Tierra del Fuego (Punta Arenas-Ushuaia)Medium
The trip starts at Punta Arenas with a boat crossing the Magellan strait of ywo hours and a half. Once we land on the Tierra del Fuego island, we ride to Porvenir and continue cycling along the Magellan strait, with panoramic views from high view point or by the sea. On the second day of cycling, we have opportunity to visit a penguin colony of emperor penguin. At Cameron we detour away from the sea, traversing the island, inland areas on off beaten roads, through beech forest and estancias.
We cross the border to Argentina by the Rio Bellavista pass. At the end of the third day, we will reach the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio Grande town. We continue again to the heart of the island, spending the night by the shores of the huge Fagnano lake, surrounded by woods. On our last day of pedaling, we climb to the highest point of our journey, the Garibaldi pass. We will finish the trip at Ushuaia, the city of “End of the World”. by the sea, surrounded by snowy mountains and forests. We will complete a full traverse of this fantastic island where we will have opportunity to appreciate its beautiful landscapes, animals and meet its people.
Photos of the last travel in Tierra del Fuego (Punta Arenas-Ushuaia)
Day 1 – Punta Arenas:
Meeting at the hosteria – inn introducing dinner, meeting with the cycling group.
Lodging: hostería – inn
Day 2 – Inútil bay (campsite at Magellan’s strait shore):
After we cross the Magellan’s strait on ferry (2h 40m) we arrive to Porvenir on Tierra del Fuego we continue cycling along the strait with spectacular views.
Daily biking ride: 70 km gravel road. approx. (Level difference: +700 m)
Lodging: Camping at open land by the seaside or in a gauchos’ shed
Day 3 -Russfin – Argentina:
We continue biking along the Inutil bay with the option to visit Emperor penguins’ colony (km 45). The we visit the penguin colony at Cameron (km 80), from there we detour to inland of Tierra del Fuego island biking through nothofaghus forest with great views to the snow capped mountains. We stay for the night at an inn in Russfin, an old saw mill.
Daily biking ride: 120 km (gravel road). (Level difference: +750 mt. approx.).
Lodging: hoteria – inn
Day 4 -Rio Grande – Argentina:
A stretch of road with some uphill and downhill sections cycling from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean. At km 60 we cross the border to Argentina, crossing the Bellavista river. from there we ride the van to Rio Grande town (16km) . Dinner on your own.
Daily biking ride: 130 km (gravel road). (Level difference: 980 mt. approx.).
Day 5 -Tolhuin ( Fagnano lake):
The first section of this day cycling trip we cycle by the Atlantic ocean, then we take a side road, gravel road cycling to the heart of Tierra de Fuego, to thenothofagus (lenga – kind of beeches trees) forest and beautiful huge lake Fagnano.
Daily biking ride: 114 km paved road. (Level difference: +450 mt. approx.)
Lodging: camping at Fagnano lake shore with the option to sleep in bedrooms at an extra cost.
Day 6 – Ushuaia:
We cycle uphill to Garibaldi pass from there we have the best view of Tierra del Fuego. Garibaldi pass is one of the most beautiful passes in Patagonia. After a downhill cycling sections and some wavy stretches of the road we arrive to our final destination: Ushuaia. Celebration dinner.
Daily biking ride: 104 km on paved road. (Level difference: +1030 m approx.)
Lodging: inn – hosteria
Day 7 -Lapataia bay tour:
Leisure day. We advice you to visit Lapataia bay, in the Tierra del Fuego national park or maybe take a sailing tour on the Beagle channel (with birdwatching)
Lodging: inn – hosteria
Day 8 – Ushuaia:
Breakfast. End of our services
Punta Arenas, Magellan strait. At Tierra del Fuego: Porvenir, Inutil bay, emperor penguin, Cameron, Russfin, Río Grande, Tolhuin, Fagnano lake, Escondido lake, Garibaldi pass, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego national park)
540 km (320 km gravel road and 220 km de paved road).
The 540 km are divided into 5 days of cycling. (The day tours in Ushuaia are not taken into account).Our normal mountain biking rate is about 105 km per day at 18 km/h with short breaks and a long break for lunch . We ride for approximately 5hrs. Most of the cycling section is with wind from behind which helps while riding. The highest point above sea level is 500 m. The level difference or drop is about 700 meters every 100 km. (Total level difference: +3460m)
There is between 5 ºC and 25ºC ( we recommend using a sleeping bag with comfort temperature level below 0ºC”). the weather is usually dry although you may expect rain at the Tolhuin and Ushuaia area
Mountain bike or hybrid, with gravel and paved road tires and prior mechanical check up
Basic repair kit: two inner tubes, allen keys and a small inflator
Water bottle or water backpack (Camel).
Sleeping bag and Thermarest
Head lamp or flash light with spare batteries
Personal medication ,
Sunblock lotion and lipbalm ,
No need for saddlebags unless you want to carry your own photo camera. You need only a small bag (bicycle front bag) or small backpack to carry a spare clothing or windbraker, an energy booting candy bar and your camera.
every 2 to 3 hours we stop for a snack where you have beverages (water, coffee, tea and juices) and energy bars and snacks. At noon we make a longer stop for lunch. Dinner, where it is possible, will be served in a restaurant or cook by our team. The support vehicle will be by the cycling group available any time when needed.
minimum 5 people, maximum 14 people. Registration should be confirmed three month in advance otherwise an additional charge to the price may apply.
- Assistance provided by 2 experienced cycling guides
- Support vehicle with trailer with enough seats for the whole cycling group
- Mechanical service and spare bike
- All meals and beverages (4 meals days plus snacks), except the days off and dinners mentioned as free
- Boat trip crossing the Magellan strait
- lodging at hotels, cabins and inns (7 nights) 2 days lodging at campsites in tents (there will be an option for an extra cost to sleep in dorms instead of tents at an extra cost with previous reservation)
- Entrance fee to national parks
- meals and beverages at days off or leisure days. (those dinners mentioned as on your own)
- optional excursions and tours
- Bike pants short & long (2)
- Running pants
- synthetic long sleeve shirt (2)
- T-shirts (2)
- Polar fleece jacket - warm jacket
- Socks synthetic & wool
- Sandals or spare tennis shoes
- Rain gear: water resistant jacket
- pants and shoe cover (if it is of Gore-tex even better)
- Sport wear for leisure days (jeans, sport shirt and sandals or tennis shoes)