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Southern Lakes Explorer Motorcycle Tour



Chile & Argentina: A motorcycle tour ride through some of Chile and Argentina’s finest scenery.

This superb Chile and Argentina Motorcycle tour is a ride amongst snow capped glaciated volcanos that tower over verdant hills and pristine lakes. We stay in superbly located lakeside accommodation and enjoy a traditional Argentine Asado. This motorbike adventure shall take in some of Chile and Argentina’s finest scenery as we enjoy ancient forests, emerald-deep blue lakes and superb mountain scenery on this wonderful nine-day motorbike tour of the Chilean Lakes district and Argentina’s epic seven Lakes ride.



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Grade 3 Bike Tour

This ride is suitable for off-road novice and two-up riding.

90% of this ride is on paved road however these road surfaces can be in bad condition with large potholes.

10% of this ride is on dirt, most dirt is hard packed, although there are sections that can have loose gravel and can be rutted. Dirt surfaces can also be loose in sections. This ride also crosses high altitude passes.

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Distance: approx 1,300 km / 800 mi


Video courtesy of Lobos Adventure filmed
during 2013 Southern Lakes Explorer.

Lake near Bariloche

Riding in Argentina

Riding Bolivia

The Caraterra Austral

veiwpoint over Argentina

F 650 GS in Argentina

Snow capped volcano

Stunning Carretera Austral scenery


Llama crossing

Lago nahual Huapi


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DATES: 5 January to 13 January TOUR CODE: SLE/050118
BMW F 700 GS A $6,650.00 US $4,790.00 3 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $7,090.00 US $5,105.00 2 BIKES
Triumph Tiger 800Xc A $7,090.00 US $5,105.00 3 BIKES
BMW R 1200 GS A $7,340.00 US $5,285.00 FULL
Co-rider A $4,150.00 US $2,990.00 3 PLACES



DATES: 5 January to 13 January TOUR CODE: SLE/050119
BMW F 700 GS A $6,650.00 US $4,790.00 4 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $7,090.00 US $5,105.00 2 BIKES
Triumph Tiger 800Xc A $7,090.00 US $5,105.00 3 BIKES
BMW R 1200 GS A $7,340.00 US $5,285.00 1 BIKE
Co-rider A $4,150.00 US $2,990.00 4 PLACES



  • Stunning town of Pucon
  • Lago Todos los Santos
  • Parque Nacional Puyehue
  • Chiloe Island
  • Germanic lakeside village of Frutillar
  • Swiss town of Bariloche
  • Scenic Seven Lakes ride


Tour start: Santiago, Chile
Tour end: Santiago, Chile
Accommodation: 9 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: US$ 500 / A$ 695 (may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
Ride Days: 7 (One day is 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).


Day one

After a short flight from Santiago to Temuco we shall transfer to our hotel in Pucon, a wonderful township nestled at the foot of Villarrica volcano deep within the stunning Chilean lakes district. We shall get acquainted with our motorbikes before going on an afternoon ride around the Chilean Lakes District. We have a great ride designed that will take in some of the extraordinary scenery that abounds and one that offers a mix of on and off-road.

Day two

We have some time to further explore the Chilean Lakes District before riding to one of Chiles most magnificent cities of Valdivia with a beautiful setting on the confluence of the Rio Calle Calle and Rio Cruces. We spend the late afternoon and evening visiting the 17th century forts and exploring the Plaza de la Republica. We certainly won’t forget the numerous boutique beers on offer in Valdivia.

Day Three

Our Chile and Argentina motorcycle tour continues south into the stunning southern lakes region of Chile and stop at Ensenada, wonderfully located on the shores of Lago Llanguihue. Today’s ride is spectacular as we travel amongst verdant farmlands and forests of green and view the perfect snow capped cone of the Volcano Osorno, not to mention the lake. We shall ride out to the most stunning lake in all of Southern Chile, Lago Todos los Santos, where we shall overnight at Petrohue. Hopefully we shall see Volcon Osorno being beautifully reflected off the emerald green lake; it’s an outstandingly beautiful spot.

Day Four

Continuing south we shall reach the Germanic town of Puerto Varas which offers more stunning views of Lago Llanguihue and Volcon Osorno before riding onto Puerto Montt. From Puerto Montt we shall cross onto the mythical Chiloe Island. Chiloe is an archipelago of over 40 islands and is steeped in history and mystique. We are now in Patagonia and stay overnight at Ancud situated on the dazzling north coast of the island.

Day Five

Returning north we ride onto Frutillar, a wonderfully preserved 18th century village that has a strong Germanic history. Another beautiful riding day amongst the lakes and mountains we shall stop en-route at the super laid back Puerto Octay on our way to our overnight stay at the tiny village of Entre Lagos, on the shores of Lago Puyehue.

Day Six

Today is yet another spectacular ride as we cross into Argentina via the lofty Paso Puyehue. We shall be riding through the Parque Nacional Puyehue all the way to the Argentinean border with numerous lakes and twin volcanic peaks in full view. After border procedures we shall ride down into San Carlos de Bariloche, an absolutely stunning town known for its Swiss architecture, Saint Bernard dogs and chocolates.

Day Seven

A full day is spent in Bariloche allowing us time to ride the stunning Circuito Chico that runs along the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi. A visit to the world-renowned resort of Llao Llao is highly recommended for lunch. We shall enjoy a traditional asado (BBQ) that evening.

Day Eight

Our last ride day shall see us ride north and ride the world famous 7 Lakes ride; a dirt road around 7 scenic lakes, this ride is a scenery overload. The picturesque splendor continues on as we pass through San Martin de los Andes before crossing back into Chile at the remote border pass of Mamuil Malal. The ride down into Pucon is along an infrequently used dirt road through ancient forests.

Day Nine

Our final day will see us take private transport to Temuco for our return flight to Santiago.


  • Airport Transfers
  • Flight Santiago – Temuco & Temuco – Santiago
  • Motorcycle rental BMW F700 GS or upgrades to F800GS (2) or R1200GS (1) at additional cost
  • 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 as mentioned on itinerary


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


  • 9 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$ 500.00 / A$ 695.00 (may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)


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: 10 / Lunches: 7 / Dinners: 4


  • Please note that you will need to be in Santiago 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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