ADV Riders in Chile

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by BjoernTheH, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    There is a couple of places including cabanas. We stayed at a hotel in the main shopping street on the corner with off street parking. We just rolled up and they had plenty of rooms. It's the one where all the workers with their utes stay. Not expensive and breakfast and WiFi included. The name eludes me at this time...
  2. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am planning on riding in Chile in March... I am from Canada and I would like some tips, suggestions and possible warnings about riding in Chile.

    Also if any of you can suggest a good place to rent an adventure bike.

    I have been to Chile before. I loved your country and I am planing to go back with my wife for an adventure on 2-wheels.

    Our plan is to fly into Santiago and then head north... visit the desert and surrounding areas.

    Thanks.
  3. COBob

    COBob Been here awhile

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  4. Alcides

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    Go to www.motoaventura.cl good place to rent a Bike. They also can help you out with other stuff. I live in Ovalle (IV Region North of Chile), so if I can help you in any way, let me know.
  5. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone so far... I am still researching
  6. mrtuc

    mrtuc Adventurer

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    Soy Marcos, de Tucuman, Argentina.
    Con un amigo estamos organizando (KTM Adv y Honda Transalp) ir a Chile el 9 o 10 de Marzo por el Paso de San Francisco hasta Copiapo, luego hacia La Serena (donde estaremos 2 dias) para volver a la Argentina por el Paso de Aguas Negras.
    Si alguien sabe de lugares que debemos conocer, asi como rutas divertidas para ir de Copiapo a La Serena o buenos alojamientos, se les agradeceria muchisimo.
    Desde ya muchas gracias

    Dear:
    I'm Marcos, de Tucuman, Argentina.
    With a friend are organizing (Adv KTM and Honda Transalp) go to Chile on 9 or 10 March at Paso de San Francisco to Copiapo, then La Serena (where we'll be 2 days) to return to Argentina through Paso de Aguas Negras.
    If anyone knows of places that we should know as well as fun route to go from Copiapo to La Serena or good accommodations, they appreciate it.
    From already thank graciasrecomiendo which in turn strongly
  7. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    hola!

    i'm about to start a 4-month trip through chile, argentina, uruguay, brazil, peru, bolivia, ecuador, and columbia on my triumph tiger 800xc. i'm looking for local south american ADV'ers who are interested in hosting me for a night, showing me around your city/town, or giving advice about good roads or points of interest. i like food, beer/wine, and strange conversation (whatever that means to you).

    estoy a punto de empezar un viaje de cuatro meses a través del chile, de la argentina, de uruguay, del brasil, de perú, de bolivia, de ecuador, y de colombia en me triumph tiger 800xc. estoy buscando a ADV'ers suramericano local que está interesado en el recibimiento de mí por una noche, mostrarme alrededor de su ciudad/pueblo, o el donante de consejo sobre los buenos caminos o puntas del interés. me gusto de la comida, de la cerveza/vino, y de la conversación extraña (lo que ese significa a usted).

    here is my trip preparation blog, which will become my ride report:
    www.porkandcorn.com

    here's my approximate schedule for the first 2 months (aquí está mi horario aproximado para las primeras 2 meses):

    part - santiago, chile to cordoba, argentina (6 weeks):
    jan 06-10: santiago, chile
    jan 10: santiago to playa renaca
    jan 10-13: playa renaca/vina del mar
    jan 14-15: valparaiso
    jan 15: valparaiso to mendoza, argentina
    jan 16: mendoza to laboulaye
    jan 17: laboulaye to buenos aires
    jan 17-23: buenos aires
    jan 24: (ferry) buenos aires to montevideo, uruguay
    jan 24-25: montevideo
    jan 25-27: punta del este
    jan 28: punta del este to chuy, brazil
    jan 29: chuy to porto alegre
    jan 29-31: porto alegre
    feb 01: porto alegre to sao jose dos ausentes
    feb 02: sao jose dos ausentes to florianopolis
    feb 02-12: florianopolis/balneario camburio (carnival!)
    feb 13: florianopolis to passo fundo
    feb 14: passo fundo to uruguaiana
    feb 15: uruguaiana to parana/santa fe, argentina
    feb 16: parana/santa fe to cordoba
    feb 17-18: cordoba, argentina

    part 2 - cordoba, argentina to santa cruz, bolivia (2 weeks):
    feb 19: cordoba to aimogasta, argentina
    feb 20: aimogasta to paso san francisco
    feb 21: paso san francisco to bahía inglesa, chile
    feb 22-23: bahía inglesa, chile
    feb 24: bahía inglesa, chile to pan de azuacar national park
    feb 25: pan de azuacar national park to antofagasta
    feb 26: antofagasta, chile to san pedro de atacama
    feb 26-27: san pedro de atacama
    feb 28: san pedro de atacamo to…...

    thanks!!!!
  8. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    need some more specific info about which of these 2 possible routes to take if anyone could provide some input. if i have it all wrong and need to do something else, let me know!

