During my two months in Patagonia 2018 I did a fair bit of research on a future cycle hiking trip.
I arrive Santiago Jan 11th and might rent a bike in the big city. They’d transport it to and from both trailheads.
- what bike? (Surly Long Haul Trucker with 40mm tires is popular)
- Right now I’m considering renting a Black Colombia 19″ (US$400/month)
- exact route? (north to south via Chiloe sounds best to me)
- I might get a better deal riding south to north, however
The Carretera Austral is far more popular now than when I did it 15 years ago by bus / hitchhiking.
Among the world’s finest road trips, the Carretera Austral – or “Southern Highway” – is a 1240km route through Chile that’s
mostlyabout half unpaved. Winding through millennia-old forests, it visits dusty Andean hamlets and turquoise rivers spawned from landlocked glaciers. …
Cyclists should have the skills and materials to repair their own gear, and should plan on taking a solid month for the entire endeavor. According to Italian cyclist Tomas Balzk, the hardest part was not pedaling the terrain, but ingesting enough calories. …