While we do offer a 16-day Guided Tour to Ushuaia there are many riders who prefer to rent a motorcycle and ride. While both options are excellent the later takes a touch more planning especially during summer when the lodges and hostels are booked up. One big advantage to a tour with Moto Patagonia is we can take the guess work out of where to stay every night and we can help prioritize what to see. However, the advantage with a motorcycle rental is you get to ride on your own schedule and see what you want when you want. Many people like to camp and there are tons of options to camp along the ride south as well.
The route itself is dynamic and you have many options on how to make your way south. I of course have my favorite route. In general, I like the more remote routes and I adapt that style to Moto Patagonia. This gives our tours a much more unique feel when ride throughout Patagonia.
For a rental I really do think that 16 days is still the magic number to ride from the North of Patagonia all the way to Ushuaia. This gives you the best number of riding days and rest days in key locations that can be used to explore the area off the motorcycle. It’s important to take time to rest in order to enjoy the area and not race through it. This also gives you the chance to end the ride in Puerto Natales, the jumping off point for Torres del Paine National Park. One of the most famous National Parks in all South America.
If you are a strong rider that can handle dirt and gravel road surfaces, I suggest riding the Carretera Austral south until Paso Roballos near Cochrane Chile then crossing into Argentina and heading south with stops in El Chaltén and El Calafate on the way to Ushuaia. This route gives you some of the most adventurous and remote riding with the most dirt roads possible.
If you are less confident on gravel surfaces, then I’d suggest Ruta 40 on the Argentine side as its nearly all paved. You can make a run through a short section of the Carretera Austral via the pass near Futaleufé and then back to Argentina near Coyhaique Chile. This gives you minimal gravel riding while still passing through very beautiful and fun riding.
Patagonia is huge and the riding opportunities are vast. Whether you rent or ride with us on a tour one things is certain, it is the ride of a lifetime. Vast, remote and challenging riding.