    OPTION 1: paso san francisco - bahia englesa - antofagasta - atacama desert - san salvador de jujuy via paso de jama to villazon - uyuni - potosi - sucre - santa cruz, bolivia

    OPTION 2: paso san francisco - bahia englesa - antofagasta - atacama desert - iquique - arica - lauca national park - oruru - uyuni - sucre - santa cruz, bolivia

    google map of options 2: http://goo.gl/maps/z46Oc

    thanks. fritz.
  9. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    From the Atacama desert, you want to go back to Calama and head for Oilague. Most of it is gravel, bad gravel, to the border. Once inside Bolivia, it's much better gravel to Uyuni. You can go south and take the San Pedro crossing as well, directly from Atacama to Uyuni, but it requires a lot of off-road skills. Check my gdb file for Bolivia for more info. http://www.nohorizons.net/2012/countries.html
  10. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    thanks. once at oilague, are you suggesting i should i go west into bolivia? or continue back to to the coast, arica, and then into boliva via lauca national park? i know some of this is subjective, but i'm trying to get a sense of which roads are more moto-friendly. my offroad skills are not fully developed, but i do have gravel, dirt experience. sounds like the pass from san pedro de atacama (52) to jujuy might be a bit much for me, and i have heard that the roads from atacama heading north into uyuni are very, very difficult roads with a lot of sand, something i would like to avoid.

    thanks again for your input. your travel blog is very inspiring.
  11. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    If you have gravel and dirt experience, you won't have a problem with Oilague to Uyuni or Calama to Oilague. It's gravel, and mostly you can go 30-40 mph. There are a few soft spots, but very short, a few hundred yards here and there and well marked. Yes, unless you are a good off-road rider, you don't want to take the San Pedro road. From San Pedro to Calama is all pavement, then about 40 kms of pavement towards Oilague, then dirt. At the border it gets much better and Bolivia border to Uyuni is all hard-packed smooth dirt. Note that there is no wifi in Uyuni at all, except for one (expensive) hotel (400 Bolivianos/night). I stayed at Hotel Avenida (something starting with an A... lat/lon S20 27.772 W66 49.381). They have bike parking. 100 Bolivianos for a room with private bathroom.

    Take Tunupa Tours (a few doors down from the hostel) for a 3 day tour through the Salar de Uyuni. Not worth wrecking your bike with the salt. All-in tour was 680 Bolivianos (nice Lexus 470 offroad machine).

    Btw, Uyuni to Oruro is all perfectly new asphalt if you go Uyuni, Potosi, Challapata, Oruro.
  12. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Hello

    Is "ride-chile" a reliable place to rent a motorcycle?

    Thanks
  13. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    A not-bike-relavant question to the Chilenos here. The german cousin of a friend invite us, when we are back in Santiago, for a BBQ. He is married with a Chilena.

    Now the Question, what present for the host, the wife? In germany you can take some nice flowers for this reason. . .


    We are staying in Antofagasta for the year changing. Hope, you all have a good party to night. . .


    Mr.&Mrs.Horton
  14. Salva

    Salva @shp224

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    Flowers will be more than OK.
    Enjoy your BBQ!
  15. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    Txs.

    :freaky
  16. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Happy New Year to All
    I am currently in Huasco, and heading south towards Valipriso. I am very interested in cheering on Don Hatton and Simon Pavey in the upcoming Dakar. Does anyone have any hints as how to best view the race, with emphasis on the moto sections?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks :clap
  17. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    On your way from Antofagasta to Calama, first Routa 5, then 25. Take a look to your right, when you searching for place to stay for a night. Half way to Calama, they are some ruins. Only a little bit away from the road. Good, to see a hell lot of stars during the night. . .

    When you want to camp near the sea. You need tent nails for a hard ground. And forget the „Playa del xyz". They didn't habe services. Look out for your own beach place.
  18. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    thanks horton. and thank you everyone else for you input. i don't want to hijack your thread, so if anyone has any other thoughts or is interested in a beer or wine along the way, PM me.

    fritz
  19. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    I would be interested to know too as looking at them for apossible rental in early 2014.
  20. gummikuh

    gummikuh Dirt tester

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    Hi guy's!

    Finally we're back in Chile and on our way ( more or less) to the caretera Austral.
    At the moment we're in Puntas Arenas and in need of a spezial BMW bearing.

    Anyone has a good idea ( appart from BMW Santiago and Motoaventura) where to get BMW parts?
    It's the bearing between Finaldrive and swingarm the BMW no. is 33172311091

    Any help is much apreciated!!!! THX!!!!


    Werner + Claudia