The perfect MTB tour for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an alternative adventure exploring the extreme landscapes and regions of Tierra del Fuego! This 5 day cycling experience is one you are sure not to forget – leaving you in awe at the wonders you will visit and the one-of-a-kind landscapes and perspectives you will pedal. Explore the nature in which the native Selk’Nam people lived and learn about the special history of the pioneers of this island. This excursion has vehicle support throughout – allowing guests to pedal routes and distances of their choosing almost each day. The perfect excursion for those yearning for the ultimate outdoor active adventure! A carefully planned itinerary great for beginner – intermediate riders: pedaling rarely visited routes while spending each night in authentic and unique estancias and inns!
• Cross the Strait of Magellan
• Visit the Only King Penguin Colony Outside the Sub-Antarctic Islands
• Tour the Towns of Porvenir & Cerro Sombrero
• Stay at an Authentic Working Ranch
• Ride 100 – 250 KM on Quiet Trails in Tierra del Fuego
• Visit & Stay in the Alberto Baeriswyl Living Museum Home
• Ford the Condor River
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Pick-Up from Hotel – Ferry Crossing to Porvenir – MTB Baquedano Range & Visit to Stromatolites Park
- 2.5 Hour Ferry Crossing
- 5 Hours, 41 km / 25.4 mi MTB through Baquedano Range
- 2 Hour Private Transfer to Porvenir
- Night in local hotel or hostel in Porvenir
We will start our journey with a private transfer from your hotel in Punta Arenas to the ferry docks located at the northern side of Punta Arenas.
At approximately 9AM, we will begin our 2.5-hour crossing through the mythic waters of the Straits of Magellan; these world-famous seaways are very rich in terms of history of exploration.
Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Bougainville, Fitz Roy and Darwin, among several other sailors and explorers, surveyed this region, most of the times, in really harsh and dangerous conditions.
You will see an interesting array of seabirds, including Black-browed Albatrosses, Southern Giant Petrels, Southern Fulmars, King Cormorants, Dolphin Gulls and South American Terns.
It is very likely to see interesting marine mammals such as pods of Peale’s Dolphin and inquisitive South American Sea Lions.
Upon arrival, we will begin our excursion on bike pedaling through the Baquedano range where we will visit dredges and inland roads taking us to the Laguna de los Cisnes and Lago Verde and on to the Estromatolitos (Stromatolites) Park.
This highly unique and fascinating park displays the natural stromatolites – layered mounds of sedimentary rocks originally formed by the growth of layer upon layer cyanobacteria – single-celled photosynthesizing microbe.
These fossilized stromatolites are records of ancient life that inhabited and helped form this area.
We’ll have plenty of time for photos and to enjoy our box lunch before we return to Porvenir where we arrive to our first accommodation for the night in a local hostel or hotel.
We’ll enjoy dinner and a relaxing end to our first day’s ride.
Visit King Penguin Colony – Transfer to Cameron Village – Beach & Forest MTB Ride
- 1.5 Hour Private Transfer to King Penguin Reserve
- 30 Minute Transfer to Cameron
- 4-5 Hour MTB Ride, 60 km / 37.2 mi
- Night at Casa Alberto Baeryswil Museum (B-BL-D)
Today’s excursion begins with a visit to the King Penguin colony – a private nature reserve which aims to preserve the small number of Kings that visit the area and even remain year-round here, taking advantage of the excellent feeding conditions of the surrounding seas.
We will keep a fair distance admiring the penguins from behind the infrastructure, careful not to disturb them or their environment.
After a while, the penguins tend to forget about the visitors (or they might simply not care about our presence) and usually come closer on their own – sometimes as close as 20 meters (65 ft.), sometimes a bit closer, but again: we’ll let them decide! This respectful, close proximity between visitor and penguin makes for a unique experience!
After our time with the penguins, we will transfer to the Cameron village where we will have the possibility to pedal along a dirt road that later turns into a singletrack trail.
Along the way we will cross rivers and ranches and ride between pampas, forests and along coasts.
