From vertigo-inducing Andean passes, turquoise-blue lagoons and massive glacier fields down to the endless windswept plains and tundra-like landscapes of Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia is the ultimate playground for motorcycle riders both on and off the road.
Support: Trip manager / 1st response medic | Support vehicle | Consulting doctor
Comfort Rating (average): 7 (out of 10)
Average Daily Ride Hours: 6 - 8
Total Distance KM: 4485
There’s magic in the very name of Patagonia, the last frontier of true adventure and vast open spaces guaranteed to take your breath away.
Combining two of South America’s most stunning roads, the Ruta 40 in Argentina and the Carretera Austral in Chile, our Patagonia motorcycle tours are designed to take you off the beaten path and into the wilderness.
Jaw-dropping views and pristine nature aside, motorcycle riding in Patagonia is also about the local culture and traditions that run deep. Gauchos, the iconic Patagonian cowboys, still roam the Southern plains and mountains astride their sturdy criollo horses, and sampling the traditional Argentinian asado – grilled steak – is an experience to die for. Exploring this remote corner of the Earth on one of our Patagonia motorcycle tours, you’ll ride some challenging roads, meet extraordinary people whose way of life is slowly fading away, and experience an adventure of a lifetime traversing this untamed country on two wheels.
Whether you prefer riding big adventure bikes such as the BMW R1250 GS, performance enduro machines like the KTM 450 EXC or the smaller adventure bikes like the Royal Enfield Himalayan… if you’re looking for an incredible ‘off-the-beaten-track’ motorcycle holiday in some of the most stunning & interesting countries on the planet, you’re in the right place. Simply get in touch with us to discuss your preferred motorcycle tour and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring you have a life changing experience, whichever tour you choose!
We at Ride Expeditions have a passion for doing things right, a passion for motorcycles and a passion for adventure travel. Our tagline - 'The World's Greatest Motorcycle Adventures' - is our mission. It's what we strive to be. It's what we want our riders to experience. We understand the ingredients that make an adventure... it's not only about the bike; it's not only about the routes; it's not only about the destinations. It's a combination of every element of your motorcycle holiday and we pay attention to every detail from start to finish...
Riding motorcycles in Patagonia is much more like an expedition rather than a leisurely tour. Whether you’re on a dirt bike or a mid to large capacity adventure motorcycle, expect lots of gravel roads, mountain twisties and graded dirt, especially in the South. ‘Ruta 40’ on the Argentinean side is mostly paved with a short gravel section here and there, but the Carretera Austral and most of the routes on the island of Tierra del Fuego are dirt roads meandering across the land.
When embarking on a motorcycle trip to Patagonia, beware of the notorious gale-force winds in Southern Patagonia: most motorcyclists who have ridden to Ushuaia and back will tell you to expect the seemingly never-ending winds forcing you to ride at an angle bracing against the sheer force of the gusts. Even in the summertime, Patagonia sees chillier temperatures, so layer up before you go and expect cooler weather – after all, you’re now closer to the Antarctic than the equator!
Despite some challenging roads and weather conditions, the riding in Patagonia is out of this world. The Chilean side boasts landscapes worthy of a Lord of the Rings set with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes looming over the bright blue lakes, emerald green foothills and fjord-like bays resembling the Norwegian coastline. On the Argentinean side, the Patagonian pampa stretches out as far as the eye can see, contrasting wildly with the cool shades of blue of the majestic Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate. Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire, is an island of incredible wildlife, stunning mountain passes, and the views of the Drake Passage – the World’s most volatile sea route – separating it from the Antarctic continent.
Our Patagonia motorcycle tours are designed to showcase it all: the remote roads and dirt trails leading past surreal landscapes, the local ways of life, the delicious cuisine, and the natural wonders that are Torres del Paine National Park and the Perito Moreno glacier. You’ll see the Patagonian wilderness up close and personal, stay in charming colonial towns and frontier settlements still retaining the spirit of the gauchos, and visit Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
Patagonia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the seasons here are reversed (depending on where you’re from, of course!). Motorcycle travellers who forget this little fact pay dearly – Patagonian winters are harsh and the region receives heavy snowfall, so aim to ride here between early December and late February for the best weather conditions. Keep in mind that Patagonia is vast and the distances here are long, so plan at least several weeks to see it all.
Riding motorcycles in Patagonia is like traveling some forgotten planet with incredible scenery and awe-inspiring views around every corner. Active volcanoes, Andean passes, glaciers, national parks brimming with wildlife, the vast open spaces of the Southern pampas, the eerie landscapes of Tierra del Fuego and the marble caves of Chile Chico will blow your mind as you ride across this magnificent land of horsemen and mountains.
A motorcycle adventure is all about the unbridled freedom to ride, explore, spend evenings under the starry skies listening to the crackle of a bonfire and swapping stories with your riding buddies. And in Patagonia, the freedom is truly unlimited: forget busy roads, traffic and restrictions, leave the stress of a fast-paced life behind and immerse yourself in a culture and land that has no boundaries and no road signs for thousands of miles. Our motorcycle tours in Patagonia are aimed at riders longing to experience the thrill, the scenery and the adventure to the fullest.
Patagonia is most known for its gaucho culture, the traditional horsemanship and settler towns celebrating the colonial heritage. However, it’s also a land of the indigenous Tehuelche, Mapuche people and the vanished Selk’nam tribes. In fact, Patagonia owes its name to the indigenous hunter-gatherers whom the Spanish colonists named “Patagones” – “Big Feet” – because of their rumoured giant size and muscular physique. Although many of the indigenous peoples have perished, the Mapuche culture is still going strong and you can explore the Patagonian history and traditions as you travel
Patagonia is a wild and windswept country, so you’d expect the local food to be more about sustenance rather than flavour, right? Wrong. Patagonian cuisine is among the most delicious in the world, with specialties like Argentinian steaks or the Chilean lamb asado guaranteed to make your mouth water. Chilean empanadas, Cornish pasty-like pastries filled with minced meat, make for a great roadside snack when you’re riding a motorcycle.
Patagonia is crisscrossed by endless gravel trails and tracks offering unlimited freedom if you’re a keen adventure rider longing to get off the tarmac. While some of the main roads connecting the bigger cities and towns are paved, there is no shortage of off-road riding in the mountains and along the glacial lakes and rivers, especially on the Chilean side.
For all tours cancelled by Ride Expeditions, riders can choose to receive a 100% refund or to transfer all monies paid to any future tour.
Ride Expeditions Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. At no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ‘The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018’, all passengers booking with Ride Expeditions Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy also includes repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Ride Expeditions Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.
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