Chile – The Lake District

8th. December
The route from Temuco to Villarrica was very a scenic pastoral one. There were cows in fields, farmhouses and the houses of the rich with large gardens. We had hoped to ‘wild camp’ along this stretch of road but it was all fenced off as private property, even taking a comfort break proved difficult. Continue reading

Mendoza to Uspallata – Tuesday 13th. Oct.

When we arrived at breakfast in the hotel, the television news was discussing the closed pass between Santiago and Mendoza again. The weather was still unseasonably cold. Our destination was west to Uspallata, a town on the way back to Santiago. We had actually driven through on the coach but it hadn’t stopped. From Uspallata we could get on a road heading north and avoiding the ruta 40 that runs from Mendoza to the city of San Juan. We wanted to join ruta 40 later but at this point it was far too busy. We weren’t too sure how the weather would be in Uspallata but didn’t want to hang around in Mendoza waiting for the ideal moment. Continue reading

Mendoza, Argentina Sunday October 11th.

(Sorry no photos)
Arriving in the Mendoza bus station we were immediately accosted by someone offering ‘cambio blu’ this is the informal exchange of currency. We were surprised it was done so openly. The Government has pegged the Argentinian pesos at 10:1 to the US dollar. We were able to exchange for 15:1. We did however later find that the rate went down if you had small dollar bills. Continue reading

Cycling in South America

Fourteen years ago Rob and I cycled the ‘Great Divide’ off-road cycle route in North America. The route follows the water divide as much as possible through the continent starting in Glacier National Park in Canada via the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to the Mexican border in New Mexico. After finishing the ride we planned to tackle South America next. Continue reading