New Year’s Eve in Patagonia

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What better way to celebrate the starting of a New Year than to travel the world with your bike?  Let’s begin the 2019 in Patagonia.

Patagonia … just the name makes us daydreaming. For those who love adventure is THE PLACE for excellence, to 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.

On this bike tour we will discover the southern region of Patagonia, between Chile and Argentina.

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 spend the last night of the year just in front of the Paine, on the beautiful Pehoe Lake.

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.

We will have a van that will transport all our belongings (camp, food) and could give us support in case of need. Most of the nights we will camp in our tent, except for couple of overnight in little hostels.

15 days 10.000 mt
1.200 km Medium
2.600
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Roberto Gazzoli

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Roberto Gazzoli

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Travel Stages

December 27, 2018
Arrival in El Calafate must be whitin 2.00 p.m. on this day. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bike need to be set up. In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants.

December 28, 2018 – El Calafate
Guided visit at Perito Moreno Glacier.

December 29, 2018: 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.

December 30, 2018: 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.

December 31, 2018: 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 camps, on the shore of the Pehoe Lake.

January 1, 2019: 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.

January 2, 2019: 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.

January 3, 2019: 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.

 

January 4, 2019: 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

January 5, 2019: Cameron – Paso 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.

January 6, 2019: 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.

January 8, 2019: 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.

January 8, 2019: 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.

January 9, 2019: 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.

 

January 10, 2019
In the morning airport transfer. End of services

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Roberto Gazzoli

About your guide

Lover of cyclotourism since the late 90s, over the years has always tried to move a little more further the limits of his biking adventures.
After several solo bike tour including Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and Iceland, in 2006, he came in contact with Projecting Adventure Cyclism, former Progetto Avventura, participating in  the Atacama Desert and Mongolia bike tour.
​Passionate about winter ultramarathon and endurance, he has participated in several editions of the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska. In 2017 he raced the Tour Divide, 4.500 km from Canada to Mexico on a singlespeed.
Since 2009, he joined the Projecting Adventure Cyclism taking care of various aspect of the Travel Agency.
It deals with the creation, management and guiding of bike tour, in addition to maintain relationships with customers.
Much of the information that you will receive will have his signature.

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