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Adventure Tour : Argentina

Fire & Water: Volcanoes and lakes of Patagonia

Simon

Simon, motorbike trip designer

Simon has been living in Argentina for almost 10 years. With experience of the region, a passion for riding and a deep knowledge of mechanics, he’s perfect for this adventure.

5 990  / rider
4 475  / pillion
2 departures
Adventure Tour
Period January/february
& December
Duration 14 days incl
11 riding days
Level Demanding
Guide English-speaking
Tour Leader
Accommodation Comfort
Price 5 990€ /pilot
4 475€ / passanger
Adventure Tour
Period January/february
& December
Duration 14 days incl
11 riding days
Level Demanding
English-speaking
Tour Leader
Accommodation Comfort
From 5 990€ /pilot
4 475€ / passanger
Vintage Rides' Patagonia motorbike trip is a unique experience that transports you to a world of breathtaking landscapes, authentic human encounters and exciting challenges. For eleven days, you ride your motorbike through the mountains, volcanoes, lakes and forests of Patagonia, a mythical region located at the southern tip of Argentina and Chile. You'll cross spectacular roads like the Carretera Austral, Ruta 40 and the legendary Ruta 3, stopping off at fishing villages, national parks, ice caves and glaciers. As well as the cultural aspect, motorcycling in Patagonia is also a sporting adventure, with driving challenges to match the landscapes you cross. You'll tackle dirt roads and rocky tracks with the support and advice of your experienced motorbike guide. All in all, Vintage Rides' Patagonia motorbike trip is an extraordinary adventure that combines culture, nature, sport and freedom in an exceptional setting. Discover ou other motorbike trip in Argentina.

14 steps- 1 400 miles


D1 / Arrival in Bariloche

In the heart of Patagonia, San Carlos de Bariloche is our base camp for this new Andean adventure. Situated in the south-western part of the Rio Negro province, on the shores of the imposing Lake Nahuel Huapi, the town with its Swiss Alpine atmosphere is a haven of peace in the middle of nature. The glacial waters of the lake are great for swimming in summer. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D2 / Bariloche - San Martín de los Andes - 118 miles

Our first few kilometres begin on one of Argentina's most legendary roads, the "Route of the 7 Lakes". This is a section of the famous Route 40, which crosses the entire country from north to south, skirting the Andes mountain range. A day full of beautiful tarmac bends between primary forests and Andean lakes to get to grips with our bikes. The friendly little town of San Martin de los Andes welcomes us for the night on this beautiful first stage. Night in a comfortable hotel.

D3 / San Martin de los Andes - Huilo-Huilo - 40 miles including 34 miles of off road

The first border crossing between Argentina and Chile on our itinerary. We drive west across the Andes on a beautiful little volcanic gravel track to the Chilean customs post. Here the road ends, and we continue by boat. We board our Royal Enfields on a "Hua Hum" ferry for a 2-hour crossing of majestic Lake Pirihueico. We set foot on land in the Huilo Huilo nature reserve. We spend the night in a 5-star wooden spa lodge in the middle of a primary forest. An unforgettable night, where comfort and nature go hand in hand.

D4 / Huilo-Huilo - Pucon - 148 miles

The first border crossing between Argentina and Chile on our itinerary. We drive west across the Andes on a beautiful little volcanic gravel track to the Chilean customs post. Here the road ends, and we continue by boat. We board our Royal Enfields on a "Hua Hum" ferry for a 2-hour crossing of majestic Lake Pirihueico. We set foot on land in the Huilo Huilo nature reserve. We spend the night in a 5-star wooden spa lodge in the middle of a primary forest. An unforgettable night, where comfort and nature go hand in hand.

D5 / Pucon - Llaima - 130 miles* including 80 miles of off road

Today we'll be crossing 4 national reserves; an intense programme of small, winding tracks through the national parks of the Araucania region. Between the great lakes of Patagonia and the active volcanoes, we're going to lose ourselves deep in the Andes to discover a pristine and protected natural environment. The scenery is as striking as if it had been frozen in time. At the end of the day we drive over the Llaima volcano, where the track is nothing but cooled lava. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D6 / Llaima - Villa Pehuenia - 142 miles* including 80 miles of off road  

Early in the morning, we take a track that crosses the great lava flows of the Llaima volcano in the Conguillio natural park. We return to the border with Argentina and cross back over to the other side of the Andes. We end our day on the shores of one of the country's most beautiful lakes, Lake Aluminé, the most northerly in Argentine Patagonia. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D7 / Villa Pehuenia - Junín de los Andes - 133 miles* including 59miles of off road

Today we're heading due south, taking the "Ruta 40" for a while before taking a small track that runs parallel to it to get as close as possible to the Andes mountain range. This rolling track will take us to one of the country's most legendary winter sports resorts. We sleep in magnificent chalets right in the heart of the snow-capped mountains! Night in a comfortable hotel.

D8 / Junín de los Andes - LicanRay - 90 miles* including 90 miles of off road

We enter Chile once again, crossing an unusual border in the middle of the rainforest. Hidden in the mountains is this small customs post, which only opens 3 months of the year. The rest of the year, the winding track is snow-covered and impassable. We therefore take advantage of the Patagonian summer to use it and return to the Chilean side. Night in a comfortable hotel.

D9 / LicanRay - Valdivia - 136 miles

On this 9th day, we went in search of the Pacific Ocean and found it at the end of the pontoon. We descend from the mountains for a moment to touch the sandy beaches of southern Chile with our feet. We leave behind the fresh glacial waters of the great Andean lakes for the salty, salmon-coloured waters of the ocean. The narrow cliffside roads take us to Valdivia, the estuary of 4 major rivers flowing into the Pacific. An unforgettable sunset facing the ocean awaits us at the end of the day... Night in a comfortable hotel.

D10 / Valdivia - Day off

We take a day to rest our bodies, our minds and our horses... It's summertime and it's great to relax on the Pacific coast, where you can even go for a swim. The town of Valdivia welcomes us for this well-deserved day's break. Its historic town centre, covered fish market and promenade along the yacht harbour are just some of the attractions on offer. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D11 / Valdivia - Futrono - 173 miles* including 111 miles of off road

Between beaches, forests and mountains, we take the track for 180 kilometres of small bends. We head back towards the Andes and regain some height. Our bikes, dusted off the day before during the break, are once again ready to take on the Chilean track and miles of mountain roads. The great Puyehue volcano, which dominates the region, gives us our bearings. At its foot, Lake Ranco and the small town of Futrono welcome us for the night in a SPA hut hotel.

D12 / Futrono - Villa la Angostura - 136 miles including 74 miles of off road

Crossing the Puyehue Natural Park this morning, we're as close as we can get to the imposing volcano, which is still active. It's our last day in Chile, so we cross the border back into Argentina to reach the village of Villa la Angostura, which a few years ago was completely covered in volcanic ash due to the eruption of its Chilean neighbour. There are still over 600 active volcanoes in the region. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D13 / Villa la Angostura - Bariloche - 155 miles* including 93 miles of off road

150 kilometres of track along the magnificent Lake Traful for this last day of riding. The turquoise waters make you think you're in the Caribbean. We picnicked at the Mirador Cordoba to admire the huge vertical rocks. Return to San Carlos de Bariloche in the late afternoon for a sunset over Lake Nahuel Huapi and a big Argentine meat barbecue, the famous Asados. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

D14 / Bariloche

Bariloche En fonction de vos horaires de vols, vous avez le temps de profiter encore quelques heures du très beau centre ville de Bariloche et de son chocolat mondialement reconnu! Transfert à l’aéroport international. Fin de nos services.

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