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Fully Guided Tour: "The Best of Northern Patagonia"

The Best of Northern Patagonia Motorcycle Tour of Chile & Argentina

The Best of Northern Patagonia Motorcycle Tour of Chile & Argentina

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The Best of Northern Patagonia - Guided & Self-Guided Motorcycle Trip

The BEST OF NORTHERN PATAGONIA motorcycle tour takes you along 8 active volcanoes, stunning scenery across the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina, routes along 48 pristine lakes and visit 10 National Parks and Reserves, and a camera-filling motorcycle adventure that is not to be missed. In addition to experiencing all of this, the famous RUTA 40, the Carretera Austral and the Panamerican Highway all make for an adventure riding experience in Patagonia that will have most riders wondering "why didn't I do this before!"

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Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Santiago, Chile then Pucón

River Crossing Pucon PatagoniaWhether you’re taking extra time to explore the capital city of Santiago or just flying through, riders need to arrive in Pucón on or before this date, as we’ll be departing early the next morning. Your intra-Chile flights can be booked through www.lan.com or www.skyairline.cl - Flight should be Santiago (SCL) to Temuco (ZCO)

After a one-hour shuttle ride from Temuco, you’ll reach Pucón, a charming mountain town nestled at the foot of Volcano Villarica in the breathtaking Chilean Lake District. We‘ll get you acquainted with your bike and do your paperwork before everyone meets at the welcome Dinner. 

Day 2- Pucón, Chile to Curacautin, Chile - 270km – Ride time 7-9 hours

After our morning briefing we’ll be ready to go when everyone is comfortable for departure. Leaving the active Volcano Villarrica and National Park Villarrica to our right, we’ll start climbing the Andes Mountains along the border of Chile/Argentina. Later riding right through National Park Huerquehue to Playa Negra, it’s picture time already! Enjoy Lago Caburgua in front, Volcano Villarica in the background, and all the gorgeous forestry around. After lunch in Conco, we enter National Park Conquillo with 3 beautiful lagoons await us. Riding along old lava flows of Volcano Llaima and through forests that are home to 1000 year old Araucania Trees, this is a fantastic first day of riding on challenging gravel roads with many photo stops. Settling into the night near Curacautin, our hotel and dinner await us.

Day 3 – Curacautin, Chile to Lago Alumine, Argentina - 180km - Ride time 6-8 hours

Volcano Adventure Ride PatagoniaYesterday was a fantastic day of challenging riding and stunning landscape, but today it gets even better. Our ride takes us up along the base of the active Volcano Lonquimay and Crater Navidad where we’ll follow its latest lava flow from 1988. As if the black-lava landscape isn’t surreal enough, we’ll then cross the Cordillera Lonquimay with more stunning views. After lunch we cross the Sierra Nevada, follow three beautiful lagunas, and reach Paso Icalma for crossing from Chile into Argentina! A short ride later we reach our destination, Villa Pehuenia at the shore of Lago Alumine, surely in time to catch a beautiful sunset over the lake.

Day 4 – Lago Alumine to Bariloche, Argentina - 350km - Ride time 6-8 hours

Leaving Lago Alumine, the scenery changes dramatically on our ride to the Swiss style town of San Martin de los Andes. Now you’ll get a feel for the vast emptiness of the Argentina pampas region as we will see Volcano Lanin (3728m) from a distance and probably deal with some of the typically forceful winds on the Argentine side of the Andes Mountains. After lunch we will take the famous “Seven Lakes Route “ through National Park Nahuel Huapi, and many photo stops later we reach the ski resort town of Bariloche for the night and our first Argentine “asado” (barbeque) in this lively town.

Riding in PatagoniaDay 5 – REST DAY in Bariloche or Futaleufu for rafting! Check with us for specifics

Even the most conditioned riders need to rest from time to time, so it’s important to have some off-motorcycle time. For those who still want to remain active though, the charming ski resort town of Bariloche offers plenty of local culture, shopping and restaurants with great views of Llao Llao and Lago Nahuel Huapi. Anyone wishing to take a short rider can enjoy the “Circuito Chico”, a one-hour loop through the famous Llao Llao Resort with many great viewpoints, or as noted on this page, your Rest Day in the Chilean town of Futaleufú sets you up for some world class whitewater rafting!

