Motorcyclist - - Contents - ¸Matthew Miles

Some say Tor­res Del Paine Na­tional Park of­fers the most vis­ually in­spir­ing mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ing on the planet. “Ruta Y-150” is the main road into the park, which is lo­cated in Chilean Patag­o­nia near the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica. Stun­ning vis­tas are the hall­mark of this re­mote, rugged re­gion. The gi­gan­tic gran­ite peaks seen here stretch­ing sky­ward are known as “Cuer­nos del Paine,” or horns of blue, and¸like the “tow­ers” for which the park is named¸are vis­i­ble on a clear day from the road that skirts crys­tal-clear Lake Pe­hoe. The park at­tracts many visi­tors an­nu­ally, de­spite harsh weather that can in­clude e`tremely high winds. A word of cau­tion: Near­est gas is in Puerto Natales, a cou­ple of hours from the park en­trance.

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