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CHILE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

Hi everyone, I will be cycling in those month in Chile, so I would like to know if somebody is around to se if I can have some company in the way, My equipment is basic, so I hope to have a good speed to cover good distances the days of ridding.
If any is in those month, please contact me and it you already visited Chile, I will appreciate the information I can have about the routes, places, etc.
Thanks in advance
Eduardo..

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Pan-am riders google group

Hi Eduardo

Maybe this is a useful link

http://www.panamericantour.net/panam-riders

Ciao enjoy.

Karin and Marten

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Su viaje a Chile

Eduardo: resido en Chinchiná (Caldas), Colombia. En su msj Ud no dice qué recorrido va a hacer y la fecha exacta de inicio. En diciembre mi novia y yo pensamos ir a la Costa Caribe (Cartagena y otras ciudades) en bici y nos gustaria saber si pasa por Colombia para ayudarlo en lo que requiera su viaje. O depende de la fecha que Ud pase x acá lo acompañamos hasta Cali o Quito. Suerte¡¡¡

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Hola, gracias por su mensaje,

Hola, gracias por su mensaje, pero no, voy es a ir directo a Santiago de Chile en avión y de allí recorrer lo que pueda dentro de Chile, aún no tengo ruta allá, pero muchísimas gracias por su respuesta y su disposición de ayuda.
Saludos

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Colombia

Sorry to answer in english, pero hablo espagnol muy mal.
I m biking actually, in Colombia, i m in Mutatà close to the carribean coast. I m riding south and think reaching Quito between 15 and 18th de ember.
Let me know if you are intersted to share the road with and if It s in your schedule.
Cheers.
Johann

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In Chile

Hi Eduardo

I will be in Chile from November 4th to January 16. Will be in Santiago from november 4 to 7 then go to Val Paraison and up North to Atacama. Let me know where you are and we could meet somewhere.

Have a nice trip!

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Dates

Hi Guy, almost the same dates, I will arrive on nov 18th to Santiago and I will stay there3 or 4 days and after that I also will be going to Valparaiso, for other 3 days, and then, i will be going to the south, to the Austral Road

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Have a nice trip!!!!

Have a nice trip!!!!

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Thanks, I hope you have a good trip too

Thanks, I hope you have a good trip too

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Leaving Santiago on Sunday 8th of Nov

Hi guys,
I am just getting my bike ready to start from Santiago to Antofagasta. Will buy the bike tomorrow, make some changes and prepare some food. Will cycle to Val Paraiso via Route 68 on Sunday. Wouldn't mind any company or joining someone.
Regards
Patrick

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Stay in touch. I will leave

Stay in touch. I will leave Saturday and go by Til til, Olmue and later Val Paraiso. It seem to be a quiet road when outside Santiago.

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Hi Guy,

Hi Guy,
Thanks for your reply. I haven't looked at the roads yet but if you suggest going via Tiltil and Olmue I will consider that road too. I guess I will see you in Val Paraiso.
Good riding and keep in touch.

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Valparaiso

How much time are you going to stay i Valparaiso?, I think I will be arriving there on nov 21st

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I am thinking to continue

I am thinking to continue straight the next day. However I am making my plans as I go. But 21st seems too late for me. I have to get to Antofagasta in roughly 4 weeks.

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I myself will be there maybe

I myself will be there maybe around 11 or 12

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Thanks for the road tips

Hi Guy,
So I cycled along your route today. Had a little trouble getting out of Santiago but I managed. The roads are not to busy once you are outside. The little climb however is rather tough. I have a pretty heavy bike and at some sections I had 10% incline on my garmin. In combination with some headwinds I had to push some short sections. Not a big deal though. The decent was really nice. Could let it roll almost with no brakes on. However it is rather cold. I had fog at the top so no view for me. After that it is still a long stretch to Valpo and I somehow got onto a bigger road with too much traffic. I should have stayed on the smaller ones. Anyway arriving at the coast was fantastic and totally worth the ride. Overall I registered 146km and 1200 alt. I am going further north tomorrow but don't know how far yet. Let me know how it's going for you guys. Regards and have fun
Patrick

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Hi.

