What we cycled – roughly 20 000km
Cancun (Mexico) – Bogota (Colombia), roughtly 5000 km
Bogota (Colombia) – Ushuaia (Argentina), roughly 15 000km
For some sections, GPX files can be found on the corresponding blog post. They are all also listed under “Resources“. If you can’t find the gpx file for a section, just email us and we’d be happy to provide you with it. Note: we did not carry a GPS with us until Bogota, Colombia, so we only have gpx files from there onwards.
Very beautiful in the Tatacoa desert. Beware around there (by Neiva) though, there has been an outbreak of chikungunya (unfortunately, Dan was affected and consequently lay flat for three days and felt weak for a few more weeks).
Distance: 1046.6 km
Elevation: + 17280 / – 17078
Detour visible after Quito: Dan had heard about a scenic route in “El TAmbo”, so we cycled to the closest El Tambo we could find. Turned out there was a horsetrack, mud up to the knees, and with an entry fee of 5 USD. We decided to backtrack, and the El Tambo Dan had actually heard about turned out to be near Cotopaxi…
Distance: 1586.5 km
Elevation: + 33490 / – 35629
Constant up and down. Took us 5 months, mainly due to sickness (giardia!) and two robberies though. Realistically you should estimate 3 months to get through.
Straight line to Huancavelica – had to hitch due to reoccuring Giardia
Stright line into Cusco – camera broke so we bailed riding 3000m uphill on asphalt and in heat after Salkantay, made it up by doing two circuits from Cusco though 😉
Distance: 3626.3 km
Elevation: + 60637 / – 60064 m
Quick and painless – or rather very painful on the bum. Cycled through in around a month!
Distance: 1666.7 km
Elevation: + 12913 / – 14338 m
We hitched a few sections of the 40 in the north of Argentina, hence some straight lines there.
Distance: 8245.6 km
Elevation: + 74209 / – 74868 m