Days off in San Pedro De Atacama

While in San Pedro de Atacama, our first priorities were to source Sarah a new coat (to replace the one that is now blowing around the Argentinian Puna) and to get Freddy’s ailing, sticking freewheel fixed. Luckily, San Pedro is very touristy and bikey, so there were a few outdoor shops and bicycle mechanics to […]

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Skip to the good bit: Santiago to Tucuman

So, to continue our journey northwards we first took a bus from Santiago to Mendoza. The route passed over the Andes on a pretty dramatic road, with one section made up of 29 switchbacks. We couldn’t help but wish we had cycled it as, although the road was busy, the views were incredible and it […]

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Sunny days in Santiago

In Frutillar we made a big trip decision. We decided to get a bus to Santiago, spending a few days there, before getting another couple of buses to Tucuman in Northern Argentina. We have decided that we want to be back home in London for the beginning of September for, in particular, a friend’s wedding. […]

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Getting weavy: Puerto Varas to Frutillar

Cycling day 113 We spent one more night at the hostel in Puerto Varas before cycling to nearby Frutillar. Here we stayed with a wonderful couple – Katrin and Carlos. They are friends of Cornelia who had provided their address for us to get some replacement parts delivered to. ​Freddy’s new sleeping mat had arrived, […]

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A break from the bikes: Chiloé

Castro We had decided to visit Chiloé after all, but felt we would be able to maximise our time better by leaving our bikes in Puerto Varas and busing it. This also meant we wouldn’t have to cycle a lot of the route twice, which neither of us enjoy doing. We caught our first bus […]

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Fjord days: Caleta Chaparano to Puerto Varas

Cycling days 109, 110, 111 & 112 Caleta Chaparano to Río Puelo Juan had already left when we got up at 8am. Ofelia (her amazing host dial still cranked up to the max) made us some tea and set out some bread and butter for us to snuffle before we left. What a sweety. Leaving […]

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Carretera Austral part seven: Chaiten to Caleta Chaparano

Cycling days 105, 106, 107 & 108 Chaitén to Parque Pumalín We left Chaitén fairly early, rejoining the Carretera Austral as it headed north through Parque Pumalín. This national park is free to enter and was created by American Doug Tompkins (founder of North Face). It is one of the largest private parks in the […]

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Carretera Austral part six: Puyuhuapi to Chaiten

Puyuhuapi to La Junta Today was a frustrating day!!! We woke up early and left the campsite in search of fresh bread. We went from shop to shop, bakery to bakery and just couldn’t find any! After about an hour of wondering around and being sent on a wild goose chase by the locals, we […]

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