The best place to find all of our pics is via Instagram, but here are a few of our faves from South America:
While you can find a full rundown for all our video content on our YouTube page, here is a sampling of our favorites so far from South America:
It's good to at least have an outline for tackling such a long trip, but we are 100% sure we won't stick to this exactly. Still, here is the detailed approach we are taking to three months cycling in South America:
It was a tough call deciding where to start and which direction to head once we arrived in Chile. I have been enamored with the Straights of Magellan for several years, so passing up on the opportunity to start at the end of the world was not an easy call. We also heard amazing tales about the fabled "Carretera Austral" route through the mountains of Patagonia. While the scenery and solitude were appealing, what made the decision for us was the condition of the roads and the unrelenting wind. The wind in the region north of Teirra Del Fuego gets so severe (upwards of 90 MPH) that cyclists lamented being unable to move at all at parts of their journey. As we need to be back in the US in April and want to see all we can, we pivoted to start midway through the Patagonia region and make for a wine festival in Mendoza. It's the largest in the entire country, and this will be a welcomed reward after making the long cross over the Andes. There is no doubt this will be the most difficult part of South America. We project 56,347 feet of total elevation gain in these first three weeks, maxing out at 8,365 feet over the pass.
You can find the full details for this portion of the ride here: SA Stage 1: Puerto Montt -> Andes Crossing.
From the festival in Mendoza, we'll continue our travels North through the desert and into Paraguay. There isn't a ton we found on cycling in this relatively un-touristed country, which makes it all the more interesting to us. From what we did find, it seems like the people are going to be the highlight, so we expect to have fun stories as we make our way across the southern portion of the country.
During this portion of the ride, we have one goal in mind: to reach the majestic Iguazu Falls bordering Argentina and Brazil. This 2 mile stretch of waterfalls looks to me like a gigantic crater (larger than Niagra) in the center of a large jungle river. Of all the natural wonders we plan to visit, I have a feeling this one is going to be on top of the list.
Departing Igauzu Falls, we'll straddle the border of with Brazil, until we dip into the jungles there for a few days cutting south. We still have more research to do on this section, but so far, it looks to be a relatively safe and fun way to see South America's largest country. The final country we plan to hit is Uruguay. From other cyclists accounts, this part of the trip sounds like it's going to be a blast. The country is relatively flat, the seaside capital of Montevideo looks gorgeous, and the people sound welcoming to outsiders.
As of now, we plan to ferry to Buenos Aires before flying back to the US. Total milage for South America for us is projected at 3,383 miles. The total elevation gain we plan is 100,382 feet, equal to over 3 trips up Mt. Everest.
You can find the full details for this portion of the ride here: SA Stage 4: Iguazu to Buenos Aires