Patagonia eBike Small Group Tour – March 2025

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Patagonia eBike Small Group Tour – March 2025

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Join me on an epic journey to Torres Del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia! I’m so excited to offer this unique way to experience and see the park as well as immerse yourself in the estancia culture of the region.

In 2023, I took this trip as a trial run to work out the kinks and to promote it as a new way to see Patagonia. It ended up being one of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken, and I didn’t want it to end. I loved everything about this adventure – it spoke to me in so many ways – through culture, adventure, challenge, wildlife, friendships, food, and remote landscapes – all wrapped up in a great journey to get to Torres del Paine. I knew immediately that I would offer this as an Ottsworld tour because it was everything I love about travel – and I wanted to share that with others.

torres del paine ebiking tour
Arriving in the park on the last day!

Overview, Dates, and Costs

The itinerary offers a perfect blend of outdoor exploration and cultural and culinary experiences.

In March 2025, we’ll have the first Ottsworld Patagonia eBike tour!

  • Ride Into Authentic Patagonian Estancias
  • Interact with Local Baqueanos and Culture
  • Bike 129 miles along Patagonian Steppe
  • Enjoy e-bikes and a specialized guide along the ride
  • 24/7 Support Vehicle
  • Delight in Local Meals Prepared by Our Own Chef On Board or Local Barbeque at Estancias
  • Astounding Views of Torres del Paine National Park and wildlife
  • Immerse Into the Iconic Baguales Mountain Range

Starting in the small town of Puerto Natales, you’ll embark on electronic mountain bikes for five days, biking from estancia to estancia towards Torres Del Paine National Park. Each day, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife, meet locals, and see the famous torres (towers) of the Paine Mountain Range. You’ll find a delicious dinner and unique lodging at the end of every day, along with some famous Chilean wine! You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the estancia culture and how it fits into Patagonia’s history, and there will also be some opportunities to hike.

While all of the other tourists are fighting the crowds on the W trek, we’ll be riding in wide open spaces with no one else around except herds of wild horses, guancos, sheep, condors, and Ria birds. We’ll enjoy some of the best views of the park from a distance in the heart of the grasslands. Each day we get closer and closer to the towers and the park entrance, and on the last day, we enter the park through a little-known entrance and see our first cars and signs of tourism as we ride through the park with an up-close view of the towers, waterfalls, and more!

See what to expect in this one-of-a-kind tour around Torres Del Paine National Park

Dates: March 15 – 21, 2025

Cost: $5500 per person (double occupancy required, no solo stays available)

Itinerary at a Glance

Welcome to Patagonia, a beautiful wild land at the southern tip of South America; Patagonia is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

On this tour, you will find yourself immersed in different and surprising landscapes, and you will also learn about the local life of its inhabitants through its gastronomy and its everyday chores.

Day 1 March 15 – Arrival Day
Day 2 March 16 – Bike to Milodon Caves and Estancia Dos Elianas – 36.6 Miles
Day 3 March 17 – Bike to Estancia San Luis – 26 miles
Day 4 March 18 – Bike through the Sierra Baguales Mountains to Estancia 3R – 25 miles
Day 5 March 19 – Morning hike and bike to Estancia Tercera Barranca for an afternoon asado (traditional BBQ) – 28.5 miles
Day 6 March 20 – Bike from Laguna Azul to Laguna Amarga in Torres del Paine Park – 13 miles
Day 7 March 21 – Departure Day – or stay take additional adventures

If you cannot make these dates and are still interested in doing this tour – Chile Nativo offers it (a slightly different itinerary) at various times in the season. Learn more here. Use code Ottsworld for 5% off ANY of their regular, non-custom programs (including hiking and puma tracking).

map of Torres Del Paine biking trail
Map of overnight stops

How to Book This Tour

I’d like to talk to you first to answer any of your questions prior to your booking. Therefore, follow these steps to book:

  1. Send me an email at [email protected] letting me know about your interest. We will set up a call to discuss any questions you have. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis – there are only nine spots available on this tour.
  2. I will then put you in touch with Cata from Chile Nativo, where you can book your deposit with her and secure your spot for this custom Ottsworld tour. A $1375 deposit is required to secure a spot.
  3. A minimum of 6 people are required for the tour to run. Please wait to purchase airfare until we can confirm six guests.

