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Old 20 Dec 2023
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Originally Posted by maomao View Post
Thanks everybody for the incredible info! Do you think it is worth bringing a tent for camping? I've done camping on a previous long term bike trip in Africa so I wouldn't mind it at all. Though i'm not sure if it would be too windy during this time of the year in the Patagonia.
Absolutely yes. If you like camping.
I Used my tent from that I passed Osorno in Chlle on the way south.
Until I came to north of Argentina.
I did not go all the way to Ushuaia, over the open and windy area.
But if some places does not fit camping, rent a room.

Carretera Austral area is green and with mountatins. Nice area for camping.

During peak season regarding Carretera Austral = Jan-Feb. Hotels fills up. Than it is ggod to have a tent.
It isnot so easy to book far in advance at a MC trip. Where you may be dealyed by weather or...

Camping in Argentina is very common. Families/groups to to the camping sites over the weekands. To do BBQ.

Picture one: From camping outside Villa Cerro Castillo. Along Carretera Austral, Can it be better ? Preparing you morning coffee with that view

Picture two: Watching World Cup in football. Together with Argentinians on a camping site. Would never happen in a hotel.
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Some great info in this thread. Thanks Erik and Steve!
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Thanks to all the contributors to this thread. I'm in Mendoza right now and will be heading south to Bariloche after Christmas and then the Carretera Austral. This info is really useful.
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A route I would recommend for southern Pagagonia which is a circular trip. Start from from Puerto Mont, the start of the Austral, (routa 7) to O Higgins. A large part of the Austral is now paved and is slowly being paved. Then retrace your steps to the ferry at Caleta Yungay (which you have to do).
From there take the magical ferry throught the islands and fjords to Puerta Natales. It takes about 48 hours. Meals and drinks are included in the price. Take snacks if you are a grazer. The whole trip is a stunningly beautiful journey which in some ways is better than the Austral for panoramic landscapes. I would recommend booking a seat on the ferry as there are no berths.
From Natales you can zip down to Ushuaia. Then you have options of either returning north via the carretera 40 or the coast road.
You can of course reverse the route or tweak it to suit yourself.
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