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.
|per rider in shared twin/double room incl. Honda CB 500 X or equivalent||€5,995.00 $6,669.19 ?|
|per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room||€3,945.00 $4,388.65 ?|
|Single room supplement||€875.00 $973.40 ?|
|Surcharge Upgrade BMW F700GS||€925.00 $1,029.02 ?|
|Surcharge Upgrade BMW F800GS||€1,175.00 $1,307.14 ?|
|Surcharge Upgrade BMW R1200GS||€1,800.00 $2,002.42 ?|
|Surcharge Upgrade Honda CRF1000 Africa Twin||€1,190.00 $1,323.83 ?|
|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|
|Everything that is not listed under services|
|Visa (free on arrival)|
|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 riders 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 riding. You will learn how to ride 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 riding suits you. It would be a pity if you notice on the way that you don't like long riding on unpaved roads. This can take all the fun out of the trip. On the other hand, the infinite distances offer other participants the possibility to ride 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 rides 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.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
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 endless Ruta 40 in Argentina. Along countless azure-blue lakes and the mighty snow-capped peaks of the Andes, which run like a red thread through this journey. We make a day trip to the Torres del Paine National Park and see the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier up close. Thus 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 end the tour in Puerto Natales.
Day 1 Arrival Puerto Natales
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Puerto Na tales. Today or tomorrow you get to know your bike and get all the information you need about riding and travelling.
Day 2 - Puerto Natales - Day Tour Torres del Paine National Park
Similar to the Park Los Glaciers, which we looked for from El Chalten, is the Torres del Pain National Park. The splendour of nature is just as impressive here. We ride to the park early in the morning and take an optional short walk. It is also possible to take a tour through the park. In any case it is a nice start of this impressive journey through unforgettable nature. Back to Puerto Natales,
Day 3 - Puerto Natales - Porvenir
Off to Tierra del Fuego! And be careful. It can be windy out here. There are groups of trees everywhere between the yellow grasses. Most of them have no leaves, but their large number of branches gives the landscape an interesting atmosphere. We cross with the ferry from Punto Are nas and arrive on the island Tierra del Fuego.
Povernir is the largest city in the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego.
Day 4 - Porvenir - Ushuaia - Argentina
Today a long day of riding. We leave early and cross the border into Argentina. The landscape is rugged, with lakes, rivers, glaciers and icy mountains. The rivers are full of trout, salmon and here and there a beaver. Penguins and sea lions can also be seen on the rocky cliffs. We pass Lago Fagnano and continue on to our destination: the southernmost city on earth, the end of the world. The town of Ushuaia is beautifully situated between the snow-covered peaks of Tierra del Fuego. You have now arrived in the southernmost city in the world, which can be reached by road. It is located at 55th latitude and is only 1000 km away from Antarctica as the crow flies.
Day 5- Ushuaia - rest day
You can use this day to explore the charming place, take pictures of the colorful houses or meet the friendly locals. There is also the possibility to go by boat to Puerto Williams. This place is a little more to the south. You really can't get any further south than Puerto Williams. On the way you can see penguins and sea lions.
Day 6 - Ushuaia - Cerro Sombrero - Chile
Half of the island Tierra del Fuego is Argentinean and that is where we are now. Just as the south of Chile can only be reached by Argentinean roads, the Argentinean part of Tierra del Fuego can only be reached by Chilean roads. We pass the beautiful Lago Fagnano again and will withstand the wind that is always present on this side of the island. The branches of the trees here all point in the same direction. They are formed by the wind. We spend the night in the small village Cerro Som brero.
Day 7 - Cerro Sombrero - El Calafate - Argentina We are getting more and more northern and this is not only noticeable by the temperature. The landscape also changes. We make a crossing with the ferry to get off the island Tierra del Fuego. El Calafate is a place where many tourists come and this is clearly visible.
Suddenly, one has again the choice from several restaurants and there are also souvenir shops. They all come for the glacier.
Day 8 - 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 several km wide and shifts
...is to walk two meters into the lake every day. And you can hear that. Already from far away you can hear the mighty crunching and pushing of the millions of kilos and also the echo of it in the mountains. But only if you stand close to it you get a really good picture of the giant. With great force pieces of ice weighing several hundred kilos fall into the water in front of you. However, you may only approach the glacier at a distance of one kilometre, because of the danger of ice jumping around. This spectacle will leave a big impression on you.
Day 9 - El Calafate - Gobernador Gregores - - Argentina The first 30 km from El Calafate are paved. We pass the east side of the lake Lago Viedma and the biggest lake of Ar gentinien Lago Argentino and follow the Ruta 40, stopping at the vital gas station in the small village of Tres Lagos. We then take the somewhat narrower Ruta 29 and come back on the famous Ruta 40, which again leads us through total abandonment and endless paths.
