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South America Top 10 Rides

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by mickycito, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. mickycito

    mickycito Adventurer

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    10 TOP RIDES: SOUTH AMERICA
    I love South America and felt I should compile a list of my top ten rides in the incredibly diverse and exciting continent of South America.

    South America <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>still remains larely unexplored by todays adventure riders. There is hardly a corner of the world that hasn&#8217;t been explored to death or a road that hasn&#8217;t been trampled by a million bikers before, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">South America</st1:place> is screaming out to be &#8220;discovered&#8221;. Undertake one of these rides and the experience will stay with you forever. It has for me. Do you have a Top 10 ride in South America that I dont have on my list. Maybe its in my top 20!</o:p>
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    &#338; 10 SACRED VALLEY
    &#338; 9 HUARAZ
    &#338; 8 SERRA <st1:place w:st="on">RIO</st1:place> DO RASTRO
    &#338; 7 COROICO
    &#338; <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">6 SEVEN LAKES DRIVE</st1:address></st1:Street>
    &#338; 5 UYUNI TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA<o:p></o:p>
    &#338; 4 COSTA VERDE
    &#338; 3 CAMINO AUSTRAL
    &#338; 2 RUTA 40
    &#338; 1 TORRES <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">DEL</st1:place></st1:State> PAINE
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    <o:p></o:p>Number 10 SACRED VALLEY.
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">PERU</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: <st1:place w:st="on">CUSCO</st1:place>
    Ends: OLLYTAYTAMBO
    Beginning in the ancient Incan capital of Cusco the ride climbs sharply out of town and passes the first group of Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman before winding and twisting its way through the Andes to Pisac located at the head of the <st1:place w:st="on">Urubamba</st1:place> valley.
    The ride continues onto ollytaytambo across the valley floor bordered each side by incredibly steep sided mountains with views of the snow capped peaks in the distance. From &#8220;olly&#8221; it&#8217;s a train ride to one of the world&#8217;s most recognised sights, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Machu Picchu</st1:City></st1:place>. The sight of this stupendous ruin will blow you away.
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    Number 9 HUARAZ
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">PERU</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: HUARAZ
    Ends: <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">CHIMBOTE</st1:place></st1:City>
    The ride takes you along some of the highest mountains in <st1:place w:st="on">South America</st1:place>, from Huaraz you can see 23 snow capped peaks all over 5000m. The road continues north through the Cordillera Blanca with staggering mountain scenery all around before reaching Caraz. From Caraz you descend toward the Pacific but not before riding through the spectacular Canon del Pato where you pass under massive walls of bare rock and 36 tunnels. The ride continues onto <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Chimbote</st1:City></st1:place> at sea level on the Pacific.
    <o:p></o:p>Number 8 SERRA <st1:place w:st="on">RIO</st1:place> DO RASTRO
    Where: BRASIL
    Begins: SAO JOAQUIM
    Ends: BOM JARDIN DO SERRA
    Ride this amazing mountainous region of southern <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Brazil</st1:place></st1:country-region>. The ride begins in Soa Joaquim and finishes in Bom Jardin do Serra passing through Araucaria forests as the road clings to the mountainside as it winds and twists its way down the valley. If twisting roads with numerous hairpin bends and a sheer drop is your thing you will love this ride.
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    <o:p>N</o:p>umber 7 COROICO
    Where: BOLIVIA<o:p></o:p>
    Begins: <st1:personName w:st="on" ProductID="LA PAZ">LA PAZ</st1:personName><o:p></o:p>
    Ends: COROICO <o:p></o:p>
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    Often referred to as &#8220;the most dangerous road in the world&#8221; this incredible road drops over 3000m in 80 ks. Starting in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">La Paz</st1:place></st1:City> the road circles skywards and crosses the La Cumbre pass at a dizzying 4725m, all around are towering snow-capped peaks. The &#8220;good&#8221; road soon ends and you are on dirt all the way down to the semi-tropical forests of the Yungas, all that in 80ks. This isn't a ride for novices, it is impossibly narrow and when you meet an oncoming truck or bus the rider must stop, alarmingly close to a vertical drop, safety barriers on this road are considered a silly extravegence and one mistake will mean death.
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    Number <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">6 SEVEN LAKES DRIVE</st1:address></st1:Street>
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">ARGENTINA</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: SAN MARTIN DE LOS <st1:place w:st="on">ANDES</st1:place>
    Ends: BARILOCHE
    The road that &#8220;Che&#8221; passed through on riding La Poderosa 11&#8221; an old 1932 Norton. This is one of the world famous rides that some bikers may know of. A dirt road that passes through the stunning <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Nahuel</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Huapi</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place>. Crystal clear rivers, stunning alpine lakes and towering snow capped peaks all feature on this ride. You eventually hit the pavement again and follow the shoreline of the magnificent 100k long glacial <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">lake</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName w:st="on">Nahuel Huapi</st1:placeName></st1:place> to Bariloche, scenically set at the foot of Cerro Otto. Do yourself a favour and take your time on this one maybe even camp lakeside at one of the seven alpine lakes. Its magnificent.
