The participants are met at Osorno airport (ZOS)*, and taken by our launch to the hotel. After check-in follows the bike collection, signing of contracts, group briefing, organization of baggage, and the welcome dinner offered by Exmo Tours. We leave on our journey the following day.
Hairpin bends through the Chilean landscape form the setting for the first hours of the journey, while passing the frontier will take us up to lunchtime. Climbing the range of the Andes we shall be able to admire the ashes of the volcano Puyehue and the panorama of Lake Nahuel Huapi, beside which we shall stop for the night. An evening in the streets of one of the liveliest cities of the region awaits us.
We shall leave beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi only after having explored the inlets to the mirador Llao Llao, a panoramic viewpoint where we shall have coffee. We then descend the bends of the Andes to El Bolson and venture into Los Alercos National Park, characterized by 80 km of unpaved roads and tracks that wind round iridescent lakes.
The Carretera Austral is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes in the world to cross on a motorbike, and on this day the group will explore part of it. After passing the border which takes us back into Chile, we shall be captivated by the beauty of the rivers, waterfalls and lakes that we catch sight of between one bend and the next. We shall find many panoramic viewpoints right up until we reach the fiord, where we can enjoy salmon and fresh cod for dinner.
The unpaved road will lead us along the banks of the fiord and round the hairpin bends of the rain-washed mountains of Chilean Patagonia. From the summit, we shall admire waterfalls and glaciers before descending to rejoin the asphalted road. We shall ride through grassland, surrounded by rocky peaks and the sight of multi-colored expanses of flowers, to our destination, where the group will enjoy a great dinner with the view on the valley.
In view of the mileage expected today, we shall leave the hotel in early morning, enjoying the stretch of quick asphalted road and the unpaved kilometers of the Carretera Austral. We arrive at the magnificent General Carrera Lake and shall be enraptured by the majesty of this area. We shall ride alongside this vast sheet of water until we reach the border with Argentina, where iconic Ruta40 starts again.
Ruta40, groups of guanacos, and strong gusting winds are the actors in this phase of the journey. We shall maintain a good speed for the whole day, but get a taste of the unpaved road for the last 30 km. In view of the challenging ride expected on the following day, Exmo Tours offers the group a dinner of spit-roasted lamb accompanied by local wine and served in an authentic Tehuelche estancia.
The gravel road and the wind will be tough for half of the day, but we will be compensated with the views of the Viedma and Argentino lakes. After we have returned to the paved road, we shall lunch in the historic estancia that gave refuge to Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and Ethel Place when in flight after a robbery. The excellent road surface will take us as far as El Calafate, a tourist center famous for its nightlife movida, where we shall stay for two nights.
Today the group will be picked up on our launch and taken to Los Glaciares National Park to pass a most welcome day of rest at the foot of the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. The crash of yet another block of thousand-year-old ice smashing onto the sheet of water, and echoing afar, makes this a unique experience of its kind, an unforgettable moment. On our return the group will be free to organize their own evening.
Ruta40 leaves from El Calafate, alternating between paved and unpaved, but without sparing us the wind, which in this region blows with gusts that can reach 130 km/h. However, once we have returned to Chilean soil the wind drops to another level while in front of our visors appears the eighth wonder of the world: the Torres del Paine National Park. We ride round the unpaved circuit and stop for the night with the added benefit of an exceptional view of the towering peaks.
The mountainous ridge of the Andes gives way to the Argentinian steppes and the salty tang of the sea grows stronger hour by hour. Once we arrive at the Magellan Straits we shall lunch inside the wreck of the steamship Amadeo and get ready for landing on Tierra del Fuego, where we shall celebrate yet another conquest on this journey.
We shall cross the heart of Tierra del Fuego in front of the Atlantic Ocean. A series of lakes and mountain hairpin bends will blaze our trail to the southernmost city in the world reachable by land: Ushuaia. As the culmination of our feat we shall win through to the signpost Fin del Mundo (World’s End) in the Lapataia National Park. We shall celebrate the finishing line in style with a dinner based on extraordinarily fresh king crab.
After breakfast the group will be free to visit Ushuaia and its surroundings until after lunchtime. The journey will now continue northwards, to enable us to meet the ferry that will carry us to Punta Arenas the following day. We shall enjoy our final Argentinian wine in front of the Atlantic Ocean, which witnessed the Falklands Islands (Islas Malvinas) War.
Back in Chile, we shall ride along the Magellan Straits on the last unpaved stretch of road on our journey. We will need to reach Porvenir by 1.00 p.m. to embark on the ferry that lands at Punta Arenas after 5.00 p.m. In the event of the ferry not running (because of strong winds or unscheduled maintenance) the group will arrive at their destination by land (*+200 km). Once we have arrived at Punta Arenas the members of the group will return their motorbikes and get ready for the farewell dinner offered by Exmo Tours.
The members of the group will be taken by our launch to Punta Arenas airport (PUQ) for a connection to Santiago (Chile), from where they will board their homeward flights.
|Motorbikes available||Double room|
|BMW F700GS||USD 8.690|
|BMW F800GS||USD 9.000|
|HONDA AFRICA TWIN||USD 9.300|
|YAMAHA SUPER TENERE||USD 9.300|
|BMW R1200GS LC||USD 9.550|
|BMW R1200GS LC Adventure||USD 9.880|
|SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT||USD 1.450|
|PILLION SUPPLEMENT||USD 3.560|
|Motorbikes available||Double room|
|BMW F700GS||USD 9.300|
|BMW F800GS||USD 9.800|
|HONDA AFRICA TWIN||USD 10.100|
|YAMAHA SUPER TENERE||USD 10.100|
|BMW R1200GS LC||USD 10.350|
|BMW R1200GS LC Adventure||USD 10.900|
|SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT||USD 1.600|
|PILLION SUPPLEMENT||USD 3.900|
Adventure motorcycling requires a very specific preparation to make the journey enjoyable. These free .PDF handbooks help you prepare, plan, select the equipment and get the necessary travelling documents for you and your motorbike!
|1||Flight to Osorno and bike pickup|
|2||Osorno - Bariloche||250|
|3||Bariloche - Trevelin||385|
|4||Trevelin - Puyuhuapi||230|
|5||Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique||230|
|6||Coyhaique - Antiguos||410|
|7||Antiguos - Gregores||370|
|8||Gregores - El Calafate||315|
|9||El Calafate (Perito Moreno)||0|
|10||El Calafate - Torres del Paine||310|
|11||Torres del Paine - Cerro Sombrero||450|
|12||Cerro Sombrero - Ushuaia||475|
|13||Ushuaia - Rio Grande||220|
|14||Rio Grande - P.ta Arenas||250*|
|15||Flight from P.ta Arenas|
|16||only NYE tour||**|