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Perito Moreno: PATAGONIA + BARILOCHE $6,990

PERITO MORENO - TORRES DEL PAINE - USHUAIA - LOS ANDES - RUTA 40 - CARRETERA AUSTRAL - TIERRA DEL FUEGO..

TOUR SPECIFICATIONS

  • 18 DAYS/ 17 NIGHTS
  • SEASON: DECEMBER - MARCH
  • START: OSORNO, CHILE
  • END: PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
  • SEASON: OCTOBER - APRIL
  • DISTANCE:  3.600 KM / 2.250 MILES
  • 85% ASPHALT / 15% DIRT
  • COUNTRIES: CHILE & ARGENTINA
  • RIDER COMPANION RECOMMENDED: YES
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 5

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GLACIER PERITO MORENO
  • TORRES DEL PAINE
  • USHUAIA
  • LOS ANDES
  • RUTA 40
  • CARRETERA AUSTRAL
  • TIERRA DEL FUEGO

ITINERARY

Patagonia, a world of vast blue skies, deep blue glaciers and towering snow capped peaks. A motorcycle tour through this region will be some of the greatest biking moments of your life. This motorcycle tour is a scenic overload, beginning in the Chilean Lakes district town of Pucon we ride into Argentina and onto Bariloche, via the famous seven lake ride, every inch is a scenic splendour. Further south we enter the vast and remote Patagonia stopping overnight at a, still working, Estancia before riding into more sensational scenery as we hit the Andes at El Chalten. No tour to this region should miss the incredible Moreno Glacier, we ride our bikes out to this staggeringly beautiful part of Patagonia before riding into Torres Del Paine National Park. This place will leave you awe struck and we dare to say that it is possibly the most scenic motorcycle ride in the world. This is an incredible motorcycle tour through some of the most amazing, remote and mythical regions in the world, no wonder its our top selling tour.

Day 1: Santiago - Osorno. Arrival with flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt. Welcome dinner and briefing about our upcoming tour. We will spend a night in good hotel in Osorno, Chile before getting on our bikes for next day adventure to San Carlos de Bariloche.


Day 2: Osorno, Chile - Bariloche, Argentina. Crossing the mighty Andes via the Puyehue Pass, with views of recently active volcanos of 2011. We'll drop down into Argentina and the town of Villa la Angostura. From here we will ride along the edge of amazing Lake Nahuel Huapi, with its cold, clear, waters which reach depths of more than 1500 feet in some places, surrounded by forests of native cypresses and coihues. We'll soon turn south and pass the Limay River and the site of the general store where the American bandit Butch Cassidy used to stock up on supplies. From there it is a short run into the town of Bariloche, where we will spend the first night in this world-famous resort city at the edge of Nahuel Huapi.

Day 3: Bariloche - Esquel. After breakfast we leave Bariloche and head for Esquel, 310 km south. This takes us along the edge of the mountain lakes of Mascardi, Guillermo, and Gutierrez, surrounded by high peaks and forests. We will stop in the town of El Bolson for lunch. Then we will leave the pavement for a while to visit the cabins near Cholila where Butch Cassidy, Etta Place, and the Sundance Kid lived while trying to run a respectable ranching business. After we return to the pavement at the famous Ruta 40 which will eventually take us to deepest Patagonia. But for now, we'll enjoy a great meal and a good sleep in Esquel, a small and cozy city founded by the Welsh in the nineteenth century.

Day 4: Esquel - Puyuhuapi. Breakfast in Esquel, and hit the road. Breakfast, 45 km to the south along the border of the Ventisquero Seno. It is the Queulat hill and its stair formation, of modern layout and ample curves. It offers spectacular views to the glacier and nativa forest, the water fall Father Garcia with a fall of 30 meters. Puyuhuapi Thermal Spa is located in a sheltered cove with abundant vegetation, at the mouth of the streams flowing down Melimoyu mountain range. Thermal waters gush forth at different points along the beach with water at close to 50C which forms two pools. We will lodge in Puyuhuapi.

Day 5: Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique. Breakfast and trip to Puerto Aisen and Puerto Chacabuco, National Reserve Simpson River, of 41.000 ha and has a small museum of flora and fauna, an arboretum and a heavy trunk of lenga with its ring dated between 1578 and 1970, where you can see the history of Chile. Lake Los Palos in the Valley of the Colonos and Lago Riesco. Lodging in Coyhaique.


Day 6: Coyhaique - Perito Moreno. Travel to a typical ranch called "Estancias", where we can see how gauchos (cowboys) live, on the famous route 40.

Day 7: Perito Moreno - Estancia La Angostura. Today we get serious about our riding, because we have 330 km of gravel and mixed gravel and dirt. This is the Patagonia you have heard about, the very picture of emptiness and desolation. You may ride for several hours and not see so much as a fence. It is a land where you can expect to see some of the wild animals such as guanacos, Darwin's rheas (similar to ostriches) and at least one type of armadillo. We pass the outpost settlement of Bajo Caracoles and finally reach the remote ranch where we will stay, at the Estancia La Angostura. As a special treat we will be staying at an authentic rustic Argentinian ranch. A true "Estancia", complete with working "gauchos" and dinner cooked over an open fire and enjoyed under a huge star filled sky. Accommodations here are more simple; single rooms with a shared bathroom.

