My five-year-and-counting love affair with Patagonia began with a short ski trip in 2004. In 2007 I committed, and I’ve been based in Mendoza, Argentina, ever since. Each year, I visit my favorite southern region, using whatever cheap excuse will buy me a few days in the Lakes District. Last year, under the guise of our honeymoon, I introduced my wife to my first love when we cycled Patagonia along Argentina’s Ruta 40. This ExperiencePlus! trip was the perfect opportunity to head south once again.
Here are 16 reasons why you should pack your bags, hire a bike, and cycle Patagonia.