1000km Mountain Bike Adventure

What better way to explore the Aysen region of Chile, then Chalten & the infamous Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina and then finally cycle across Tierra del Fuego - the island at the end of the world. You'll have a day in Buenos Aires at the end to bask in the glory of your 709 mile adventure through Patagonia. What better way to explore the Aysen region of Chile, then Chalten & the infamous Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina and then finally cycle across Tierra del Fuego - the island at the end of the world. Read more...

17 Days


1000km Mountain Bike Adventure - 17 - $2,585

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires to Patagonia
  • Chile Chico - Puerto Guadal - Cochrane
  • Cochrane - Tortel - Puerto Yungay - Villa O'Higgins
  • O'Higgins - Candelario Mancilla - El Chalten - El Calafate
  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - Punta Arenas
  • Tierra del Fuego - Porvenir - Onaisin
  • Cameron - Lago Blanco - Rio Grande - Tolhuin
  • Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Start from Buenos Aires and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on 1000km Mountain Bike Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Travel from your location to Buenos Aires. Make sure your bike arrives! Free time in the city. 

Day 2: Buenos Aires to Patagonia

Flight Buenos Aires - Comodoro Ribadavia. Van transfer from Comodoro (Arg) to Chile Chico (Chile). The trip takes 5 hours (486 km/ 302 mi).

Accommodation: Hostel, Chile Chico

Day 3: Chile Chico | Puerto Guadal

Cycle details: 115 km/ 71.5 mi | 2100 m/ 6890 ft elevation gain | short option 65 km/ 40.4 mi

We start our journey towards the Carretera Austral, on a dirt road with very little traffic and spectacular landscapes, along Lake General Carrera - the largest lake in Chile and the second largest in South America. The lake extends into Argentina, where it's called Lake Buenos Aires.

Accommodation: Hosteria, Puerto Guadal

Day 4: Puerto Guadal | Cochrane

Cycle details: 75 km/ 46.6 mi | 1600 m/ 5249 ft elevation gain | short option 68 km/ 42.3 mi

We leave behind Puerto Guadal and ride towards the South, to Cochrane, the capital of the province of Capit?n Prat, a village of 3000 inhabitants that presents itself as the main centre of services in the region of Ays?n (Banking, ATM, Hotels, and Restaurants).

Accommodation: Hostel, Cochrane

Day 5: Cochrane | Tortel

Cycle details: 130 km/ 80.8 mi | 1900 m/ 6234 ft elevation gain | short option 50 km/ 31.1 mi

Going deep in Patagonia. We detour from Carretera Austral and go west to Caleta Tortel, 103 km/ 64 mi from Cochrane, by a road built only in 2003.

Accommodation: Hostel, Caleta Tortel

Day 6: Tortel | Puerto Yungay | Vila O'Higgins

Cycle details: 155 km/ 96.3 mi | 1900 m / 6234 ft elevation gain | short option 65 km/ 40.4 mi

From Tortel we have to backtrack 20 km/ 12.42 mi to resume Carretera Austral, direction south. We then arrive to Puerto Yungay (optional van ride till this point) where we will cross a fjord on a barge (45 min), which leads us to the last section of the Carretera, opened in 2000. From the South bank (Rio Bravo) we still have 100 km/ 62 mi of wildlife until we reach O'Higgins. .

Accommodation: Hostel, Villa O'Higgins

Day 7: O'Higgins | Candelario Mancilla

Cycle details: 7 km/ 4.3 mi | 100 m/ 328 ft elevation gain

We get up early and cycle a 7km/4.3 mi path along the river Mosco and cross and then follow the river Mayer until we reach Bahamondez Bay. We will cross Mayer river by the bridge Augusto Grosse (123 m/ 403 ft) and a 500 m/ 1640ft pass way. From here we can see where rivers Mosco and Mayer meet and the summits that surround O'Higgins. We will then navigate in a fiord for a couple of hours to arrive to Candelario Mancilla remote farm, where we will stay. Optional extra navigation to visit O'higgins Glacier. Rest day.

