An Epic Patagonia Motorcycle Journey18 days & 17 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Osorno, Chile
Upon arrival at Osorno airport, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and accompanied to your hotel. You will have time to relax before this evening welcome dinner and program briefing.Sonesta Hotel (D)
Day 2Osorno, Chile - Bariloche, Argentina
Cross the mighty Andes via the Puyehue Pass, with views of volcanoes that have been active as recently as 2011. Drop down into Argentina and the town of Villa la Angostura. From here, you will ride along the edge of amazing Lake Nahuel Huapi, with its cold, clear, waters that reach depths of more than 1,500 feet in some places, surrounded by forests of native cypresses and coihues. You'll soon turn south and pass the Limay River and the site of the general store where the American bandit Butch Cassidy used to stock up on supplies. From there it is a short run into the town of Bariloche, where you will spend the first night in this world-famous resort city at the edge of Nahuel Huapi.NH Edelweiss Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 3Bariloche - Esquel
After breakfast, leave Bariloche and head for Esquel, 192 miles south. This takes you along the edge of the mountain lakes of Mascardi, Guillermo, and Gutierrez, surrounded by high peaks and forests. Stop in the town of El Bolson for lunch. Then, leave the pavement for a while to visit the cabins near Cholila where Butch Cassidy, Etta Place, and the Sundance Kid lived while trying to run a respectable ranching business. Later, you'll return to the pavement at the famous Ruta 40 which will eventually take you to deepest Patagonia. But for now, enjoy a great meal and a good sleep in Esquel, a small and cozy city founded by the Welsh in the nineteenth century.Hosteria Cumbres Blancas (B, L, D)
Day 4Esquel - Puyuhuapi
After breakfast in Esquel, hit the road en route to Queulat Hill, which offers spectacular views to the glacier and native forest, and a chance to see the waterfall called Father Garcia, which plunges almost 100 feet. Your last stop of the day is the Puyuhuapi Thermal Spa, located in a sheltered cove with abundant vegetation, at the mouth of the streams flowing down Melimoyu mountain range. Thermal waters gush forth at different points along the beach with water at close to 122 degrees, which forms two pools. You'll lodge in Puyuhuapi for the night.Puyuhuapi Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5Puyuhuapi - Coyhaique
Today, drive through the National Forest of Puerto Chacabuco, a 158-square-mile natural space that has a museum of flora and fauna. Continue on to Lake Los Palos in the Valley of the Colonos and Lago Riesco, before stopping for the night in Coyhaique.Cinco Rios Chile (B, L, D)
Day 6Coyhaique - Perito Moreno
Travel to a typical ranch, called an estancia, where we can see how gauchos (cowboys) live, on the famous Route 40.Estancia La Angostura (B, L, D)
Day 7Perito Moreno - Santa Cruz
Today you'll get serious about our riding, covering 205 miles of gravel and mixed gravel and dirt. This is the Patagonia you have heard about, the very picture of emptiness and desolation. You may ride for several hours and not see so much as a fence. It is a land where you can expect to see wild animals such as guanacos (a type of llama), Darwin's rheas (similar to ostriches), and at least one type of armadillo.Estancia La Angostura (B, L, D)
You'll pass the outpost settlement of Bajo Caracoles and finally reach the remote ranch where you will stay, at the Estancia La Angostura, an authentic, rustic Argentinian ranch. A true estancia, you'll meet real gauchos and enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire and savored under a huge star-filled sky. Accommodations here are simple-single rooms with a shared bathroom.
Day 8Santa Cruz - Calafate
Start the day with another 200 km of gravel riding, past more estancias and the mighty Santa Cruz River, which drains into Lake Argentina. Then, you'll reach pavement again for a short ride into the town of Calafate, where you will spend the night.Alto Calafate - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Today is mostly a rest day to recover from the grueling days of dust and gravel that are behind you. But don't relax so much that you miss your tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier, as it is one of the most spectacular sights in all of Patagonia. At day's end, return to Calafate for a good night's sleep.Alto Calafate (B, L, D)
Day 10Calafate - heading towards Torres del Paine
Head out of Cerro Castillo and ride through the breathtaking scenery along Lago del Toro, to the Puente Negro (Black Bridge) over the Serrano River, and to a splendid view of the Paine Massif. Continue along the Eberhard Fjord to the old port and sheep processing center at Bories, now a Chilean National Monument. Reward a day well spent with a stay in a very beautiful hotel on the way to Torres del Paine.Las Torres (B, L, D)
Day 11Torres del Paine - Cerro Castillo
Head out for a look at Torres del Paine National Park. You will visit Laguna Azul (Blue Lake), Salto Chico Waterfall, and Condor Lookout. Afterward, enjoy a half-hour hike to the lookout over the lake to see the amazing Cuernos, or 'horns' of Paine Massif. Then, stop for a possible close-up view of the wild guanacos, and the lookout point for the famous Torres, or 'towers' of Paine, followed by a short trip to Cerro Guido and the Baguales Mountains. For dinner, you'll savor a traditional gaucho-style barbecue known as asado al palo at an estancia, with lodging at a comfortable hosteria at Cerro Castillo.Refugio Cerro Castillo (B, L, D)
Day 12Cerro Castillo - Cerro Sombrero
On your way to scenic Cerro Sombrero, you will see old Estancias (ranches) before embarking on a ferry ride across the famous Strait of Magellan.Tunkelen Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 13Cerro Sombrero - Ushuaia
Say goodbye to Cerro Sombrero and head south for Ushuaia on a paved road. Near Tolhuin the gravel starts again as you head along Lake Fagnano and up into the spectacular Darwin Range, over Garabaldi Pass. At the end of the day, reach Ushuaia for your lodging and a visit to some of the local restaurants or bars.Alto Andino Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Head toward the end of the world today, calling upon Tierra Del Fuego National Park. After this trip, visit the town of Ushuaia, the southernmost in the world, and its old jail, today a museum.Alto Andino Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 15Ushuaia, Argentina - Cerro Sombrero, Chile
Leave Ushuaia early, for the start of a long and interesting day. Gas up in Tolhuin and visit its famous bakery, and then head across Tierra del Fuego on dirt and gravel roads rarely taken by motorcycle riders, following the route of gauchos (cowboys) and guanacos. You'll even ford a shallow river as you leave Argentina at Radman and head for the Chilean side of the island. You'll pass Pampa Guanaco, a section full of wild animals, which should offer some great photo opportunities. Ride towards Cerro Sombrero, where you'll sleep for the night.Tunkelen Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 16Cerro Sombrero - Punta Arenas
On the way to Punta Arenas, stop and visit a penguin colony-have your camera ready! After arriving in Punta Arenas, the group will enjoy a farewell dinner together.Hotel Cabo de Hornos (B, L, D)
Day 17Depart Punta Arenas - Santiago
As your adventure ends, fly to Santiago for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
An Epic Patagonia Motorcycle Journey
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