With mile-upon-mile of endless tarmac, and some amazing views across the Andes mountain range, Chile and Northern Argentina is becoming an increasingly popular riding destination.
Our friends Kevin and Julia Sanders at GlobeBusters know the area well, and in the previous issue of RiDE Magazine, they have been explaining some of the key things readers need to know if they are thinking of riding there.
- Why Should You Go?
Both Chile and Argentina have a very European feel to them, although the influence of the Andean peoples is stronger in the more northerly regions. The infrastructure is generally good in more populated area, so it’s an ideal place for an adventurous getaway without feeling too far out of your comfort zone.
- What’s It Like To Ride There?
Major road conditions are generally good, although they can be affected by earthquakes and volcanic activity. Out of town, you’ll have the roads pretty much to yourself, and those with average road riding experience should be fine. If you want a challenge, those with off-road experience can find plenty of rough, remote routes. Distances can be vast, and the landscapes are stunning, often appearing as though you’ve landed on another planet. If riding through the Atacama desert, refuel whenever possible, as there can be long distances between petrol stations.
- Where Should You Ride?
Following the Pacific Coast Road delivers some amazing riding with a stunning backdrop, sandwiches between sheer cliffs and the rolling seas. At 4,200m above sea level, the Paso de Jama is also a fantastic way to cross into Argentina. For a great night time ride, hit up the Valley of the Moon as the sun goes down.
- When Should You Go?
GlobeBusters suggest that the best times to ride are in March-April, or October-November. Be aware that the high passes in the north can experience snow in between these months.
- How Do You Get There?
If you’re looking to fly your own bike to South America, Santiago in Chile is currently an easier option than Buenos Aires in Argentina. Sea freight is also an option. Motorcycle rental is available in Chile, and the agencies will provide the paperwork and insurance you’ll need to cross the border into Argentina.
- What Do You Need To Take?
You don’t need any visas, but your passport must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. You’ll need your UK driving licence, along with an International Driving Permit from the RAC, plus your original V5C logbook if you take your own bike. For Chile, you must have SOAPEX personal accident insurance, plus Mercosur insurance for third-party liability in both countries. It is also highly recommended that you take our personal travel and medical insurance, which covers repatriation should you suffer an injury while riding.
Depending on the type of terrain you’re tackling, don’t forget to make the right tyre choice before you leave the UK.
As an official partner of Continental, the GlobeBusters team choose the most suitable option from our adventure range before every trip. That includes the new, road-oriented ContiTrailAttack 3, the acclaimed TKC 70 and highly off-road capable TKC 80 Twinduro.
You can view the full range of Continental adventure tyres here.