Stats Argentina and Chile


Touring cyclists on the road (touring between several weeks - 2years):
Germany 18, USA 13, France 12, Italy 11, Switzerland 11, Canada 7, England 5, Netherlands 5, Russia 5, Spain 4, Argentina 3*, Austria 2, Belgium 2, Chile 2*, Israel 2, Australia 1, Ireland 1, Sweden 1

*We saw 8 other Chilean teenagers and many Argentine touring cyclists. However, they were riding for only a few days and therefore have not been included in the above statistics.

Date End destination Distance (km) Time Avg (km/h) Notes
11.11.06 Started in Tierra del Fuego Parque Nacional to west of Ushuaia, Argentina
S 5444' W06757'
55.5 4.23 12.6 hot day for region, 1st 20km gravel rd, lots of uphill, snowpeaked mountains all around, bicycle tourists: 3 English finishing alt:192m
12.11.06 Tolhuin, Argentina 75.4 4.11 18 2km gravel road, 50min climb then lots of up and down, nice sunny morning then rainy afternoon
13.11.06 Estancia Misiones, Arg 126 7.37 16.5 nonstop cold rain 1st 50km, strong wind for several kms, rolling hills
14.11.06 outside of San Sebastian, Chile 92.5 9.46 9.4 Strong endless sidewind, about 20km of gravel road (15km in Chile)
15.11.06 side of road before intersection, Chile 33.7 5.26 6.1 CRAZY HEADWIND, all gravel road, small ascents and descents
16.11.06 Estancia Concordia, Chile 42.4 6.51 6.1 Endless brutal headwind, some ascents and descents, bicycle tourists: 2 Swiss
17.11.06 outside of Porvenir, Chile 56.2 5.57 9.4 little wind, gravel road, a few small climbs, bicycle tourists: 2 Germans
18.11.06 Punta Arenas, Chile about 20 about 2 about 10 rode into Porvenir, Ferry to Punta Arenas
19.11.06 Punta Arenas, Chile - - - Resting the legs!
20.11.06 side of ruta 9, Chile 75.1 5.24 13.9 light wind to start with increase of wind until the end, a few gradual climbs, bicycle tourists: 1 Chilean, 2 French
21.11.06 Morro Chico, Chile 73.6 6.02 12.1 mostly sidewind, some huge gusts of wind, some gradual climbs
22.11.06 Puerto Natales, Chile 103.2 6.27 16 A few gradual climbs, lots of downhill towards the end, barely any wind for this region
23.11.06 Puerto Natales, Chile - - - running errands, bicycle tourists: 4 French
24.11.06 Argentine side of Cerro Castillo 75.3 5.49 12.9 30-40km of paved road the rest gravel, some cycling on unfinished paved road, crossed border and back into wide open spaces, tailwind for the last few kms(8km in Argentina)
25.11.06 Puesto Fijo, El Cerrito, Argentina 107.3 6.56 15.4 lots of tailwind for 1st 40km, 70km of rough gravel road, sunny day
26.11.06 El Calafate, Arg 98.3 8.12 11.9 About 60km of sidewind, about 30km of headwind, hilly the last 30km, followed by a dog, India, for 95km! dropped her off at the police station in El Calafate to be returned to her owner at the Puesto Fijo
27.11.06-28.11.06 El Calafate, Arg - - - Enjoying the break after a few hard days, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, bicycle tourists: 1 French
29.11.06 El Chalten, Arg 33 1.19 25 All tailwind out of El Calafate, wind blew so hard the loose dust actually hurt our exposed skin, turned into the wind and pushed into the ditch, within just a few moments offered a ride to El Chalten in a pickup by a Swiss-Chilean couple, bicycle tourists: 2 Canadians, 1 Swiss
30.11.06-3.12.06 El Chalten, Arg - - - Finding out information on crossing to Villa O'Higgins, Chile, hiking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, bicycle tourists: 2 English
4.12.06 South of Lago del Desierto, Arg 36.5 4.02 9 All gravel road, several heavy gusts of wind, light rain at the end
