THE TOUR INCLUDES
- Total km 2855
- 4 Ferry Charters
- Off bike adventure activities including rafting, hiking and boat tour.
- Ride through and visit 7 National Parks and Reserves. Parque Pumalin, Parque Nacional Corcovado, Parque Nacional Queulat, Reserva Nacional Rio Simpson, Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo, Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, Parque Patagonia.
- Interaction with locals; cultural immersion.
- This tour gives you the chance to ride the entire Carretera Austral, offering you something new every day. You will have the chance to truly immerse yourself in Patagonia. The diverse mix of riding and Chilean Patagonia adventures along with the culture immersion makes this tour a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
- Smaller group size gives us the advantage to see more and do more. More riding, and more time to explore the unique activities only found in the Chilean Patagonia. Max group size of 6.
Our Expedition tour price includes the heavy logistics and organization. From the ferry system to the lodging, we've got you covered. With so much to see and experience we have designed this expedition so you can spend your time focusing on the riding, scenery and the culture. This is one of the most complete Moto tours offered in Patagonia. While we offer helmets and gloves to use at no additional charge, we suggest that you bring your own riding gear for this tour.
Read more about this amazing ride in the January 2018 issue of UpShift Magazine. With stunning photos and excellent writing, the article Far Point South - Traveling Chile´s Carretera Austral gives a firsthand account of what this ride is all about.
Click the photo for a direct link to the free online article!
PUERTO VARAS TO HORNOPIRÉN
The starting day of the tour includes spending the morning prepping the bikes and having a meeting to cover the route, have a safety discussion, and answer any last minute questions about the ride. After we are all set we will take a back road ride around the Reloncaví Estuary to meet up with the Carretera Austral and ride due south to the small coastal town of Hornopirén where we will stay for the night and prepare for the next day's ferry ride. This is a great way to ease into the splendor of Patagonia and prepare ourselves for the amazing ride that is the Carretera Austral.
HORNOPIRÉN TO LAGO YELCHO
In Hornopiren we will board a ferry for a three hour trip south along the coast. We'll sail through a beautiful fjord bordering the northern section of Parque Pumalin (founded by the U.S. entrepreneur Douglas Tompkins) and arrive at the port of Caleta Gonzalo. From there, we will ride through Parque Pumalin, where you'll have an opportunity to see 3000 year old, giant Alerce trees; we'll take a short break from riding to admire the forest. From there, we will pass through the town of Chaiten. Just south of Chaiten, we will ride to Lago Yelcho for the first night.
LAGO YELCHO TO FUTALEUFÚ
Leaving Lago Yelcho, we will ride deeper into Patagonia. The road is paved for this section with nice direction and elevation changes, making for a scenic and exciting ride. We will ride adjacent to Parque Nacional Corcovado down to the small town of Villa Santa Lucia. It is here we will turn off the Carretera Austral for the day and ride into the Andes Mountains towards the world famous Futaleufú River. This all-dirt road section takes us into a very rural and beautiful part of Patagonia. We will pass the far side of Lago Yelcho with a dramatic view of the lake and mountains. We will again turn left towards the Futaleufú River and the town of Futaleufú, where we will stay for the night and prepare for the next day of rafting.
FUTALEUFÚ (REST DAY)
Waking up early to team up with local guides, we will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to raft the class 4 and 5 rapids of the Futaleufú River. This world-famous whitewater river is a beautiful example of Patagonia’s natural wonders and an opportunity to experience a unique and exciting off-bike activity found only here in the Chilean Patagonia. We will have a half-day of Rafting. With a good meal after rafting and some rest in the evening, we will prepare to continue our journey south.
