Rosco's Rocky Road

Adventures

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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, Bolivia

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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, Bolivia

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Valley de Luna, Chile

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Road of Death, Bolivia

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Mirador Tres Cruces, Argentina

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Ruta 68, Argentina

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Ruta 40, Argentina

Rosco Pennell

Rosco Pennell

Gerardo Otzen

Gerardo Otzen

Welcome,


Hi, I’m Rosco Pennell, I’m from New Zealand and I’ve been organising motorcycle adventures through South America since 2008. I’ve been involved in motorcycling for some 45 years and have been fortunate enough to have ridden motorcycles in many parts of the world including Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, the USA, Hong Kong, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

After a chance meeting with Gerardo Otzen, a citizen of the south Patagonian city of Punta Arenas, Chile, we decided to team up and form Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventures, with the intent to share our expertise and knowledge of South America with like-minded adventurous motorcyclists from New Zealand and Australia. I organise the Australasian side of the operation, including the return shipping of the motorcycles from New Zealand. So far we have had numerous fun-filled adventures and continue to return to experience more of this fantastic part of the world. If you think you might like to join us on one of our adventures then take a look at what we’re planning to do next in the adventures section.

Hola, I am Gerardo Otzen, a veterinarian with German, Scottish and Croatian heritage. I have over 40 years of experience riding motorcycles on my 10,200 hectare estancia and throughout Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. I look after all accommodation, financial and transport logistics in South America and I am your English/Spanish speaking guide. I will help to translate and resolve any problems with language along the way.


Having toured both New Zealand and Australia extensively by motorcycle, South America had always been on my bucket list. When the opportunity came about to tour with the first Rosco's Rocky Road Adventure in 2008, I was in. It fulfilled all that I expected from a motorcycle adventure, and as it ticked all the boxes, I joined them again for another great tour in 2011. For anyone looking for well run motorcycle adventures through the vastness of the Americas, look no further - Rosco and Gerardo will give you a great motorcycling experience through South America and beyond.

- Grahame 'String' Irvine

I have travelled with Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventures twice in South America. On both occasions the organisation was great, Rosco and Gerardo took care of all the logistics and any problems that arose during both trips. Everything was as they had promised, the accommodation, food and riding were all great. I would certainly recommend them to anyone wanting a stress-free ride where the details are taken care of, allowing you to see the sights and have fun with no added complications.

- Mike Vinsen


Upcoming Adventures

The Klondike Loop

Vehicles Road and Dual-Sport Motorcycles
YYYY-MM-DD, UTC-03:00 2022-07-19, 30 days
31 days on top of the world, riding through some of the best scenery that Canada and Alaska have to offer

We will begin our adventure on the 20th of July after your motorcycle has been shipped to Vancouver, Canada. Returning to Vancouver by the 19th August to repack your bike. 

The expedition will initially head North up the West Access Route to Prince George via Williams Lake,this is one of the most spectacular roads in Canada. 

Below is a loose itinary, but is subject to change to best meet our riders aspirations along with road and weather conditions.

We will then take the scenic Cassiar Highway up to Lake Watson, situated in the rolling hills of the south-east Yukon, before picking up the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse, on the shores of the Yukon River itself. From Whitehorse we continue west on the Alaska Highway, crossing into Alaska before Tok, and then continue up the Richardson Highway up to Fairbanks.

At Fairbanks, we take a couple of days to prepare for our next few challenges which will see us riding up the Elliott Highway where  we take the infamous Dalton Highway up the Arctic Circle where we take our customary photo's and head back to the Yukon River Camp for lunch and refuel before heading back to Fairbanks.

We retrace our ride back to Fairbanks and then the next day take Parks Highway down to Anchorage in order to enjoy the city for a couple of nights.

Leaving Anchorage, we ride north-east up the Glenn Highway to Tok, then the Taylor Highway and the Top of the World Highway to Dawson City. Back in the Yukon Territory now, we'll have a couple of nights to sample this old gold rush city before heading south again on the Klondike Loop to Carmacks.

From Carmacks, we take the Campbell Highway back down to Watson Lake and on to Fort Nelson, then down to Dawson Creek at the southern end of the Alaska Highway. From there we make our way through the Rocky Mountains to Jasper, then pick up the Yellowhead Highway to Kamloops for the night before our final run back to Vancouver.

Riding Conditions:

This epic motorcycle adventure will cater for large touring type bikes such as Harley Davidson, Indian, Yamaha, Ducati etc or a dual-sport motorcycle, such as the BMW 800/1200, KTM 660/990, Kawasaki KLR or similar and is suitable for two up riding.

We will ride approximately 10,000 km on mainly good roads, but some roads may be a challenge for some riders depending on weather conditions.

This ride is not for the faint-of-heart, so if you're looking for a bit of a challenge, get in touch with us to secure your place on this epic ride.