5.12.06 CHILE -- tiny airport just over the border on Chilean side 3.9 43.19 5.4 Crossing Lago del Desierto in boat 6 km of trail from customs to border. Had to transport bike and gear in shifts so ended up being 18 km of hiking in 9 hours. Chile road in bad shape. light rain throughout day getting heavier by the end of the day. Carrying our bikes through a stream of ice cold water -forced to camp right away. bicycle tourists: 1 Swiss
6.12.06 Port Candelario Mancilla, Chile 11.2 1.39 6.8 Very bad gravel road, Last 5 km mostly downhill to Chile customs and Lago O'higgins. sunny but chilly
7.12.06-9.12.06 Villa O'Higgins, Chile - - - Usual 3 hour ferry ride took 12 hours to service the some 40 people who live around the lake. Arrived at 11pm and took a van the 5km to town. bicycle tourists: 2 Americans, 1 Swiss, 3 Germans
10.12.06-13.12.06 Cochrane, Chile - - - took a ride with an empty cement truck in order to get to a bigger town with services as we are both sick :(. Amazing scenery!, spent our time in Cochrane resting and getting healthy! One month on the road! bicycle tourists: 2 Germans, 2 Americans
14.12.06 10 km North of Cochrane, Chile 10.4 1.10 8.8 normal gravel road, mountainous, sunshine
15.12.06 North of Puerto Bertrand, Chile 40.6 5.02 8 good gravel road, a light drizzle most of day, light rain last hour, mountainous terrain, bicycle tourists: 4 Dutch, 1 French
16.12.06 North of Puerto Tranquilo, Chile 69.2 7.11 9.6 gravel road, mixture of rain and sunshine, mountainous, bicycle tourists: 1 Belgium, 1 German
17.12.06 Fundo Media Luna, Chile 80.4 8.10 9.8 some good and bad stretches of gravel road, mountainous terrain, nonstop rain
18.12.06 Fundo Media Luna, Chile - - - relaxing with the farmers
19.12.06 Villa Cerro Castillo, Chile 42.3 3.39 11.5 gravel road, light rain to start turning to sunshine, a few climbs, bicycle tourists: 1 Spaniard
20.12.06 Coyhaique, Chile 98.7 8.29 11.6 all paved road! a few miles of tough wind, sunny to start then cold and rainy, mountainous terrain with one long climb
21.12.06-1.1.07 Coyhaique, Chile - - - relaxing in Coyhaique, enjoyed good company, nice and relaxed Christmas and New Years, bicycle tourists: 2 Swiss
2.1.07 North of Villa Ortega, Chile 52.1 5.14 9.9 38 km of gravel road, some sections bad, not too much wind, sunny day, bicycle tourists: 2 Italians
3.1.07 South of Villa Amengual in Reserva Nacional Lago Las Torres, Chile 78.5 7.41 10.2 another 38 km of gravel road with some very bad sections, some wind cloudy, bicycle tourists: 1 American, 1 Dutch, 5 Russians (Siberia)
4.1.07 Outside of Ventisquero Colgante on Ruta 7, Chile 76.2 6.30 11.7 gravel road, some sections bad, about 7 km paved, sunny day, one tough climb with long descent, bicycle tourists: 1 Swiss
5.1.07 Puyuhuapi, Chile 21.7 1.40 13 gravel road, fairly flat for Chile, sunny
6.1.07 South of Puente Palena, Chile 62.7 5.13 12 gravel road, some bad sections, hottest day so far, no clouds, nonstop up and down, rode about 50km with Rich and Blenka (English cyclists), bicycle tourists: 4 Italians, 1 American, 1 Canadian, 2 Argentines (father and son)
7.1.07 South of Villa Santa Lucia, Chile 50.6 4.30 11.1 gravel road, lots of climbs, sunny, hot, bicycle tourists: 1 Spaniard, 2 Germans
8.1.07 South of Lago Lonconao, Chile 64 5.33 11.5 gravel road, lots of climbing last half of ride, sunny and hot, rode first few kms with Rich and Blenka until we went different directions in Santa Lucia, bicycle tourists: 2 Spaniards, 2 Swiss, 4 Argentines, 8 teenage Chileans
9.1.07 South of Trevelin, Argentina 53.2 4.15 12.4 gravel road, 10 km paved, cool day with light rain in Chile, sunny and windy in Argentina, 26km in Argentina, bicycle tourists: 1 French, 1 Chilean, 3 Germans, 5 Argentines, 2 Italians
