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Wild Patagonia

Duration

16 Days

Ride Grade

4

Ride / Rest day

12 / 4

Sealed / Dirt

80% / 20%

Distance

2,850 km / 1,780 mi


Chile and Argentina: A motorcyle adventure through the breathtaking landscape of ancient forests, tree-lined fjords, lakes, glaciers and towering volcanoes

After being closed to the outside world until the early 80s the 1240km / 775ml Carretera Austral, or Ruta 7, is fast becoming renowned as one of, if not the best road trips in the world, a huge claim indeed. This immense ride will take in the very best of the Carretera Austral, deep within Patagonia, and also the legendary Chilean Lakes District, Ruta 40 and the vastness of Argentina’s pampas. If towering snow-capped peaks, perfect conical volcanoes, hanging glaciers, rare pristine forests, legendary roads, mighty fjords and a vastness virtually unmatched anywhere else on earth then "Wild Patagonia" is your thing.

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Dates and Pricing

6th Nov 2024 to 22nd Nov 2024
Tour code: WP/061124
from US$9,720.00
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6th Nov 2025 to 22nd Nov 2025
Tour code: WP/061125
from US$9,720.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary



 

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 short, included, flight from the Chilean capital, Santiago, to Temuco where it’s a quick private bus trip to the beautiful Pucon, set on the shoes of Lago Villarrica with views of the nearby snow-capped Volcan Villarrica.
Day 3: A ride amongst the volcano's today from the Chilean Lakes District to stunning Petrohue on the shores of Lago Todos los Santos.
Day 4: Into Patagonia proper today and a landscape of glaciers, forests, raging rivers and fjords. We spend a night near the Hornopiren National Park
Day 5: We are onto the magnificent Carretera Austral today as we take two ferries across beautiful fjords from Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo and onto the breathtaking Lago Yelcho for our stunningly located lodge on the shores of the lake.
Day 6: Further south we depart the Carretera Austral to visit the amazing Futaleufú, home to the finest white-water rafting on earth, not to mention the magnificent mountain scenery
Day 7: We continue south back onto Ruta 7 into a region of rain forest, lakes and valleys to the superb Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa, only accessible via boat. We can enjoy a relaxing spa while gazing over an epic vista of the snow-capped Andes and the Ventisqueiro Fjord.
Day 8: Ride through the remarkable rain forests of the Queulat National Park with its hanging glacier to Coyhaique with the dominating Cerro Macay towering over the city.
Day 9: Another day of lofty snow-capped peaks and stunning turquoise lakes as we ride thought the magnificent Cerro Castillo National Park and reach Puerto Rio Tranquillo where we spend two nights
Day 10: Our first rest day allows us time to visit the remarkable marble caves known as Las Cavernas Marmoles and / or the constantly calving San Rafael Glacier
Day 11: We follow the blue waters of Lago Gral Carrera before crossing the Andes and entering Argentina. We descend the Andes onto the renown Patagonia Steppe.
Day 12: A big day today riding north along the legendary Ruta 40 that forms part of the Pan American Highway to the remote Patagonian village of Perito Moreno
Day 13: A ride through the stunning UNESCO listed Los Alerces National Park to the picture perfect Bariloche with its breathtaking location set amongst mountains forests and lakes.
Day 14: A rest day where we can explore this magnificent region, either ride the stunning Circuito Chico, Take a cable car to Cerro Otto or indulge in chocolates at any number of chocolate shop downtown.
Day 15: Today we cross the border and return to the Chilean town of Pucon, via the spectacular seven Lakes Drive.
Day 16: We transfer back to Temuco on a private bus then take a flight back to Santiago for our final night
Departure day: Spend some time in Santiago or fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport transfers
  • Return flights Santiago - Pucon
  • Motorcycle Rental BMW F 700, 800 & R1200 GS
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Border paperwork
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Non-alcoholic drinks on the support vehicle
  • Breakfast every day, lunches and dinners on mentioned days
  • 16 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels & resorts
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to a satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Entrances to all mentioned National Parks

Not Included


  • International Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal spending money
  • Lunches and dinners on mentioned days
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


If you require a low bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F750 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$ 1,090.00
(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 Details


Ride Profile

80% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow and caution must be shown as South American drivers can be a little "erratic".
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 and can become a little muddy if raining. We cross a number of passes that are a little steep and narrow making it difficult to see oncoming traffic. 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). As we ride south the temperatures can be slightly cooler. The prevailing winds from the southwest, are dry, cold, and can be very strong at times. Rain must be expected on some section of the Carratera Austral in the rainforest region, 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
2,850 km / 1,780 mi

Sealed / Dirt
80% / 20%

Accommodation


  • 16 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels & resorts. 
  • 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$ 1,090.00 (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: 16 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 11 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners
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Bikes



 

 

BMW R1250GS
  • 1254cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 85cm (33.5In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


 

 

BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86cm (33.8In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 

 
 
BMW F750GS
  • 803cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
  • Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)
 
Honda Africa Twin 1100
  • 1084cc parallel twin
  • Seat height 850cm (33.5 in)
  • USB & 12v power ports
  • Top box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres

 

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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