South America Motorcycle Tours
Patagonia on two wheels
Santiago de Chile Airport departure
Lake General Carrera
Perito Moreno glacier
Torres del Paine National Park
– dominated by the Paine massif
Strait of Magallanes
– the southernmost city in the world
Lapataia National Park.
Day by day itinerary:
Day 1, Santiago de Chile – Osorno
Arrive to Osorno, welcome diner and accommodation in Osorno.
Day 2, Osorno – Puyehue Pass – Villa la Angostura – Bariloche, about 250 km on road
Riding Day - Leave Osorno, crossing the mighty Andes via Puyehue Pass, with views of recently active volcanos. We drop down into Argentina and the town of Villa la Angostura, and then ride along the edge of beautiful 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 soon turn south and pass the Limay River and the site of the general store where the American bandit Butch Cassidy used to take on supplies. From there it is short run into Bariloche, where we will spend the first night, in this world-famous resort city at the edge of Nahuel Huapi.
Day 3, Bariloche – Esquel, 330 km on road
After breakfast we leave Bariloche and head for Esquel, to the 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 Bolsón for lunch. We’ll enjoy a great meal and a good sleep in Esquel, a small and cozy city founded by the Welsh in the nineteenth entury.
Day 4, Esquel – Puyuhuapi
gravel road and 70 km pavement
Breakfast in Esquel, and hit the road. 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 50°C which forms two pools. Lodging in Puyuhuapi.
Day 5, Puyuhuapi – Coyahique
100 km pavement and 100 gravel road.
Breakfast and trip to Coyahique where you can see an arboreum and a heavy trunk of lenga with its ring dated between 1578. Lake Los Palos in the Valley of the Colonos and Lago Riesco. Lodging in Coyhaique.
Day 6, Coyhaique - Cochrane - Coyhaique
Today we will go to Cochrane, we will take a rest for the next day! If we have time we will do the marmor Cathedral in Puerto Tranquilo.
Day 7, Coyhaique - Estancia La Agostura
approx. 330 kms off road
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 or in Gobernador Gregores in the case that the Estancia has no place, they have only 5 rooms and as a special treat we will be staying at a authentic rustic Chilean Ranch. A true "estancia", complete with working "gauchos" and dinner carried over an open fire und enjoyed under a huge star filled sky. Accommodations here are simpler with a shared bathroom.
Day 8, Estancia La Agostura - Calafate
approx. 150 kms on road - 160 kms off road
We continue on for another 160 km of gravel riding and 150 km of pavement 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 2 nights.
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Day 9, Calafate – Perito Moreno – Calafate
140 km of pavement and 20 km of gravel road
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 night sleep.
Day 10, Calafate – Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine
170 km pavement and 70 km gravel road
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 fiord 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, Puerto Natales - Cerro Castillo
approx. 200 kms off road
Head out for a look in Torres del Paine National Park. Laguna Azul (Blue Lake), Salto Chico (falls), Condor Lookout, and a half-hour hike to the lookout over the lake and the amazing Cuernos, or "horns" of the Paine Massif. Then a stop for a possible close-up view of the wild guanacos and the lookout point for the famous Torres, or "towers" of Paine, followed by a short trip to Cerro Guido and the Baguales Mountains. For dinner, a traditional gaucho-style barbecue known as "asado al palo" at an estancia (ranch) with lodging at a comfortable hostería at Cerro Castillo.
Day 12, Cerro Castillo – Cerro Sombrero
450 km of paved road
We travel to Cerro Sombrero on the way we will see old estancias before we cross the Estrecho de Magallanes with the ferry.
Day 13, Cerro Sombrero – Ushuaia – Garibaldi Pass – Ushuaia
approx. 330 kms on road - 120 kms off road
Leave Cerro Sombrero and head for Ushuaia on a paved road. We head along Lake Fagnano and up into the spectacular Darwin Range, over Garibaldi Pass. Then at the end of the day head to Ushuaia for dinner and our lodging for the night.
330 km of paved roads and 120 km of gravel road
Day 14, Ushuaia
We can visit in the city of Ushuaia the jail, today a museum. Very interesting to know the history of this city.
Day 15, Ushuaia – Tolhuin – Río Grande
approx. 230 kms onroad - 120 kms off road
Leave Ushuaia early, for the start of a long and interesting day. We will visit the penguins in Estancia Harberton, cost of the excursion U$D 90.
Gas up in Tolhuin. Then we’ll ride into Río Grande, where we spend the night.
230 km pavement and 120 km gravel road.
Day 16, Río Grande – San Sebastián – Punta Arenas
240 km of paved and 120 km of gravel road.
We will have to ford a shallow river as we leave Argentina at San Sebastián and head for the Chilean side of the island. In Punta Arenas we will have our last dinner together!
Day 17, Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
Flight to Santiago de Chile
To Be Advised
BMW R 1200GS
BMW R 1250GS
*Price is based on 2 people sharing a double room
**The price in EUR for the motorcycle itinerary is for guidance only. The USD price will be charged.
Trilingual (German, Spanish, English) expert-motorcycle-driver guide.
Flight tickets for Santiago de Chile - Osorno / Punta Arenas - Santiago de Chile
Transfer Osorno airport to MotoAventura office. Transfer hotel Punta Arenas - aeropuerto.
Ferry of Punta Delgada
Paperwork for all border crossings.
Motorcycle rental (as mentioned above)
The motorcycles are endowed with:
-waterproof bag of 60 liter.
-maps of Chile and Argentina.
Driver in the support vehicle with water, spare parts, double cabin pick up, 4x4 model
Entry fees for: the National Parks of Torres del Paine, Cueva Del Milodon.
Accommodation: Lodging in comfortable hosterías, ranches (estancias, with simply accommodation) and hotels, with breakfast included.
Meals: Welcome dinner in Osorno and dinner in Estancia La Angostura.
Transfer for the motorcycles from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt - Osorno.
Satellite phone for the trip for received calls.
Third party liability insurance is provided. Damages to the motorcycle are responsibility of the rider and we solicit a voucher of credit card when they arrive.
Optional (not included in the price but available at an extra cost)::
As we don’t have the possibility until today to buy insurance for damages or theft in Chile, we will offer the following possibilities for our riders:
BMW F 650 GS: U$D 20.- daily and in case of damage or theft you will pay up to U$D 1500
BMW F 650 TWIN: U$D 25.- daily and in case of damage or theft you will pay up to U$D 2000
BMWF800GS or KTM990: U$D 30,- daily and in case of damage or theft you will pay up to U$D 2300
BMW R 1200 GS: U$D 35.- daily and in case of damage or theft you will pay up to U$D 2500.
The theft insurance will not be cover in Bolivia and Peru, neither in Buenos Aires and Córdoba. For damages over the self payment, we will need the report of the police where it happens, also for theft.
In the case that you don't take this insurance, we will charge all the damages and theft like we did until now.
So far none of our motorcycles have been stolen, because if rider take cares and in the night they take a hotel with parking, then is no problem.
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Notes and additional information:
1. Motorcycles available at this moment, are made in
2. We suggest to take a travel insurance that cover accidents, sickness, etc. the motorcycles include in the rental contract only third part liability insurances. 3. Please note that some experience in riding gravel roads is required.
4. Motorcyclists need international drive license for motorcycles.
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