How to join
General hint: To see all and cheap possibilities use search-engines, depending on your country: kiwi, megaflieger, opodo, whichbudget, jetcost, momondo, greitai, skyscanner. It’s advised to use such search-engines only to get the information, NOT for booking, because you have to book your bicycle too and that can cause problems using the search engines. Book directly at the website of the founded airline! At some airlines simply with a “click”, at others by phone. Typical price for a bike is about 30 Euro inside Europe, and ~100-150 USD to South America. To get knowledge which airlines fly to one or another airport it is advisable also to visit websites of corresponding airports.
A Guide to the Most Accessible Airports in Patagonia gives a concise information about the flight options.
At first, you have to find a flight to Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires. There many different possibilities. Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Alitalia, Latam, Aerolineas Argentinas, and some others operate the direct flights from Europe.
If you plan to join the ride from the beginning, it is more convenient to take a flight to Santiago de Chile, and then to the Puerto Montt. Local flights inside Chile and Argentina are rather cheap, but much more expensive between the two countries.
If you can’t join for the whole route, we would recommend to combine the following sections of the route:
- February 23 – March 09. Flights from Balmaceda airport (40 km from Coyhaique).
- March 09 – March 26. Flights from El Calafate.
- March 27 – till the end. Flights from Punta Arenas.
You can finish the ride at the other points as well. For example, after 21 days of cycling you can take a ferry from Caleta Tortel and finish your trip in Puerto Natales.
You can use also a bus network to reach some places in Patagonia. Check the following sites for the bus schedules in Chile and Argentina.
On the site – here – you can find different options for all types of transportation between two locations.
If you join only for some part of the ride the following table of airports located at (or near) our route can be useful when planning arrival or departure:
|Puerto Montt||Chile||Sky Airline, Latam, Jet Smart||Santiago de Chile, Punta Arenas, Balmaceda|
|El Calafate||Argentina||Aerolineas Argentinas, Latam||Buenos Aires, Carlos de Bariloche, Ushuaia|
|Puerto Natales||Chile||Latam||Santiago de Chile, Punta Arenas|
|Balmaceda||Chile||Sky Airline, Latam, Aerovias DAP||Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams|
|Punta Arenas||Chile||Aerovias DAP, Sky Airline, Latam, Jet Smart||Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt, Balmaceda, El Calafate, Porvenir, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams, Ushuaia|
|Puerto Williams||Chile||Aerovias DAP, Danube Wings||Punta Arenas, Balmaceda, Ushuaia|
|Ushuia||Argentina||Aerolineas Argentinas, Latam||Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Puerto Williams|