Category 2013 Bike Packing South America

Our Final Post For This Trip

It has been a blast. It took time once we got home to put together this final video.

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Thanks
J & D

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Salta to Cafayate (190 Km’s)

Nearly done now
Best for last
Thoughts of home
Enter our heads
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Getting out of Salta was ugly so we took a cab.
Once out of town, the riding was great.
We found a couple of good lodges along the way and could not believe the sites and sounds.
As always, when one gets close to the end of a journey one’s thoughts start to move to things at home.
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Click he to see Cocoa leaves in action
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We rented a car and drove from Salta to Cachi for n overnight tour. Below is the sign posted on the car.
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Some of the sights on our car trip.
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We came across a forest of cactus.
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Click here to view video of cactus
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The baby cactus need to grow under another plant to survive the first 8 to 10 years of their life...

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JuJuy to Salta. (250 km)

Cycling in jungle
Through the clouds
Tiny narrow road
It felt magical
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What an amazing cycling day. We quickly came upon a very narrow road and it ran up the mountain through a damp jungle.
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Click he to see mini road
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Click here to see cycling in the jungle
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Lovely old growth forest.
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We actually got to ride through the clouds at one point.
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Click here for riding in the clouds
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Click here for arrival in Salta
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J and D

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Humahuaca to JuJuy (128 Km’s)

Down the mountain
6,000 foot decent
Mountains of colour
What a blast

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click here to see video summary of this leg

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J and D

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San Martin de Los Andes to Humahuaca (2,600 km by bus)

Argentina is long
2,600 km journey
Using 4 buses
Lots of sitting
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This was a gentleman we saw in San Martin.
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We decided to finish the Lake District and take buses to northern Argentina. It took 4 buses and stopovers in Mendoza and Salta.
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We saw lots of oil rigs on the way.
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The school uniforms for young children are very interesting. They look like little Doctors.
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Map of our bus route.
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Top of Mendoza.
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Sites of Salta.
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We had heard about Machu Pichu and it’s importance to the Inca empire. Their empire actually expanded into Argentina. One of the most fascinating finding happened in 1999 at 22,000 ft on the volcano Mt Llullaillaco. They found three perfectly mummified young children...

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Villa La Angostura to San Martin de Los Andes (109 km) over three days

4 more lakes
In the mountains
On the ripio
Just can’t wait
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We had a lovely say at Margaret’s in Villa.
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We met two new cyclist friends from Buenos Aris, Santiago and Sabastian. They are biking to raise money for poor rural schools in Argentina.
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We started out the ride in a civilized way, a capuchino from the local gas station (YPF gas stations have great coffee).
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There is 30 km of ripio and the rest is pavement. Some cyclists like ripio as it can mean less traffic. We HATE it.
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Click here to see the dust
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Amazing sites.
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Click here to view guard rails in Argentina
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Click here for morning at Pichi Traful
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More friends at our campsite.
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Next we cycled to Lago Faulkner.
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Click here to view yummy one pot dinner
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It was a very cold morning at Lago Faulkner.
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Bariloche to Villa La Angostura (85 km) over two days

Fun in Bariloche
Movin on time
Wagons heading north
7 lakes road

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We had a nice few days in Bariloche. We met Alex who is cycling from the southern tip of Argentina to Alaska (1.5 years). He had the same camping chair we had.
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Very weird statue in Bariloche (a gift from the Italians).
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Click here to see another wonderful street band
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I even got a windsurfing afternoon thanks to some new friends I met.
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One of many campsite friends in Bariloche.
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The traffic out of Bariloche was miserable.
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Click here to see a bit of traffic
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A view behind us.
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A young lad we met on the way. He is Mapuche.
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Click here to learn more about the Mapuche
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The first day of riding to a remote campsite was ugly with traffic.
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On the second morning, we stopped in the rain for our seco...

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Puerto Varas Chile to Bariloche Argentina, over the Andes

Two day trip
Over the pass
Some by bike
Some by boat
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It was an amazing trip. We had to wait out the rain and it was worth it.
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It was 56 km from Puerto Varas to the first boat. After that boat ride, we cycled 18 km on gravel to the base of the pass. We camped there and then cycled the 7 km up the pass and 4km down to the second ferry. After a short 6 km ride and the third ferry we arrived in Bariloche (think Lake Louise). We did a video of is brief trip.
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Click here to Climb every mountain
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J and D

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Cycling around Lake Llanquihue (225 km)

Chile’s largest lake
Near Volcano Osorno
Hills and valleys
Black berries galore
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We started in Puerto Varas and spent several days cycling, staying at Ensenada, Puerto Octay and
Frutillar.
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It was a lovely several days of rides. We did get lots of rain so we took time off.
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We checks the weather in Puerto Varas and Petborou before we started. Temperature was same same but different.
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Taking a lunch break from the rain.
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Blackberries for desert.
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Wine on the left, rum on the right.
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In Puerto Octay we stayed at a lovely Hostel. Some people booked the Hobbit house.
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Click here to view the Hobbit House
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We were late checking in so we had to stay in a dorm ( too rainy for tenting).
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Click here to see 360 degree view of dorm
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We saw Chile’s version of the maid of t...

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Puerto Natalas back to Puerto Montt (Sky Air 1,100 Km’s)

Chile sure is a very long and narrow country.
We took this flight back to where we started our bike trip, and we are ready to start to cycle tHe Lake District.

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Puerto Montt is the starting point of Patagonia ( The explorer Magellan gave them their name, as it meant big feet).
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Click here to learn more about Patagonia
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J and D

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