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Old 06-06-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Ushuaia in the winter ?

I am planning a trip from North to South America next year, but it seems I will miss the ideal October departure.

Is it possible to reach Ushuaia by motorcycle all year ?

The numbers in meteorological data is not too frightening, but all stories of trips there are !

The low temperature average I read are 0C (32 F) for May and -1C (30 F) for June. Furthermore, it is only 6C (43 F) in January, making it appear not a lot easier in the summer. Precipitation also seems similar year round.

Is it because the wind is stronger ? Daytime light very short ? Do people go to Ushuaia in the winter ?

So what do you think ? Thanks in advance !
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:15 PM   #2
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Nobody was in Ushuaia during winter to tell me about it ? :)
I need to know the latest date one can realistically get there by motorcycle.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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Try a post in the Latin America Regional Forum.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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There is a pass before you get to Ushuaia and I almost couldn't make it over even in the height of summer. It was snowing pretty good the day I went over, cold, windy and not much fun at all.

I'd imagine the same pass in winter could be impassable if the weather didn't cooperate to the fullest.

Also, some of the ferry crossings needed might not run in the winter if the weather wasn't good. I had delays and the crossing of one was pretty nasty even in summer.

Remember, you are at about 55' south latitude and no time will you ever know how it will be from minute to minute.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:52 AM   #5
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If you're use to riding in somewhere like CO or equivalent during the winter you'll be fine, but I have never heard of anyone doing it past May. The pass is pretty minimal, and if you're ok with riding in the snow you'll have no problem. If you give youself an extra couple weeks to make it you can sit somewhere like Calafate and wait for an opportunity to make a run for it.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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OK, thanks for your anwsers.

@ jkam
Do you know the name of this pass ?
Is is coming from Chile or Argentina ? Or is it unavoidable at all ?

Thanks again
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:44 AM   #7
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OK, thanks for your anwsers.

@ jkam
Do you know the name of this pass ?
Is is coming from Chile or Argentina ? Or is it unavoidable at all ?

Thanks again
G'day Pierd.

It's called Garibaldi Pass and it's just before you get to Ushuaia and is unavoidable. It's not that high or long but as I mentioned, in summer it was snowing pretty good and I imagine in winter it could be pretty scary if there is much snow or icy conditions going over.

As mentioned above by cu260r6, if you feel comfortable riding in winter conditions then you should be able to get over and down to Ushuaia but if it's snowing or has been, the pass might have too much snow to cross.
Only way to find out is to check when you are near.

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Old 06-17-2010, 12:14 PM   #8
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Thanks man

The cold doesn't scare me too much, but ice and snow is another story.
I guess I will plan as if it was possible, hope for the best and see when I get there if I have to turn around.
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