Let yourself fall under the spell of Patagonia’s magic, of its mountains and lakes, its infinite valleys, the fiords of Chile’s Pacific Ocean, Puyuhuapi’s thermal baths, the Perito Moreno glacier and the amazing geological relief in Torres Del Paine.
Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America. Bear in mind that the trip ends at the 54th parallel south.
Firmly anchored to the ground by a multitude of stout cables, in the front yard of a remote “estancia”, a wind-mill turns at top speed creating a typical humming sound. At great speed, clouds thunder past, crashing against distant mountain tops and dipping into the horizon. At times, the wind takes on a devilish speed and like a runaway train, storms across the unlimited space.
All of a sudden, the temperatures drop. But the sun makes its appearance and its warmth shines over a prairie covered in sweet-smelling flowers, the perfect spot for our lunch break! You might see a grey fox surreptitiously walking past, or a couple of hares hopping back to their burrow. In the distance, a “ñandú” or Patagonian ostrich might walk past followed by a string of little ones. Herds of the ever-present “guanaco”, the South-American lama, will also make an appearance as they gallop majestically across the vast expanses of unending land. The track winds towards the south, coming across the odd “cabaña” or bungalow, or a lonely petrol pump guarded by a pole and a tattered Argentinian flag. A herd of woolly sheep graze the luscious green grass, allowing the mind to imagine a promising dinner of roasted or barbecued leg of lamb…
Your day by day program
Arrival in Osorno, small capital city of the Lakes' region in Chile.
Right from the start, our trip will take us through majestic landscapes surrounded by mountains and lakes.
We will be heading towards the south and into one of the better known national parks in Patagonia: the Alerces National Park. Its magnificent landscapes and centenary trees will spellbind any traveler.
The famous Chilean “Carretera Austral” zigzags across the landscape. Things will start getting serious at this point…
Just after the border crossing in Futaleufú, our track will take us towards the hidden valleys of the Andes. Characteristically, the breathtaking beauty of this portion of the trip is in its tropical vegetation, called “selva valdiviana” or “valdivian jungle”. In Puyuhuapi, thermal hot water springs emerge from the ground. You are welcome to dive into these marvels of nature!
The “Carretera Austral” continues to stretch along the country and then takes a turn towards the east and dives into the luscious green valley of Coyhaique. This region is well known for its wines and gastronomy and is one of Chile’s agricultural centers.
Our team of riders will then immerse itself into one of the most picturesque stretches of this adventure and will drive around the west shore of lake "General Carrera", the second largest lake in South America.
As we continue heading south, we might be surprised to see some persistent snow patches both on the sides of the road and definitely on higher grounds and all the way up to the sharp summits of the surrounding Andes. The landscape offers a variety of colors both in its fauna and flora, such as herds of horses galloping under a flock of amazing Andean condors. Throughout this stage, each second brings about a feeling of utter amazement.
Small herds of “guanacos” will make their appearance here and there, livening up the immense golden yellow steppes. After a seemingly never-ending half-day ride, a tiny dated petrol station emerges in the middle of this deserted immensity. Then, hidden behind a curtain of poplars, at the foot of a hill and on the shore of a winding mountain river, our “estancia” opens its doors to the tired travelers.
Oh wow! Today the traveler will closely experience the astounding beauty of one of the major attractions of this trip: the "Perito Moreno" glacier, one of the most impressive natural phenomena of the world.
A day to rest in El Calafate.
The traveler has different options to chose from to visit the glacier. Whatever the option chosen, we guarantee the experience is unforgettable!
The "Torres del Paine" natural park is one of the most astounding natural monuments the south of Chile has to offer. A collection of rocky peaks coincide harmoniously with smaller mountains and hills, glaciers, valleys and beautiful lakes of all colors and sizes. Its name comes from the three granite peaks that soar out of the Paine mountain range.
During this stage, we cannot help but feel the resemblance between Patagonia and Mongolia! Our track continues winding towards the horizon and our bikes seem minute within the immense void. Absolute emptiness surrounds the traveler. But wait! Afar, a couple of “gauchos” gallop towards us rallying and encouraging their cattle to or from the nearest “estancia”. They smile, their faces frank and crinkled by the harsh weather conditions they live in the year round.
The team will then board the ferry to cross the mythical Magellan Strait, joining the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. We might see the odd orca or two but we will surely see the typical piebald dolphins that never fail to escort the ferry to and fro.
We've reached Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost province of Argentina! The atmosphere is surreal; we are now close to reaching the very end of the world!
We leave Ushuaia behind and once again head towards neighboring Chile!
Here we are again, heading this time towards the Magellan bay, home to important colonies of penguins and other typical local fauna.
Hidden in the midst of a region, for many a decade considered extremely inhospitable, we finally reach Punta Arenas, an entryway to Antarctica and historically the home to many a local tribe that facing harsh weather conditions managed to live off their fishing . At this point, the traveler will undoubtedly dream of extending his trip across the Straits in order to reach the southernmost lands of the Earth!
Flight back to home country!
Departures for groups formed on request
- Osorno (Chile)
- Punta Arenas (Chile)
- We've sourced charming accommodation, even in the furthermost corners of Patagonia, for when it's time to rest and relax; not to mention, the warm welcome we will receive from our hosts!
As you know, both Argentina and Namibia share the privilege of being famous for their meat. However, in Argentina this is enhanced by the atmosphere created when sitting by the fire, in our remote lodgings, with a view to the turquoise lakes freckled with the orange sparkles of dusk sunlight. On the red coals of the fire, the meat slowly roasts giving off a deliciously heady scent of pampa herbs and grass fed cattle…
A few examples of the accommodation we offer:
- The distances are long, but the tracks are not particularly difficult. The only difficulty that could arise is the wind which can sometimes give you a hard time on the gravel roads. Therefore, this trip is apt for any motivated biker.
TWO UP? It is perfectly feasible provided that both rider and passenger are fit and have the adequate experience. This trip has been set up with this possibility in mind.
- A TrailRando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
At the same time, logistical support on four wheels will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also have a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and are able to lend a hand if required.
- PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
There's a definite feeling of freedom about this track. To preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable detailed GPS track for the entire trip.
This technology allows you to be totally independent.
With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the TrailRando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a TrailRando trip.
A GPS IS MANDATORY
The itinerary is safely uploaded and stored stage by stage onto the GPS...
Before you start your trip, Trail Rando will provide you with the detailed uploadable itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
If you do not own a GPS, Trail Rando can rent you one.
- Single room supplement : 1250€
- GPS rental : 60€
- Supplement for the rental of a 1200 Super Ténéré : 670€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
Food :o Breakfast, lunch, dinnero from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,• The GPS device with the trip's complete track,• Tour leaders:o A tour leader on his motorcycle,o Support vehicle for luggage transport
- • Trasportationo Passenger transportation to and from tour start:- Air fares to and from tour start ,- transfers from the airport to the hotel and back,o ferries taken during the tour,• Petrol for the motorcycles,• Beverages,• Entry fares to national parks.
Maxitrail bikes between 600 y 1200 cm3.
All maxitrail bikes featuring 600 to 800 cm3 are perfectly suited for this trip. Bikes featuring 1200 cm3 must only be driven by pilots with a lot of experience.
To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.