Ruta 40 & Carretera Austral

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Ruta 40. Argentina.
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Carretera Austral. Chile.

This Segment of our trip looks like it is going to be amazing. The scenery is stunning, The desert is hot, dry, dusty and bare. Just the way we like it. We are heading south along the famous Ruta 40 until Junin de los Andes before entering Chile once again. We are crossing between Argentina and Chile a few times in this segment. We ride along the Ruta of the 7 Lakes in Argentina, crossing the park of NAHUEL HUAPI. After crossing the border into Chile, we encounter the National park of PUYEHUE which takes us along the lake that carries the same name. The Lake is stunning and to make the experience even better, the Volcano Osorno is just in front of us.

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Once we reach Puerto Mont, we realize that we need spare tires as the one we have on our motorcycles will not take us all the way to Buenos Aires. The roads are not in the best of shape therefore we stop at a moto shop in Puerto Montt and try to organize new tires to be shipped to Punta Arenas, which is still 2,500 Kilometers south. The tires should arrive in 4 to 5 days.

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Now, off to start the Carretera Austral. The Road was in the process of being build but the big earthquake of 2010 put the work behind and the great majority of it is not paved. It is extremely dusty and full of rocks. This Road is interrupted by three ferries which allow us to rest a bit as the riding can be a somewhat technical at times. Both Matteo and myself are very enthusiastic about riding this Carretera Austral even in these conditions. We still have a lot of kilometers to go on this amazing Route so keep following for updates. Here some additional photos.

Our first accommodation on the Carretera Austral
Our first accommodation on the Carretera Austral

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