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
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
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,585 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Price from USD $2,585 per person, based on a group of 3-4 people. Supplements apply to smaller groups.
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