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Guided Tour: "Patagonia, Coast to Coast"

Patagonia, Coast to Coast Motorcycle Tour, Pavement Riding in Chile & Argentina

Patagonia, Coast to Coast Motorcycle Tour, Pavement Riding in Chile & Argentina

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Finally! RIDE Adventures brings you a "Pavement-Only" motorcycle tour in Patagonia that takes riders from the Pacific Coast in the west across the stretches and beauty of Patagonia to the Atlantic Coast in the east.

By starting in Pucón, the "Outdoor Adventure Capital" of Southern Chile, riders can enjoy plenty of other activities like climbing the active Volcano Villarrica, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, trekking and many water sports. From the southern Pacific coastline near Valdivia, we cross the Andes Mountains twice on this trip, offering some of the best views and most fun riding on the entire continent. The Ruta 40 leads us through the Argentine pampas or "plains" makes for a stunning contrast to the mountainous riding we enjoy,  and leads us to the abundant marine life of Peninsula Valdez in Argentina. Perhaps the best part of this motorcycle tour package is that it's a true "turn-key" solution, making it very easy for riders to just show up with their riding gear and RIDE!

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Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive in Pucón, Chile

Whether 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 service from Temuco, we reach Pucón, a charming mountain town nestled at the base of Volcano Villarica in the breathtaking Chilean Lake District. We‘ll get you acquainted with your bike and sign off on some final paperwork before our group meets for the Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2: Pucon, Chile to Pacific coast near Valdivia - 250km (155 miles)

Riding Patagonia Lakes DistrictAfter our morning briefing there at our hotel, it's time to start our RIDE through Patagonia!

Alongside the shore line of Lago Villarrica, we leave the active Volcano Villarrica behind and follow Rio Tolten all the way to the Pacific Ocean where we will enjoy excellent sea food, fresh from the richest waters of the Pacific. Our destination for today is Valdivia, one of the first settlements in southern Chile and a town destroyed in 1960 by the strongest earthquake ever recorded (9.5 on the Richter scale.) Today, the fish market in Valdivia offers the ocean's freshest catches while huge sea lions are usually seen hanging around, hoping for a snack.

Valdivia is also home of one of Chile's first Micro Breweries, founded by German “Herr Kunstmann” should you be thirsty at the end of the day.

Day 3: Valdivia, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina - 340 km (211 miles)

Llao Llao ArgentinaToday we leave the Pacific Ocean and ride the Pan-American Highway for a short distance before lunch and our first Andes Mountain crossing near National Park Puyehue. This allows riders to experience first-hand how nature recovers from the eruption of the volcano Puyehue in 2011, as remnants of ash are still in the area.

Fortunately, a twisting mountain road through the National Park leads to a first encounter with Argentina! Enjoying the lakeside route to Villa Angostura, a cozy little ski resort and vacation town, after lunch will continue along the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi and yet another ski resort town of Bariloche. Settling down into this bustling town and enjoying a first Argentine "asado" (barbeque) in this lively town puts yet another great experience under our belts (literally in this case.) If arrival is early enough, riders can enjoy the “Circuit Chico,” which is a one hour loop through the famous Llao Llao Resort area, with many fantastic view points and a gorgeous sunset over Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Day 4: Bariloche to Tecka, Argentina – 360 km (224 miles)

Pampas Ruta 40 ArgentinaLeaving the fun town of Bariloche, means the ride down the legendary "Ruta 40" begins, as sweeping turns take us through the Patagonia Mountains of Argentina and more authentic adventure riding. El Bolsón, the old hippie town, is perfect for lunch, and sets things up for what may be some strong winds the rest of the day, as cold Andes Mountains winds come hustling down into the pampas in a hurry. The Andes will stay within site the entire day, although the ride is moving further east toward the Atlantic. Tecka is one of the last towns we can stay in before the most open and vast territory of the trip is conquered the following day.

Day 5: Tecka to Puerto Madryn, Argentina & The Atlantic Ocean - 560km (348 miles)

Guanacos PatagoniaToday we will experience the vast emptiness of the Argentine pampas, an experience that really shows us the incredible contrasts in the natural setting that is wild Patagonia. Strong winds can always be a factor east of the Andes, but in this case the winds will mostly be at our back.

Across these plains regions is where much of the Argentine beef and lamb we have the option to enjoy is raised, so along with the occasional guanaco (like a small llama) bouncing through the area, it's important to keep a steady focus on the road ahead of the motorcycle, and not get caught staring off at the golden scenery. Through Trelew, we reach the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Madryn, where we enjoy fresh seafood again, directly from the ocean before us and settle down into our hotel for a much-deserved rest day off the bikes.

Day 6: Rest Day in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

whale tail puerto madryn patagoniaWhile we all love to ride motorbikes, it's important to rest as well, especially on an international adventure like this where a case of "sensory overload" can get the best of anyone. The abundent sea life around Peninsula Valdez and Puerto Madryn is a welcome setting for whale watching, fishing, scuba & snorkeling, and photography with the sea lions, orcas and penguins seasonally amongst us. It is all here, so have a great day in Argentina!

Day 7: Puerto Madryn to near Neuquen, Argentina - 560 km (348 miles)

Back in the saddle again! Today we ride one of the longest stretches of our tour, from the Atlantic Ocean back along more northerly routes in the Argentine pampas regions. We'll follow the Rio Negro for most of the day and likely meet folks from Buenos Aires, as many Argentine folks choose Bariloche as a vacation spot an need to traverse their country to reach it's westernmost town from back on Day 3 of this trip.

Day 8: Neuquen area to Pucon, Chile - 580 km (360 miles)

Group Dinner PatagoniaNearing the Andes Mountains once again! These 580 km will again make for a long day, but with twisting roads through Argentine valleys, nobody seems to mind. Near Junin de los Andes enjoy National Park Lanín and the volcano with the same name measuring 3,728m (12,230ft) at it's peak. With many active volcanoes in the area often making the news around this area of the world, it's best to keep eyes and ears open at all times.

Paso Mamuil Malal leads us back to Chile from near the base of the Lanín Volcano, amongst what is also known as Native Mapuche territory. Passing 1,000+ year-old Araucania trees, the ride continues through National Park Villarrica before descending back into the welcome site and our "hometown" of Pucón. Completing this incredible motorcycle trip means you've crossed the South American continent (almost) twice, and that is a major accomplishment!

Day 9: Departure day, transfer to Temuco Airport, flights if you must leave!

If you absolutely have to leave this day, we do understand you'll be fighting the temptation to skip the flight. Chile and Patagonia has so much more to offer and we have so much more to show you, so we hope you enjoyed it and come back to join us for another Patagonia Trip.

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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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