PATAGONIA - RIDE THE ANDES
In Patagonia the road is a recent arrival. Barely 30 years ago, much of this country was accessible only on foot,
on horseback or by boat. Locked between mountains and ocean. Now it is time to go off the beaten path through
this breath-taking and rugged South American region in your Porsche, while having the best available
accommodation every step of the way!
BEYOND ADVENTURE PATAGONIA – Patagonia - the vast region discovered and named by Ferdinand Magellan is sparsely populated and at the southern end of the South American continent. The diversity of landscapes and geographical altitudes are the absolute highlights of this region. A stunning mixture of endless and remote gravel and tarmac roads paired with breath-taking landscapes, rough nature, windswept plains, untamed coastlines, dazzling glaciers, wine areas, incredible king penguin colonies - this will be yours to explore and discover with us.
Your journey starts in Chile, however within the next days, you will cross the border between Argentina and Chile a few times. Remember though - this is an adventure which is far from ordinary.
It’s fair to say that by choosing Beyond Adventure Patagonia, a wealth of unforgettable sights is guaranteed. The finish line is truely “fin del mundo”. Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia - the most southern point of the South American continent awaits your footprints.
Like the route and its diverse roads are not already epic in itself, experience this self-drive adventure in South America’s most remote territories in our exceptional Porsche Cayenne Beyond Adventure Edition or rental 4x4 SUVs.
EXCELLENCE PAIRED WITH PASSION, ADVENTURE AND PRECISION
Beyond Adventure is all about exploring the world on passionate and unique driving adventures. Getting from A to B shall become your experience not just transport. We offer you the opportunity to explore some of your “bucket-list” destinations. All behind the steering wheel of the best suitable vehicle for the challenge.
We dare to motivate you to go where no-one normally goes and we want to exceed your expectations with our one-of-its-kind concepts. We redefine automotive adventures and target via a distinctive teamwork to also extend your network and to create friendships. With joining Beyond Adventure you will become part of a passionate team and will immediately feel our uniqueness in how we do things.
Beyond Adventure was established by Jan Kalmar – an adventurer, petrol head and extreme driver who is constantly exploring the planet on four wheels. This lifelong passion has led to an extensive network. Jan has bent the limits for automotive challenges for over 20 years and even set World Records in the process.
For us the experience must be distinctive - we supply the best service wherever we go but never lose the flexibility and individual approach. Therefore have we developed an unique Classic Rally-Style Driving Concept for Beyond Adventure, not competing for the fastest time but instead for the most precise timing. This means you drive and navigate by yourself independently. Of course, the support team is always close by and for the most challenging stages, the entire group stays together.
The passion for adventures is deep within our vastly experienced Beyond Adventure team. We will ensure the best possible comfort and always make sure you never feel alone. In case of an emergency, break down or a simple puncture, there will be a solution assisted by the Beyond Adventure team. So, although you drive solitary, you are never alone, even in the most remote areas. On special adventures a Beyond Adventure paramedic is present to ensure premedical assistance in an unlikely emergency. Same goes for vehicle issues if needed a specially trained technician is on site.
For all Beyond Adventures the team always includes a local guide to explain about the area and inform about local habits and traditions, simply to widen your horizon - as Hans Christian Andersen said: “to travel is to live.”
Behind the scenes, a team of travel experts is on stand-by from start to finish following you via GPS tracking for your safety and comfort - always ready to support.
The experience starts already when signing in, from that moment on you may always rely on our experience to assist you with all aspects of the entire project. Surely most wishes can be sorted. The true adventure starts at the arrival airport. From here all is taken care of all the way to the departure airport - get ready to explore the world you never knew existed... the extraordinary world!
Let the adventure begin,
The adventure begins with an early arrival to Antofagasta - the coastal city of Chile. After landing, you are shuttled from the airport to your comfortable hotel. Following a short welcome, you will have time to adapt to the time and speed of South America.
A detailed briefing together with an introduction to the cars and navigation systems will take place. Enjoy the welcome dinner. Tomorrow the real driving begins!
Total KM: 0
Departing away east from Antofagasta means heading towards the Andes. Today you will encounter quite a change of vistas from coastal and green area to moon-like empty spaces and desert-like landscapes. A picnic-lunch to be enjoyed on the way.
The final destination is the Oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, where all buildings are made of mud. The altitude has changed significantly however it is nothing compared to the following day and the climb through the Andes. The scenery will reveal its beauty even more during the sunset drive into the “moon-valley”. After dinner, relax and take a big breath before tomorrow the epic Andes drive starts.
