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Cycling South America next winter

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Cycling South America next winter

I start thinking of cycling from north to south (colombia - chile/argentina, crossing ecuador, peru and bolivia) in next winter leaving in November for about 4 months.

I'd like to share this experience with some companion, even just for some piece of road.

And I'd like to have more info from people that already did that route, any kind of info about it is welcome, if you have blogs to suggest or whatever.

Thank you :)

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Hanni Mi Jakobsson did this,

Hanni Mi Jakobson did this, I have read her book (in Swedish).
There is also a web site, some of it in English: http://www.hannamijakobson.com/english/map/

I am also planning to go to South America this November, taking a repositioning cruise to Rio.

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If you don’t find someone

If you don’t find someone beforehand, then I recommend staying in a casa de ciclistas when you get to South America. These are bases for touring cyclists that are quite popular all over South America. Unlike WarmShowers, you sometimes have to pay to sleep in a casa de ciclistas (but only like 2€/night). The good thing about staying in these casas is that they host many, many people each night, so you can easily meet other cyclists in the area, and if your routes match, you can cycle with them.

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Thank you Christopher,

Thank you Christopher,

Do you know if casa de ciclistas has a dedicate website? Or how to find them?

Thanks

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Some of the casas de

Some of the casas de ciclistas have Facebook pages. However, I always learned about casas by talking to cyclists who were coming in the opposite direction. If you are cycling north-south in South America, you will often encounter cyclists who are coming south–north, and they will give you the phone numbers or GPS coordinates for the casas that they stayed at.

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I found this web page: https:

I found this web page: https://pedaleandoalma.com/las-casas-para-ciclistas-viajeros-en-latinoamerica/
I am looking forward to it. Thanks!

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Brazil

And in Brazil I found this page: http://www.clubedecicloturismo.com.br/
I have not read much yet, but WarmShowers is mentioned.

And this is from 2014, but in English: https://travellingclaus.com/tips-and-advice-for-tour-cycling-in-brazil/

Of course, I will ask other cyclists when I am there.

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That page is a bit out of

That page is a bit out of date. The casa de ciclistas in El Chalten has turned into a general backpacker hostel since its proprietors wanted to make more money. Cyclists still stop by, but if you just want to meet other cyclists, then it might not even be worth staying there because you can meet cyclists by the dozen on the streets of El Chalten and as you come into the city from the Carretera Austral.

There is no longer that casa in Coyhaique, Chile. I think it closed two years ago already.

The list is also missing the casa that opened last January in Villa El Blanco south of El Bolsón.

So, even if you do use that website to get an idea of what casas are out there, you should still ask the cyclists coming in the opposite direction about where they stayed.

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Ok good. 

Ok good. 

Christopher I understand you toured those countries. Can I ask you also where to find detailed info about routes? I mean popular routes where usually bike travellers go north-south or opposite, with suggestions of areas to avoid because not very safe or any other reason.

I think I'll start from Medellin and going south, my plan is arriving to Arequipa at least but maybe I can go even more south.

The only thing they suggest me so far i (a colombian)is passing by the coffee plantation area in Colombia, Manizales and Pereira area, which he said I can't miss. It would help a lot get to know detailed routes of someone already did this, as it's my first time cycling out of europe so a new world for me :)

Thanks

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The only places where you

The only places where you have to really worry about safety are Colombia and northern Peru. For the rest of the way down, you don’t have to worry about banditry. Obviously if you want to enter or leave one of the region’s biggest cities, then it is worth asking someone about a safe route to avoid any slums on the way in or out, but most of the time you will be in very peaceful countryside.

In general the Panamerican Highway is worth avoiding. In Peru it is actually dangerous, because robberies of cyclists are particularly concentrated along the Panamerican Highway around Trujillo. But elsewhere on the continent, the Panamerican is simply boring. It bypasses most of the amazing scenery in the region, and often has a lack of nice places to eat and to stealth camp.

Of course, if you want to avoid the Panamerican and travel through the mountains, e.g. the Peruvian Divide, you need thick tires (minimum 2.00"), low gearing, and enough time that you don’t have to rush, because you can’t rush at 4000 m where there is little oxygen. You don’t need some kind of special bikepacking setup – I did this with panniers – but you have to be prepared for some tough days and slow progress.

Andes by Bike is one of the key resources for route planning in South America. If you travel any of those routes, you will meet other tourers at least every few days.

"The only thing they suggest me so far i (a colombian)is passing by the coffee plantation area in Colombia, Manizales and Pereira area, which he said I can't miss." I haven’t toured Colombia, but I know that safety is enough of a concern there that I would not take advice from a non-cyclist about where to tour. Decide your route based on blogs; try to choose routes where many people have been before without incident.

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Thank you guys! 

Thank you guys!