Chile

Chile

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                C1. Paso Sico – Argentina to Chile

The inhospitable and wild Puna plateau in the central Andes is considered a pretty scary place given its remoteness.

This route comprises largely of crossing a number of high altitude plateaus, big volcanoes, colourful lakes and white salt flats.

This is meant to be a fairly challenging route that requires fairly stable weather conditions to make it feasible, even during regular weather cold night time temperatures, snow and storms are to be expected.

Travelling in the direction from Chile into Argentina are considered the best given the westerly winds although this does entail more climbs.

Distance                     348km

Time                           7-8 days

Unpaved                    65%

Total ascent               3015m

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Reference                            http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/bikepacking-paso-sico-argentina-chile/


                C2. The Lakes District & Reserva Huilo Huilo

This route through the Chilean Lakes District takes advantage of a little used singletrack used now by horses, it also covers two tracks made up of volcanic pumice. The landscape is made up of volcanoes, beautiful aqua blue lakes, rainforests, hotsprings and bounding rivers, two of which will require a wet crossing.

I plan to do this route from south to north as authorities may restrict access to cyclists at the gated entrance to Huilo Huilo Ecological Reserve at Neltume choosing to enter via the gated entrance near Puerto Fuy

Supplies are expected to be re stocked in Lago Ranco, Llifén, Neltume, and Coñaripe and facilities can be a few days apart.

I plan to take a few days off on route to undertake some sea kayaking and to try the mountain bike trails Neltume.

Distance                     203km

Time                           4-5 days

Unpaved                    75%

Singletrack                 25%

Rideable                     99%

Total ascent               2937m

Highest elevation      2700m          

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Reference                   http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/bikepacking-route-chile-reserva-huilo-huilo/