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    Number 5 UYUNI to SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on">BOLIVIA</st1:country-region> / <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">CHILE</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: UYUNI
    Ends: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
    This ride has to be one of the most extreme, remote, yet visually stunning rides anywhere on earth. It is imperative that no-one travels this way alone. You ride across the biggest salt pans in the world, the Salar de Uyuni. Riding across these flats is a fantastic, if not slightly hallucinogenic experience; it is as if you are in another world. You pass by Laguna <st1:State w:st="on">Colorado</st1:State> then Laguna Verde some of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bolivia</st1:place></st1:country-region>&#8217;s most spectacular and remote sights. The ride is staggering in its beauty and remoteness; you cross a 5000m pass, ride amongst volcanoes, geysers and pass numerous Flamingo filled lagoons on the way to the adobe <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">village</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName w:st="on">San Pedro</st1:placeName></st1:place> in the Atacama Desert of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Chile</st1:country-region>. Remember don&#8217;t try this ride alone, some people have tried and died.
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    <o:p></o:p>Number 4 COSTA VERDE
    Where: BRASIL
    Begins: BERTIOGA
    Ends: ITAGUAI
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    Often described as one of the worlds most beautiful highways, the BR 101 travels south from Rio de Janeiro hugging the forested Emerald coast allowing views of white, palm fringed, sandy beaches from the steep passes, before dropping down to the beachside itself. Beautiful little red roofed villages cram into protected bays that are dotted with tropical islands. The ride passes the wonderful colonial town of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Paraty</st1:place></st1:City> whose entire cobblestone centre has been declared a national monument. The nearby beaches are absolutely stunning. Get off your bike and spend a day on a Schooner sailing the clear calm waters of the countless bays. This ride is a tropical wonderland.
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    Number 3 CAMINO AUSTRAL
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">CHILE</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: PUERTO MONTT
    Ends: PUERTO YUNGAY
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    This is a region of Fjords, mountains, glaciers and rare forests, but be prepared to get wet, very wet. The region experiences over 2000ml of rain per year, but the ride is worth it for the unbelievable scenery. The road is referred to as &#8220;Camino Ripio&#8221; or &#8220;paved with gravel&#8221; and you will be riding amongst stunning fjords, past waterfalls, turquoise lakes, hanging glaciers and icefields before stopping off at one of the few small communities surviving in the wonderfully remote part of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chile</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Don&#8217;t worry about the wet, you will dry out.
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    <o:p></o:p>Number 2 RUTA 40
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">ARGENTINA</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">SALTA</st1:place></st1:City>
    Ends: USHUAIA
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    Technically speaking this legendary road RUTA NACIONAL 40 starts in <st1:City w:st="on">Salta</st1:City>, Northern Argentina and finishes in Rio Gallegos in the South of Argentina and becomes RUTA 3 on <st1:place w:st="on">Tierra del Fuego</st1:place>, but for the purposes of this list we shall include the ride to the very end of the road at Ushuaia as RUTA 40. This is &#8220;the mother road&#8221; of South America and has it all, but primarily we are concerned with it as it cross the lonely windswept vastness of the near mythical <st1:place w:st="on">Patagonia</st1:place>. The rider will have to contend with ferocious winds and vast distances on &#8220;ripio&#8221; riding through the lands of expansive Estancias, sweeping views and a horizon that seems to go on forever. Those who stick it out will be amply rewarded as they cross onto Tierra Del Fuego and ride the stunning mountain region riding to the very end of the Pan American Highway and RUTA 40 in Tierra Del Fuego National Park, just south of Ushuaia. This is a ride of accomplishments.
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    NUMBER 1 TORRES <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">DEL</st1:place></st1:State> PAINE
    Where: <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">CHILE</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Begins: TORRES <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">DEL</st1:place></st1:State> PAINE
    Ends: TORRES <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">DEL</st1:place></st1:State> PAINE
    The deserved number one ride on the South American continent is, in our opinion, the stunningly beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park. The 180,000 ha <st1:placeName w:st="on">UNESCO</st1:placeName> <st1:placeName w:st="on">bio-sphere</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Park</st1:placeType> has been described as a mini <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Alaska</st1:State></st1:place> and is crammed with soaring granite peaks, royal blue icebergs, turquoise lakes, glaciers and wandering wildlife. Every corner presents a scenic wonder and you will be awestruck by the sunrise over the towers (Torres) as the view is reflected off <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Lake</st1:placeType> <st1:placeName w:st="on">Pehoe</st1:placeName></st1:place>. It will take you at least three days to explore all corners of this jewel in the Patagonian crown. Riding here will leave you with memories that will stay with you forever.
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  2. BMWRC