Day 6 - Bariloche, Argentina to Futaleufú, Chile - 360km - Ride time 7-9 hours

Leaving Bariloche we first follow the legendary Ruta 40 as sweeping turns take us through rural Argentina. Later, we will enjoy a detour through “Parque National los Alerces” where sweeping sandy turns through “Fitzroya” trees (cousin to the Redwoods found in California) make for more scenic riding. Beautiful lakes and mountains guides us through the National Park, then crossing the Andes again, we’ll be back in Chile for the night in the famous whitewater-rafting town of Futaleufú.

Day 7 – Futaleufú to Hornopiren, Chile - 270km - Ride time 7-9 hours – (with 2 ferries)

Today the gravel road follows the whitewaters of Rio Futaleufú and the Sierra la Ventana. Near Lago Yelcho, we’ll reach the world famous “Carretera Austral,” and some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. Riding through Parque Pumalin, owned and preserved by the late Doug Tompkins, founder of "The North Face" clothing company, more interesting history and status of Patagonia will be revealed. After stopping in Chaiten, the town that was destroyed at the 2008 volcano eruption, we’ll take the ferry to Hornopiren where suddenly you’re on the seawater of the Pacific Ocean! Two scenic ferry rides will take us through the Reñihué and Coman Leprepu Fjords, a major center point of Chilean salmon farming.

Lakes District Chile PatagoniaDay 8 – Hornopiren to Puerto Varas, Chile - 260km - Riding time 6-8 hours

Today we pass through National Park Hornopiren and follow the shoreline of these Pacific inlets to start things out. Across the fjord we see Parque Nacional Alerces/Andino near the Cochamo Valley, which many people call it the “Yosemite” of Chile. Pressing on to Ensenada on Lago LLanquihue on our way to Lago Todos los Santos, we’ll stop at Petrohue waterfalls and then a fantastic asphalt road (riding paradise) takes us up Volcano Osorno. At the base of the Ski resort there, we’ll enjoy a beautiful view over Lago Llanquihue before descending to the touristy town of Puerto Varas on the lake shore of Lago Llanquihue for the night.

Day 9 – Puerto Varas to Pucón, Chile - 360km - Ride time 7-9 hours

Wake up with a fantastic view of Volcano Osorno across Lago Llanquihue! Following the lake through Frutillar (Germans settled here in the late 1800) and  Puerto Octay, we’ll finally spend some moments on the Panamerican Highway. On our way back to Pucón we’ll follow the shore line of Lago Panguipulli, Lago Neptune, Lago Calafquen and Lago Villarrica, where the Chilean Lake District holds such a simple and pleasant beauty. The ride down into Pucón might bring on a case of mixed emotions as you look back at the amazing trip through Northern Patagonia. Farewell Dinner awaits you in Pucón.

Northern Patagonia AdventureDay 10 - Breakfast, airport transfer, flight home

If you absolutely must leave this day, we do understand you’ll be fighting the temptation to skip the flight. Chile has so much more to offer and we have so much more to show you, so we hope you enjoyed and will return for other Patagonia tours!

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Bikes Available

BMW F700GS (twin cylinder)

BMW F700GS (twin cylinder)

The new F700GS offers a larger windshield, enhanced braking system, Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Automatic Stability Control, and a handful more horsepower! As if the previous version (the F650GS) wasn't a good enough adventure bike, this mid-weight option continues to be the most versatile and popular motorcycle rental option.

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BMW F800GS

BMW F800GS

Certainly considered the “athlete” of the BMW team, the F800GS can be counted on to carry all your travel gear and still maintain the awesome feeling of a pure off-road machine when you’re in the dirt.  With over 215mm of suspension travel, the F800GS boasts 85 horsepower from its twin-cylinder engine, and is sure to give an adrenaline rush when you unleash it!

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BMW R1200GS - Liquid Cooled 2013

BMW R1200GS - Liquid Cooled 2013

Revised for the model year 2013, BMW it seems has done it once again in the world of adventure motorcycles. The new liquid-cooled version of the famous R1200GS comes with a more "upright" stance and off-road friendly positioning.  Now with a wet clutch, a higher air intake perfect for river crossings, and a 10% horsepower increase, BMW has clearly made improvements on what was already a great adventure bike.

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Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin

Finally, the return of a legend! The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda has been talked about for years, finally making itself available in various markets around the world in 2015. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. 

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Kawasaki KLR 650

Kawasaki KLR 650

Another famous bike for adventure travelers, the KLR has been tested and proven by riders everywhere.  Kawasaki made changes in recent years, making this bike now even more comfortable for the “open road” aspects of travel while not losing any of its off-road ability.

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