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Mountain bike tour South Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego - Argentina Chile

Glaciar Perito Moreno - PatagoniaDates: 25th of Jaanuary to 6th of February 2017/ 8th to 20th of February 2017

Duration: 12 days (from El Calafate)

780 km (230 km gravel road and 650 km de paved road). 250 km riding on a van .

Description: From Glacier Perito Moreno to the southernmost part of the American continent we cross the Magallanes straight and enter the fantastic land of Tierra del Fuego where the famous explorer Darwin marveled at the nature that surrounds what is nowadays the city of Ushuaia . Known as the "city at the end of the world".

Places: El Calafate and the "Los Glaciares"National Park (Glacier Perito Moreno), Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales (Chile). We cycle along the Magallanes strait and cross at "Primera Angostura". Tierra del Fuego: Rio Grande and Tolhuin. Lake Fagnano and Escondido. Ushuaia, Glacier Lemartine, La Pataia Bay.

Difficulty: The 780 km are divided into 8 days of cycling, with 1 day to rest. (The day tours in Ushuaia are not taken into account).Our normal mountain biking rate is about 100 km per day at 18 km/h with short breaks and a long break for lunch . We ride for approximately 5hrs. Most of the tour is on paved road. Most of the cycling section is with wind from behind which helps while riding. The highest point above sea level is 900 m. The level difference or drop is about 600 meters every 100 km. (Total level difference: +4750m)

Temperature: There is between 5 ºC and 25ºC ( we recommend using a sleeping bag with comfort temperature level below 0ºC”). the weather is usually dry although you may expect rain at the Tolhuin and Ushuaia area

Support vehicle:
every 2 to 3 hours we stop for a snack where you have beverages (water, coffee, tea and juices) and energy bars and snacks. At noon we make a longer stop for lunch. Dinner, where it is possible, will be served in a restaurant or cook by our team. The support vehicle will be by the cycling group available any time when needed.

Group size: minimum 5 people, maximum 8 people. Registration should be confirmed three month in advance otherwise an additional charge to the price may apply.

If you prefer a shorter option you may check the Tierra del Fuego full traverse of 8 days!

Program and itinerary:

Glaciar Perito Moreno Argentina PatagoniaDay 1 - El Calafate:
Meet the cycling group and mountain cycling guides in El Calafate.
Lodging: hotel.

Day 2 - El Calafate - Perito Moreno glacier:
We take the sightseeing tour to Perito Moreno glacier. There is an option to go on a motor boat on Argentino lake and there to take a glacier hike (optional service not included). Dinner on your own.
Lodging: hotel

Day 3 - Cerro Castillo - Chile - 130 masl:
Patagonia austral guanacoWe start cycling through the Patagonian steppe with great views of the mythic mountains of Patagonia. The we continue riding on the support vehicle to the Chilean border. We cross the border to Chile cycling on our bicycles at Cancha Carrera pass.

Daily biking ride:
110 km (40 km on paved road). Level difference +750 m
Lodging: camping, .with the option to sleep in bedrooms at an extra cost.

Day 4 - Pto. Natales:
Paine towers Patagonia ChileWe cycle on hills finally arriving to the Pacific ocean at midday to the Puerto Natales town, Chile.

Daily biking ride: 65 km on paved road. (Level difference: 300 m. approx.)
Lodging: cabins on a privileged location near the sea side of the Pacific ocean.

Day 5 - Puerto Natales:
leisure day with optional tours on your own. Options: tour to Torres del Paine national park, boat tour to the glaciers, horseback tour or a stroll through the Natales tour.

cabins, same as the day before

Day 6- Punta Arenas :
 Magallanes strait - Patagonia ChileWe take the van to Villa Tehuelche, from there we continue cycling through a nice setting of slopes and and gravel roads toward Rio Verde cycling along the Skryring bay on the Pacific ocean. At km 95 we reach the Magellan strait. We continue cycling with ocean panoramic views until we reach Punta Arenas.

Daily biking ride: 112 km approx. (49 km on paved road) (level difference: 500 mt. approx.)

Lodging: hostería - inn

Day 7 - Inútil bay (campsite at Magellan's strait shore):
Desembarkment in Tierra del Fuego Magallanes strait - Patagonia ChileAfter we cross the Magellan's strait on ferry (2h 40m) we arrive to Porvenir on Tierra del Fuego we continue cycling along the strait with spectacular views. We stay for the night at Estancia Sta.Teresita camping. There will be an option to stay at a gauchos' shed.