We look forward to you joining us.

Pricing:

NZ$19,500.00 per rider, including return shipping  and all hotel twin share accommodation. 

NZ$7,500 extra for pillion/Two up twin share accomodation.

NZ$13,000 extra for one couple but two bikes.Twin share accomodation.

We will supply a chase truck for this adventure.

Does not include air fare to and from Vancouver or motorcycle running costs.


The Two-Up Tarmac Tour

Vehicles Touring Motorcycles
YYYY-MM-DD, UTC-03:00 2022-09-28, 337 days
A 28 day tour through Chile and Argentina filled with adventure, food, wine and culture

They have been paving the roads in Chile and Argentina as fast as we can ride them, so here is a fantastic opportunity to ride your own touring motorcycle through South America.

The Tour is designed for couples to enjoy their motorcycle together and to visit many destinations that most people only dream about (or haven't even heard of!).

We will take 6 motorcycles and no more than 12 people, spaces are limited and demand high, so now is the time to make the commitment, get outside your comfort zone and come with us. We will ship the bikes and pick them up in Vina del Mar, Chile on the 3rd of October. Once loaded up we will head north to the quaint seaside fishing village of Tongoy.

We'll continue north via Copiapo, Antofagasta and into the northern reaches of the Atacama Desert - where there has been no record of any rainfall - and on to our most northerly destination of Iquique.

We will then head southeast to visit San Pedro de Atacama, before crossing into Argentina via the magnificent Paso Jama that runs along the Bolivian border, to enjoy the picturesque city of Salta for a couple of days. Moving south again we visit Cafayate, then pass through the Taffi del Valle to stay in Termas del Rio Hondo for a bit of hot thermal swimming and pampering before we continue down to Chilicito, via the Miranda Pass on Ruta 40 then down to San Juan for one night.

We will then spend 3 nights in fabulous Mendoza, taking in a wine tour and lunch at the famous Lopez Winery, followed by our final night in Argentina at Uspallata. The next day we will ride the spectacular Paso del Cristo Redentor with fabulous views of the highest summit in the Americas - the 6,961 metre Aconcagua - then ride the highway back to Vina del Mar for our grand farewell dinner.

Now is the time to start planning your Rocky Road Adventure to South America with us. This adventure will include:

  • 28 nights’ accommodation (based on twin share).
  • Customs and shipping documents for vehicle, both ways.
  • Most breakfasts and no less than 15 dinners or lunches.
  • Special preparation of necessary documents for temporary importation of motor vehicle into and out of Chile.
  • Airport transfers (certain conditions apply).
  • Bilingual support.
  • Guided tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the lost Incas and Machu Picchu (extra cost option).
  • Daily route sheets.
  • Park entry fees.
  • Backup/support vehicle.
  • Some hot days, some cold days, some cold nights.
  • Plenty of altitude.
  • 2 border crossings.
  • Containerisation and shipping of motorcycle to and from South America (special conditions apply).
  • Special souvenir merchandise.
  • Transit shipping insurance.

Adventure Dates

30th October through to 26th November, 2018.

Adventure Cost

28 nights’ accommodation in South America NZ$19,800 (per couple) including return motor vehicle shipping (special conditions apply) plus return airfare to Santiago, Chile, (approx. NZ$2,200 per person).

Single Room Rate

Single room rate is an extra NZ$2,900

Payment Schedule

Deposit NZ$500 to secure your booking. Balance of payment 90 days before Adventure begins or 10 days before containerising of vehicles, whichever comes first.

You will be required to take US$2,000 in cash as part-payment when you arrive in Chile. This amount will show as a credit on your final account at the exchange rate at time of billing.

Travel Agent

We have a good working relationship with Martin Wills at Destinations Travel Management in Auckland, and he can co-ordinate all Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventure seekers onto the same flight to ensure we pick you up as a group. If you choose to take an earlier/later flight then you will have to make your own way to Vina del Mar. Lan Chile run a bus service to Vina del Mar later in the day.

Martin Wills
Destinations Travel Management
Phone: +649 373 4033
E-mail: martin@destinationstravel.co.nz

Shipping of Your Motorcycle

The first thing you need to secure is a shipping platform or base that will support and protect your motorcycle while in transit to South America. We have a stock of these.

To get all the bikes in we may have to top stack 4 or 6 bikes. The standard platform / base / height dimensions of 1150mm O/A must NOT be exceeded therefore you may have to remove your windscreen and mirrors etc.

Motorcycles may be required for shipping up to 6 or 7 weeks prior to the start of the adventure. Delivery of your Motorcycle to Mondiale Shipping in Mangere, Auckland, is your care and cost.

Customs/MAF Liability

You will be held personally liable for all bio-security and Customs charges if you or your vehicle breaches these regulations and jeopardises the release of the vehicles from Customs in Chile or on return to New Zealand.

