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Guided Group Tour: "The Patagonia Experience"

"The Patagonia Experience" Motorcycle Tour - 14 Days

"The Patagonia Experience" Motorcycle Tour - 14 Days

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When motorcycle riders ask us "which is the best motorcycle tour?" it's pretty difficult not to think of this one.

"The Patagonia Experience" guided motorcycle trip takes riders through the absolute highlights of Patagonia, all in just 14 days (including arrival and departure days.) Torres del Paine National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Carretera Austral, incredible Andes Mountain riding and more all packed into one amazing motorcycle tour! We know that folks are pressed for time these days, so this itinerary fits an amazing amount of variety and Patagonia exploration into a comfortable trip duration.

Please note, tour is run consecutively with our "Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia!" tour, which means it's also the most all-inclusive "turn-key" trip package we offer with the highest levels of accommodations and services as anything we offer. As Arden from Rider Magazine declared in August 2013 after his experience, "I feel I’ve seen the best of Patagonia."

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Santiago, Chile and then Osorno, Chile  - YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Whether you’re taking extra time to explore the capital city of Santiago or just flying through, riders need to arrive in Osorno on or before this date, as we'll be departing early the next morning. Intra-Chile flights can be booked through www.latam.com or www.skyairline.cl (Santiago/SCL to Osorno/ZOS and then from Punta Arenas/PUQ at the end.) The bi-lingual RIDE Adventures Guides will pick you up from the airport, and a welcome meeting and dinner will be held once everyone is together in Osorno. Excitement will be peaking, and we understand.


Map of motorcycle route in PatagoniaDay 2 – Osorno, Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina – 239km

After our morning meeting and fitting of your motorcycle, we’ll be ready to go when everyone is comfortable for departure. You'll certainly have the opportunity to bring any unique parts & accessories from home to customize the bike’s fit to your liking and assistance with anything you need is of the utmost importance, as safety is key to enjoyment and completion of the incredible journey ahead. Then it’s time to start riding into the heart of Patagonia! 

Due to the wild series of inlets and land formations that make up the coast of southern Chile, this trip heads east up into the Andes Mountains before going further south into Patagonia. Either way, passing through Parque Nacional Puyuhue and later Nahuel Huapi, it’s going to be a fantastic first day’s ride all the way in to where Bariloche sits along the lakeshore. Settling in for the night, our first Argentine asado (barbeque) in this lively town sets us up for even greater riding ahead.

Riders entering Parque Nacional Los AlercesDay 3 – Bariloche to Trevelin, Argentina – 308km

An optional ride will be presented for the morning to enjoy the "Circuito Chico," a one-hour loop through Llao Llao to the west of Bariloche. Leaving Bariloche, most of the trucks and traffic will take the obvious Route 40 south, but we’ll enjoy a detour through Parque Nacional Los Alerces just to the west. Sweeping sandy turns through the “Fitzroya” trees (cousin to the Redwoods found in California and the tallest trees in all of South America,) beautiful lakes and mountains guide us through the national park. Positioning ourselves to cross back into Chile the next day, how did you enjoy the gravel or "ripio" as it's called here?

Day 4 – Trevelin to Puyuhaupi, Chile – 246km

South America motorcycle tourToday marks the start of our ride down the Carretera Austral (Highway to the South) and what many folks agree is some of the best riding anywhere in the world. First crossing the Futaleufú River, we’ll also be passing near Parque Nacional Corcovado, one of very few privately owned land preserves in the world, arranged as such by the late Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing brands.

Heading further south on the Carretera (formerly called the "Ruta Agosto Pinochet,") rain is likely before arriving in the town of Puyuhaupi, but such conditions only add to the atmosphere and adventurous feeling of Patagonia. With the gigantic Nalca Plants lining the road, glaciers to the left, waterfalls all around, and the rainforest to be enjoyed, this is unforgettable riding.

Motorcycles on the Carretera AustralDay 5 - Puyuhuapi to Coihaique, Chile - 224km

If we're going to get rain on this trip, it'll likely be here in the Queulat Rainforest in this stunning valley full of switchbacks and unforgettable scenery. Even the most "reserved" personalities tend to burst a bit in this section, as every turn reveals a new view of the precious Patagonia we've grown to love. Waterfalls that cascade down from a few hundred meters high and all the bright green forestry full of the gigantic Nalca plants of Patagonia await you.

Day 6 – Coihaique to Puerto Tranquilo, Chile – 225km 

Nalca Plant Patagonia TripPatagonia riding, this is it! Just because the scenery got better these past couple of days, that doesn’t mean it can’t get even better still…

The plant life and rain makes for an amazing atmosphere though with snow-capped mountains, rivers and waterfalls, and in the right season, salmon spawning in the River Cisnes.

After Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo and its sharp mountain peaks, you’ll get your first glimpses of Lago General Carrera, and if the sun is out, another site never to be forgotten.  Glacier fed waters reflect blue light which makes the water bright blue, and combined with more snow-capped mountains in the background, this is one incredible ride into Puerto Tranquilo. If we arrived early enough, opportunities for fishing, boat tours of the nearby Marble Caves, and canopy tours are possible.

Day 7 – REST DAY in Puerto Tranquilo, Chile

Lago General Carrera TripThe rest day in Puerto Tranquilo is chosen for a couple of reasons. First, Patagonia makes for some tough riding and we need to rest up, and second, because you probably won’t want to leave the Puerto Tranquilo area! We will be far "off the beaten path” at this point and varying emotions about seclusion and our normal lives are bound to set in. With activities like boat tours, fly-fishing, horseback riding, canopy tours, and river rafting on the Rio Baker, be as active as you like on this rest day. On the other hand, if you really feel you want to ride a little this day, the fabulous "Patagonia Park," one of the late Doug Tompkin's conservation efforts is right near by with plenty of guanacos bouncing around the lodge Valle Chacabuco.