Hi.

I go a lot slower. Will be in Valpo tomorrow and will stay at least 2 days!

See you!

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Cool. I did the tour 4 tips

Cool. I did the tour 4 tips tour at 10 this morning and really enjoyed it. After lunch and I set off towards la Laguna to a lovely camping. It's 70km and a nice ride along the coast. Some up and down but nothing serious. Enjoy Valpo. What will your route be once you are further north? I don't really have a plan just cycling north. Tomorrow I will go to los Vilos.
Enjoy!

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No real plan but happy to

No real plan but happy to know about Laguana camping. I have time so i will not hurry.

Have a nice day!

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That's nice. I did the

That's nice. I did the stretch from la Laguna to los Vilos today. It's 112km and about 1300 elevation. The scenery is pretty amazing but the road is very hilly. I followed the Ruta del Mar (E 30 F) until Quinquimo and then went onto the Panamericana. A road biker told me to avoid the Ruta 5 because of the trucks and go by smaller roads more in the country. I still went onto then 5 because it is shorter. Seeing the ocean most of the time is with it. Plus the trucks are careful and encouraged me along the way. There is one last incline before los vilos that is between 8-10%. Tomorrow I will try to get to Socos. It's a long and hilly stretch. Let's see... Enjoy your ride.

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Great! Let me know how it

Great! Let me know how it goes and where you are staying. It would help me. Campground in Los Vilos?

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Los Vilos

So, I didn't make it to Socos in one go. But first infos about los Vilos. I stayed at a place called residencial Punta de chungo. They charged me 10000 for the night. But as I found out the next day, there is a warmshower host in los Vilos. Her name is Maria Jose. She is currently in Germany but her sister Frederica should be there and she would host people. She was not there when I went by to say hi but her mother was and I got to talk to Frederica on the phone. Try that place and tell them that I am fine and made it to la Serena. Their house is at the end of the Main Street next to the hostel 25000 a night). It's colorful. So I headed off that day to try to get towards Socos. It was raining in the morning and my clothes which I hung up outside over night were soaking wet. The weather cleared however and at 2 I could start rolling. The road stays pretty hilly. When I got to Huentaleuquen I continued thinking I will make it to the next city. Well I didn't. At km 300 there is a restaurant called seniora Mary. I asked her if I could camp next to her restaurant and have dinner. She agreed and I think charged me a bit more for the food. I paid 4800 for a plate of fried fish with rice and a Coke. Still fair. The only problem was she has pigs on her land. So the next morning I was awoken by pigs smelling and running over my tent. I quickly packed my stuff and got on my way again. Again the road stays hilly and just like the day before I covered around 70km with 1000m elevation. I think they call that the Chilean flat. Along the whole way you can see wind mills generating power. First I was afraid because this would mean wind. But as I saw that they are facing me my feet synced up with the revelation of them. I even made use of my wind jacket and built a little spinnaker (sail). The last 10km to the terms de Socos camping is downhill so you can look forward to that. The camping there is nice. They have a sandy ground but currently the bathroom and showers don't work due to damages of an earthquake. 3500 for camping. She will fill up a canister of water if you need. I showered using my camel bag. Today I went to la Serena. I also use the link posted in a previous post to orient my riding. They say it's flat. So I dint worry much about the 110km length. However right at the start the first big hill slapped my right in the face. All together there are three big hills and the rest is fairly flat. Altogether though 700m of elevation accumulated over the stretch of 110km. By the way I left you a note behind the 400km sign ;-) when I got close to Coquimbo I met a road biker who told me to get off the Ruta 5 and follow the beach between Coquimbo and la Serena. I did. It is really pretty and gives the whole ride a nice ending. I will rest here for 2 days now because I overpowered my legs a bit. I will have to consider taking it a bit slower too. I hope this helps. Best regards and good riding.

