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Patagonia Explorer

Duration

19 Days

Ride Grade

4

Ride / Rest day

14 / 5

Sealed / Dirt

85% / 15%

Distance

4,140 km / 2,570 mi


Chile & Argentina: Ride Patagonia, a world of vast blue skies, deep blue glaciers and towering snow capped peaks

Motorcycling through Chile and Argentina will be some of the greatest biking moments of your life. This 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.

This ride also runs in reverse: Northbound

Patagonia Explorer was voted by National Geographic Traveler in their 2011 “Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime”

Dates and Pricing

2nd Dec 2022 to 21st Dec 2022
Southbound

Tour code: PE/021222

from US$10110

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Rider / F700 GS

US$10110

: AVAILABLE

Rider / F800 GS

US$10830

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$11250

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$7925

: AVAILABLE

22nd Jan 2023 to 10th Feb 2023
Southbound

Tour code: PE/220123

from US$10110

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Rider / F700 GS

US$10110

: FULL

Rider / F800 GS

US$10830

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$11250

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$7925

: AVAILABLE

16th Feb 2023 to 7th Mar 2023
Northbound

Tour code: PE/160223

from US$10110

View Bikes

Rider / F700 GS

US$10110

: FULL

Rider / F800 GS

US$10830

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$11250

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$7925

: AVAILABLE

2nd Dec 2023 to 21st Dec 2023
Southbound

Tour code: PE/021223

from US$11120

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Rider / F700 GS

US$11120

: AVAILABLE

Rider / F800 GS

US$11920

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$12370

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$8715

: AVAILABLE

22nd Jan 2024 to 10th Feb 2024
Southbound

Tour code: PE/220124

from US$11120

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Rider / F700 GS

US$11120

: FULL

Rider / F800 GS

US$11920

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$12370

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$8715

: AVAILABLE

16th Feb 2024 to 6th Mar 2024
Northbound

Tour code: PE/160224

from US$11120

View Bikes

Rider / F700 GS

US$11120

: AVAILABLE

Rider / F800 GS

US$11920

: AVAILABLE

Rider / R1200 GS

US$12370

: AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$8715

: AVAILABLE

Tour Highlights


Itinerary



 

SOUTHBOUND (January departure)
Day 1: Your Santiago airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: A morning flight and group transfer to Pucón, where you will pick up your bikes and have your orientation/safety ride.
Day 3: Today you’ll have a free day to explore Pucón.
Day 4: A scenic ride and your first border crossing into Argentina, our overnight stay is stunning San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 5: A free day for you to explore San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 6: Today’s ride will take you towards the sparsely forested foothills of the Western Chubut province, arriving for a restful night at Esquel.
Day 7: Riding through some stunning Patagonian wilderness, you will stop for the night in the remote settlement of Perito Moreno.
Day 8: The horizon seems to stretch on forever as you ride to a beautiful and remote estancia (Argentinean farm). Prepare yourself for a fantastic traditional Argentinean meal.
Day 9 & 10: You’ll ride across the plains to the peaceful village of El Chalten in the shadow of the Fitzroy Range. Two nights in El Chalten will give you a chance to take a walk into the range and give our legs a much-needed stretch.
Day 11: Today you’ll head further south to the town of El Calafate for a two-night stay.
Day 12: Ride out to the spectacular Moreno Glacier and enjoy the day in the National Park.
Day 13: Today’s ride will take us back into Chile and into the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 14: You will have a full day to hike the rugged trails throughout the park or ride among the many winding roads that cover this region. The choice is yours.
Day 15: Leaving Torres National Park, you’ll ride out to Puerto Natales and then cross the Magellan Straits to our overnight accommodation in Cerro Sombrero.
Day 16: Ride triumphantly into the southernmost city in the world, the beautiful Ushuaia.
Day 17: Enjoy a morning Beagle Channel cruise (optional) or ride through the Tierra del Fuego National Park to the end of the world. We will leave after lunch for a short ride to Rio Grande where we will overnight.
Day 18: We travel north back into Chile, riding alongside the Magellan Straits to the town of Punta Arenas where we will return the motorcycles.
Day 19: Your included flight will take you to the capital of Santiago for your final night of the tour.
Departure day: Spend some time in Santiago or fly home, the choice is yours.

