That’s what it feels like has happened over the last 2 years. A full reset. This summer was the first one back after patiently waiting for the international border to open so our riders could come visit Patagonia and ride with us. It was a time full of uncertainty and worry. During this down time, we focused on staying relevant in the small space we occupy in tourism. Trying to make sure we used the tools at hand to let our riders know we are still here, and we are dedicated to improvement of our services.
We managed to acquire all new bikes just before the pandemic hit and then just before this season started and we noticed we would be able to work we purchased 2 more bikes to add to the fleet. New KTM 790 Adventures to be exact. Did we face new challenges to make this summer happen? Yes, for sure, the biggest one was having to complete ALL the entrance paperwork Chile required to get in. We did this for every rider that came down this summer. Doubling our workload but making it possible to work. It was worth the effort in the long run as a second season “off” was not possible for us.
Despite all the extra work, all the uncertainty and all the tough calls we had to make we had an excellent time riding and guiding. We guided several Carretera Austral Tours, as well as outfitted several rental groups throughout the summer. We visited Chiloe Island and did a LOT of local riding here with clients and friends alike.
We are now fully focused on next summer and trying to expand our services in a positive way that will add even more value to our clients. We have noticed an uptick in new contacts, and we are dedicated to helping get people riding here in Patagonia. The over all view from our standpoint is positive and ready.
If you are thinking about riding in Patagonia these next years will be good ones, as it will help the local economy recover. I know there will be happy faces at each local lodge, restaurant, and guide service.
Let us know how we can help make your ride dreams come true.