32 Nights lodging in best available accomodations, almost all breakfast and no less than 14 dinners or lunches, All ferry crossing fees for motorcycle & riders, Entrance fees to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Perito Merono Glacier, Parque Nacinal Tierra del Fuego, Transportation and maritime shipping of motorcycle from Texas to South America and return, Support vehicle with staff assisant, Bilingual riding staff, Airport transfers, Special Commemorative Expedition t-shirt, Maps and daily routine sheets, Expedition preparation liturature.
Transportation or freight of your motorcycle to and from the Texas collection point, airfare to and from South America, alcoholic beverages, bagage handling tips, transportation or handling of personal luggage in the support vehicle, mandatory ocean freight insurance (aprrox. $ 60 depending on value of motorcycle), liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance (optional), airport departure tax, fuel & oil. .
Pan American Highway, Pucon, Villarrica, Puerto Montt, Carretera Austral, Southern Chili's fiord lands, eastern slopes of the Andes, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier, worlds largest glacier, Torres del Paine, ferry to Tierra del Fuego, Bahia Laparaia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Bariloche, crossing the Andes Range at Portillo, Vina del Mar.
An extraordinary motorcycling adventure in South America, crossing the mighty Andes, through the Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo
As the name implies, this is not a tour. To further clarify the character of this event, it is not a rally. This Pancho Villa Moto Tour Expedition is a very special experience with a clearly defined focus; to reach the End of the World across the Straits of Magellan at Tierra del Fuego.
The ride to El Fin del Mundo travels the South American countries of Chile and Argentina, through the regions of Patagonia, the Southern Andes and on to the most southern populated point on earth. In order to achieve this prestigious goal, over one third of the route is on unpaved surfaces, and although rarely would one consider the riding overly technical, conditions do demand a dual purpose touring mount. BMW/GS, Honda Transalp, Kawasaki KLR 650 are examples. One of the exciting features of this Expedition is that PVMT has made arrangements to ship your personal motorcycle to South America, giving more meaning to the glorious moment when you finally reach "the end of the road".
The expedition approach to this unique riding event is taken very seriously. Riders must be able to meet the physical demands of over a month on the road, have better than average riding skills and most importantly, posses an attitude of flexibility, unselfishness and tolerance. The first Expedition to Tierra del Fuego in 1996 with 21 people was an exceptional success much due to our efforts to create the proper chemistry and environment for what can only be considered a once in a lifetime experience. To preserve the quality of this experience for all, we must be selective and therefore have a simple screening process to qualify the participants.
The Expedition to Tierra del Fuego is an opportunity for you to fulfill a dream, to ride where others only dream, to be a part of a growing fraternity of adventure travelers who seek challenge as a means of giving more meaning to life and the pleasures of motorcycling. This ride is not for everyone. We don't want everyone.... just 20 people with the heart, the spirit and the drive to be a part of the most fantastic motorcycling experience ever offered by Pancho Villa Moto-Tours.
Due to space limitations and the nature of this Expedition, the following outline highlights the routes and points of interest. A more detailed itinerary with overnight stops will be provided for participants.
The Essence of the Route...
Upon your arrival in Santiago, Chile, the group will be transferred to thc ncarby coastal resort town of Vina del Mar where PVMT staff will alrcady bc making the advance preparations to clear motorcycles through customs. A couple days are allowed to complete this process, perform final mechanical prepations and enjoy the warmth of summer in the southern Hemisphere.
Once underway, the Expedition will begin the ride south the paved Pan American Highway, darting inland from the coast for stays at some of Chile's more popular lake villages such as Pucon and Villarrica. By Day 5, the Pan American Highway officially ends at Puerto Montt and then it is on to the island of Chiloe accessed by ferry with an overnight in the charming seaside village of Castro.
The Expedition will begin in earnest with a five hour ferry ride back to the mainland and overnight at Chaiten. Pavement and people become a scarce and welcomed change for the next few days as you ride on the Carretera Austral, a frontier road only inaugurated in recent years and giving access, to willing adventurers, the beauty of Southern Chile's fiord lands, skirting the eastern slopes of the Andes through green forests and over incredibly scenic passes. Overnight stops are in Puyuhuapi and Cohaique.
Entering Argentina, the Expedition will experience several days of riding through the enormous windswept rcgion known as Patagonia. This southern half of Argcntina and Chile is a state of mind that has lured adventurers for centuries. Inhabitants arc scarce, save for thc occasional sheep ranch, or estancia. Guanacos, cousins of the Ilama and camel as well as the ostrich likc bird, thc Nandu, are oftcn seen. The jagged snow capped Andes range of Fitz Roy, loom in the distance as you travel Highway 40 to Calafate from where a day cxcursion will take you to view the breathtaking sight of the Perito Moreno Glacier one of thc worlds largest, and possibly only growing glacicr. Tons of ice "calve", crashing into the translucent blue waters, echoing thunder through the mountain valleys.
Thc mountains of Torres del Paine dwarf the Alps of Europe. Here you can witness the mighty condor in flight, a gratifying reward for your efforts to reach this remote region of South America.
After two nights in Punta Arenas, the group will board a ferry for a two hour crossing to the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. The Argentina port town of Ushuaia, staging point for many Antarctic expeditions, is the ultimate destination. A short ride to Bahia Lapataia, the End of the Road. . . .17,848 km. from Alaska!
Having reached the Southern most inhabitable point on earth, the return ride is no less exciting. For nearly two weeks you remain in Argentina, traveling the paved coastal road to Comodoro Rivadavia, then working your way inland with highlights such as Bariloche, the Switzerland of South America. Reentering Chile from Mendoza, the ride is breathtaking as you cross the Andes range at Portillo, returning to Vina del Mar and the conclusion ofthe Expedition.
TOTAL MILES: 5,600 - LONGEST DAY: 387 - SHORTEST DAY: 80 - UNPAVED PORTION 2,100
Shipping the Motorcycles...
PVMT has madc arrangemcnts to ship your personal motorcyclc to Chile for thc Expedilion. This we feel is an economical and practical alternative to renting a motorcycle as wcll as lending more meaning to this uniquc advcnture.
You will havc to have your motorcycle in Texas at a to bc announced datc and collection location (the end of November or first week of December depending on shipping schedules), over one month prior to the actual beginning of the event in South America. PVMT staff will handle the loading of thc bikes and transport from the collection point to Houston for shipping to Chile.
Upon the completion of the Expedition members will take part in thc process of reloading the motorcycles in thc container near Vina del Mar, Chile. PVMT staff will prearrangc thc clearances through customs and the necessary paperwork for shipping the motorcycles back to the USA. Sailing timc from Chile to Houston is approximately 20 days however thc actual time from sealing the container door in Chile and opening it again in Texas is subject to shipping schedules and USA customs.
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