Insurance

If you are insured with John Baker, or Star Insurance, they may give you a discount on your insurance for the time that your bike is away (approx 4 months).

We will secure 3rd party insurance for Chile and Argentina at your cost (approxus$60.00).

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPREHENSIVE PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CANCELLATION AND TRIP INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

GPS

The GPS is not necessary but is another tool that allows you to ride with confidence and freedom

The Support Vehicle

You will be responsible for carrying all your own luggage while on this Rocky Road Adventure, with the exception of the following:

  • Couples: Pillion/passenger only will be permitted to place one (1) carry-on size piece of soft luggage in the vehicle.
  • Limited tools, spares, and any other devices used to mechanically maintain your bike.

This support truck will carry extra fuel for the long days, along with a comprehensive tool kit, tyre pump and tyre/tube repair material.

Vehicle Documents

Make sure you have:

  • The ORIGINAL Vehicle Registration/Ownership papers (I will collect these off you on the day of shipping).
  • Good quality photocopies of your:
    • Vehicle Registration/Ownership papers.
    • Domestic and International Driver's Licence.
    • Your passport and NZ Driver's licence.

Cancellation Policy

Your booking deposit will be refunded only if your place is able to be transferred to another Adventure Seeker.

After full payment (90 days before start date):

  • Within 60 to 90 days - 60%
  • Within 30 to 60 days - 25%
  • Within 0 to 30 days - 0%

Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventure does NOT include:

  • Airfare to and from South America.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Fuel, oil and tyres.
  • Liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance.
  • Attitude.
  • Traffic infringements/fines.

Thank you for committing to come on this ADVENTURE with us to South America.

Think about this ...

“Discovery and adventure is difficult these days because of our access to so much information. It’s entirely possible to see everything before-hand that’s worthy of seeing, thus, researching too much can take all the excitement out of an ADVENTURE. Seeing the expected isn’t the formula for adventure.”

Tu pasaporte a la aventura (we are your passport to adventure!)

Hasta pronto (until soon),

Rosco Pennell,
Gerardo Otzen.


The Patagonian Expedition

Vehicles Road and Dual-sport Motorcycles
YYYY-MM-DD, UTC-03:00 2022-11-02, 329 days
A stunning 36 day round-trip from Santiago through some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth

You will be picked up from the Airport in Santiago and transferred to the seaside city of Vina del Mar, where you will reunite with your motorcycle and prepare for a ride to one of the most remote and incredibly beautiful regions on Earth.

The Expedition will cross the Andes into Argentina through the remote Paso Vergara, travel down to the lakeside city of Bariloche (the chocolate capital of Argentina) and make its way across the Pampas to the Atlantic coast. We will visit Puerto Madryn to see the whales as we make our way south along the rugged coastline.

We then cross the Magellan Straits to Tierra del Fuego and ride down to Ushuaia and the end of the road at Rio Moat. This is as far south as you can ride your motorcycle in the world. With only one direction left to go, we turn and head north via Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. We spend a couple of nights in the magnificent Torres del Paine, with its towering granite peaks reaching for the sky, surrounded by aqua blue lakes.

Crossing back into Argentina we pick up the infamous Ruta 40 that will take us up to El Calafate, where we will visit the ice blue Perito Moreno Glacier. We take another magnificent pass into Chile and check out the fabulous Mármol Caves before picking up the Carretera Austral, which winds its way along the base of the Andes and the Pacific ocean amidst waterfalls, tiny villages and cloud forest. This is one of the most spectacular and scenic rides in the world.

We will then head to the picturesque island of Chiloé and slow the pace a little as we enjoy this quaint and historic island. Leaving the quiet relaxed lifestyle behind, we depart for our tour around the fabulous Lakes District, with its smouldering volcanoes and pristine lakes.

Hitting the road again we will negotiate another high Andes pass into Argentina and ride through the windswept Pamas up to Uspallata for our final night in Argentina. We then pass through Paso del Cristo Redentor into Chile for our final night of the Expedition.

Riding Conditions:

The Expedition includes around 800 km of metal roads,(although these are being paved more and more each year), including the Carretera Austral and Ruta 40, which can be very windswept and contain a lot of gravel. Touring road bikes can handle road conditions ok these days. A dual-sport motorcycle is recomended and running the likes of Continental TKC 80s is advised for the more agressive rider. 