Total KM: 340
Leaving San Pedro de Atacama, you will drive over the Andes via Sico Pass, an amazing and smooth climb to over 4,400 meters. Welcome to Argentina! Have a quick picnic-lunch at the small border up in the sky where we need to bring warm clothing. Now we descent from the ridge of the Andes down and back towards the much warmer “lowlands”. Fast and open gravel roads are on the menu first and later on the wide-open tarmac as we enter Salta, known as the start of the wine-land. Enjoy it! We invite you to test your cooking skills as you will create your own dinner tonight.
Total KM: 492
As we drive away from Salta, we will find natural beauty mixed with some towns where time seems to have stopped. We will drive by Quebrada de las Flechas with amazing slanted rock outcrops to both sides of the road. Hard to describe, must to be seen! Lunch is in a colonial hacienda well hidden in a small village on our route, zigzagging between beautiful vistas. Later on, probably the best gravel road so far as it features some stretches made of gravel and others made of sand or dirt. After a beautiful drive, Cafayate will open up its gates with traditional colonial attire and good local wine which you will get to know at our private wine tasting.
Total KM: 298
A late start today allows you to play a round of golf, do an optional horseback ride or simply to relax at the pool or in the spa. After a short lunch the drive starts.
Today there are mostly paved roads. Despite its 400 kilometers it will pass in a blink of an eye. We drive what many consider to be a part of the Pan-Americana highway. A network of roads over 25,800 kilometers which at some point used to be the Inca road that connected Cusco with the rest of the empire. The destination today is our own little wine estate where wine-tasting is on the menu together with local food.
Total KM: 403
Today we have the longest driving day of the whole adventure, so an early start is needed. But the good thing is - “fast roads are ahead” with smooth gravel sections to keep the “attention-level” high all the time. We stop for a quick “on the go lunch” at Ischigualasto Provincial Park to discover the UNESCO site “Valley of the Moon”, Natural Patrimony of the Humanity. In this area one of the oldest dinosaurs, Eoraptor Lunensis, was found. After lunch - long and straight roads all the way to Mendoza. Keep the speed up as at the wine estate does await with your own private dinner on the terrace of your room watching the sunset over the wine-yards and the Andes as back drop... Yes a long drive but again what a reward at the end and with the highest average speed of the entire adventure.
Total KM: 747
Today is all about relaxing. If you feel like it, a horseback ride to the nearby winery is on the menu. You can also take the bike or alternatively a shuttle will take you there. We will try their produce and enjoy lunch among the wines. If the desire is there, you can even mix your own wine blend (optional). The afternoon can be enjoyed at the nearby golf course or in the winespa. In the evening you will get an introduction to the local tango while the Argentinian barbecue is enjoyed.
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After a day of relaxation, we will once again face to cross the majestic Andes. This time we re-enter Chile and pass by the city
of Santiago de Chile, in the search of the wine region on the other side of the mountain range. After a climb and glimpse of the highest mountain in the Americas “Aconcagua”, we will go down “Los Caracoles”, a winding road and definitely the driving highlight of the day. As big busy capitals are not our first choice we head directly south of Santiago where we will lodge in one
of the most spectacular properties in all of Chile. The whole roof structure is made out of titanium as a start! Enjoy the wine
and food in this warm but very fertile area. The evening will be marked with a close glance at the stars!
Total KM: 494
It would be a shame to leave this place too early, so a slow start into the day before we head for the Pacific Ocean. After days in the desert and altitude, it is such a pleasant feeling to be at the Pacific beach shores again. The route passes along the “fruit-road” over small narrow gravel mountain passes.
The navigation is a challenge today… Find your own spot to enjoy your small lunch – and enjoy the breeze. Our destination today is located in the best wine region of Chile. Here you will find our own beautiful wine ranch surrounded by more than a thousand hectares. You will feel united with the surroundings and enjoy a very unique hot-tub. A comprehensive wine tasting before we enjoy a local hunting menu.
Total KM: 323
Today we will not have the most spectacular driving day. It will be a long run on the Pan-American highway. A transit day. Feel free to do “fruit of the day shopping” along the road. Watch the speed as it is easy to go too fast today. When you approach your destination you will see the majestic Villarrica Volcano which also marks the beginning of Patagonia and here you enter an area known for its thermal activities. No need to stop and take pictures as soon as you see it… You will get very close to it.