We will see archaeological sites of the Kawésqar people who first inhabited these lands and who have a rich history of the culture here. Soon after our pedaling journey, we arrive at Estancia Yartou and our destination for the next two nights, Casa Museo Alberto Baeriswyl where we will enjoy dinner by the sea.
Rather than a hotel, Casa Museo Alberto Baeriswyl is a living museum that intertwines the concepts of museum and home, featuring 1920s decor and allowing guests to spend the night in a traditional early 19th Century abode.
Named for Alberto Baeriswyl Pittet, the Swiss pioneer who was instrumental in the region, the house was once the main home at Puerto Yartou, the region’s first timber factory, in a time in which that what was once an extremely lucrative initiative and necessary for heating and housing at the harsh pre-modern end of the world.
At Casa Museo Alberto Baeriswyl bathrooms are shared and there are a number of common areas and dining room to enjoy.
Full Day MTB Ride Through Condor River to Puerto Arturo
- 6 Hour MTB Ride, 36 km / 22.3 mi
- Night at Casa Alberto Baeryswil Museum (B-BL-D)
After a delicious breakfast shared together, our third day’s adventure begins! Today we won’t need vehicle support during our pedaling excursion.
From the gate of our base we set off south along a track that enters the forest and looks out onto the coast until we reach our first challenge: the Condor River.
We will have to ford the river crossing as we carry our bikes and once we reach the other side, we will follow animal-made trails to find our forest path which leads us to the mouth of the Almirantazgo Sound in Puerto Arturo.
On this excursion we will feel the pristine nature of Tierra del Fuego’s extreme elements and we will end our day back at Casa Museo Alberto Baeryswil for another evening’s rest and delicious dinner with great company.
Full Day MTB Stone Forests Ride
- 30 Minute Private Transfer
- 4 Hours Pedaling, 76 km / 47.2 mi
- Night at Estancia Kaitien(B-BL-D)
Today is ours for the choosing! Pedaling what we wish – up to 60 km. We leave Puerto Yartou and transfer to Estancia San Sebastián – our access point where we will begin today’s cycling.
Along our path we can see the petrified trees among this distinct and extreme landscape.
Our vehicle support allows us to ride as much or little as we want depending on our stamina, the weather conditions, and how we are feeling.
Once we finish with our ride, we will have the opportunity of experiencing life on a living estancia (ranch) where we will also be staying for the evening.
We will have the pleasure of staying at Estancia Kaitien where we will watch unique demonstrations such as sheep shearing & herding and enjoy a traditional asado (Barbeque)! Here we will also have the options to fish, horseback ride, or tour the fields of the ranch by bike before we rest at this wonderful estancia.
Morning MTB Ride – Visit to Cerro Sombrero – Ferry Crossing of Primera Angostura – Transfer to Punta Arenas
- 1.5 Hour MTB Ride, 12 km / 7.5 mi
- 2 Hour Private Transfer to Cerro Sombrero
- 20 Minute Ferry Crossing
- 2 Hour Private Transfer to Punta Arenas (B-BL)
In the morning we pedal a relaxing 12 km (7.5 miles) leaving the estancia where we stayed. From here, we will take our transfer to the village of Cerro Sombrero where will we visit the city and its attractions.
Later we will board the Bahía Azul ferry crossing the Strait of Magellan via Primera Angostura – the narrowest passing in the strait.
If we are lucky we will be able to see land and marine fauna during our short ferry ride.
Once back in the continent we will stop at the San Gregorio ranch – once a major regional livestock region – to learn a bit of its history and enjoy some unique photo opportunities.
Our journey ends as we travel 2 more hours arriving back to Punta Arenas in the evening.