Cancellation Policy and Fees

  • Deposits: Upon confirming your trip details, there will be a 25% down payment from the total price of services in order to secure your reservation – $1375
  • Final Payment: The balance of the trip cost is due 70 Days before the trip starts. 
  • Cancellations: Must be made in writing. Depending on the canceling dates, the following are the amounts that will be refunded to you.
    • 90 Days or More = Total trip cost minus a USD$ 500 booking fee per person
    • 89 – 61 Days = 50% of total trip cost will be refunded
    • 60 Days or Less = NO Refund
  • See all of Chile Nativo’s Terms and Conditions

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY

Transfer from Puerto Natales airport to Puerto Natales City.  If you arrive in the morning, then today you will have time to explore Puerto Natales, one of the southernmost cities in the world!

Located 250 km northwest of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales is located in front of the Última Esperanza Sound between the sea, forests, and Patagonian mountains. The city represents the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and the ideal excursion base from which to visit a myriad of other outstanding alternatives offered by Chilean Patagonia.

This afternoon, we will go into town for a briefing and bike fitting at the Chile Nativo offices.

Today’s accommodation is Puerto Bories Guest House, located on the edge of Seno de Última Esperanza. Bories Guest House is a country home fashioned with English-Patagonian architecture. Directly in front of Bories Port are impressive views of the Seno de Última Esperanza, Balmaceda Glacier, and the surrounding mountains.

Night at Estancia Puerto Bories
Included: D

DAY 2: BIKE TO MILODON + CERRO CASTILLO

After enjoying breakfast, we will embark on a biking adventure by a scenic route through the coast of Ultima Esperanza and Eberhard Fjords to Puerto Pratt, the first Chilean town officially created in 1899 with the purpose of consolidating Chilean territory in Última Esperanza. Continue to Puerto Consuelo, an estancia founded in 1893 by Hermann Eberhard while he was searching for suitable land to farm sheep. From his settlement, Eberhard explored the area and eventually discovered the Mylodon Cave.

Then, we will continue across the road until we reach Mylodon Cave National Monument, where we will learn about the ancient history and animals of the region and enjoy lunch. After the monument, we transfer to Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine (30 min). From there, you can take the van or pedal for thirty-five kilometers on Castillo Viejo Road alongside beautiful Patagonian landscapes before arriving at Villa Cerro Castillo to rest.

E-Bike ride to Puerto Prat, Puerto Consuelo & Milodón Cave (20 km/12.4 mi gravel road & 4kms/2.5 mi paved road)

Transfer to Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine (30 min) & optional bike to Estancia Dos Elianas (35 km/21.7 mi gravel road)

Night at Estancia Dos Elianas
Included: BLD

DAY 3: E-BIKE RIDE TO ESTANCIA SAN LUIS

Start the first part of your day gazing at Paine Massif postcard landscapes enroute to San Luis Estancia. Today you’ll get your first look at the towers in the distance.  Bike by estancias, and plenty of wildlife on this scenic gravel road.

Estancia San Luis is located on Chilean-Argentinian land once owned by the Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego, a former cattle-raising company. Currently, it extends about 13,000 hectares, on which livestock farming has been its main activity for more than forty-five years. With hard work and perseverance, the family business managed to diversify activities to include tourism so that, today, we can enjoy the panoramic landscapes of Paine and Sierra Baguales, your next destination.

10kms/6.2 mi paved road + 42 km/26 mi gravel road

Night at Estancia San Luis
Included: BLD (Private Chef)

DAY 4: ESTANCIA SAN LUIS TO 3R

Today we’ll ride from San Luis to Estancia Cerro Guido, where we will take a moment to have a cultural half day Tour in Cerro Guido to learn more about estancias; later, we will continue riding towards Sierra Baguales, an isolated volcanic mountain range with jagged reliefs caused by the great basaltic plateau’s suffering of erosion, which, surrounded by yellow steppes, make deeply moving — lonely and pristine — images.