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Wow! Thanks! You help me a

Wow! Thanks! You help me a lot! Found a couch surfing in Los Vilos. Will stop in Puerto Oscuro tonight and Termas tomorrow. Then, i may go in the mountains but i am not sur. Will see how i go to La serana. Have a nice day and yes you can slow down a little bit. I have done 11o yesterday and it is too much fully loaded. Be safe!

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Continue

Hi Guy,
How is it going? I will leave la Serena tomorrow to go along the route 5 again. Let me know how things are going for you.
Enjoy

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Hi.

Hi.

I was lucky in Puerto Oscuro. A wealthy family brought me fo their nice summer house. Less luck in Socos. The Campground was closed and i had to beg for help and then they gave me half price on a room but still 20000 pesos. It is nice tought. The riding is tough. Distance are more than i was thinking between place to sleep. I was sure i could do wild camping but fences everywhere. I will go to Tongoy or La Serena today. I was thinking of hoping on Pachamama bus tour in Bahia Inglesa but i may already do it in La Serena. I don't like fighting every day for a place to sleep. But it is me AND i find Chile beautiful.

Take care!

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Hi!

Hi!

I got your message at the 400 sign! Thanks, it was nice!

There, i switch side of the ruta 5 and returned for 1 km and took a gravel road to Tongoy. It was rough but very nice and quiet. Now, i am there in a Campground for 7$ along the ocean. May stay here 2 days!

Take care!

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Congratulations. I am in

Congratulations. I am in Trapiche camping by the road. I did 80km and 1000 evelation. Nice and easy. The real climbing start at km 40 out of la Serena and last about 10km. They are fixing the route 5 so you can actually always ride on the closed road. Mostly perfect concrete with no traffic. Only during the switchbacks there is one section to the right if you take that you have to go back again since their haven't done that bit yet. It's almost at the top. You would notice it. after the climb it's 20km downhill. Awesome! Tomorrow I will reach Vallenar and then probably head toward the national park.
I am kind of enjoying this. It's almost as if we were riding together. Enjoy.

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I am in Vallenar now. The

I am in Vallenar now. The ride was tougher than I had expected 110km and 1600m of elevation. I used the data from one of the crazyguyonabike site and knew what I was expecting. Still hard. Today I will take it easy and leave after lunch towards Huasco to take the road along the coast to get further north. I also found a description on the site mentioned above. Hope you are enjoying your days at the camping. Take care.

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Defeated by the wind

I left for Huesco Bajo knowing it will be a windy day. Riding towards the ocean will bring some breeze my way. It's 50km from vallenar or 42km once you reach the road. It was tougher than expected and I was telling myself I would rather climb a hill than ride against such winds. As if I asked for it I got the combination of both. I had to get off my bike twice to push it up a hill. Even that was hard. I was already hating my choice to take that road and labeled these 50km the worst I have ridden in my life. Arriving in Huesco Bajo there is no restaurant. It was my only hope. Anyway I found a panaderia where I could make a sandwich and at which point the road takes off towards Llanos de Challe national park. You have to take the road which is under construction to your right. The road continues along the coast however better protected from the wind. It's a bit bumpy but absolutely a beautiful sight. It made me forget all the troubles I went through before. You will have to stay on that road for another 30km to reach a camping. Amazing. The only problem was there was no water that day. This meant I couldn't fill up my reserves for the next day. My plan was to take 2 days to cover the distance towards Caldera and fill up my bottles on the way. Big fail. There is no possibility to buy water. During the ride you have a constant tailwind which made me use my wind jacket as a spinnaker again. For lunch I wanted to find some shade to cook. No shade in the desert. I made lunch behind a road signal with a little protection for my cooker. After 80km however I was out of water and had to stop a car to ask for help. He told me there is no shop on this road. So he took my bike on his truck and dropped me off at Caldera. I am disappointed at myself for not making it on my own. But without water there is no way I could have done it. Let me know if you are also thinking of taking that road. Best of luck
P.S. You could probably get water at the little villages of the road but this would mean riding on a sandy/gravel road to reach them and I was not sure if they sold stuff

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Thanks for all this

Thanks for all this information!

