Every season we get the same question from around the world.
“What is the best time of year to ride in Patagonia?”
It is a fair question as the season is short if you are looking for the absolute best chance of great weather. The answer in that case is December through March. Our summertime is short and sweet but worth the travel time and logistics to ride these remote and beautiful roads here in Patagonia.
But if you do not mind some cooler temps and chance of rain then late fall and early spring can be rewarding. I write this having just finished a ride through some remote areas in the Araucaria Region of Chile. From the Araucaria to the south until here in the Los Lagos Region the riding is great, lots of back roads and small towns to ride though and visit. I personally do not mind riding year around catching the good days and taking advantage of the slower pace during the “off season”. Being coped up all winter just does not sit well with me, if it is not snowing, I’m riding.
The advantages are also duly noted, the roads are not dusty, the colors in the mountains area just as special as the flowers during the summer months. The over all vibe is still positive and fun. Of course, during the summer everyone has that great high energy summertime travel vibe, but the fall, winter and early spring also have their own vibe that make off-season riding and adventures seem just as special. I realize bad weather riding is not always everyone’s jam and trust me it is not my pick but on short trips I do not mind if the overall experience is rewarding. Certain areas have charm and are special enough that even without perfect weather it can still make a great trip and create a lasting experience. Southern Chile has that and then some, making the shoulder season worth it!
We have some great riding opportunities to offer all riders at every skill level. From experienced riders to novice riders looking for their first international trip. Year around riding can be had here in southern Chile if you are willing. Let us know what type of riding you are interested in and we can help!
Stay safe and Keep the rubber side down.