Patagonia! The word alone evokes an image of adventure. AND Patagonia is quite literally the end of the world! It’s a place where the South American continent peters out into islands, canals, inlets and fjords at a point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans unite. The region is vast and covers over 60,000 square miles of land in southern Chile and Argentina, most of which is too wild to be inhabited. Untamed open plains, dramatic mountain groups, active volcanoes and colossal glaciers line the horizon.
Furthermore - Patagonia is one of those places that everyone has heard of… yet most folks haven’t gone and here at RawHyde, we’d like to change that because if you’re an Adventure Rider; Patagonia has absolutely everything you could ever ask for. It’s raw and civilized at the same time, it's pristine and has one of the highest percentages of amazing National Parks of any place in the world. It’s also very safe at a time where much of the world is in turmoil.
The culture of the region is fabulous too - South America’s finest wines, tastiest barbecues, wildest rivers and bluest glaciers unite at the continent’s tip as the mainland dwindles into tiny islands. Patagonia is also home to vast estancias (ranches) that continue to serve as the centers of culture and hubs of civilization in the midst of some of the most remote and barren regions on the planet! (We’ll stay at one of these remarkable enclaves as we travel this route.)
Our adventure will begin just south of the capital of Chile which is the gentile city of Santiago. Our welcome dinner and orientation will take place at a wonderful winery just south of town. From there we’ll ride south along the base of the Andes mountains till we enter Chile, then we’ll head south down the incredible Carretera Austral through the Volcano and Lake districts of Chile before jumping back into Argentina on some of the most incredible dirt trails in the Andes.
We’ll stay at fabulous hotels, (best available) and we’ll enjoy the famous “Parilla’s” of both Argentina and Chile. Parilla is a word that defines a grilled meal, and it is much more than a BarBQ… It’s a celebration of life in a way that only the Patagonians can provide!