PATAGONIA – 13-29 February 2020
Information provided by Projecting Adventure Cyclism
On this bikepacking expedition, we will discover the southern region of Patagonia, between Chile and Argentina.
Patagonia … just the name makes us daydream. For those who love adventure, this is a THE PLACE of beauty and one should visit at least once in their lifetime. By the legendary tales of Italian mountaineers that, in the golden years of climbing, flew out here to try to break mythical peaks like Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, to the most recent years, when it became the mecca of all bikepackers of the world.
We will land in El Calafate, where we will have the chance to enjoy the majesty of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Then our cycling adventure will begin: we will ride 3 days into the Torres de Paine National Park.
We will then continue south, to meet the Pacific Ocean in Puerto Natales. From here a fast transfer to Punta Arenas, where after crossing the Strait of Magellan we will start the second half of our adventure: 6 stages through the Isla Grande of the Tierra del Fuego to finally reach the southern city in the world: Ushauia.
There will be a rough time schedule. It will not always be possible to respect it, because of contingencies that we will meet along the way (mechanical problems, bad weather, etc.). We will decide from time to time whether to force to reach the scheduled end of the stage, or to set up the camp and sleep elsewhere. We definitely expect long days in the saddle; we will not always have the chance to wash or take a hearty breakfast in the morning, but this is all part of the idea behind this trip: the ability to adapt to situations that we will encounter kilometer after kilometer.
About your guide
Massimo Alfero, bike lover in all of its forms, he’s riding a bike since when he was born.
From 1975 until the end of the 90s, he raced with road bike, cyclocross and mountain bike.
In the early ’90s he discovered the mountain bike stage races and ultramarathon participating in the Iron Bike, Transalp, Rally du Kenya, Tunisia Marathon and the first Randonees like the Paris Brest Paris.
Then was the cyclotourism time, with solo travel in Europe, South America, Central Amerca and Africa. In 2005 he joined with Willy Mulonia and has collaborated actively in the creation of the travel agency Progetto Avventura, which has now become Projecting Adventure Cyclism. He is our “African heart.” From his desire to show Africa to our client we create the Ethiopia Wild Bike.
February 14, 2020
Arrival in El Calafate must be within 2.00 p.m. on this day. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bike needs to be set up. In the late afternoon, we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants.
February 15, 2020
Guided visit at Perito Moreno Glacier. Last resupply before departure.
February 16, 2020: El Calafate – 1st Camp
1st Stage – 127 km (93 on asphalt)- Elevation+ 1.000 mt
We begin our adventure, leaving behind El Calafate and pedaling on the legendary Ruta 40. A long and steady climb will take us up to the Cuesta de Miguez, a beautiful balcony where you can admire the valley of the Lago Argentino and with some luck, the massive of Fitz Roy. The second part of the stage will be fast, to the junction with a dirt track, where we will enter in the Patagonian pampas to reach our camp.
February 17, 2020: 1st Camp- Cerro Castillo
2nd Stage – 86 km (33 on asphalt) – Elevation+ 500 mt
First part of the day on a dirt track with views over the pampas. After reaching the asphalt path and ride on it for about ten kilometers we begin to glimpse the first strongholds of the Torres del Paine, that we will reach only the next day. After crossing the border with Chile we will finish our day in the small town of Cerro Castillo.
February 18, 2020: Cerro Castillo – Camping Pehoe
3rd Stage – 83 km (30 km on asphalt) – Elevation+ 950 mt
We leave Cerro Castillo to enter the Torres del Paine National Park. It will be a spectacular day with continuous views of the Paine Mountains. After the entrance of the park we will face the hardest climb of the whole trip. Unforgettable last day of the year in one of our favorite camp, on the Pehoe Lake.
February 19, 2020: Camping Pehoe – Camping Serrano
4th Stage – 51 km (no asphalt) – Elevation+ 500 mt
Relatively short stage but that includes the wind pitfall that we will face to reach the Grey Lake, a duty that need to be paid to enjoy the show. Here short trek on the shore of the lake, to admire the blue iceberg, before continuing to our camp.
February 20, 2020: Camping Serrano – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
5th Stage – 86 km (20 on asphalt) – Elevation+ 1.100 mt
We leave the Torres del Paine behind and continue south towards Puerto Natales. Very spectacular stages, with ups and downs and a stunning view of Lake Toro. Near Puerto Natales we overlook the Pacific Ocean. Once in the city, transfer to Punta Arenas, where we will spend the night.
February 21, 2020: Punta Arenas – Bahía Inutíl
6th Stage – 70 km (10 on asphalt) – Elevation+ 1.000 mt
We cross by ferry the Strait of Magellan to reach Porvenir. From here begins a beautiful unpaved road along the ocean that we will follow throughout the day until we reach our camp.
February 22, 2020: Bahía Inutíl – Cameron
7th Stage – 86 km (no asphalt) – Dislivello+ 600 mt
We continue on our path to bypass the last part of Bahia Inútil. The change of direction will lead us almost certainly to pedal against the strong Patagonian wind, right duty to be paid for anyone wishing to visit this area. We end our day in the idyllic Cameron, a small town of fishermen and shepherds tucked away in a wind-protected bay.
February 23, 2020: Cameron – Destacamento Bellavista
8th Stage – 100 km (no asphalt) – Elevation+ 900 mt
We begin the crossing that will take us, in the space of two days, to lean out over the Atlantic Ocean. We will ride all day to the east, on dirt tracks where the encounter with other people is a very rare event. Towards the end of the stage we get closer to Bellavista Pass, not before going through some beautiful forests.
February 24, 2020: Destacamento Bellavista – Rio Grande
9th Stage – 88 km (15 km on asphalt) – Elevation+ 750 mt
We leave our camp and we continue on our dirt road to the east with ups and downs. Last kilometers on asphalt to reach the town of Rio Grande.
February 25, 2020: Rio Grande – Lago Chepelmut
10th Stage – 108 km (20 km on asphalt) – Elevation+ 1.000 mt
Another beautiful stage in the Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. After covering a small section of National Route 3, we will enter a track that will lead us up to the vicinity of Lake Chepelmut, where we will camp.
February 26, 2020: Lago Chepelmut – Lago Escondido
11th Stage – 94 km (75 km on asphalt) – Elevation+ 850 mt
We begin now to savor our final goal. There are still a few kilometers of dirt road before we enter definitely on Route 3 that will lead us directly to Ushuaia. Obligatory stop at the legendary Panaderia (Bakery) in Tolhuin and then camp on Lake Escondido.
February 27, 2020: Lago Escondido – Ushuaia
12th Stage – 57 km (all asphalt) – Elevation+ 750 mt
Last day on the bike. Before arriving at our destination we will face the legendary Garibaldi Pass, the door to Ushuaia. The arrival in Ushuaia is scheduled in the morning of January 9. In the afternoon we will have time to prepare the bikes and do the last shopping.
February 28, 2020
In the morning airport transfer. End of services
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