The destination calls for relaxation – but those climbing the volcano tomorrow need to set some time aside to check the gear. Before dinner we will visit the onsite cheese farm and taste some local wine of course.
Total KM: 551
Pucon is an outdoor mekka full of activities so it might be hard to choose which ones suit your desire. If you simply feel like taking time off and enjoying the nature around the hotel then go fishing, kayaking, floating and much more as it is included in the hotel stay.
Or choose one of the optional activities:
Ready to climb the active volcano? You set of early to be first on the top. The four-hour hike will be guided by a professional team. You just need to be normal fit as no other skills are needed. The trip down is much faster as it is done on a small sledge! You return back to hotel at around 15:00h.
Take a helicopter to the well hidden hot springs and take a dip there. Afterwards do a loop over the Volcano where your fellow adventures fight to get to the top. Back to hotel where you have plenty of time to enjoy the spa or some of the other activities.
In the early evening we will go to visit a Mapuches home to see their view on life and explore
their food culture.
Total KM: 0
If you missed the hot springs and helicopter ride yesterday this can still be done this morning before departure due to another late start today. A beautiful drive to the Argentinian border awaits you. The contrasts at the border will surprise you. Not only the difference in road conditions but the entire experience through the front screen of your car. The lake area you are passing by makes it hard to choose where to stop for pictures and where just to keep on going. After nice smooth roads you will re-enter civilization which also means traffic - just go with the flow and arrive at the lakeside resort, ready for dinner.
Total KM: 388
Today is in the name of the outlaws! Leaving Bariloche to the south we will find a winding mountain path that will take us through the city of El Bolson, a classic hippie stronghold of the 70’s. We keep on going and will have lunch at the cabin that used to be Butch Cassidy’s home. Here you will have your share of the wild west! After lunch head to Esquel and the Los Alerces National Park where you will enjoy the big trees and hopefully find the well hidden waterfall.
The natural border between Argentina and Chile - the Andes will be crossed again but this time not short on breath. Our destination is in the mountains on Chile side which feels like a condor’s nest that looks towards a valley from above the clouds. You will love it.
Total KM: 365
Today prepare for many hours behind the steering wheel. But some of the best and smoothest gravel and tarmac roads on the adventure awaits you. We start early and you will search for your own picnic point. Today is a perfect mix of following small and large rivers, shortly passing by the Pacific fjords and the huge lakes where you carve your way along the shores. We will meet a variety of mountain landscapes, winding roads, wooden buildings and many rural establishments.
Continue your endevour south and prepare for the glaciers… You might never come back down these roads again, but you will surely miss them when you sit in the usual traffic at home. Our destination is located near Lake Carreras, a huge mirror of water that shares it’s surface with Argentina. The hotel is located right at the shore of the Baker River which is the largest in Chile.
Total KM: 710
The reward of the long day yesterday, is relaxation today. In this area there is a very narrow accommodation selection, but you will surely enjoy what we here have found. From Boder Baker Lodge you can go on a guided hikes in the morning if you are fresh.
At midday we all take the speed boat to the glacier nearby where we all will enjoy our private lunch! If you want more glacier, there is an optional helicopter tour possible to get up close to the top of the glacier.
Total KM: 0
The morning gives you time to explore the area along the river, to go for a horse back ride or to get a well deserved massage. After an early lunch go back behind the steering wheel of your vehicle. In front of you fantastic roads and a rich wildlife. Keep your eyes open for the condors or local ostriches called “ñandu”. Also the bigger brother of the well known llama called “Guanaco” is found here in large numbers all over Patagonia.
Tonight will be fully authentic as you will share a working ranch with the family who have lived there for generations. Help to shear sheep and learn about life here in the middle of nowhere. Maybe not the highest star rated hotel you have seen in your life, but surely one of the most authentic ones.
Total KM: 307
Wake up early with the animals and go straight on the stage with one of the highest average speeds of the entire adventure. You will pass by amazing lakes, but it is the straight open roads that you will remember clearly from this drive.
Our finish point is Puerto Banderas. A private boat will take us to our small hotel totally isolated from the rest of the world. From the safe board of our boat you will see the Upsala Glacier and all the surrounding ice-mountains embraced with frozen lakes and rivers. An excursion on a 4WD vehicle later today will let you see the glacier scenery from above, standing at the highest part of a cliff.
Surely tired after a long day you will enjoy a very nice dinner far from the real world.
