The Andes Trail
 


The Andes Trail

 

   
In a nutshell
 
 
Start
Finish

Countries


Stages
Rest days

Other start/finish
 

Quito, Ecuador
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina,
Chile

109
29 + 3 days acclimatization
 
Huanchaco, Huancayo, Cuzco, La Paz,
Salta, Mendoza, Bariloche, El Calafate

Total distance
Average distance
Total climbing
Average climbing
 
11.000 km
101 km
111.000 meters
1.020 meters
 
6.875 miles
63 miles
364.000 feet
3.340 feet
 
Road condition

Period

 
Accommodation

 
Price ( full tour )
Discount

 
70% paved, 30% unpaved

Friday August 2nd, 2019
Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Campings, bushcamps and
minimum 50 hotel nights
 
€ 11.900,-
€ 1.000,- for early registration

 
Description

Most people have seen the famous pictures of South America. The ruins of the Incas surrounded by rainforest and deep valleys. Snow covered summits and volcanic cones. Indians in colourful traditional costumes. Magnificent granite pillars. Vast white salt plains and immense glaciers. South-America has so much more to offer. Bike Dreams has created a wonderful route which incorporates many attractions allowing you to experience the full beauty of the South American continent. We would like to introduce an incredible bike race/expedition : "The Andes Trail", from the middle to the end of the world in 11.000 kilometres. 

The Mitad-del-Mundo monument at the equator marks the start line of this epic journey. The first stages in Ecuador you cycle through the mountainous heart of the country and pass sleeping volcanoes. Isolated areas and tough climbs await you in Peru, but you don't have to miss the highlights of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. You'll bike at high altitudes at the altiplano in Bolivia.

Crossing the flat plateau with little oxygen, herds of llama and vague tracks on the white salt of the Salar-de-Uyuni makes the cycling a surrealistic experience. The trail drops further down into Argentina with a mix of landscapes : coloured canyons, giant cacti, green valleys, the pampas and the Aconcagua - the highest mountain of the American continent. You cross the Argentinean-Chilean border more than once to experience the best of which Patagonia has to offer : crystal blue lakes, impressive glaciers, green forests and craggy, granite peaks. The finishing line of this grandiose bike ride is drawn in Ushuaia, the most southern city on the globe, the entrance gate to Antarctica and called the Fin-del-Mundo. The "End-of-the-World".
 
The start of "The Andes Trail" is at August 2nd, 2019 from the equator, just outside Quito. The finish is 138 days later and 11.000 kilometres ( 6.875 miles ) further south in Ushuaia at December 17th, 2019. 
 
You can expect all kinds of conditions along the trail. The majority of the roads is nicely paved, but you come also across some rough roads with washboards, rocks and loose sand. The weather conditions can also vary enormously in the Andes. Although we have chosen the best season, intense heat, severe rain showers, freezing temperatures and fierce wind are still possible. The high altitudes give an extra dimension to the tour. Anyway, smooth roads or dirt tracks, good or bad weather; it is all part of the game. You cover the kilometres within your own capabilities and in a pace you determine. This means that you can compete with the other participants and try to cover the distance as fast as possible, or you can choose to take it easy and enjoy the beauty of the Andes in all her facets. The landscape, the culture and the people. 

"The Andes Trail" is more than just a normal bike ride. It's a combination of the physical challenge, the adventure, the appreciation of the natural beauty and above all, a mental freedom. Next to that, the bike journey is open for cyclists from all around the world to create an exceptional atmosphere, during as well as after the bike ride. The people of the Andes and your fellow-cyclists will make it a memorable journey.