Tag Archives: Chile
05. Feb, 2012

Farewell to the Andes – moving memories

Farewell to the Andes – moving memories

After months of climbing up and down the Andes we have finally left the mammoth mountain range to head east across Venezuela’s plains. As way say farewell, we also look back on special moments and some incredible riding.

It has been an amazing experience from the first time we saw them as we cycled towards Mendoza in Argentina. We were so in awe we stopped to take countless photographs of the snow-topped peaks, only to end up a few days later snowed-in when the road to Santiago was closed. (more…)

28. Nov, 2011

10,000km: the stats so far

10,000km: the stats so far

In the blistering heat of the Sechura Desert we celebrated cycling 10,000km since we left Rio de Janeiro in May this year. In the process we have survived the traffic in Buenos Aires and Lima, cycled up the Andes in the snow, sweated it out in the Atacama Desert and battled altitude sickness crossing the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

It’s been a fantastic six months with many highs and some fantastic down hills. We thought we would take a look back at the highlights from the road. (more…)

24. Oct, 2011

Get me down from here: cycling at altitude

Get me down from here: cycling at altitude

I totally underestimated the difficulties of cycling at altitude, thinking that rising slowly on our bikes we would acclimatise easily. We’ve been pedalling at over 3400m for four weeks now though, and I’m still gasping for breath at the slightest exertion. As beautiful as it is high up in Peru, I can’t wait to get back down to sea level and oxygen.

Altitude sickness is a strange one. There is no rule as to who will suffer; you can be young or old, fit or sick. Whilst I continue to have problems, Paddy acclimatised well after a couple of days. We’ve met cyclists coming from Lima towards Bolivia who told us of being sick and suffering bad headaches, whilst others haven’t noticed it at all. (more…)

05. Oct, 2011

Cycling the world’s largest salt flat: Salar de Uyuni

Cycling the world’s largest salt flat: Salar de Uyuni

Pedalling across no-man’s land from Chile into Bolivia, it felt as if things changed more dramatically than on any of our other border crossings.  The people looked much more indigenous whilst a bottle of sprite cost half of what it had. It seemed as if we had finally arrived in the real South America.

We entered Bolivia on the barren expanse of the Altiplano, and as our first night in South America’s poorest country approached, were looking for a campsite with shelter from the wind.  There was little to hide behind, so we were relieved to spot some derelict buildings next to the military base of Chiguana that would make a good wind break. (more…)

02. Oct, 2011

Breathless in Chile: Cycling Calama to Ollague

Breathless in Chile: Cycling Calama to Ollague

It took us a whopping four and a half days to cover 200km from Calama to Ollague, on the Bolivian border. We were slowed by the supplies we were carrying, the poor roads, the effects of climbing to 13,500ft and Paddy’s desire for an adventure.

As we left Calamaour bikes were the heaviest they’d ever been, loaded up with seven days of food and enough water to get us the long distances from one refuelling point to another. (more…)