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February 21, 2020

In my previous story, I wrote about our beautiful and harsh journey through the Carretera austral. Although the village of Villa O’Higgins is often seen as the end point of this route, its official end is actually eight kilometers ahead, in Puerto Bahamondés. This sounds like a big port, but is nothing more than a small dock. Little ferries depart here in the direction of Argentina. My father and I also had to take one of those ferries.

We’ve heard many stories of other travelers about this ferry connections. It is not uncommon that the ferry gets cancelled for several...

February 7, 2020

After cycling in the pouring rain for hours and hour, we finally reached the village of Villa Santa Lucía. The carretera austral passes through this village so this was the village where we could turn onto ths road that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. We were soaking wet, but nevertheless happy to arrive and pose for the first sign where the route is mentioned. I have heard so many positive stories about this Southern route, so it was a quite memorable moment for us.

Happy!

The atmosphere in the village was special. A couple of years ago, a devastating mu...

January 14, 2020

I ended my previous blog at the Chilean city of Los Angles, where my father and I have rested for a day. The week before we arrived in this city, we’d been cycling with Pim and Nienke, a Dutch couple that I’d met earlier. Nienke had calculated that we will have to cycle about 60 kilometers per day if we would like to reach Ushuaia on time with two rest days per week.

This has been our daily target ever since, and we manage to break it over and over again so we should have won some time. Leaving from Los Angeles, we cycled for six consecutive days, meaning that Christma...

December 22, 2019

After waving goodbye to my mother at the airport of Santiago de Chile, my father and I were suddenly all by ourselves. Our bicycle journeys were really upcoming now. We could prepare ourselves at ease at Oliver’s appartment, the German-Norwegian man where I could stay before my parents arrived.

Oliver lives in Norway but has a second place to stay in Santiago de Chile for about 15 years already. He has his own import and export company. I had met him in Mendoza (Argentina), we met again at the Argentinian-Chilean border, and eventually he even invited me over to his ap...

December 5, 2019

I did not really update my blog over the last couple of weeks, so I created a big backlog. I ended my previous blog in the Argentinian city of Mendoza, two weeks before my parents would arrive in Santiago de Chile. I wanted to receive them well, so I wanted to arrive on time in Chile’s capital. From Mendoza, it took me about 5 days to reach the city, via a small detour. This was quite a journey, since I had to climb over the Andes mountains. The route was beautiful, the headwind not so much.

Just before the Chilean customs, there is a big tunnel that is not possible to...

October 24, 2019

After the short cycling break in which I visited Buenos Aires and Montevideo, it was time to start cycling again. I left Salta with renewed energy and focused upon reaching Cafayate within a couple of days.

The morning I left salta, I received a question from someone that has been following my trip on Instagram and she asked me why I’m carrying such a big bicycle pump. I told her that I’ve had quite some flat tires along the way and that I was tired of using the small pump. I didn’t even make it outside of the city center before I noticed I had another flat tire, I thi...

October 5, 2019

In the last few weeks, I have relatively cycled a big amount of kilometers before I arrived into the beautiful city center of Salta. Next year in March, I will fly from Ushuaia to Europe, probably via Buenos Aires. However, it’s unlikely that I’ll  visit the city of Buenos Aires in this transit. I really wanted to know Buenos Aires, so I decided to do that now. I could leave my bicycle and luggage in the hotel where I was staying and took a plane on an early Tuesday morning. I flew with Flybondi, which is Argentinian low-cost airline, and arrived around 10:00 AM.

The f...

September 17, 2019

After the spectacular trip through the salt flats of Uyuni, I was only a handful of cycling days away from the border with Argentina. Before I cycled towards the border place, I decided to make a side trip by bus to the city of Tarija, known for its wines that are produced on high altitude. I’m actually not really a wine drinker, but I guess I don’t really have a choice with the famous wine regions that I will pass through in Argentina. I decided that I will become a wine expert.

The bus trip to Tarija was not particularly a pleasant one. The bus driver was driving lik...

August 30, 2019

After two and a half months in Peru, I decided it was time for the next chapter and chose the most direct route towards Bolivia. This route went through Puno, one of the bigger touristic cities in the area. The city was nice, but they were restoring the main square, much to the displeasure of the local businesses, since it is the touristic season. The municipality did not take this into account at all!

Puno borders the well-known Titicaca lake, the biggest lake of South-America that border both Peru and Bolivia. The road towards the border with Bolivia was parallel to...

August 13, 2019

After the nice days I spent together with Torsten and Lutz, the two German cyclists that I met earlier, we split in the town of Ayacucho. I continued towards Cusco, while they decided to take a more rural road through Peru.

It was about 500 kilometers between Ayacucho and Cusco, the tourist capital of Peru. I took the main highway through the mountains that was fully paved. The road was surprisingly quiet for being the main road through the mountains towards the big city of Cusco.

I took me six days to cover this distance, which I think is pretty good if you look at the...

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