In November of 2019 we completed a 17-month tour of South America, mostly by bicycle. We're pleased and surprised that we largely followed our original napkin sketch itinerary, shown
We started in Medellín, Colombia, in June 2018 and headed south through the mountains of Ecuador and Perú. When the cold, spring rain caught us, we dropped down to Lima on the coast and then flew to Santiago, Chile. From there we rode south through Patagonia during the southern hemisphere's summer, including a visit to Antarctica. After that we returned north to explore northern Argentina and Chile, Bolivia, and some locations in Uruguay and Brazil. We finished our trip up in Colombia, where it began.
We're back in the United States after spending 17 months in South America. Our travels are over, but our blog is not... There are more stories to tell, from the completion of the cycling portion, to travels with friends around Buenos Aires and Brazil, so stay tuned!
You can see our track on the map below or, better yet, by visiting our Track My Tour website, where you will also see photos and anecdotes from each of the locations where we stayed.
The last bike ride of the trip served up the best of everything bike-touring for us: lots of interaction with the locals, beautiful, mostly quiet roads, challenging ripio and mountain climbs (as well as some pushes), all through spectacular landscapes. We couldn’t have asked for a better cycle touring finish!
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