- Level: Sporty
- Total distance: 1141 km/601 miles
- Shortest day: 7 km/4 miles
- Longest day: 153 km/95 miles
- Accommodations: value (2-3 stars).
Day 1: Comodoro - Chile Chico. Arrival to Comodoro Ribadavia. Van transfer from Comodoro (Argentina) to Chile Chico (Chile). The trip takes 5 h (486 km/ 302 mi). Lodging: Hostería de La Patagonia.
Day 2: Chile Chico | Puerto Guadal (115 km / 72 mi | 2100 m / 6890 ft - short option 65 km / 40 mi). Start your journey towards the Carretera Austral, on a dirt road with very little traffic and spectacular landscapes, along Lake General Carrera - the largest lake in Chile and the second largest in South America. The lake extends into Argentina, where it’s called Lake Buenos Aires. Lodging: El Mirador de Guadal.
Day 3: Puerto Guadal | Cochrane (75 km / 47 mi | 1600 m / 5249 ft - short option 68 km / 42 mi). Leave behind Puerto Guadal and ride towards the South, to Cochrane, the capital of the province of Capitán Prat, a village of 3000 inhabitants that presents itself as the main centre of services in the region of Aysén (Banking, ATM, Hotels, and Restaurants). Lodging: Hostal or hut in Cochrane
Day 4: Cochrane | Tortel (130 km / 80 mi | 1900 m / 6234 ft - short option 50 km / 31 mi). Going deep in Patagonia. You detour from Carretera Austral and go west to Caleta Tortel, 103 km/ 64 mi from Cochrane, by a road built only in 2003. Lodging: Hostal or hut in Caleta Tortel.
Day 5: Tortel | Puerto Yungay | Vila O’Higgins (155 km / 96 mi | 1900 m / 6234 ft - short option 65 km / 40 mi). From Tortel you have to backtrack 20 km/ 12 mi to resume Carretera Austral, direction south. Then arrive to Puerto Yungay (optional van ride till this point) where you will cross a fjord on a barge (45 min), which leads you to the last section of the Carretera, opened in 2000. From the South bank (Rio Bravo) you still have 100 km/ 62 mi of wildlife until you reach O’Higgins. Lodging: Hostel El Mosco.
Day 6: Vila O'Higgins | Candelario Mancilla | El Chalten (70 km / 43 mi | 630 m / 2067 ft - short option 29 km / 18 mi). Get up early and cycle a 8 km/ 5 mi (100 m/ 328 ft) path along the river Mosco and cross and then follow the river Mayer until we reach Bahamondez Bay. You will cross Mayer river by the bridge Augusto Grosse (123 m/ 403 ft) and a 500 m/ 1640 ft pass way. From here you can see where rivers Mosco and Mayer meet and the summits that surround O'Higgins. You will then navigate in a fiord for a couple of hours to arrive to Candelario Mancilla remote farm (20 km/ 12 mi Ferry-boat transfer not included). Spectacular trail (21 km/ 13 mi) crossing the border from Chile to Argentina in a pristine area where only pedestrians or bikers can be found (and horse riders!). Another navigation (12 km/ 7 mi by boat - not included), in Laguna del Desierto, will lead you to the south shore from where we can cycle viewing Fitz Roy peak in a distance until arrive to El Chalten. Transfer to El Chalten (approx. 1 h). Lodging: Hotel La Aldea.
Day 7: El Chalten - El Calafate (Optional visit to Glaciar Perito Moreno)
Pack the bikes and transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate (280 km/ 174 mi). Visit the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno - entrance not included (160 km/ 99 mi - van trip included). Lodging: Hostería Roble Sur.
Day 8: El Calafate - punta arenas. Van transfer from El Calafate to Punta Arenas (Chile), on the Magellan Straight shore (605 km/ 376 mi). Optional detour to visit the Torres del Paine National Park. Stop on the way (Puerto Natales). Lodging: Hostel or hut in Punta Arenas.
Day 9: Tierra del Fuego - Porvenir | Onaisin (155 km / 96 mi | 850 m / 2789 ft - Short Option 108 KM / 64 MI). You will cross the Magellan Straight by ferry to Porvenir - Tierra del Fuego (boat transfer not included). Today you have the option to cycle from Porvenir to Onaisin or to Cameron (108 or 155 km/ 64 or 96 mi). Lodging: Hostel or hut in Cameron.
Day 10: Cameron | Lago Blanco (101 km / 63 mi | 731 m / 2398 ft - short option 66 km / 41 mi). Ride through the wild steppes of Tierra del Fuego, accompanied by guanacos, flamingos and... the famous Patagonia winds. Lodging: Hostel or hut in Lago Blanco.
Day 11: Lago Blanco | Rio Grande (112 km / 70 mi | 760 m / 2493 ft - short option 99 km / 62 mi). The scenery changes as you move South-East bound. You will cross the border and enter Argentina. Lodging: Hostel or hut in Rio Gande.
Day 12: Rio Grande | Tolhuin (152 km / 94 mi | 970 m / 3182 ft - short option 112 km / 70 mi). As you move southwest the landscape changes. Back to Tierra del Fuego inland, this time in Argentinean Patagonia. This is a rolling day if the weather conditions allow it. The stage leads you to the shores of Lake Yehuin (45 km/ 27 mi). Relax and enjoy the beautiful nature of the lake’s banks. Keep up a few more miles, to the shores of Lake Fagnano. Lodging: Hostel or hut in Tolhuin.
Day 13: Tolhuin | Ushuaia (85 km / 53 mi | 1670 m / 5479 ft - short option 50 km / 31 mi). Stage mostly on paved road, but not less interesting because of that. Crossing of the extreme south of the mountain range (optional van ride). You will do the only mountain pass of all the Tierra del Fuego Traverse, which is not difficult, and then cycle down to the Pacific coast (Beagle Channel) where Ushuaia is located. Lodging: Hostería Foike.
Day 14: Ushuaia. Free day in Ushuaia - or reserved day for any unexpected delays - city of the end of the world, where there are all kinds of shops. Possible excursions into the National Park of Tierra del Fuego, sailboat or catamaran trip in the Beagle Channel to see sea lions and penguins, or visit the Estancia Haberton, founded in 1886 by Thomas Bridges, first settler in Argentinean Tierra del Fuego. Lodging: Hostería Foike.
Day 15: Departure. Free morning in Ushuaia. Transfer to Ushuaia airport.
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