of the Ruta 40. This Argentinean equivalent of the Ruta 66 runs from the Bolivian border in the north to Tierra del Fuego in the south. Of these more than 4600 km the largest part is still unpaved, among which also our today's 400 km. It is a great experience to ride in this emptiness. The only life around you are the Nandus (a kind of ostrich bird) and the Guanakos (a kind of Lama). The low yellowish withered grass around one completes the prairie feeling.
DAY 11 - GOBERNADOR GREGORES - EL CALAFATE - ARGENTINA
The second part of our journey through total abandonment, through infinite paths. We first take the somewhat narrower Ruta 29 and come back to the famous Ruta 40. So we get to a perhaps even more deserted part than yesterday. We stop at the vital gas station in the small village of Tres Lagos and follow the Ruta 40. We pass the east side of Lake Viedma and the largest lake of Argentina Lago Argentino. The last 30 km to El Calafate are fortified. El Calafate is a place where many tourists come and this is also clearly visible. Suddenly, one again has the choice of several restaurants and there are also souvenir shops again. They're all coming for the glacier.
DAY 12 -EL CALAFATE DAY TOUR GLACIER PERITO MORENO - ARGENTINA
The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the two glaciers on earth that are still shifting. The gigantic ice mass is 30 km long and a few km wide and moves two metres into the lake every day. And you can hear that. Already from a distance you can hear the mighty crunching and boiling of millions of kilos and the echo of it in the mountains. But only if you stand close to it you get a really good picture of the giant. Ice pieces weighing several hundred kilos fall into the water in front of you with great force. However, it is only allowed to approach the glacier at a distance of one kilometre due to the danger of ice jumping around. This spectacle will make a big impression on you.
DAY 13 - EL CALAFATE - CERRO SOMBRERO - CHILE
To Tierra del Fuego! And beware, it can be windy out here. We're getting more and more southerly and you can tell that not only by the temperature. The landscape is also changing. We cross by ferry to reach the island of Tierra del Fuego and spend the night in the small village of Cerro Sombrero.
DAY 14 - CERRO SOMBRERO - USHUAIA - ARGENTINA
Half of the island Tierra del Fuego is Chilean and that's where we are now. Just as the south of Chile can only be reached via Argentine roads, the Argentine part of Tierra del Fuego can only be reached via Chilean roads. And here is our goal: The southernmost city on earth, the end of the world. We've got about 400 km to go. We pass by the beautiful Lago Fagnano and will withstand the constant wind on this side of the island. The branches of the trees here all point in the same direction. They are shaped by the wind. The village of Ushuaia is beautifully situated between the snow-capped peaks of Tierra del Fuego. You have now arrived in the southernmost city in the world, which can be reached by roads. It lies on the 55th latitude and is only 1000 km away from Antarctica as the crow flies.
DAY 15 - USHUAIA - REST DAY - ARGENTINA
You can use this day to explore the charming place, photograph the colorful cottages or get to know the friendly inhabitants. There is also the possibility to go by boat to Puerto Williams. This place is a little more to the south. Even more south than Puerto Williams you really can't get. On the way you can see penguins and sea lions.
DAY 16 - USHUAIA - PORVENIR
It's a long riding day today. We leave early to return to Lago Fagnano, defy the strong wind and cross the border to Chile. Povernir is the largest city in the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego. The landscape is rough, with lakes, rivers, glaciers and icy mountains. The rivers are full of trout, salmon and a beaver here and there. Penguins and sea lions can also be seen on the rocky cliffs.
DAY 17 - PORVENIR - PUERTO NATALES
We cross with the ferry to Punto Arenas and leave the island Tierra del Fuego. Between the yellow grasses there are now groups of trees everywhere. Most of them have no leaves, but their large number of branches gives the landscape an interesting atmosphere.
DAY 18 - PUERTO NATALES - DAY TOUR NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL PAINE
Similar to the Los Glaciers Park, which we visited from El Chalten, is the Torres del Pain National Park. The splendour of nature is just as impressive here. We ride into the park early in the morning and take an optional short walk. It is also possible to make a tour through the park. In any case it is a beautiful conclusion of this impressive journey through unforgettable nature. Back in Puerto Natalis
DAY 19 -PUERTO NATALES - END OF JOURNEY - DEPARTURE
You get a transfer to the airport in Puerto Natales for the flight to Santiago de Chile. It is possible to extend the trip with additional nights in Santiago de Chile. The flights are exclusive but can be reserved through us.
DAY 20 - ARRIVAL GERMANY
"Changes to the route can be adapted to the current conditions on site".
* This trip is offered in two directions. From Temuco/Villarrica via Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (from north to south) and the other way round (south-north).