Self-Guided "Fly & Ride The Best Of Northern Patagonia" Package
Day 1- Arrive in Santiago, Chile then Pucón
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 you’ll be departing early the next morning. (Package can be adjusted if you want more time in Pucón.) Your intra-Chile flights can be booked through www.latam.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 Villarrica in the breathtaking Chilean Lake District. Your hotel is included with the "Fly & Ride" package, so get checked in to your room, and make sure you're in contact with our Fleet Manager about getting set up with your motorcycle either today or first thing the next morning.
Day 2- Pucón, Chile to Curacautin, Chile - 270km
Once you're set up on your motorcycle rental and all questions have been answered, it's time to head out into Patagonia! Leaving the active Volcano Villarrica and National Park Villarrica to the right, the climb into the Andes Mountains begins along the border of Chile/Argentina. Later riding right through National Park Huerquehue to Playa Negra, your camera should be ready to go at this point. Enjoy Lago Caburgua in front, Volcano Villarica in the background, and all the gorgeous forestry around. After lunch in Conco, enter National Park Conquillo with 3 beautiful lagoons await. Riding along old lava flows of Volcano Llaima and through forests that are home to 1000 year old Araucanía Trees, this is a fantastic first day of riding on challenging gravel roads with many photo stops. Settling into the night near Curacautin, the hotel and dinner options await.
Day 3 – Curacautin, Chile to Lago Alumine, Argentina - 180km
Yesterday was a fantastic day of challenging riding and stunning landscape, but today it gets even better. The ride goes 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, crossing the Cordillera Lonquimay produces more stunning views. Along the Sierra Nevada, follow three beautiful lagunas, and reach Paso Icalma for crossing from Chile into Argentina! A short ride then leads to the destination of Villa Pehuenia at the shore of Lago Alumine, hopefully in time to catch a beautiful sunset over the lake.
Day 4 – Lago Aluminé to Bariloche, Argentina - 350km
Leaving Lago Aluminé, the scenery changes dramatically on the 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 seeing see Volcano Lanín (3728m) from a distance and probably deal with some of the typically forceful winds on the Argentine side of the Andes Mountains. After lunch, enjoy 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 the first chance for an Argentine “asado” (barbeque) in this lively town.
Day 5 – REST DAY in Bariloche, Argentina or go ahead to Futaleufú, Chile for whitewater rafting or fly fishing!
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, look ahead to the town of Futaleufú if you prefer to enjoy your Rest Day in a town that's world famous for whitewater rafting and fly fishing, if you wish! (Tell us at the time of booking where you want your rest day to be.)
Day 6 - Bariloche, Argentina to Futaleufú, Chile - 360km - Ride time 7-9 hours
Leaving Bariloche, first follow the legendary Ruta 40 as sweeping turns take you through rural Argentina. Later, 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 show the path through the National Park, then crossing the Andes again, cross the border back in Chile for the night in the famous whitewater-rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing 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 Futaleufu and the Sierra la Ventana. Just past Lago Yelcho, you’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, 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.
Today's ride passes through National Park Hornopiren and follow the shoreline of these Pacific inlets to start things out. Across the fjord can be seen Parque Nacional Alerces/Andino near the Cochamo Valley, which many people call it the “Yosemite Valley” of Chile. Pressing on to Ensenada on Lago Llanquihue on your way to Lago Todos los Santos, stop at Petrohue waterfalls and then a fantastic asphalt road (riding paradise) takes you up Volcano Osorno. At the base of the Ski resort there, you can 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 (where many Germans settled in the late 1800's) and Puerto Octay, finally some moments can be spent on the Panamerican Highway. On your way back to Pucón, 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. Just think: there's still more of Patagonia to be uncovered!
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 help show you, so we hope you enjoyed and will return for other Patagonia motorcycle trips, because there's still plenty more to experience!
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