La Guarida Motos will be the base of the experience.
It’s where the locals gather to talk about bikes, find some new gear, get some hot drinks and gain energy to keep their trip going.
There, the riders will not only get ready for the trip but also will feel more connected to the local motorcycle scene in Patagonia.
Base: La Guarida Motos (Punta Arenas)
Weather: Temperatures between 7 y 15ºC. Windy and some showers
Support: Permanent communicacion with base.
Tipe: Guided tour
Km travelled: 140 km (104km paved roads)
Rute: La Guarida – Km 0 – Cementerio Inglés – Punta árbol – La Guarida
We will meet at La Guarida Motos, the only coffee and motorcycle shop in Punta Arenas. There, they can enjoy some hot drinks and snacks while preparing themselves with the certificated equipment we will provide to have a confortable and safe trip. It’s also time to take contact with the bikes and get ready to start the experience to ride South to the very end of America.
Riding south from downtown Punta Arenas city, we’ll ride along the shore of the Magellan Strait where we might get the chance to have a glimpse to some marine mammals like humpback whales, austral dolphins, killer whales and a great variety of birds such as petrels, penguins, cormorans, etc.
We will see how the landscape changes from the Patagonian pampas to the hills and fjords and how the weather gets more and more rough. The famous Patagonian wind will be our permanent companion. Its cold breeze in our face will make us think about how the original habitants of this land lived in these conditions.
Our first stop will be Agua Fresca (Fresh water), where the first Swiss immigrant arrived in 1876. Then we’ll keep going south until “The Km 0”, where the paved road ends. This is the geographical center of Chile, measuring from north end to the South Pole.
Riding on dirt roads is when the real experience begins; we’ll first visit the English Cemetery with the grave of Pringles Stokes, the first officer of Darwin’s Beagle, who committed suicide due to the hardness of its journey in 1826. Fuerte Bulnes, the first Chilean settlement in the Magellan Strait, that was later moved to the current Punta Arenas location, is just at the other side of the bay and, very close to it, was Puerto del Hambre, the first infamous Spanish attempt to take control of the Magellan Strait in 1584. 337 Spaniards perished there by starvation with just one survivor rescued by an English corsair.
From then on we’ll keep riding South to reach the very end of the Panamericana Road at Punta Árbol, just three miles away from Faro San Isidro, the last of the old big lighthouses of the Magellan Strait, and 20 km from Cape Froward, the southernmost tip of the American continent. Travelling through the old lenga rainforest and being at the foot of Tarn hill may make us understand why Darwin said this is a dammed land after reaching its summit.
Reaching our last stop we will enjoy some hot food and drinks to regain some energy to start our way back to La Guarida.
9:00 Trip preparation at La Guarida Motos
10:00 Start of the trip
12:00 Arribal to “Km 0”
14:15 Arrival to Punta Árbol
15:30 Back to “Km 0”
16:45 Back to La Guarida Motos
Renthal of 2020 Triumph XCX 800cc motorcycle or Royal Enfield Himalayan 400cc