Total KM: 350
We still have many amazing views to harvest on this adventure. But first we have to get back to our cars and for that we will jump on the boat again to return. Now we will enter Los Glaciares National Park which hosts one of the biggest and most amazing glaciers: glacier “Perito Moreno”. You can just stare at this immense ice field or choose to also go for a lakelevel view, paddling on a Kayak on a breathtaking adventure.
Now we head towards Chile on a gravel shortcut and the target for the day is Torres Del Paine National Park. This is a must on our to-do list. Its scenic beauty, glaciers and the imposing Andes mountains tempt even the timidest adventurer.
After some hard days there will be plenty of time to relax in the amazing hotel. Get your heart beat down in the spa or in front of the huge panoramic windows over-viewing the lake. Do not miss the dinner.
Total KM: 280
Despite you have had the most fantastic views of Torres Del Paine we have still not visited the National Park of the same name so far. This we will do today after breakfast and check out. A truly stunning and magnificent drive, with enough blends of mountain, lake, ice, and constant changes of weather and colours to keep anyone hypnotized for days. From the park we will take a short drive to the coastal city of Puerto Natales, where lunch will be enjoyed in special surroundings.
After a late lunch, we make a “run” to Punta Arenas on “ruta del fin del mundo”. Here you will not find the best and most romantic overnight stay of our Adventure, but we hope the seafood will make up for it. The “capital of the south” gives a good gateway to the Tierra del Fuego which we will enter tomorrow morning.
Total KM: 444
It is time to leave the continent therefore we need to get up early to catch the ferry across the “Magellan straight” between the South American continent and Tierra del Fuego, named by Hernando de Magallanes who saw the local indigenous people who inhabited the coasts of the island lighting their fires on the beach. We hit land at Porvenir - be ready to continue driving into this wild and once very hostile environment. We aim first for a nice rustic lunch at an estancia. Here we shall try our skills as sheep herders but luckily we have dogs with us. After lunch we to go see the nearby King Penguin colony who decided to move here just ten years ago.
From here we start crossing the island. The selection of award winning accommodation here is very limited instead we choose one of the most southern hosteria in Chile. They have a beaver family close by so we will hike to see if we can spot them. Tired but full of new impressions we have a big seafood barbecue on our own terrace as we have the entire place for ourselves.
Total KM: 252
We set off early today with the direction of Ushuaia. We cross together the last border and from here simply enjoy the last gravel kilometers. After days of very dry and almost tree free areas you will suddenly enter a beautiful forest - it is such a welcoming feeling so far south.
We go to “the end of the southern most public road in the world”. Your normal navigation system would have said: “YOUR HAVE REACHED YOUR DESTINATION” - YES YOU DID IT!
A late lunch with a glass of champagne should be allowed by now! On the way back in convoy we will see some of the special places within the park and you will have the possibility to get your passport stamped this far south... Tired and proud we head back to the small hotel right at the coast. A special dinner is waiting here at the end of the world.
Total KM: 382
Today we will say “see you next time” and make sure you get safely onwards or alternatively take some extra days to explore the area. There is a wide selection of attractions, for instance you can take a boat into the fjords. The sea-life is the highlight with the huge mountains as backdrop, where lunch will be served on the boat. Even a special permit can obtained to enter the Penguin Island so you can walk among these unique birds!
If there is a desire it is possible to go on hikes or play a round of golf on the most southern golf course in the world - but maybe it is time just to relax in the spa or hot-pools?
Total KM: 0
• An amazing remote part of the world
• A great mix of accommodation and wine areas
• Long smooth gravel roads
• Deserts, cacti, glaciers, rivers and fjords
• Vistas hard to describe
PATAGONIA IS NOT:
• Only empty gravel roads
• Fully GSM covered
• Always 5 star modern hotels
• Only one thing
DURATION AND DATES:
22 days (17 driving days) | ~ 7,126 KM
• Porsche Cayenne Beyond Adventure Edition or rental 4x4 SUV
PRICES PER PERSON:
Price indications upon request - after the final location check the final prices are being communicated.
• Beyond Adventure with great food and best available accommodation
• Local guiding
• Shuttles from and to airport
• Classic rally organization
• All non-alcoholic drinks
• GSM / Satellite data connection
* Excluding flights to Antofagasta International Airport and from Ushuaia International Airport to your home destination.
Group Size: Min. 8 - max. 14 participants. More waves possible if needed to cover demand. Information correct at time of publishing, due to the nature of the projects changes can occur.
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