Patagonia is a remote, but incredibly beautiful part of the world, at the most southern tip of South America. Set in both Chile and Argentina, this region offers an amazing combination of dirt and tarmac riding through a unique and undisturbed wilderness.
Against a backdrop of turquoise lakes, jagged granite mountains and blue glaciers, we ride through “off the beaten track” places and stay with a local family on their working estancia to enjoy traditional roast lamb. Our Patagonia motorcycle tour enables you to ride to the most southern place on the planet reachable by road.
At a glance
The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.
|Nov 10 – 29, 2018||£3,695||£1,400||£3,695||BMW R 1200 GS: £2,995
BMW F 800 GS: £2,795
BMW F 700 GS: £2,695
Dates & Prices
|The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.|
|Date:||Nov 10 – 29, 2018|
|Rider Shared Room:||£3,695|
|Passenger Shared Room:||£3,695|
|Bike Rental:||BMW R 1200 GS: £2,995
BMW F 800 GS: £2,795
BMW F 700 GS: £2,695
This is an 19 day itinerary, covering around 3,100 miles (4,800 kms). It starts in Santiago, Chile and finishes in Punta Arenas, Chile.
This is an 18 day itinerary, covering around 3,100 miles (4,800 kms). It starts in Santiago, Chile and finishes in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Day 1: Santiago
Fly into the capital of Chile, Santiago (direct flights from London Heathrow and other major cities worldwide). Arrive no later than 1pm and we will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Bike Handover and Welcome Evening Meal.
Day 2: Salta del Laja (302m)
Head south out of the capital on Main Ruta 5 to the spectacular Laja Waterfalls. This pushes us down to the edge of the Chilean Lake District and gives you a good run to settle in.
Day 3: Pucon, Chile (260m)
A beautiful route via Volcan Llaima in the Conguillio National Park – ride on old lavafields! Pucon is on the edge of Lake Villarrica and is the shadow of the smoking Villarrica Volcano.
Day 4: Bariloche, Argentina (249 m). (Up to 65 miles gravel roads, plus border crossing)
We leave Pucon and take a great dirt road border crossing, past Volcan Lanin. Once into Argentina, from San Martin, there’s the incredibly picturesque Siete Lagos route. Ride the dirt road Traful route or take the paved road lakeside to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 5: Futaleufu, Chile (205 m) (up to 60 miles gravel road)
More beautiful mountain scenery, swooping bends and perfect tarmac miles. Esquel, which was founded by Welsh immigrants back in 1865 and is twinned with Aberystwth in Wales. The small Welsh founded town of Trevelin. Cross at Paso Futaleufu.
Day 6: Coyhaique, Chile (270 m) (up to 65 miles gravel road)
Carretera Austral south to Puyuhuapi through the Queulat National Park. Hanging glaciers and waterfalls line your way as you tackle tight switchbacks. Coyhaique is the provincial capital of the area.
Day 7: Puerto Bertrand, Chile (169 m) (up to 110 miles gravel road)
The famous viewpoint just before Cerro Castillo (Castle Hill). Back on to the gravel roads south to Rio Baker and a night in traditional pine cabins, with log burning stoves by the river’s edge.
Day 8: Estancia Angostura (312m) (up to 30 miles gravel road)
Southern end of the Lake General Carrera. Cross to Argentina at the border of Chile Chico. The town of Perito Moreno. Ruta 40 south, a very remote route through the Patagonian desert and ending in a working “estancia” (ranch).
Day 9 & 10: El Calafate, Argentina (180 m) (up to 90 miles gravel road)
A wide open dirt road leaves the estancia for the small town of Tres Lagos. El Calafate is a two night stop over with a day to explore the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.
Day 11 & 12: Puerto Natales, Chile (175 m) (up to 45 miles gravel road plus border crossing)
A small section of gravel road leads us to the tiny frontier town of Cerro Castillo, then ride south to Puerto Natales, a coastal town on the shores of the Almirante Montt Gulf. This is our base to ride out to Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 13: Cerro Sombrero, Chile (217 m) (All paved road plus ferry to Tierra del Fuego).
Today we cross the Magellan Straits onto Tierra del Fuego by small ferry. Our night time stop is a family run hotel on the edge of a small oil refinery town. It’s in the middle of nowhere!
Day 14 & 15: Ushuaia, Argentina (249m) (up to 75 miles gravel road plus border crossing).
Today we ride to the most southern town in the world reachable by road and get our pictures by the “End of the Road” sign in the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Day 16: Lago Blanco, Chile (225 m) (up to 65 miles gravel road plus border crossing)
We retrace our tracks north back out over the mountain pass of Paso Garibaldi, then turn west, crossing the Chilean border onto a great dirt road towards the beautiful Lago Blanco.
Day 17: Punta Arenas, Chile (285 m) (up to 65 miles gravel road)
From Lago Blanco we head back to the Magellan Straits ferry. Our final destination is Punta Arenas, meaning “Sandy Point”, established in the 1800’s by English explorer, John Bryon.