I have decided to hop on Pachama tour bus to take a look at what interested me up north. I realized crossing the desert by myself was not was what i was looking for here. I wanted to ride in Chile, that's done. I want to see everything else and i will with Pachama. I am pretty happy about this! Continue and most importantly, take care!!!!!

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Second round Monday 23th

On Saturday 21st I visited El Cajon del Maipo and the Embalse del Yeso, was a hard trip 164k with 1800m of elevation, I will go tomorrow morning to Viña del Mar, so I think that after climb a lot yesterday, everything will be easier, after that I will go to the south but my plans are changing every day with the advices of the people I meet in the road, those are my guides, no books, just a few maps and the answers of the locals.

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You guys do long day.

You guys do long day.

Where are you know?

I saw a guy bike packing in Luna Valley. One of you?

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Temuco-Villarrica-Pucón

I start to travel again in Temuco, a friend of a friend hosted me there and show me some routes in the country side, beside rivers and little lakes, then I went to Villarrica, one small town in te begining of the Villarrica Lake, was nice, with the beach and a good view of the Vulcano, but not too much to do. Fron Temuco to Villarrica was 90k of a nice trip in the country side.
Today in the morning I came to Pucon, here the turism is very active, rafting, trekking, mtb tours and hotsprings are ofered everywere, so I think I will stay here for a wile. The rates are ok, and I think I can go everywhere and come back in the night, here the sun goes down at 9:00 in this season.
After here I will visit some other lakes in the south, I have 10 days left
The weather now is perfect, 28 •c in the day and 15 at night
Very happy here
If someone is around, I will go to the Villarrica Vulcano tomorrow mornng and try to arrive to the snow

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Pucón, Caburgua, Parque Nacional Huequehue, Los Pozones

After Pucón, I decided to continue to the National Park Huerquehue, so I took the road to the east in the morning and I arrived first to Caburgua, there, I spend the day in the beach, in the black beach, and after I went finally to the Huerquehue National Park
There I Arrived at 8:00 and I camped just before the main entrance of the park in front a beautiful lake in a property of a neighbor of the zone who wasn't there so the other neighbors told me to camp for free there. was a trip of 45 km, very short, but always going up
In the Huerquehue national park I did a trekking trip, of 12 km, also going up 6 km, and was very beautiful, I found 4 waterfalls and 4 lakes, and I return to the spot I camped before.
The next day, I decided to visit the hot springs, so I start the trip to the hot spring zone, and people told me to choice Los Pozones, because are the first in the area, where the water flows first and because it has the most natural installations, not too much buildings around, just the pools made of stones, and the most important, the cheapest ones, but the most far. I spend the 3 hours of the time that they give you with the entrance 8000 pesos and then I take the way back. In a restaurant somebody told me to camp en Caburgua in Playa Blanca, so I did it.
The way back to the east was 85% downhill, was very interesting to see how much I was climbed, but at arrive to Caburgua, to go to Playa Blanca I had to climb a steep mountain, but just 2 km.
Playa Blanca was very nice, but no markets around, and has not too good restaurants, luckily, I bought some food before, beers and wine, so I had enough for the first day, but I decided to spend one day more, and the second day was not too good cause I had not too much things to do, so if you visit Playa Blanca in Caburgua, be sure to have lot of food.
Then I return to Pucón, to take my bus back to Santiago, and in the hostel I arrived, I told to the owners, that I left to do rafting, so they told me that one tour start just in 30 minutes, so I did it, it cost 18.000 pesos, and was very beautiful, we went to a river very nice, was a trip of 12 km and one hour, and in the way, we saw 2 volcanos on the way, so at the end I saw the 3 volcanos of the area.-
In the town, all the bus lines, has bad fares to transport the bicycle, just Yac Buslines, told me that it has no cost, so I decided to travel with them, when you travel and they see that you are not from chile, lot of people try to take extra charges for the bicycle, so I argued a bit and I took the best option.
Back in Santiago, I went to the San Diego Avenue, it´s a big avenue that has all the bicycles stores, so I replaced some parts of my old bicycle and the last day of riding, was going to a Cerro to see the view of the Santiago City for the last day of this trip.
At the end, the Cerro, after the whole trip, was a piece of cake, even going from La Florida, the neighborhood I was, that was 16 km from the city center.
Then I came back and also in the return in the airline, they didn't ask for extra charges for the bicycle
I always use a bag for the transportation
One thing I forgot, was to deflate the tires when I packed it, and in the plane I remember that, but when I arrived to Venezuela, nothing happened, the tires was nice, so from now, I will not deflate the tires any more to travel
At the end, my trip was not the plan I did at the beginning, I just followed the local people recommendations, and at the end my trip was just perfect.