Accommodation: Candelario Mancilla farm

Day 8: Candelario | El Chalten | El Calafate

Cycle details: 62 km/ 38.5 mi | 530 m/ 1739 ft elevation gain | short version 22 km/ 13.7 mi

Spectacular day crossing the border from Chile to Argentina in a pristine area where only pedestrians or bikers can can be found (and horse riders!). Another navigation, in Laguna Desierto, will lead us to the south shore from where we can cycle viewing Fitz Roy peak in a distance until arrive to El Chalten. Van Transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate (280 km/174 mi). Lodging: El Calafate, hosteria.

Accommodation: Hostel, El Calafate

Day 9: El Calafate | Glaciar Perito Moreno | Punta Arenas

Visit the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno (160 km/99 mi return van trip). Van transfer from El Calafate to Punta Arenas (Chile), on the Magellan Straight shore (605 km/ 376 mi). Optional detour to visit the Torres del Paine National Park. Stop on the way (Puerto Natales).

Accommodation: Hostel, Punta Arenas

Day 10: Tierra del Fuego - Porvenir | Onaisin

Cycle details: 153km/95.1 mi | 850 m/ 2789 ft elevation gain

We will cross the Magellan Straight by ferry to Porvenir-Tierra del Fuego. Today we have the option to cycle from Porvenir to Onaisin or to Cameron (108 or 155km/ 64 or 96.3 mi).

Accommodation: Hostel, Cameron

Day 11: Cameron | Lago Blanco

Cycle details: 101 km/63 mi | 731 m/ 2398 ft elevation gain | short option 66 km/ 41.0 mi

Ride through the wild steppes of Tierra del Fuego, accompanied by guanacos, flamingos and... the famous Patagonia winds.

Accommodation: Huts, Lago Blanco

Day 12: Lago Blanco | Rio Grande

Cycle details: 112 km/ 69.6 mi | 760 m/ 2493 ft elevation gain | short option 99 km/ 61.5 mi

The scenery changes as we move South-East bound. We will cross the border and enter Argentina.

Accommodation: Hostel, Rio Grande

Day 13: Rio Grande | Tolhuin

Cycle details:152 km/ 94.4 mi | 970 m/ 3182 ft elevation gain | short option 112 km/ 69.6 mi

As we move southwest the landscape changes. Back to Tierra del Fuego inland, this time in Argentinean Patagonia. This is a rolling day if the weather conditions allow it. The stage leads us to the shores of Lake Yehuin (45 km/ 27 mi). Relax and enjoy the beautiful nature of the lake's banks. Keep up a few more miles, to the shores of Lake Fagnano.

Accommodation: Huts, Tolhuin

Day 14: Tolhuin | Ushuaia

Cycle details: 85 km/ 52.8 mi | 1670 m/ 5479 ft elevation gain | short option 50 km/ 31.1 mi

This part is mostly on paved road, but is not less interesting because of that. We cross the extreme south of the mountain range (optional van ride). We do the only mountain pass of all Tierra del Fuego Traverse, which is not difficult, and then cycle down to the Pacific coast (Beagle Channel) where Ushuaia is located.

Accommodation: Hosteria, Ushuaia

Day 15: Ushuaia

Free day in Ushuaia - or reserved day for any unexpected delays - city of the end of the world, where there are all kinds of shops. Possible excursions into the National Park of Tierra del Fuego, sailboat or catamaran trip in the Beagle Channel to see sea lions and penguins, or visit the Estancia Haberton, founded in 1886 by Thomas Bridges, first settler in Argentinean Tierra del Fuego.

Accommodation: Hosteria, Ushuaia

Day 16: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Free morning in Ushuaia. Internal Flight Ushuaia-Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner in downtown Buenos Aires (not included). In Buenos Aires, with the opportunity to attend one of the famous tango milongas or celebrate the intense nightlife of the Argentinean capital.

Accommodation: Hotel, Buenos Aires

Day 17: Buenos Aires

Free time to visit Buenos Aires. Transfer from hotel to international airport. International flight.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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Price from USD $2,585 per person, based on a group of 3-4 people. Supplements apply to smaller groups.

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