Patagonia Ride

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  1. MnMauler

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    My Dad and I are heading to Punta Arenas in January. I've attached a picture of our route. Any advice on place to see, stay, roads to hit etc? Thanks!

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  2. Parcero

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    Looks like a good route plan for he area. You have wisely avoided going through Rio Gallegos and the southeastern part of the Santa Cruz Province, which isn’t particularly scenic. Is this a fly and ride or will you be riding in from someplace?
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    We are flying into Punta Arenas and starting and ending there. Is it worth the 3 day ride to Ushuaia?
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    You’re going to have some awesome scenery on the route even without Ushuaia, but if you have the time, I would go, if not just to reach El Fin del Mundo. It’s pretty much one way in and out, but you can mix up the route slightly by taking the ferry between Punta Arenas and Porvenir one way and use the ferry at Punta Delgada on the way back. Isla Grande is mostly flat with straight roads until you get a couple hours outside of Ushuaia. If it’s raining, the dirt sections will add some more adventurous riding.
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  5. MnMauler

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    That is some excellent advice, thank you! It will be nice to vary the scenery on that route a little bit. We're planning on stay in Rio Grande for two nights because it works time wise to ride there from Punta Arenas in one day. Then take one day to ride down to Ushuaia and back, and then take a long day to ride from Rio Grande to Puerto Natales. Are we better off staying both nights in Porvenir?
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    Staying in Porvenir would cut off the ferry ride on the way to or from Ushuaia, and the ferry ride between Punta Arenas and Porvenir is probably close to two and a half hours including loading and unloading, and that’s if you arrive without having to wait. I don’t know what the accommodations are like in Porvenir, however.
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    Rio Grande is an industrial town
    The ferry leaves Punta Arenas in the AM , leaving plenty of time to arrive for dinner in Ushuaia
    Border crossings will be pretty quick... if you don't end up behind a tour bus
    There isn't much in Porvenir
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    Knight makes a good point. I didn’t find the ride from Rio Gallegos to Ushuaia particularly taxing, and even with two border crossings and 80 miles or so of dirt roads and construction, an early start still put me in Ushuaia before dark with enough time to shower up, explore a little bit, and have a nice dinner at the Paso Garibaldi Resto Bar which is excellent.
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    The way our trip is working out, we'll ride from Punta Arenas to Rio Grande. Then spend a day riding down to Ushuaia and back, so we'll stay two nights in Rio Grande. Doesn't look like the worlds greatest town but in reality we'll mostly just be sleeping there. Then the next day we ride up to Puerto Natales.
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    You MUST visit Parque Nationale Ushuaia. There is an entry fee..maybe $19....but it is worth it. Plus you actually get to go to the end of the earth as we know it. A night in the Parque would be awesome.
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    Good to know! It was on our itinerary already but I will make sure we don't miss it and spend some extra time there.
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    +1 What knight said.

    I visited Ushuaia in March 2016.

    The AM ferry from Punta Arenas to Porviner and on to Ushuaia is just a nice 1 day ride.
    We hit the only rain (actually just a drizzle) of our entire 6 week trip from Montevideo down Ruta 40 to Ushuaia and back north via Hwy 7 to Santiago as we went over the pass into Ushuaia

    Highly recommend 2 nights at the Hotel Ushuaia on the side hill with amazing over view of the harbor and good restaurant.
    Even if you don't stay there, visit for the view.

    Next day ride thru Parque National Ushuaia to the sign at the end of the road (be sure to stop and pay at entrance, park just thru the gate and go inside office).
    Don't miss taking a left turn at the 1st intersection that goes a short distance down to the water and the most southern Post Office in SA.
    It's out at the end of the pier, get your passport stamped for a few bucks.
    On your way out be sure to go to the Park Visitors Center for lunch (about half way from end of the road back toward entrance). The views from the restaurant were great and the lamb was amazing.

    Then back to walk around town and dinner.

    We went back to Punta Arenas via the dirt roads and northern ferry in one long day.

    Safe travels
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    SUPER helpful Doug, thank you very much!
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