NORTHBOUND (February departure)
Day 1: Your Santiago airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow.
Day 2: Today you’ll take a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, where you’ll meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 3: We cross the Magellan Straits and ride to our overnight accommodation in Rio Grande.
Day 4: We ride to the southernmost city in the world, the beautiful Ushuaia. Enjoy an afternoon Beagle Channel cruise (optional) or ride through the Tierra del Fuego National Park where you’ll truly come to the end of the world.
Day 5: You’ll ride through the southern forests and mountains to arrive into Chile and onto your overnight stay at Cerro Sombrero.
Day 6: Crossing the Magellan Straights, you will ride into Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 7: You will have a full day to hike the rugged trails throughout the park or ride among the many winding roads that cover this region. The choice is yours.
Day 8: Today’s ride will have you crossing the border back into Argentina. Your overnight stay is El Calafate.
Day 9: Ride out to the spectacular Moreno Glacier and enjoy the day in the National Park.
Day 10 & 11: Today you’ll head north to the town of El Chalten, nestled in the shadow of the Fitzroy Range. Two nights in El Chalten will give you a chance to take a walk into the range and give our legs a much-needed stretch.
Day 12: The horizon seems to stretch on forever as you ride to a beautiful and remote estancia (Argentinean farm). Prepare yourself for a fantastic traditional Argentinean meal.
Day 13: Leaving the estancia you’ll continue north and stop for the night in the remote settlement of Perito Moreno.
Day 14: Today’s ride will take you towards the sparsely forested foothills of the Western Chubut province, arriving for a restful night at Esquel.
Day 15: A scenic ride into the forested mountains and lakes area, our overnight stay is stunning San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 16: A free day for you to explore San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 17: Today you’ll cross back into Chile and ride into Pucón for your overnight stay.
Day 18: The ride north today is toward the wonderful Salto Lago where you will be spending the night.
Day 19: Today will see you continue north and onto the vibrant capital of Chile, Santiago for your final night of the tour.
Departure day: Spend some time in Santiago or fly home, the choice is yours.

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      Upgrades


      If you require a low bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F700 GS available: Free of charge

      All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 1,190
      (please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).

      Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 4000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 25 per day

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      Ride Profile

      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 pillions can travel in the support vehicle.

        Tour Start/End

        Tour Start: Santiago, Chile
        Tour End: Santiago, Chile

        Climate

        It is summer in Patagonia, so we can expect some beautiful sunny ride days. Average daily temperatures around Pucón (the north) are between 7 and 20 degrees C (45 and 67 degrees F). In the south the temperatures will be slightly cooler. Average summer temperatures in Ushuaia are between 4 and 12 degrees C (40 and 54 degrees F). The prevailing winds, from the southwest, are dry, cold, and can be very strong at times. Although not a lot of rain is expected on tour, be prepared for some wet weather riding

        Important Information

        • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
        • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
        Ride Grade
        4

        Ride Distance
        4,140 km / 2,570 mi

        Sealed / Dirt
        85% / 15%

        Accomodation


        • 19 nights of accommodation.
        • Our accommodations range 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.
        • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 1,190.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
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        Dining


        • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 19 Breakfasts
        • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 10 Lunches
        • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 7 Dinners
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        Bikes



         

         

        BMW R1200GS
        • 1200cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
        • Seat height 90cm (35In) Approx.
        • Inner Leg Curve 195cm (78in) Approx
        • Heated Hand Grips
        • BMW style accessory power socket
        • Top Box
        • Engine protection bars
        • Bash plate
        • Dual purpose tyres


         

         

        BMW F800GS
        • 800cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
        • Seat height 88cm (34In) Approx.
        • Inner Leg Curve 193cm (76in) Approx
        • Heated Hand Grips
        • BMW style accessory power socket
        • Top Box
        • Engine protection bars
        • Bash plate
        • Dual purpose tyres 

         
         
        BMW F700GS
        • 800cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
        • Seat height 82cm (32In) Approx.
        • Inner Leg Curve 181cm (71in) Approx
        • Heated Hand Grips
        • BMW style accessory power socket
        • Top Box
        • Engine protection bars
        • Bash plate
        • Duel purpose tyres
        • Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)

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        Insurance


        Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

        If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

        Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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