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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lostmike, Nov 6, 2018.
Forgot to say if you cross through the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores between Santiago Chile and Mendoza Argentina (which is well worth the ride) the border crossing is on the Argentinian side and its in a massive building and very well organised. They have a combined exit/entry stamp so you only need one, and its all drive through lanes so you can stay with the bike.
The free walking tour in Buenos Aries are fun and very informative
The amount of walking and Ubering around town it feels like we’ve done a hundred walking tours haha. Would have loved to have done a guided one but have just ran out of time unfortunately. Thanks for the tip though we will definitely do one in Montevideo.
Looks like you guys are having a great trip! Thanks for the write up and photos! I will keep following along.
Thanks mate appreciate it. Glad your enjoying it. We are having a blast as well :)
I just finished up a two week trip from Osorno, Chile down to Villa O'Higgins then back north through Chile Chico -> Trevelin - > Bariloche, Argentina and finishing back in Osorno. Chile is such a beautiful country that you might be hard pressed to continue north once you get a taste. Best to you and Meg on your journey. If you need anything in Portland, Seattle or Anchorage (or close to it), please let me know as we have offices in the PNW full of people willing to lend a hand in a pinch.
Sounds like a nice ride, thanks very much for your kind offer, we are heading into Uruguay today so pretty pumped. Will be in touch for sure.
So in for this!
Great pictures and writing.
We had a great time in Buenos Aires, lots to explore – the Recoleta cemetery, lots of stalls and markets, an Alice in Wonderland themed pizza bar complete with a whole room dedicated to tango. We said goodbye to Ivan from our awesome Air BnB – can highly recommend this little flat – excellent price, easy to get to the city, good facilities with very secure parking (‘Dpto de 2 amb para 4 personas con cochera incluida’ – Villa Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires). We headed north to Zarate and Pampa Cable Park where our fabulous friend Steph was competing in the world wakeboarding champs (yes she won!). The road in was slightly hairy, flooded in places (up to the tank), wet and muddy in others, and GIANT rat like rodents (I believe the species is called the Capybara) who strolled into our path. The cable park itself was still being built but did have an awesome beached ship/café. We camped the night and then continued north into Uruguay. The road crossing, Puente Libertador General San Martin, from Argentina to Uruguay was super easy and then we were in new territory!
The landscape in Uruguay was mostly farmland, apparently, there are 3 million people and 12 million cows in Uruguay, so guess that makes sense! We had a great lunch at a road side stop in Fray Bentos and then continued along the highway onto Colonia. We both did a second take when we came to some road works and saw the headless wooden cut out of the road worker who had the stop sign out to control the traffic along the highway – clearly a good sense of humour here in Uruguay! Colonia was a Portuguese port town and has lots of winding cobbled streets. We enjoyed walking up the lighthouse tower and down to the port.
The next day it was pouring with rain. We waited it out for a bit then decided to head onwards towards Montevideo. It was only 180kms so we were in no rush. Unfortunately, Mike’s motorbike pants were leaking water due to the hole from the exhaust and the new gloves while very ventilated are also great for letting water in! We were about 5kms from Montevideo when we ‘low sided’ the bike when we hit some railway tracks and the bike spun 180 degrees and we slid down the road. No damage to us but some repairs were needed to the bike as the luggage rack bent and the case now has a hole in it. We were pretty happy that all the gear held up well when put to a crash test! Just after we got the bike off the road with some help from some friendly Uruguayans I turned around and saw a scooter come flying over the railway tracks and also slide down the road. He was also ok but fairly shaken. Some local maintenance guys who stopped to give us a hand said that it happens every day on that piece of road. We noticed the local riders were going over the track at about 5km an hour with their feet down. We were missing that essential local knowledge!
We made it to Montevideo and after some misunderstanding with the hotel reception staff about the cost of parking – I thought it was US $50 per night for parking however it was US $15 – we went for a recovery beer and chivito (local Uruguayan sandwich/burger). The next day we did a walking tour of Montevideo and learnt some history and then visited just about every ferreteria (hardware shop) in Montevideo to find some bike essentials.
We then headed north along the coast to Punta del Diablo. The coastal road was absolutely packed with holiday makers! It was near impossible to see a patch of sand without an umbrella or towel. There were some huge hotels and apartment blocks and we even saw a ‘Trump Tower’ in construction. Punta del Diablo was a bit of a touristy mecca but we did happen to find an awesome sushi/burger/craft beer place called Bali Restobar where we met Agustin and Agustina who own the place. We had a great time with them reminiscing about when they lived in NZ and we can highly recommend the food. I think Mike’s highlight of the evening was getting to DJ and put some Six60, NZ hip hop, on the speaker! We are now in Brazil – country of beaches and festivals!
(MIKE. The luggage rack on the exhaust side is snapped, bash guards pretty banged up, hole in the roll bag, and bent brake lever. Everything's fixed apart from the rack which we will get welded. Lucky there was no major damage)