    BMWRC Nuckin' Futs!

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    This is timely... I'm putting the finishing touches on our plans. We start our trip in 35 days.

    Thank you
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  3. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Moto

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    BRILLIANT!! :clap Absolutely brilliant!! Thanks for putting this together for us ADVer's. WE should all start similar threads for our respective countries/continents.

    Than You :freaky
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  4. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Very helpful! But you might want to mention that Ruta 40 is not for the squeamish...:uhoh
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  5. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I can not believe I rode all the way to Ushuaia and somehow missed most of the Top 10. Ugh. Now I have to do it again.
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  6. BMWRC

    BMWRC Nuckin' Futs!

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    .... in what way?
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  7. gpothoven

    gpothoven whatever

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    Lots of nothing...
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    Lots of wind...
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    A couple of the rides mentioned above are in here
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  8. Pockethead

    Pockethead Been here awhile

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    This is such a good thread... I've added some of these places to my itinerary
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  9. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    I am not going to say this is the top 10 for my country, they are just a couple and I know more people can add the rest.

    For Mexico I would say

    a) BAJA, from NOrth to South, dirt on one side, Sea of Cortez on the other, and cactus all the way.

    b) Cooper Canyon. Just one deep, big Canyon.

    c) Espinazo del Diablo. Somewhere between Mazatlan and Durango there are a couple hundred kilometers fill with 1000's of curves and cliff and stuff made for bikes, just be carefull with the 18 wheelers

    Damasovi
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  10. Robson Jaborá/SC

    Robson Jaborá/SC Brazilian Adventurer...

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  11. cruthas

    cruthas AdvMotorcyclist Counselor

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    Great thread, keep it coming. I am headed out Novermber 1st and would like to get more information on different routes throughout Central, and South America. keep' um comin'!
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  12. peru

    peru Adventurer

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    Las Siete Maravillas que el Perú eligió son:
    • BAÑOS DEL INCA
    • BOSQUE DE PIEDRAS DE HUAYLLAY
    • GRAN PAJATEN
    • KUELAP
    • LOS FRAILONES
    • VALLE DEL ALTO MAYO ( I live here )
    • VALLE DEL COLCA
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  13. Charles Seguin

    Charles Seguin Noob4Life

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    Can anyone give me more info on the "Death Road" in Bolivia? I have heard that it is mostly tourists on bicycles now that they have made a bypass... has anyone done this road recently?
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  14. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Cool thread.

    :lurk
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  15. Red 5

    Red 5 Been here awhile

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    Does anyone happen to have GPS tracks for the Top 10 South America rides listed above? I'm currently in Quito and we're planning on hitting a few of them.
    Thanks,
    Jordan.
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