PATAGONIA

The peaks of Fitz Roy, near Chalten, Argentina. Southern Patagonia

November 2022

5 reasons you should add this MotoDiscovery feature destination to your bucket list

The South American continent offers a wealth of adventure riding treasures. We’ve been riding there since 1995, and by far the most popular region is the southern reaches of Chile and Argentina known as Patagonia.

Technically it is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the East the Pacific to the West, sandwiching the Andean mountain range, a stunning system of fjords with temperate rainforests, glacial lakes, and barren windswept grasslands. It is this exact dynamic that offers you a thrilling motorcycle riding experience, unlike any other on the planet.

Here are 5 good reasons why you should add this Patagonia motorcycle tour to your bucket list:

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#1 The Andes

It is the longest mountain range in the world (6,999 km to be exact), stretching along the western margins of the entire length of the South American continent. On the MotoDiscovery Patagonia Elegante Tour you are continuously shadowed by this ominous feature. For those who are altitude sensitive you need not worry as we never really ascend into the range, only meander in its valleys along its base.Breath easy!

#2 The Estancia  

Nothing better typifies the lifestyle of the gaucho and the traditions of rural Argentina than the working ranches known as Estancias. Fortunately for you, we arrange to stay in one or two along our journey through Patagonia. These sprawling plantations may cover many thousands of acres, supporting massive herds of sheep, cattle and of course horses, some running wild. The accommodations on this guided motorcycle tour can range from luxurious to pleasantly simple, but always with a warm welcoming from your hosts who have come to fondly know of MotoDiscovery over the decades of our travels there. Count on a traditional asado, woodfired slow grilling of meats, of course accompanied by fine red wine, and the warmth of a campfire. We do it in style!

#3 Torres del Paine National Park 

The country of Chile prides in this remote natural wonder. The weather changes almost by the minute as does the view, with clouds flowing over snow capped peaks, alternating with explosive sun rays, the glacial lakes glisten and above you, condors with wingspans of up to 12 feet, soar effortlessly. You may sight a puma, you will certainly see guanacos, cousins of the camel, and nandus, the Patagonian ostrich. This is the real Patagonia! 

#4 Perito Moreno Glacier

It stretches through an Andean valley for 30km continually advancing into the waters of Lago Argentina. As it creeps along, calving massive chunks of ice explode from the glacier’s edge, crashing into the blue lake waters. Once every few years the ice eventually bridges to the mainland creating a dam. Thousands will come to Argentina as the collapse becomes imminent in hopes of being there, just at the moment the ice barrier ruptures. Join us on the Patagonia Elegante Motorcycle Tour. You may get lucky!

#5 The Carretera Austral

This could very well be one of the most pleasant of South America’s many legendary roads. It runs 1,240 km through southern Chile and we’ll ride much of it. No, this motorcycle ride is not challenging. In fact it is easy, lightly traveled with well maintained unpaved portions easily managed by any experienced touring enthusiast. It is often compared to the South Island of New Zealand, with its fjords, cascading waterfalls, lush greenery and stunning glacial lakes. 

      These are just a handful of highlights along our travels on the Patagonia Elegante. And as the title suggests, we do it in great style with exceptional accommodations, fine dining, experienced guidance and a MotoDiscovery commitment to providing you the very best possible touring experience. 

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