10.1.07 SE side of Lago Futalaufquen in Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Argentina 50.8 3.47 13.3 about 25 km gravel, one long moderate climb on gravel, sunny day, bicycle tourists: 1 Australian, 1 Irish, 2 Argentines
11.1.07 SE side of Lago Futalaufquen in Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Argentina - - - enjoying the park
12.1.07 NE side of Lago Rivadavia in Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Argentina 48.7 3.59 12.2 gravel road, some bad sections, mountainous terrain, sunny, bicycle tourists: 4 Argentines, 2 Americans
13.1.07 Outside of Epuyen, Argentina 60 4.24 13.6 gravel road, 8 km paved, sunny, rode about 30 km with Sean from Ireland, Ryan's sidewall burst on his rear tire and had to replace it with the spare, bicycle tourists: 1 Argentine
14.1.07 El Bolson, Argentina 46.8 2.51 16.4 back on paved roads! easy morning ride, sunny, bicycle tourists: 3 Argentines
15.1.07 East side of Lago Mascardi, Argentina 93.5 6.00 15.5 full of long climbs and long descents, sunny and hot, bicycle tourists: 1 German, 1 American, 11 Argentines
16.1.07 Bariloche, Argentina 32.7 1.37 20.3 Nice ride into the city, cool morning, bicycle tourists: 2 Israelis, 1 German, 1 Belgium, 2 Argentines
17.1.07-18.1.07 Bariloche, Argentina - - - relaxing, enjoying the town and purchasing bike parts, Ryan changes rear brake pads
19.1.07 by Lago Espejo in Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Arg 101.2 6.22 15.9 heavy traffic for first 20 km, some headwind for parts of the ride, sunny, 6 km gravel road, bicycle tourists:1 Swedish, many Argentines
20.1.07 south of San Martin de Los Andes, Arg 74 5.58 12.4 41 km of soft gravel, full of climbs and descents, sunny, bicycle tourists: many Argentines
21.1.07 San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina 20.7 0.55 22.5 about 15 km downhill, cool cloudy morning, bicycle tourists: many Argentines
22.1.07 South of Junin de Los Andes, Arg 32.7 1.49 17.9 small climb out of city, then downhill with a bit of sidewind and tailwind, last few kms with headwind, late start,bicycle tourists:several Argentines
23.1.07 Aguada Florencio, Arg
S 3930' W07017'
129.6 6.46 19.1 mixture of sidewind and tailwind, sunny, back on official route 40, decided to stop mentioning mountainous terrain in notes since everything is mountainous starting to play with GPS Alt:867m
24.1.07 South of Bajada del Agrio, Arg 126.9 8.28 14.9 about 17 km of soft gravel with some washboards, some headwind, sunny, bicycle tourists: 1 Argentine cycling Ruta 40
25.1.07 South of Chos Malal, Arg
S 3727' W07013'
144.9 9.16 15.6 44 km of gravel road, hot, Ryan gets a flat patches tube alt:832m
26.1.07 South of Buta Ranquil, Arg 99.4 7.04 14 Erica gets a flat changes tube, hot and sunny day, high point:1587 meters, alt: 1080 meters, ran into Rich and Blenka at end of the ride
27.1.07 El Zampfel, Arg 101.2 6.53 14.7 about 20 km of gravel road with deteriorated pavement, hot and sunny, high point: 1643m alt:1078m
28.1.07 Bardas Blancas, Arg 87.6 6.17 13.9 about 30 km gravel with deteriorated pavement, rode with Rich and Blenka alt:1412m
29.1.07 Malargue, Arg
S3528' W06935'
68.2 5.12 13.1 27 km of gravel with some stretches of deteriorated pavement, high point: 1991m Alt:1393m
30.1.07 partway through Pampa del Diamonte, Arg 102.4 6.28 15.8 slight sidewind first 50 km gradual downhill, headwind 2nd 50 km gradual uphill alt:1395
