Cycling above the Clouds

Riding the Andes by Bicycle

The Route

Stage 1: Cusco, Peru – La Paz, Bolivia

820km with 7,206m of climbing at altitudes ranging from 2,800 to 4,500m. The route runs from Cusco, through the Sacred Valley then on to Lake Titicaca and the altiplano before crossing over into Bolivia.


Stage 2: La Paz, Bolivia – Villazón (border with Argentina)

1020km with 6,355m of climbing, mostly at 3,600m of altitude. The route runs down Bolivia’s Route 1 from La Paz to Oruro, then heads out south-west, then off-road onto the salt flats of Salar de Coipasa and Salar de Uyuni. If weather (snow) allows, I’ll add an extension to ride south-west from Tupiza to San Pedro de Atacama, through the famous Lakes region.

Stage 3: La Quiaca – Mendoza, Argentina

1,731 km with 13,685m of climbing BUT also 16,393m of descending:). Following the Argentinian Ruta Nacional 9, 68 and 40 into the land of fine wine.

Stage 4: Mendoza, Argentina – Puerto Varas, Chile

1,749km, crossing over a rather high pass from Mendoza, Argentina, to Santiago-de-Chile then riding down to Puerto Varas (20,369m ascent, 21,005m descent) in the Chilean Lake District, to meet up for some R&R with mis padres los Brindleys:).