Now is the time to start planning your Rocky Road Adventure to South America with us. This adventure will include:

  • 37 nights' accommodation (based on twin share).
  • Customs and shipping documents, both ways.
  • Most breakfasts and no less than 20 dinners or lunches.
  • Special preparation of necessary documents for temporary importation of motorcycle into and out of Chile.
  • Airport transfers (certain conditions apply).
  • Bilingual support.
  • Backup/support vehicle.
  • Ferry crossing fees for motorcycle and rider.
  • Park entrance fees for Torres del Paine.
  • Daily route sheets.
  • Extra fuel for long days.
  • Some hot days, some cold days, some cold nights, lots of wind, maybe some rain.
  • Longest day 617 km.
  • Shortest day 100 km.
  • Parrilla (barbecue) at Gerardo’s estancia in Punta Arenas.
  • Plenty of altitude and latitude.
  • Containerisation and shipping of motorcycle to and from South America.
  • Special souvenir merchandise.
  • Shipping transit insurance.

Adventure Cost

37 nights' accommodation in South America NZ$19,800.

NZ$7,400 extra for pillion/Two up twin share accomodation

Return airfare to Santiago, Chile, (approx. NZ$2,500 per person) not included.

Single Room Rate

Single room rate is an extra NZ$2,900

Payment Schedule

Deposit NZ$500 to secure your booking.

Balance of payment 90 days before adventure begins or 10 days before containerising of vehicles, whichever comes first.

You will be required to take US$2,000 in cash as part-payment when you arrive in Chile. This amount will show as a credit on your final account at the exchange rate at time of billing.

Travel Agent

We have a good working relationship with Martin Wills at Destinations Travel Management in Auckland, and he can co-ordinate all Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventure seekers onto the same flight to ensure we pick you up as a group. If you choose to take an earlier/later flight then you will have to make your own way to Vina del Mar. Lan Chile run a bus service to Vina del Mar later in the day.

Martin Wills
Destinations Travel Management
Phone: +649 373 4033
E-mail: martin@destinationstravel.co.nz

Shipping of Your Motorcycle

The first thing you need to secure is a shipping platform or base that will support and protect your motorcycle while in transit to South America. We have a stock of these.

To get all the bikes in we may have to top stack 4 or 6 bikes. The standard platform / base / height dimensions of 1150mm O/A must NOT be exceeded, therefore you may have to remove your windscreen and mirrors etc.

Motorcycles may be required for shipping up to 6 or 7 weeks prior to the start of the adventure. Delivery of your Motorcycle to Mondiale Shipping in Mangere, Auckland, is your care and cost.

Customs/MAF Liability

You will be held personally liable for all bio-security and Customs charges if you or your vehicle breaches these regulations and jeopardises the release of the vehicles from Customs in Chile or on return to New Zealand.

Insurance

If you are insured with John Baker, or Star Insurance, they may give you a discount on your insurance for the time that your bike is away (approx 4 months).

We will secure third party insurance for Chile and Argentina at your cost (approx us$60.00).

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPREHENSIVE PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CANCELLATION AND TRIP INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

GPS

The GPS is not necessary but is another tool that allows you to ride with confidence and freedom.

The Support Vehicle

You will be responsible for carrying all your own luggage while on this Rocky Road Adventure, with the exception of the following:

  • Couples: Pillion/passenger only will be permitted to place one (1) carry-on size piece of soft luggage in the vehicle.
  • Limited tools, spares, and any other devices used to mechanically maintain your bike, including assorted spare tyres.

This support truck will carry extra fuel for the long days, along with a comprehensive tool kit, tyre pump and tyre/tube repair material.

Vehicle Documents

Make sure you have:

  • The ORIGINAL Vehicle Registration/Ownership papers (I will collect these off you on the day of shipping).
  • Good quality photocopies of your:
    • Vehicle Registration/Ownership papers.
    • Domestic and International Driver's Licence.
    • Your passport and NZ Driver's licence.

Cancellation Policy

Your booking deposit will be refunded only if your place is able to be transferred to another adventure seeker.

After full payment (90 days before start date):

  • Within 60 to 90 days - 60%
  • Within 30 to 60 days - 25%
  • Within 0 to 30 days - 0%

Rosco’s Rocky Road Adventure does NOT include:

  • Airfare to and from South America.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Fuel, oil and tyres.
  • Liability or comprehensive motorcycle insurance.
  • Attitude.
  • Traffic infringements/fines.

Thank you for committing to come on this ADVENTURE with us to South America.

Think about this ...

“Discovery and adventure is difficult these days because of our access to so much information. It’s entirely possible to see everything before-hand that’s worthy of seeing, thus, researching too much can take all the excitement out of an ADVENTURE. Seeing the expected isn’t the formula for adventure.”

Tu pasaporte a la aventura (we are your passport to adventure!)

Hasta pronto (until soon),

Rosco Pennell.
Gerardo Otzen.

 



Rosco Pennell
Rosco Pennell
NZ +64276518885
Gerardo Otzen
Gerardo Otzen
CL +56996400734

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If you would like to get in touch about any of our upcoming adventures, or you have a general enquiry, please fill out the following form to email us or call either Rosco or Gerardo.