Day 10 - Gobenar Gregores - Puerto Guadal - Chile
A long day through one of the most remote areas of the country follows. It is the most abandoned part of Ruta 40, the ar Gentine equivalent of Ruta 66, which 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, including
including our 400 km today. It is a great experience to ride in this emptiness. The only life around you are the nandus (a kind of ostrich) and the guanacos (a kind of lama). The low yellowish withered grass around you makes the prairie feeling complete, Perito Moreno is the place where we arrive, here we refuel. We cross the border into Chile. We are now on the other side of the Andes in the Chilean part. Due to the effect of the Andes, this area is not as dry as Argentina on the east side. All of a sudden you are in a completely different world. A beautiful dirt road leads us along the shore of the beautiful lake Gral Carrera.
Day 11 - 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 surroundings of the village, which are easily accessible due to the location at the Car retera Austral. These include an abandoned copper mine, a waterfall and marble caves. We'll stay in a nice hotel by the lake.
Day 12 - Puerto Guadal - Coihaique - Chile
Continue north. From Puerto Guadal it is a short ride to the south point of the shore of the azure blue Lagos Bue nos Aires lake. This is a deserted area with only one path and this beautiful path takes us along the shores of Lagos Buenos Aires. Half of the lake is located in the neighbouring country Argentina. We leave the province of Carrera via the unpaved Highway 7. In Coihaique we stay overnight in a hotel in the centre.
Day 13 -- Coihaique - Puyuhuapi/La Junta - Chile
The area today will be super beautiful again. We ride through two national parks: NP Queulat and Lago Las Torres. It is part of the impressive Carretera Austral through the beautiful dark green rainforest with its countless lakes and rivers. This is The Best Off North Patagonia. We ride on slowly and stop frequently to take pictures. This way we can optimally enjoy all the beauty around us. We spend the night in the village of Puyuhuapi. Many Germans have moved to this area.
Day 14 -- La Junta/Puyuhuapi - Esquel - Argentina
Early in the morning we continue our tour north. For a part of the day we ride on the Carretera Austral and you will never get tired of all the beautiful and magnificent nature on this route. After each bend a new lake, waterfall or river awaits us. Then there is also an almost constant view to the white peaks of the Andes. But it is deserted here. The only traffic you may encounter are shepherds on horseback with a whole herd of cows or sheep behind them. In Futaleufu we take a short break and prepare for the journey. About a nice distance we reach the border which exists on Argentine side only from a small house and a border post. We still arrive in the small town of Trevelin. The largest Welsh community in Argentina lives here and you can see that. Everywhere a dragon is depicted and the green and white colours of the Welsh flag can be found. The road will be unpaved here and that will remain so for the time being.
Day 15 - Esquel - San Carlos de Bariloche - Argentina
We are still in the Argentinean part of the lake district. The first 30 km from Esquel we ride on paved roads. Not much further we leave the big road and ride on a dirt road into the national park 'Los Alerces'. Here you can see more beautiful lakes this morning than you can count on one hand. We follow Route 258 and reach El Bolson. This place is known for its regular UFO sightings. This place is also very nature-conscious and, unlike the rest of Patagonia, you will find many vegetarian and organic restaurants.
Now we have still 130 km of pure nature before us before we arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche. You will be able to look at one or more lakes almost the whole time. San Carlos de Barilo che is located in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche is also called the Argentine Switzerland.
Day 16 - San Carlos de Bariloche - Junin de los Andes - Argentina
After about 80 km we pass the tourist village Villa La Angos tura where the Dutch Queen Maxima owns 2 plots of land and where her brother Martin has a restaurant. Via the Ruta 40 we follow the Andes Mountains in northern direction. You will enjoy the magnificent view of the majestic mountains on the way.
Day 17 - Junin de los Andes - Villarrica - Chile
In Argentina we follow the road parallel to the Rio Malleo in the north of Patagonia. We reach the Argentinean part of the border and follow a beautiful high pass. The border region is characterized by many native Schlan gentannen. Along its entire length, the border between Chile and Argentina is formed by the Andes Mountains. That means long stretches of no man's land. We come back to Chile on a beautiful partly paved route over the Andenge mountains. Villarrica is a beautiful place and is situated on the lake, close to two national parks. Unfortunately an impressive motorcycle tour comes to an end.
Day 18 Transfer Villarrica - Temuco-Departure - Chile You will be transferred by bus 80 km to the airport in Temuco for your flight home.