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Patagonia Explorer Motorcycle Adventure Tour

Patagonia Adventure

18 DAYS

Argentina & Chile: Patagonia, a world of vast blue skies, deep blue glaciers and towering snow capped peaks. Ride this great land with us. logo2

Voted by National Geographic Traveler in their 2011 “Top 50 Motorcycle Tours of a Lifetime”

A Patagonia Motorcycle Tour through Chile and Argentina will be some of the greatest biking moments of your life. This motorcycle adventure is a scenic overload; beginning in the Chilean Lakes district town of Pucon we ride into Argentina and onto Bariloche, via the famous seven lakes ride, every inch is a scenic splendour. Further south we enter the vast and remote Patagonia stopping overnight at a, still working, Estancia before riding into more sensational scenery as we hit the Andes at El Chalten. No motorbike tour to this region should miss the incredible Moreno Glacier, we ride our bikes out to this staggeringly beautiful part of Patagonia before riding into Torres Del Paine National Park with it’s deep blue glaciers and lakes. This place will leave you awe struck and we dare to say that it is possibly the most scenic motorcycle ride in the world. This is an incredible motorcycle tour through some of the most amazing, remote and mythical regions in the world, no wonder it’s our top selling tour.

 

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Grade 4 Bike Tour

 

80% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow. 20% of this ride will be on dirt. Most dirt is hard packed, although there are sections that can have loose gravel and can be rutted. Additionally, wind can be a factor on this ride.

Some off- road experience is preferred for this tour, on the more difficult sections Co-Riders can travel in the support vehicle.

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 Distance: approx 3,500 km / 2,200 mi

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Moreno Glacier (2)

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Magellan Dolphins, crossing the Magellan Straits

Glacier

Enjoying Patagonia

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Seven lakes ride

El Chalten

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DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

2016

DATES: 15 November to 2 December TOUR CODE: PE/151116
(Santiago to Ushuaia)
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $10,880.00 US $8,490.00 FULL
BMW F 800 GS A $11,690.00 US $9,120.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,150.00 US $9,480.00 1 BIKE
Co-rider A $8,580.00 US $6,690.00 FULL

 

2017

DATES: 23 January to 9 February TOUR CODE: PE/230117
(Santiago to Ushuaia)
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $10,880.00 US $8,490.00 FULL
BMW F 800 GS A $11,690.00 US $9,120.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,150.00 US $9,480.00 FULL
Co-rider A $8,580.00 US $6,690.00 FULL

 

DATES: 20 February to 9 March TOUR CODE: PE/200217
(Ushuaia to Santiago)
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $10,880.00 US $8,490.00 2 BIKE
BMW F 800 GS A $11,690.00 US $9,120.00 1 BIKE
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,150.00 US $9,480.00 1 BIKE
Co-rider A $8,580.00 US $6,690.00 3 PLACEs

 

DATES: 15 November to 2 December TOUR CODE: PE/151117
(Santiago to Ushuaia)
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $10,880.00 US $8,490.00 3 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $11,690.00 US $9,120.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,150.00 US $9,480.00 FULL
Co-rider A $8,580.00 US $6,690.00 4 PLACES

 

2018

DATES: 20 February to 9 March TOUR CODE: PE/200218
(Ushuaia to Santiago)
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $10,880.00 US $8,490.00 5 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $11,690.00 US $9,120.00 4 BIKES
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,150.00 US $9,480.00 1 BIKE
Co-rider A $8,580.00 US $6,690.00 4 PLACES

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The tranquil lakeside setting of Pucon
  • World famous Seven Lakes Drive
  • Stunning mountains and lakes around Bariloche; as well as great dining and world class chocolates
  • Accommodation in an authentic still working estancia
  • Spectacular mountain scenery around El Chalten
  • Moreno Glacier
  • The unparallelled beauty of Torres del Paine
  • Tierra del Fuego, lands end, Ushuaia

TOUR INFORMATION

Tour start: Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tour end: Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina
Accommodation: 18 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: US$ 850 / A$ 1,090 (may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
Ride Days: 9 to 16 (Some days are spent in the same location allowing clients to ride around and explore the area, if desired. This will increase the number of ride days depending on client preferences).

THE RIDE

Week one

We begin this Patagonia Motorcycle tour in the Chilean capital of Santiago, before flying south to the scenic wonderland of Pucon, nestled at the foot of Volcan Villarrica, deep within the Chilean lake district. Leaving Pucon we enjoy a wonderful ride through stunning alpine vistas and cross into Argentina and onto the world famous Seven Lakes Drive to Bariloche spectacularly located on the shores of lake Nahuel Huapi, where we spend 2 nights. From Bariloche we ride our BMWs onto Esquel at the foothills of the Western Chubut Province, and terminus of the legendary Patagonian Express train. Further south we ride surrounded by stunning wilderness and silence, before over-nighting at the remote settlement of Perito Moreno on the Patagonian Steppe. Further south we hit the Ripio (dirt roads) of the infamous “Ruta 40″and ride onto Estancia La Angostura a working sheep station where we try a traditional Asado (B.B.Q).

Week two

We are on the Ripio all day as we head further south for the wonderful mountain hamlet of El Chalten, with the massive Fitzroy Range towering behind. Our Patagonia motorcycle adventure spends two nights here with the opportunity to stretch our legs amongst the mountains. Riding further south we reach El Calafate where we spend two nights, enabling us to visit the incomparable Moreno Glacier. At 30 km / 19 mi long, 5 km /3 mi wide and 60 m / 197 ft high, the glacier is one of those “take your breath away” moments. Continuing on we stop at what is possibly the jewel in the Patagonian crown, Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine. Two full days will be spent motorbike riding around the park at your leisure. Perhaps we shall ride and trek to the spires of Torres or visit Grey Glacier or simply ride amongst mother natures finest, the choice is yours. Motorcycling simply cannot get any better, you will be stunned.

Week Three

Leaving Torres we ride more Ripio onto Puerto Natales with the waters of Seno Ultima Esperanza lapping the roadside. By mid afternoon we reach our penultimate stop, staying in the tiny isolated hamlet of Cerro Sombero. A big day’s ride follows as we cross the Magellan Straits and onto Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, Fin del Mundo (end of the world). We spend our last day enjoying our last ride to the very end of the Pan American Highway. This Patagonia Motorcycle experience is one that creates incredible memories and we invite you to experience it with us!

This tour also operates in reverse, starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and ending in Santiago, Chile.

 

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental BMW F700 GS or upgrades to F800GS (2) or R1200GS (1) at additional cost
  • Flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires or Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, depending on direction of travel
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per tour option
  • Accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Entrances to all national parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Moreno Glacier boat cruise

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

ACCOMMODATION

  • 18 nights hotels & 1 bonus night
  • Accommodation ranges from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels,
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: US$ 850.00 / A$ 1,090.00 (may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)

INCLUDED MEALS

On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.

Breakfasts: 18 / Lunches: 9 / Dinners: 7

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please note that you will need to be in Santiago or Buenos Aires, depending on direction of travel, one day prior to start of expedition.

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.



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