31.1.07 Pareditas, Arg 128.8 9.04 14.1 114 km of gravel, 40 km steady climb, 40 km gradual descent, Erica changes front tube due to a slow leak, racing away from bad thunderstorm, high point:1808m, alt:1087m
1.2.07 Mendoza, Arg
S3253' W06849'
129.4 6.28 20 fairly flat, first 40km gradual downhill and fast, lots of traffic into Mendoza, had to ride on birm Alt: 746 meters
2.2.07-11.2.07 Mendoza, Argentina - - - Lots of relaxing in Mendoza, our bikes were serviced, Erica's rear brake pads changed, left bike in Mendoza and took a bus to Santiago, Chile for a few days, cycling tourists: 1 Austrian
12.2.07 Villa Media Agua, Arg 120.1 5.15 22.8 straight road, gradual downhill, slight tailwind, A spoke in Ryan's rear wheel broke, Alt: 542 m, Cycling tourists: 2 Canadians, 1 Swiss
13.2.07 west of Vallecito, Arg 77.1 4.22 17.6 flat for first 50km, very hot day, Ryan gets a flat and has to fix it twice due to a bad patch job, alt:618 m
14.2.07 south of Astica, Arg 155.1 7.37 20.3 70 km slight tailwind, good road, little traffic, very hot, cycling tourist: 1 Austrian, alt: 838 m
15.2.07 Los Baldecitos, Arg 109.7 7.34 14.4 gradual climb, little traffic, another hot day, Erica gets a tire puncture, alt: 1245 m
16.2.07 La Rioja, Arg
S29 25' W066 51'
164.7 7.09 23 first 100km gradual downhill then flat, a little cooler, Erica and Ryan both get a puncture, alt: 509 m
17.2.07 La Rioja, Arg - - - relaxing in La Rioja
18.2.07 North of Huillapima, Arg 127.1 7.07 17.8 flat road, last 40 km heavy headwind, alt:424m
19.2.07 La Merced, Arg 88.8 6.22 13.9 climbing in the afternoon with headwind, alt:880m
20.2.07 Concepcion, Arg 104 4.58 20.9 climb first 8km to 1147m, nice long descent and then flat, cooler day, alt:359m
21.2.07 El Mollar, Arg 81.7 7.17 11.2 flat for first 30-40km before long climb, light rain in the afternoon, alt:1905m
22.2.07 Amaicha del Valle, Arg 68.2 5.26 12.5 continued climbing to 3042m, sunny day then cool and foggy with the altitude, alt:1983m, touring cyclists:2 Italians
23.2.07 Cafayate, Arg 76.8 4.36 16.6 descent for first 15km then small steady climbs and descents, 10km side trip on gravel road to Quilmes ruins, hot and sunny, alt:1636m, touring cyclists:3 Germans
24.2.07 Alemania, Arg 85.7 5.04 16.8 lots of climbing and descents, descending last 15km, hot and sunny, alt:1175m
25.2.07 Salta, Arg
S24 46' W065 24'
110.8 6.10 17.9 rolling hills, hot and sunny, heavier traffic entering Salta, Ryan replaced his rear tube with a patched tube after another slow leak alt: 1191m, touring cyclists: 3 French
26.2.07-28.2.07 Salta, Arg - - - Enjoying the city and time at the Marin's home
1.3.07 La Caldera, Arg 24.4 1.34 15.5 curvy road with rolling hills, road with Gerardo for a few kms and Ramon for the entire ride, alt: 1371m
2.3.07 San Salvador de Jujuy, Arg 77.4 4.20 17.7 good curvy road, little traffic, a few small climbs nice descent, cycing tourists: 1 Italian, alt: 1282m
3.3.07 San Salvador de Jujuy, Arg - - - relaxing with the Torrejons
4.3.07 Purmamarca, Arg 66.9 5.08 13 steady climb, cool day, alt: 2192
5.3.07 Humahuaca, Arg 70.1 4.38 15.1 steady climb, tailwind, crossed Tropic of Capricorn!, touring cyclists: 2 Canadians, alt:2936m
6.3.07 Tres Cruces, Arg 58.1 5.04 11.4 climbing the whole day, light headwind in morning, later light tailwind, sunny day, alt:3693m
7.3.07 La Quiaca, Arg
S22 06' W065 36'
103.3 6.05 16.9 continued climbig for first few kms to 3780m, light tailwind first 30-40km then light headwind, fairly flat with gradual up and down hill, touring cyclists:4 Americans, alt:3442m
8.3.07 La Quiaca, Arg - - - getting ready to cross the border to Bolivia
- TOTAL 5369.2 KM 360.58 HRS 14.9 KM/HR distance: 3336.27 miles, average:9.2 miles/hr