Riders overlooking Lago General CarreraDay 8 - Puerto Tranquilo to Los Antiguos, Argentina – 175km

Leaving this spot about only about 50m/80km from the Pacific Ocean, we’ll ride along the shores of Lago General Carrera with its blue beauty guiding us along rock walls and fantastic scenery on our way back into Argentina. Now get ready for the wind! As Pacific air rolls across the Andes, it typically rushes down the eastern side of the mountains in quite a hurry, so this can be a challenging day of riding. 

Day 9– Los Antiguos to near Gobernador Gregores, Argentina – 414km

Guanacos in PatagoniaJust grip down and get through what could definitely be more pounding winds today, as this is part of why Ruta 40 is so famous! Extremely remote territories, very few fueling points, and the wide-open “pampas” region of Argentina again add to the variety in this adventure. Guanacos (like a small llama, indigenous to South America and this region in particular) will be dancing around the road before us, so we take extra caution on rides like this.

Rider on the Ruta 40 in ArgentinaDay 10 – Gobernador Gregores to El Calafate, Argentina - 330km

Still out in the Argentine wild, we tilt back to the west with the Andes in site today. Passing Lago Cardiel and Lago Viedma, the piercing peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and the town of El Chaltén will be seen in the distance. Passing Lago Argentino and nearing the town of El Calafate, a fun town with great shopping, dining, and relaxation potential sets us up for one of the greatest highlights in all of Patagonia the next day.

Day 11 - REST DAY in El Calafate (optional, but strongly encouraged visit to Perito Moreno Glacier: 160km)

Perito Moreno Glacier PatagoniaIt's important to rest once again, and there might be no better town to do so in. Just a short twisting ride in the morning leads us to yet another incredible site in Patagonia: The Perito Moreno Glacier! One of only 3 known glaciers in the world that is still actually growing, huge chunks of ice will fall off before our eyes, crashing into the bay before us.  As if this awesome sight isn’t enough, the rumbling sounds of ice cracking throughout the ice field will remain a definite part of Patagonia memories. Enjoy the remainder of the day around the town of El Calafate where shopping, crafts, culture and restaurants all await you.

Day 12 – El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park – 379km ("Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia!" Riders Continue to Strait of Magellan Ferry at Punta Delgada)

Circling back through the wide-open “pampas” of Argentina one more time, the goal is yet another stunning site on the Chilean side.  Crossing the border at Paso Rio Don Guillermo, it might not appear that there’s anything in site; however, when approaching the middle of Torres del Paine National Park, riders will understand why this is a special place in Patagonia.

The famous Torres (Towers) and Los Cuernos (The Horns) of Torres del Paine National Park beg you to take a rest day and either hike or ride around the area to enjoy the beauty.  From the south side of Los Cuernos, travelers can be found waiting to photograph that perfect sunrise where orange and pink hues radiate across this unforgettable mountain formation. Designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 by UNESCO, photos might not even be necessary as the images will remain clear in traveler’s minds forever.

Day 13 – Torres del Paine N.P. to Puerto Natales, Chile – 120km

Torres del Paine adventure tourThis itinerary allows some extra time to be spent in and around the highlight-packed Torres del Paine National Park. Weather conditions here can keep important sites like "Los Cuernos" and the rest of the Park from even being visible at times, but with hourly-weather changes will often reveal the scenery, so we'll have a relaxing morning start-up here to allow for final photography opportunties, riding the Glacier Grey, etc. Winding down through the park, the legendary "Cueva de Milodon" offers a brief hiking possibility while eyes should be kept open for the Andean Condor and other wildlife on this final riding day. Settling into the thriving town of Puerto Natales, it's time to start looking back on the incredible adventure ride you just accomplished while saying goodbye to new friends made along the way.

Day 14 - Breakfast, hotel transfer, flights home

If you absolutely must leave this day, we understand you'll be fighting the temptation to skip the flight, turn around, and ride all the way through Patagonia again. Such sentiment won't find you alone though, as the friends we've made on this journey and previous customers of RIDE Adventures all feel the same way. We thank you for joining us!

CONTACT US about joining an upcoming "Patagonia Experience" motorcycle tour in South America!

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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Seat Height:
32.3 in
Curb Weight:
461.0 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.2 gal
Displacement:
798 cc
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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Seat Height:
34.6 in
Curb Weight:
472.0 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.2 gal
Displacement:
798 cc
BMW R1200GS - Liquid Cooled

BMW R1200GS - Liquid Cooled

Revised back in 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 over the previous model, BMW has clearly made improvements on what was already a great adventure bike.

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Seat Height:
33.5.0 in
Curb Weight:
525.0 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal
Displacement:
1170 cc
BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014+ Liquid Cooled)

BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014+ Liquid Cooled)

Just a year after releasing the Liquid Cooled R1200GS, BMW's famous Adventure model or "GSA" was introduced, and for all the right reasons. Like its predecessor, the "GSA LC" as we tend to call it boasts 125 liquid cooled horsepower and has the fuel capacity and carrying capability to make the longest and most remote adventures a reality. At the same time, it's still a thrill when in tight mountain switchbacks and twisties!

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Seat Height:
35.0 in
Curb Weight:
432.0 lb
Fuel Capacity:
6.1 gal
Displacement:
1170 cc
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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Seat Height:
34.3 in
Curb Weight:
511 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.96 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda CB500X

Honda CB500X

Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option.

  • Wet Weight - 428lbs
  • Seat Height - 31.8 inches
  • Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal

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Seat Height:
31.8 in
Curb Weight:
428lbs
Fuel Capacity:
4.6 gal
Displacement:
471cc Parallel Twin