- All Private Transportation Indicated in Schedule
- All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner)
- All Ferry Fares Indicated in Schedule
- One Night Lodging at Local Hotel or Hostel in Porvenir (Double Occupancy Rooms)
- Two Nights Lodging at Casa Alberto Baeryswil Museum (Double Occypancy Rooms)
- Two Nights at Estancia Kaitien (Double Occypancy Rooms)
- Vehicle Support As Indicated in Schedule
- Trek Fuel MTB Bicycle Model EX 5 29 2019, Helmet, & Gloves
- Local Guide with Knowledge of Mechanics & First Aid
- Any Additional Nights
- Park Entry Fees
- Medical Expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Alcohol During Meals
- Gratuities for Guide/ Driver
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MIN 1 MAX 8 PEOPLE
A wonderful, quaint hotel in the heart of Porvenir, Hotel Yagan is a great local accommodation where guests can relax upon arriving to the grand island of Tierra del Fuego. Guests may share amoung great company in a common lounge area or enjoy the hotel´s small bar and restaurant which offers traditional Chilean cuisine. The hotel has WiFi and all accommodations have a private bathroom with a shower and standard hotel amenities.
Casa Museo Alberto Baeriswyl
Casa Museo Alberto Baeriswyl is a living museum & home featuring 1920s traditional decor and allows guests to spend the night in a traditional early 19th Century abode. The house was once the main home in Puerto Yartou, the region’s first timber factory and once an extremely lucrative initiative for heating and housing during these pre-modern days. Bathrooms are shared and there are a number of common areas and a quaint dining room for enjoyment.
Estancia Kaitien is a family owned working cattle ranch with with more than 80 years of tradition in Tierra del Fuego. This estancia is dedicated to the production of sheep wool and meat and allows visitors the opportunity to live the life and customs of Patagonia ranchers while enjoying a unique agrotourism experiences. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities on the estancia including herding sheep with working dogs, participating in shearing, harvesting and cultivating the garden, fishing, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Overnight guests have the privilege of staying in the estancia´s unique rooms “Mile” and “Los Coirones“. Meals are locally sourced, prepared in a traditional style and setting, and will give you a taste of the culture and customs at the end of the world.
Dates & Prices
Program prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience.
PRICES FOR SEASON 2023/2024: Consult our travel specialist as prices may vary depending on seasonal and amount of guests booking!
DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!
Q: What technical & physical level is this ride?
A: If you like to ride on dirt roads and wide dirt trails (ATV or doubletrack), but still do not have the skills and confidence to ride narrow paths with roots, rocks, sharp turns, trees and slopes, then this program is suitable for you as it involves wide open trails easy to navigate. Regarding physical capability – if you feel comfortable and can agree to the following details, then this ride is just right for you!
– You exercise regularly, on average 2-4 hours per week.
– You feel comfortable with sustained pedaling at a relaxed pace for 2-4 hours a day.
– You can pedal 2 or 3 days in a row for no more than 2-3 hours a day.
– You can tolerate pedaling 1 or more climbs of up to 300 meters of elevation gain (660 feet).
– You tolerate short sections where you have to push and / or walk uphill on the bike.
– Your exercise regimen includes a combination of resistance training like biking and strength training.
Q: What are the specifications of the bike we will be using in this excursion?
A: During this excursion we will be using a Trek Fuel EX 5 29 2019 mountain bike.
Frame: Aluminum Alpha Platinum, ABP, Boost148, Knock Block, Full Floater, EVO link, Mino Link, Freak internal routing, 130 mm of travel
Fork: RockShox Recon RL, Solo Air, Motion Control, Boost110, 130 mm travel
Rear shock: RockShox Deluxe RL, 210 x 52.5 mm
Front hub: Bontrager Boost110
Rear hub: Sealed Bontrager, Boost148
Rings: Bontrager Connection double wall 32 holes
Tyres: Bontrager XR3, 29×2.30˝
Derrailleur: Shimano Deore M6000, 10 speed, shadow plus
Cranks: Race Face Ride, 30T Cinch
Through axle: PF92
Rear hub: SunRace, 11-42, 10 velocidades
Pedals: CaneCreek Stamp 1, platforms
Seat post: Bontrager, 2 screws head, 31.6 mm.
Handle bar: Bontrager, 31.8 mm, 15 mm de heihgt, 720 mm wide
Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 31.8 mm, 0 degree
Brakes: Shimano hydraulic Disc MT200
Weight: Medium frame – 14.97 kg / 33 lbs
Weight Limit: This bike has a manufacturer total weight limit. Combined weight among rider, bike and gears is 300lbs (136 kgs)