Well, back again to South America. Not a hard decision as we had such a good time on the southern section last year and meeting cyclists who had cycled Peru, Bolivia and Northern Argentina/Chile it sounded like some pretty cool country. High, dry, cold, spectacular mountain scape, bad roads and long distances between supplies and water sources – why wouldn’t ya?
A quick overview of our route north
We fly into Santiago and hope to cycle out of the airport this time and then find accommodation. Within the first 3 days we have to cross the Andes (3200) and make our first border crossing to Argentina and then down to Mendoza – tourist town and base for climbing Aconcagua – the highest peak in South America. North then for 1000km to Bolivia, where we will be for over a month of probably the toughest stretch on predominantly unpaved roads, deserts, salt lakes and incredible looking mountain backdrops – and all this at altitude. We have a kiwi contact in La Paz to visit before heading into Peru NE around Lake Titicaca for the final stretch to Cusco.