Away from busy tourist attractions, the Hacienda 3R in Sierra Baguales offers the peace and rawness that characterize Patagonia, an environment remaining detained in time, optimal for contemplation and breathing in Patagonian life. In 2018, Hacienda 3R opened its doors to the public, allowing for tourist exploitation on some demarcated trails. To not interfere with the landscape and its inhabitants, the trails are not marked, so visits to the hacienda, like yours, are led by guides.

40kms/25mi on gravel road

Night at Estancia 3R
Included: BLD (Private Chef)

DAY 5: ESTANCIA 3R TO TERCERA BARRANCA

This morning we will have two options. We can either wake up early for a mini-trek through the nearby forest to catch glimpses of beautiful mountain and valley views, or we can sleep in a bit for a more relaxed morning (choice to be made the day before).

Afterwards we will depart from Estancia 3R and head back, we will descend along the same path as yesterday until we reach a clearing where we will take the route westward to our next destination: Tercera Barranca Ranch. Here, we will enjoy an afternoon barbecue. Estancia Tercera Barranca is a charming countryside retreat nestled in the heart of nature. Guests can enjoy the tranquility of the countryside and immerse themselves in the rustic charm of the property.

46 km/28.6 miles on gravel road

Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca
Included: BLBBQ

DAY 6: BIKE LOOP LAGUNA AZUL

You will not leave Torres del Paine National Park before doing one last exquisite ride from Laguna Azul to Laguna Amarga, passing Macho Canyon, spotting large groups of guanacos, and stopping at the iconic Paine Waterfall.

After breakfast, we take a 30-min transfer to Laguna Azul park entrance. We will start riding towards Cañadón Macho (horse-shoe shape ride), located on the border of Torres del Paine National Park. This is an area abundant in wildlife where we will be able to watch out for guanacos, foxes, coots, swans, ducks and woodpeckers. Moreover, the lagoon offers a great view of the three Towers.  

After this great biking experience, we’ll go back to Puerto Natales to finalize your adventure right where you started, Estancia Puerto Bories. Farewell dinner at Chile Nativo Quincho with a private chef.

18km/ 11 mi gravel road + 4 km/ 2 mi paved road

Night at Estancia Puerto Bories
Included: BLD (Private Chef)

DAY 7: FAREWELL

This is your last day of your trip and we hope you had a wonderful time with us. Have a safe flight back home!

Included: B

How to Get To/From Puerto Natales

Most people from the US will fly into Santiago and then onward to Puerto Natales. The airlines that offer flights between these two airports are JetSmart and Sky Airline, and tickets are around 75 to 100 USD each way. The flight takes 3 hours.

Depending on flight times – you may have to stay one night in Santiago (it’s a beautiful city, and I can recommend some great tours there!) and then catch a morning flight onward to Puerto Natales.

Our Host – Chile Nativo

I’m working with my friends at Chile Nativo to put this trip together. They are a local operator and are experts in Patagonia and specifically Torres Del Paine; they will be running the trip. They started as a horse trekking company and over the years have expanded out into hiking and biking. They provide the tour guide, ebikes, private chef, and support vehicle. I simply work with them to customize the trip to my liking. You can read more about them here.

What’s Included

  • Included per dinner: 2 bottles of beer (330 ccs) + 1/3 bottle of wine (250 ccs per person)
  • Six nights of hotels/estancias
  • 6 Breakfasts and Dinners, 5 Lunches
  • Giant Talon E-Bike & Helmet
  • Support vehicles to do emergency repairs, transfers if people are tired, and transport bikes when necessary.
  • Airport transfers Puerto Natales
  • Entrance fees
  • Local Guide with Knowledge of Mechanics & First Aid
  • Packing List
  • Group call prior to tour

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to Puerto Natales
  • Additional alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Rain or wind gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical expenses

Who Should Consider This Tour?

