Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > South America

South America Topics specific to South America only.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hulme or India, this year
Posts: 286
Argentine Trails


How is it?

Argentine trails - can anyone point me towards to stories slash websites slash inspirational maps about dirt riding in Argentina, especially in the warmer north. Country that big and beautiful, there must be a lifetime of good dirt, but all I ever see are Ruta 40 gravel gripes.

Thanks, suerte, Dan Walsh
Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno...
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 998
My ITM map (lower SA) shows many roads in that area. A good local map should be able to get you into trouble fairly fast.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Mar 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 12
Did northern Argentina a few months back and recall a long stint of gravel and dirt to the west of Ruta 40. Started near Abra Pampa and (don't recall the route off the top of my head) headed south through the town of Antofagasta de la Sierra(there's one way in and one way out) and eventually hit 40 again. The leg was probably close to 600 k's.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
markincyberspace's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Brighton, UK
Posts: 66

Take a squiz at this....there's some good photos...

Southern Comfort - ADVrider

Also, me and the misses should be hitting the area in the next few days. I'll keep a beady out for good maps etc...
Two wheels good,
Four wheels bad (unless it's two bikes).

Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: san francisco
Posts: 155
The first thing would be to get a map from the Automovil Club Argentino. We found it very accurate and up-to-date, and it shows the different degrees of difficulty (4wd-only / easy dirt / good gravel). An online version is available on their web site at: Automovil Club Argentino

We usually found the dirt roads relatively easy in Argentina and Chile, although we may not have taken the most challenging ones, and everything might have seemed very easy to us after Africa.

The basic rule of enjoyable riding is to cross over the Andes between Chile and Argentina as often as you can. The second thing to keep in mind is that if you cannot cross the highest passes because of the season, the North of Argentina is much more enjoyable than the Chilean side. If you must keep heading south as a general direction, you will be much happier on Ruta 40 and its side roads in Argentina than along the trans-Am in Chile. Further south, it's the opposite: Ruta 40 in Patagonia is ok but a bit boring while the Carretera Austral in Chile is a wonder not to be missed. Even further south, you don't have the choice: you have to come back to Argentina and Ruta 40, the Glaciers and the little gem of El Chalten if you like hiking.

Pictures of South-America

Stories from the south of Argentina & Chile (there are more stories in the Archives)
Pierre-Journal: No al asfalto
Pierre-Journal: Men on their knees
Merritt-Journal: Patagonia on the rocks
Merritt-Journal: Treachery, conflicts and hardships
Merritt-Journal: Wet things make me smile

Enjoy the ride!
Pierre - Photobiker
Pierre Saslawsky

Last edited by pierresas; 21 Mar 2007 at 03:49. Reason: fixed link
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hulme or India, this year
Posts: 286
Cheers, kids. Ta, Waverider and LoneRider (brothers or just same surname?). I wish I'd explored the area myself. Next time, inshallah.

Pierre - amazing photos, man, as usual. Where are you now? Still travelling? Long time since Nazca, no?

Mark - your blog made me chuckle. Keep avoiding the mongoes - those cock-knockers are everywhere. Though no-one ever seems to say it out loud. Sssshhhh.

Suerte, Dan
Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno...
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Nicholasville,Ky.U.S.A.
Posts: 91
Thumbs up

Dan i've been reading Hubert Kriegel's trip report,Timeless Ride. He has just come north from Antartica and the roads he's been on look fantastic.Argentina and Chilie.
Someday I want to see it all too.
ride,smile,repeat as nessasary
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Gloucester, England
Posts: 431
Hi Dan

I think this could well be what you're looking for. Certainly fired me up (again)!

Regards, Mick
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hulme or India, this year
Posts: 286
La Argentina que pocos conocen...

Mick - bingo! Thanks for that, man - what an amazing find! Loved the pics, loved the stories, loved the fact that the first few trips were done in an old Renault 12. Ace - that's the next ten years of my life sorted.

Pat - cheers, buddy. Yep, you're right - Lone Rider and Luke both ride and write great trips. Nothing but respect for those fellas who dig out new routes on old kit and keep smiling even when they're seeing more welders than waterfalls.

I do love this website.

Suerte, Dan Walsh
Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno...
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lucho Motos in Rio Gallegos, Argentine martheijnens Repair Shops, South America 0 18 Feb 2005 02:04
Looking for trails in Eastern Canada rodmh Route Planning 1 1 Feb 2005 19:16
crosssing the US on trails buret Route Planning 3 23 Jan 2003 04:57
XR650L: Happy Trails racks and Acerbis 5 gal. tank jtherkel TRAVEL Equipment for Sale / Wanted 0 25 Aug 2001 07:02


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:56.