FUTALEUFÚ TO COYHAIQUE
Leaving the Futaleufú is bittersweet. Our route back to the Carretera Austral is the same road we came in on, but after that we will head south once again. The route we'll take offers some of the most diverse and beautiful riding opportunities that you'll experience. We will ride into the most populated city in the Aysen Region, but before that we ride through one of the most remote areas. Leaving Parque Nacional Corcovado, we will ride down to Puyuhuapi and into Parque Nacional Queulat—just south of town—the Queulat Hanging Glacier. The glacier sits atop a rocky cliff with waterfalls flowing down into the lake below. It’s a must-see sight and worth the stop. After this we will continue our ride through three more Nacional Reserves and through a remote and long stretch of the Carretera Austral down to the main city of Coyhaique, where we will stay for the night.
COYHAIQUE TO PUERTO RÍO TRANQUILO
From Coyhaique we will ride into the Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. This impressive rock formation will be visible off to the west, high in the mountains above the Carretera Austral. After passing the Cordillera Castillo, we will ride into a remote and long stretch of road to our ultimate destination of the day. The small town of Puerto Río Tranquilo on the shores of the largest lake in Chile, Lago General Carrera, will be our stop for the night. This area has many attractions, one of which is the Marble Caves. These marble caves have been carved out from thousands of years of waves washing against them. With stunning blue colors reflecting from the water, they are not to be missed. Accessed only by boat, we will take a 30-minute boat tour out to these natural wonders of the Chilean Patagonia.
PUERTO RÍO TRANQUILO TO VILLA O´HIGGINS
Every day is a new adventure on this trip. As we ride towards the end of this world-famous southern road to Villa O’Higgins, we will pass the Rio Baker and Parque Patagonia. Parque Patagonia offers views of wild guanacos and other animals found this far south of the world, while the Rio Baker, flowing from Lago General Carrera into the ocean, shows off its amazing blue colors. With a longer riding day, we will once again take a short ferry across the fjord Estero Mitchell. With the last 100km stretch in Villa O’Higgins, you can give yourself a small celebration because you have just made it to the end of the Carretera Austral and earned your rest day.
VILLA O´HIGGINS (REST DAY)
While this is technically a "rest day," it doesn't mean that we don't have anything planned for you to experience! This small remote town is calm and relaxing, with hiking and fishing opportunities if you choose. This area is a goal of sorts to reach the end of the road. but also a chance to see a way of life many of us are not accustomed to. Take a chance to experience the area, you earned it getting to here!
VILLA O´HIGGINS TO PUERTO GUADAL
After our rest day, it’s time to start riding again and experience new stops along the route back north. We will ride back towards Lago General Carrera, riding through Cochrane to the southern edge of the lake and on to Puerto Guadal for the night.
PUERTO GUADAL TO COYHAIQUE
One of the longer riding days will have us meandering through the beautiful southern section of the Austral road with a new viewpoint of this stunning area. Leaving Lago General Carrera, we will ride back through Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo leaving the dirt roads behind for paved roads. We will ride towards the city of Coyhaique to spend the night.
COYHAIQUE TO CHAITÉN
While covering the same ground is sometimes not fun, this trip is the exception. The Carretera Austral offers so many viewpoints and overwhelming sights that riding back north will be like riding a whole new road. This long riding day has us passing some familiar sections of road but with a whole new view. Leaving Coyhaique, we will aim for our destination of Chaiten but with a relaxed pace and no agenda. Riding through six National Parks and Reserves on a mix of dirt and paved roads we will have more than enough sights and stops to make this a fun and inspiring day of riding. After having covered so much ground, we will take our time and enjoy the last days of this amazing trip.
CHAITÉN TO PUERTO VARAS
On our last day of riding , we will have a welcomed ferry ride to catch up on some rest, tell tales of our adventures and once again soak in our surroundings of natural wonders. But the final day is not without amazing riding. After our ferry ride back north from Caleta Gonzalo to Hornopiren, we will ride north to Puelche and catch the final short ferry ride of the trip. We will ride along a paved section of the Carretera Austral shouldering the coast on one of the best paved coastal roads in the region. Back into Puerto Varas it will be a day to feel a sense of pride to have covered some of the most diverse adventure riding the world has to offer!