According to Chile Nativo, this itinerary is considered ‘Demanding’

It is not necessary to be an expert biker to participate, but you should feel comfortable for 6 to 8 hours a day of activity. Travelers should have strong physical stamina, be comfortable on a bike, and riding on gravel. Weather can be extreme and can effect your ability to comfortably ride. You should arrive at the beginning of the trip in as good of shape as possible.

To maximize your enjoyment of the trip I suggest beginning a regular biking and exercise regimen at least 3 months prior to departure. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have.

Our lodging at the Estancias is authentic and basic, but the Estancia experience and views are anything but basic! You must be willing to share bathrooms, sleep in bunk beds, and share rooms. No single supplements are available.

You also must be willing to rough it a bit since we are in a very remote part of the world. You may not have internet connection that is great, or you may have to pee by the roadside in the middle of the day. This is not a luxury tour – this is an active, outdoor tour where weather can easily effect our daily plans, so you’ll need to be flexible when traveling in Patagonia. So the best thing you can do is come with a good, flexible attitude.

Questions

Feel free to contact me (email [email protected]) if you have any questions about this tour! I’m so excited to offer this and hope you’ll join me!

Patagonia Add-Ons from Chile Nativo’s River Glamping Camp

Chile Nativo river camp
Chile Nativo River Camp

Stay at Chile Nativo’s beautiful river glamping camp by the shores of the Serrano River! It’s perfect if you just want to relax for a few days after all of that biking or if you want to base there and do more adventures in the park!

Full-day Puma Tracking (1D/1N)
Day 1: Transfer for pick up where your program ends and take you to the Riverside Camp (with a guide) (D)Day 2: FD Puma tracking / Transfer to Puerto Natales (B – BL)

Two guests: NET price USD $1.345 per person
Three guests: NET price USD $1.045 per person
Four guests: NET price USD $895 per person
5-8 guests: NET price USD $795 per person 

FAST TRACK W Trekking (3D/2N)
Day 1: Transfer from Puerto Natales/ Catamaran + Hike French Valley/ Overnight Riverside Camp (7-8 hrs) (BL – D)Day 2: 3hrs round trip Grey Navigation + Pingo Hike/ Overnight Riverside Camp  (B – BL – D) Day 3: Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout (8-10 hrs) / Transfer to Puerto Natales (B – BL)

One guest: USD 3.195
Two guests: USD 2.495 per person / NET price USD $1.996 per person
Three guests: USD 2.095 per person / NET price USD $1.676 per person
4-8 guests: USD 1.795 per person / NET price USD $1.436 per person 

W TREK PLUS  (5D/4N)(Lodging in Chile Nativo Riverside Camp)

The W Trek – Torres del Paine’s most famous hike, has made its name for a good reason – it’s unforgettable! Now, there is a W Trek that offers the classic highlights – French Valley, Las Torres, & Grey Glacier – with exclusive nightly accommodations in our Riverside Glamping. This W Trek includes the main attractions of Torres del Paine while exploring some of the national park’s unique, lesser-known trails and activities. 

Each night, you’ll rest and relax in the comfort of a private lotus belle tent along the shores of the Serrano River, far away from the crowds and refugios. With spectacular views of the Paine Massif, this ideal camp is just another highlight of this once-in-a-lifetime W Trek experience!

One guest: USD$5.295
Two guests: USD$ 3.895 per person / NET USD$ 3.116 per person
Three guests: USD$ 3.295 per person / NET USD$ 2.636 per person
4-8 guests: USD$ 2.795 per person / NET USD$ 2.236 per person 

KAYAK GREY (1D/1N)

We invite you to paddle along the icy waters of the Grey River & Grey Lake between the immense floating icebergs of the Grey Glacier. Enjoy indescribable views of Paine Grande and the surrounding valleys and peaks of this highlight region. 
Day 1: Transfer for pick up where your program ends and take you to the Riverside Camp (with a guide) (D)
Day 2: FD Kayak Grey (4-5 Hours Paddling, 25 km / 15.5 mi)/ Transfer to Puerto Natales (B – BL)
5-9 passengers required
Cost: $995

See all of Chile Nativo’s trips here.


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