Daily biking ride: 70 km gravel road. approx. (Level difference: +700 m)
Lodging: Camping at open land by the seaside or in a gauchos' shed

Day 8 -Russfin - Argentina:
Royal penguins - Tierra del Fuego Magallanes strait - PatagoniaWe continue biking along the Inutil bay with the option to visit Emperor penguins' colony (km 45). The we visit the penguin colony at Cameron (km 80), from there we detour to inland of Tierra del Fuego island biking through nothofaghus forest with great views to the snow capped mountains. We stay for the night at an inn in Russfin, an old saw mill.

Daily biking ride: 120 km (gravel road). (Level difference: +750 mt. approx.).

hoteria - inn


Day 9 -Rio Grande - Argentina:
Estrecho de Magallanes - Patagonia ChileA stretch of road with some uphill and downhill sections cycling from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean. At km 60 we cross the border to Argentina, crossing the Bellavista river. from there we ride the van to Rio Grande town (16km) . Dinner on your own.

Daily biking ride: 130 km (gravel road). (Level difference: 980 mt. approx.).


Day 10 -Tolhuin ( Fagnano lake):
Tierra del Fuego Tolhuin- PatagoniaThe first section of this day cycling trip we cycle by the Atlantic ocean, then we take a side road, gravel road cycling to the heart of  Tierra de Fuego, to the nothofagus (lenga - kind of beeches trees) forest and beautiful huge lake Fagnano.

Daily biking ride: 114 km paved road. (Level difference: +450 mt. approx.)

camping at Fagnano lake shore with the option to sleep in bedrooms at an extra cost.

Day 11 - Ushuaia :
Faro del 'fin del mundo' - Patagonia ArgentinaWe cycle uphill to Garibaldi pass from there we have the best view of  Tierra del Fuego. Garibaldi pass is one of the most beautiful passes in Patagonia. After a downhill cycling sections and some wavy stretches of the road we arrive to our final destination: Ushuaia. Celebration dinner.

Daily biking ride: 104 km on paved road. (Level difference: +1030 m approx.)

inn - hosteria

Cormoranes - PatagoniaDay 12 -Lapataia bay tour:
Leisure day. We advice you to visit Lapataia bay, in the Tierra del Fuego national park or maybe take a sailing tour on the Beagle channel (with birdwatching)

Lodging: inn - hosteria

Day 13 - Ushuaia :
Breakfast. End of our services

If you prefer a shorter option you may check the Tierra del Fuego full traverse of 8 days!
Tierra del Fuego ocean shore
Included services: Assistance provided by 2 experienced cycling guides. Support vehicle with trailer with enough seats for the whole cycling group. Mechanical service and spare bike. All meals and beverages (4 meals days plus snacks), except the days off and dinners mentioned as free. Boat trip crossing the Magallanes strait. lodging at hotels, cabins and inns (9 nights),3 days lodging at campsites in tents (2 of this nights there will be an option for an extra cost to sleep in dorms instead of tents at an extra cost with previous reservation)
Not included:
entrance fee to national parks, meals and beverages at days off or leisure days. (those dinners mentioned as on your own), optional excursions and tours.

Price: USD 2850.-
If you prefer to sleep in dorms (hostel type shared bedroom) instead of sleeping in a tent the days mark as camping days in the program there is an extra cost , contact us.-

If you prefer a shorter option you may check the Tierra del Fuego full traverse of 8 days!

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Mountain bike or hybrid, with gravel and paved road tires and prior mechanical check up
Basic repair kit: two inner tubes, allen keys and a small inflator
Water bottle or water backpack (Camel).
Sleeping bag and Thermarest
Head lamp or flash light with spare batteries
Sunglasses ,
Personal medication ,
Sunblock lotion and lipbalm ,
No need for saddlebags unless you want to carry your own photo camera. You need only a small bag (bicycle front bag) or small backpack to carry a spare clothing or windbraker, an energy booting candy bar and your camera.

Recommended clothing :Bike pants short & long (2), Running pants, Windbreaker, synthetic long sleeve shirt (2), T-shirts (2), Polar fleece jacket - warm jacket, cap, hat, sweatband, Gloves, Socks synthetic & wool, Sandals or spare tennis shoes. Rain gear: water resistant jacket, pants and shoe cover (if it is of Gore-tex even better), towel, Sport wear for leisure days (jeans, sport shirt and sandals or tennis shoes),.

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