Day 8: Estancia La Angostura - Calafate. We continue on for another 200 km of gravel riding, past more estancias and the mighty Santa Cruz River, which drains Lake Argentina. Then, we reach pavement again, for a short ride into the town of Calafate, where we will spend the night.

Day 9: Calafate (partly rest/ riding day). This is mostly a slack day, a day to recover from the grueling days of dust and gravel in the outback. But don't lay back so much that you miss our tour of the Perito Moreno glacier, which is one of the most spectacular sights in all of Patagonia. At day's end we return to Calafate and get a good sleep.

Day 10: Calafate - heading towards Torres del Paine. Head out of Cerro Castillo followed by a ride through breathtaking scenery along Lago del Toro, to the Puente Negro (Black Bridge) over the Serrano River, and a splendid view of the Paine Massif. Continue along the Eberhard fjord to the old port and sheep processing center at Bories, now a Chilean National monument. Sleep in a very beautiful Hotel on the way to Torres del Paine.

Day 11: Torres del Paine - Cerro Castillo. Head out for a look at Torres del Paine National Park. We will visit Laguna Azul (Blue Lake), Salto Chico (falls), and Condor Look-out. Afterward, we will have a half-hour hike to the look-out over the lake to see the amazing Cuernos, or 'horns' of Paine Massif. Then a stop for a possible close-up view of the wild guanacos, and the look-out point for the famous Torres, or 'towers' of Paine, followed by a short trip to Cerro Guido and the Baguales mountains. For dinner, we will have a traditional gaucho-style barbecue known as 'asado al palo' at an estancia (ranch) with lodging at a comfortable hostería at Cerro Castillo. We will travel approximately 200 km on gravel roads.


Day 12: Cerro Castillo - Cerro Sombrero. On our way to Cerro Sombrero we will see old Estancias (ranches) before we cross Estrecho de Magallanes with the ferry.


Day 13: Cerro Sombrero - Ushuaia. We say goodbye to Cerro Sombrero and head south for Ushuaia on a paved road. Near Tolhuin the gravel starts again as we head along Lake Fagnano and up into the spectacular Darwin Range, over Garabaldi Pass. At the end of the day we reach Ushuaia for our lodging and a visit to some of the local restaurants or bars.


Day 14: Ushuaia. We will head to the end of the world, Bahia Lapataia in the National Park. After this trip we will visit in the town of Ushuaia (most southern town in the world) the old jail, today a museum.



Day 15: Ushuaia, Argentina - Cerro Sombrero, Chile. Leave Ushuaia early, for the start of a long and interesting day. Gas up in Tolhuin (famous bakery) or Rio Grande and then head across Tierra del Fuego on dirt and gravel roads rarely taken by motorcycle riders, following the route of Estancias (cowboys) and Guanacos (Lamas). We will have to ford a shallow river as we leave Argentina at Radman and head for the Chilean side of the island. Then we pass Pampa Guanaco, a section full of wild animals, which should offer some great photo opportunities. We then ride towards Cerro Sombrero, where we sleep for the night.


Day 16: Cerro Sombrero - Punta Arenas. On the way to Punta Arenas we will visit the Penguins Colony 20 km. before Punta Arenas, where we will have our last dinner together! We will after continue to Punta Arenas for our hotel and spend the evening with a goodbye dinner.


Day 17: Punta Arenas - Santiago. Flight to Santiago.

PRICE

  • TOUR WITH KAWASAKI KLR 650E: $6,990 USD
  • UPGRADE TO BMW F800 GS: + $1,490 USD
  • UPGRADE TO SINGLE-ROOM SUPPLEMENT (14 NIGHTS): + $850 USD
  • PILLION / PASSENGER: + $3,490 USD
  • FLIGHT TICKET FROM SANTIAGO - OSORNO & PUNTA ARENAS - SANTIAGO APPROX: $ 800 USD (WE CAN ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHT)

RCC GUIDED TOUR INFO

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- MOTORCYCLE RENTAL
- PELICAN LUGGAGE SYSTEM
- TANK BAG
- 3RD PART LIABILITY INSURANCE CL
- TOUR GUIDE
- ACCOMMODATION

- BREAKFAST

- FERRIES & TOLL ROADS

- MECHANICAL SUPPORT
- SUPPORT AT BORDER CROSSINGS

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- FUEL
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

- 3RD PART LIABILITY INSURANCE
FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES
- NATIONAL FLIGHTS
- SINGLE ROOM (HOTELS)
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
- DRINKS AND SNACKS
- DINNER
- PERSONAL EXPENSES AND ACTIVITIES
- HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE
- VISAS
- DAMAGE DEPOSIT FOR BIKES
- TIPS & GRATUITIES
- SUPPORT VEHICLE

MOTORCYCLE INCLUDE
- TANK BAG
- LUGGAGE SYSTEM (SIDE BAGS)
- LOCKS
- TYRE REPAIR KIT
- TOOLS
- MECHANICAL SUPPORT

REQUIREMENTS
- MINIMUM 18 YEARS OF AGE

- VALID MOTORCYCLE LICENSE

- PASSPORT & PHOTO ID

- VALID CREDIT CARD
- DAMAGE DEPOSIT (REFUNDABLE)

- 50% IN ADVANCE FOR BOOKING
- 50% PAID 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE
- HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE

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