Me and a friend are planning a bike trip to AR beginning of March to end of April. We may start in Ushuaia and work our way up with long biking and bus rides. Any advice on biking 1. Ushuia, Rio Grande, Rio Gallagos, El Calafate? 2. Lake District? 3. Peninusla Valdes?
What about traveling in the AR as a vegetarian? What foods are available that we could easily cook on a camp stove or hostel kitchen?
We have very minimal spanish unfortunatley...
Are there routes anyone would recommend and places that are a must-see in the areas I mentioned?
Anyone have info about taking bikes on the buses and bus prices to expect in between some of these places?
so you start in ushuaia. all along the way in argentine, i recommande you the hostelling international, the blue house sign, http://www.hostelsofargentina.com/, confortable and they speak english. in Chile go in little lodges, it is cheaper than camping, or make free camping.
the first step is easy, for 3 days. then it is Chile her ethe way but from the north, you have to read from the end
Viniendo de Argentina de Esperanza – Tapi Aike – Estancia Don Guillermo – Cerro Castillo – Parque Torres del Paine – Pehoe – Administracion – Milodon – Puerto Natales – Villa Tehuelches – Punta Arena;
Punta Arena – Porvenir – Onaisin – San Sebastian – Frontera;
it is very windly, till Porvenir. then it is ok till puerto natales. you have no reason to go till the short of Magellan and Rio Gallegos, this way is too very windly, and rio gallegos is noting but sad.
Puerto natales if you are lucky you have sun and run to visit the park torrres del paine, by bike and on foot. from ther or you take the boat straight to puerto montt, and you miss calafate, or there is a little pass to argentine, in Cerro Castillo, til la hacienda Don guillermo.
then again argentina, 3 days till calafate. i recommand you to let the bikes in calafate and to go till the glaciar by agency.
then you can continue 3 days more till el chalten, but only to visit the park on foot and if you want to take the carretera austral.
from puerto montt you haveto join or bariloche through the north pass, passing by entrelagos,
Osorno – Puerto Octay – Ensenada – Petrohue – Cochamo – Puelche – Puerto Montt
or trevelin through the carretera austral and Futalefu, in that case better stop the boat in puerto Aisen
Futalefu – Puyuhuapi – Cisnes – Puerto Aisen
or you can take a bus, the route 40 one is straight, till Esquel, or quicker a plane to Bariloche. from there you visit the lake district
la angustura – san carlos de bariloche con rodeos al circuito chico y a la estacion de ski y volcan tronador y lagunas cerquita – el bolson – epuyen – Trevelin por el ripio - Esquel.
well sometimes you will have to make a special tour to visit a lake and go back on the main road, like el bolson and bariloche.
from esquel you can follow by the trail (ripio) the rio chubbut till las plumas beautiful but very lonely, and then finish till puerto madryn en bus. Peninsula valdes and the pinguins better go by agency, nothing there.
to take a bus you have to tell in advance that you have a bike, then if it is a long treap, you will have to put of the wheels and pack it in a plastic and pay a special ticket, about 5$ for the bike. take care if they are full the bus driver refuse it.
bus prices should be 50$ for 1000 km. but prices climb very quick there.
for the food very hard to be vegetarian in the steak country. potatoes pasta and pizzas every where anyway, and in cities vegetables but expensive. milk and expensive cheese too.
and very good wine hehe
have a good treap Pierre
Get yourself onto the Panam Riders Google Group ... there are about 65 on there somewhere between Alaska and Ushuaia & several who have finished the route but have stayed on the group.
Go to Google ... Panam Riders ... Sign up to the group ... Wait for Paul, the administrator to respond ... Ask questions or read the posts.
Have never been to the southern part of the country, but once you get back to civilization and towns of decent size, it is pretty easy to get fruits and veggies. People eat all over the country, so I imagine you will be able to find plenty of breads. While the country is known for its meats, it is also a large exporter of grains.
i just finished patagonia expedition race in chile at puerto natales and punta arenas.you must be ready for wind wind wind ,its tough but as we had 35 tk tail across chile to pail aike national park it was fantastic.u should look at comign up thru porenvir and across to punata areanas,and on to puerto natales ,if u have the option get your gear off the bike and do a few 1 day rides and trekk into the mnts near torres del paine,we raced there its difficutl terrian buti f u are good hiker u will love it,hostel are about 8000 peso or 18 bucks in punta arenas but stay at victoria hostel thats great place in ou place we got gear stolen lights, trekign poles, camera and lens if go back there i gonna fix that manager of the hostel he was bad arse.
ok so when u reach chaltern u must go to o higgins via boat and cycle and then do the route all th e way to puerto mount its long 1250 km but fantastic route go to www.crazyguyonabike .com and see this link,i havent done it but im planning o do it later this year maybe.once your read the stories of people who have done this roiute and seen their pictures u will be stunned and determned to do the same.make sure u hike 4 to 7 days aroun d mt fitzroy at chaltern as the hikkign there is amazingand cheap.you must ride to pucon and climb the volcanoes also.your first comment was agood oen he aslo gives u good advcie
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