After spending just over a month cycling nearly 2000 km through Argentina it was time for the biggest challenge – to cycle from the lowlands of Mendoza over the Andes mountains to cross into Chile via the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores.
The day that I had arrived in Mendoza coincided with a national 5 day long weekend holiday, and the start of the city’s annual wine festival. What a time to arrive – this was going to be fun !!!
Beautiful mountain passes, stunning scenery, remote villages, a festival, a spot of pampering and passing 10,000 km’s would be some of the many highlights as I finished my ride along Argentina’s spectacular Ruta 40.
Crazy headwinds, hot springs, beautiful scenery, a broken tent, running out of water whilst riding in +40C degree heat, and a bike reconfiguration would mark my introduction to cycling Ruta 40, Argentina’s famous cycling road.
A scrape with a jealous bull, amazing rock formations, cycling buddies, Zumba and an appreciation of Malbec wine in Cafayate would be the highlights of this section of my cycle through northern Argentina.
Bare landscapes, fiestas, fierce winds, Gaucho’s, mummified children and the art of Asado would mark my introduction to cycling in Argentina as I cycled through the Puna – one of the remotest environments on the planet that consists of an
This leg of my round the world cycle would be characterised by a dose of the trots, a cycle down a railway, sleeping with Llamas and cycling through the area that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their match.