Day 18: Leave Punta Arenas
Book your flight to leave Chile today from Punta Arenas. Take an internal domestic flight to Santiago, for onward international flight back home.
In the main towns, we primarily use good standard 4* hotels, where hotel rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, satellite television and wifi.
There is a section of this route that is through remote areas and we stay in accommodation such as pine cabins, a local “estancia” (ranch) and wooden lodges. These types of places often do not have single room accommodation and are small, so that the group takes the whole place. In the estancia, we have to use multiple room share. Therefore, if you book Single Room Supplement, there are up to 3 nights where this may not be possible and we have already factored this into the price you pay.
These quirky, local places add to the flavour of the adventure and are appropriate for the location we are in. They are all clean and comfortable, but do not have the level of infrastructure that you get in the towns, so electricity can be supplied by a generator, hot water may only be at certain times and there will not be internet.
You have the benefit of booking with a UK tour operator who has in place Financial Payment Protection Insurance with Towergate Stevens & Chapman, so that your money paid to us in advance is protected in accordance with The Package Travel Regulations 1992.
Before you go
Where you have chosen to rent a motorcycle, this is organised by us with the local motorcycle rental provider, who is the Approved BMW Travel Partner for Chile. Your rental fee includes:
We act as agent for the local provider and on arrival you will be required to sign the local motorcycle rental contract and provide your credit card details as a guarantee against damages.
For clarity, we do not include your passenger flights. Once we have confirmed that this tour is a guaranteed departure, it is your responsibility to organise your own flights to and from the destination. You need to book an outward flight to our start point, Santiago, to arrive no later than around 1pm on 10 November 2018. The earliest leave date is any time on 29 November 2018 from the town of Punta Arenas. Your flight route will normally be an international flight to/from Santiago (Chile’s capital) and then via LATAM or Sky Airlines from Punta Arenas. Only book your flights once we have confirmed that your tour is a guaranteed departure. We do not refund flight costs if you have booked flights for a tour that has not been notified as a guaranteed departure.
Should you wish to arrive before the official date date or stay after the official end date, please simply request extra nights at the time of booking and we can make the reservation at our group hotel.
What riding experience do I need?
This route includes approximately 780 miles of gravel road through Patagonia on the Carretera Austral and Ruta 40. Ruta 40 can be subject to strong cross winds. There can be up to 200 miles between stops. We recommend this Tour for riders who have some experience of riding on unpaved surfaces, such as gravel or dirt. Having said that, this Tour has been successfully completed by many competent road riders, taking a steady pace and without any off road experience. This is not a technical ride. All roads used are public highways and shown on maps. Gravel roads are normally well maintained, but you do need to be aware of possible strong cross winds on Ruta 40 and deeper gravel on bends. We do recommend that you take an off road course, such as Off Road Skills (www.offroadskills.com) or for one to one training, go to Adventure Bike Training (www.adventurebiketraining.co.uk).
Do I have to ride in a group?
No! We do not make you ride in convoy. We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. We give you a road book, GPS co-ordinates and hotel information. You can use this to self-navigate. If you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Leader, then you can do this.
What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 12 riders (some riders will have passengers).
Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
We have had other riders successfully complete this ride with a pillion passenger. Your passenger needs to also be an experienced tourer.
Is there a support vehicle?
Yes, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver. You are able to put luggage in the van, but it must be packed suitably in soft waterproof and dustproof bags. Hard suitcases are not appropriate. The support vehicle has the capacity to carry two bikes and two passengers. Space in the support vehicle is reserved for any riders or passengers who are ill / injured, who will always take priority.
What will the weather be like?
As we are in the Southern Hemisphere, January / February is the equivalent of their summer. However, we travel a long way south and so even in summertime, the weather can be unpredictable. It is likely that you will experience some rain, especially on the Carretera Austral, due to its temperate climate. You must be prepared for a range of weather.
Tell me about the motorcycle rental
Riders must be age 21 years and older, with a valid, full motorcycle licence. We work with the local motorcycle rental provide that is BMW Approved. All BMW R 1200GS bikes are 2015, 2016 or 2017 LC models, fitted with the GPS cradle. Motorcycles are provided with side panniers and a tank bag. We act as an agent for the local provider. You will need to sign the local terms and conditions of rental (a copy of which you may request from us in advance) and provide a credit card as a guarantee in case of damage. Bikes are provided with International Third Party Cover. Additional insurance may be purchased to cover damage or loss of the bike, with an excess of between US$2500 and US$5000 depending on the model of motorcycle.
What about flights?
We do not include your passenger flights in our tour price. Once we have confirmed the tour as a guaranteed departure, you need to organise your own flights to and from the destination. You should book an outward flight to our start point, Santiago to arrive no later than around 1pm on 10 November 2018. The earliest leave date is any time on 29 November 2018 from the town of Punta Arenas. Your flight route will normally be an international flight to Santiago (Chile’s capital) and then via LATAM or Sky Airlines from Punta Arenas.
What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: Passport, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit. In addition you must have travel/medical insurance. As visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and can be complex, with constantly changing requirements, we would direct you to our appointed visa agency for advice. www.thevisamachine.com