Cycling Patagonia - Advice and buddies wanted
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2013 3:38 AM Last Post By: sandancer
Oct 20, 2013 3:22 PM
Cycling Patagonia - Advice and buddies wantedI'm planning a Patagonian cycle, flying into Buenos Aires, bus to Barlioche, then cycle Bariloche to Ushuaia, starting early December 2013 and finishing mid/late February 2014. I'm planning to go a decent pace but not too fast, with as much hiking and side routes as possible, to enjoy glaciers, ruta 7, mountains and lakes, with lots of wild camping, and some camp stove cooking. At the moment I'm solo, 21, female, Australian, but I'm looking for company for some or all of the long open road! If anyone would like to join, or has any recommendations for must see spots and the best routes to take, it would be greatly appreciated!
Oct 20, 2013 5:59 PM
1There's usually quite a few other cyclists going that way around that time of year, so don't worry too much if you haven't found anyone to ride with before you get there.
Particularly in the smaller places, you'll bump into plenty of other cyclists.
Enjoy the ride, and make sure you've got good wet-weather gear, and plenty of spare bolts and cable-ties (the road is pretty hard on your gear).
Route-wise, you'll want to spend more time on the Chilean side, as the Argentinian side has some long tough patches. You'll cross back and forth over the border several times.
Oct 20, 2013 6:37 PM
Oct 21, 2013 4:35 AM
Oct 21, 2013 4:44 AM
I did a heroic one-day ride from Bariloche to El Bolson in one day, which is a hilly 125km, which I couldn't have done had I not already been very tour-fit by then. To split it up and wild camp on the way, consider turning right for a detour to Lago Steffen, there's some nice camping spots not too far that way, my local contacts tell me.
Oct 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Oct 22, 2013 1:15 AM
6You were asking generally for advice, in which case you may care to read my cycling notes for Chile and Argentina, which includes details on routes and general methods of survival for cyclists in the wilderness, especially in Patagonia. They are 15 years old now and some things have changed, in particular transport arrangements tend to change from year to year, and you can now transit the northern (Hornopiren) part of the Carretera Austral (which you will miss if you go via Futaleufu) all year, and the arrangements at Villa O'Higgins have changed, etc. But the wind, the watersources, the distances, and the terribleness of the little maintained roads, which are most of what it is about, will be much the same.
Oct 24, 2013 3:38 AM
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