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Cool

Thank you for your report. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Chile December

Hi everyone, im doing a trip around mendoza, in a few days im going to cross the andes to talca and start going down to puerto montt, after that cross to argentina there, and come back to Buenos Aires...of anyone is cycling around just tell me..!! good roads for everyone

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You bike trip in south america

What kind of bikes are you using? What size tires? Are you using panniers or a trailer? I was just wondering about what you do for repairs and getting replacement parts, as I am planing a bike tour myself, or most likly joining along with others? your trip sounds awesome BTW. Dale

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I have a mtb, tire size 26"..

I have a mtb, tire size 26"...I'm using panniers, and when I have to fix something or replace I just go to a bike shop if I can not fix for my self, I'm traveling alone so if you are around just text me...I crossed the andes, I'm in talca now about to go south...good roada

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My Bicicle

Hi Dale, I used a regular MTB with 2 panniers, one carry on luggage in the top of the panniers and my camera box in the handle bar, in the panniers I just had the tent, sleeping bag, dirty cloth in one side and food in the other side, all the clothes in the top of the panniers and lot of water, I just carried one multitool, air pump, an extra tube and one extra tire, I had not too much longs distances to cover, maximum 80 km, and in Chile (not in the desert part) are a lot of places to buy food and you can drink the water directly from the sink.
Almost in every town are bicycle shops, lot of people ride bicycles there.
In my picture you can see the distribution of my luggages
Mine one is a 26"
The only thing I wanted to have, is a butterfly handle bar, cause the regular one sometime made me hurt my arms.

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What kind of Mountain Bikes

What kind of Mountain Bikes is everyone using? Are they made of aluminum or steel? Would it be ok to also use a bike that doesn’t have 26 inch tires? Say a 700c (I think that’s 27 inch or bigger), as far as getting repairs and stuff goes? I have a MTB but it’s a Giant Aluminium (a few years old). I want to take the best suited stuff for my situation; I don’t want to get stuck on the road on my first trip. This is my first bike trip (although I have backpacked in the past to several countries). I am 54 and want to experience the bike tour and shed a few pounds while I’m at it. I’m going somewhere this winter for sure. I’m excited and scared at the same time. Ha-ha Just getting the “right stuff together” and advice would be much appreciated. Dale

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popular in the place you will go

My MTB is made of aluminium and I thing it´s better to have 26", cause it´s the most popular size in latinamerica, so if you use other one, you must have almost all the replacement necessaries to fix it, like spokes, extra tires and extra tubes. 29" it´s also popular but 27 or 700 are kind of estrange in the shops, so it can be better to cover more distances, but in case of a replacement, it´s better to have the most findable near your way.

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Ok thanks for the info.

Ok thanks for the info. Interesting that 29 inch is also popular though?