EL BOLSON to PUCON
Hi everyone! We’re now back in Chile at the lakeside resort town of Pucon. For the route followers out there, we travelled from El Bolson through Bariloche, Villa Angostura, San Martin de Los Andes, Junin de los Andes and passed over the Andes at Paseo Mamuil Malal (1253m) to reach here.

Cycling the “Seven Lakes Route”, as it is commonly known, has been fantastic. Yes, its touristy and maybe not as adventurous as down south, but it does mean more towns, lots to see and do and plenty of fresh food!  The weather is quite changeable too, and not always in our favour, which has kept us on our toes. We’ve experienced it all – bright and sunny, howling headwinds and persistent rain – in literally as many days. The views are stunning and more than make up for the randomness though… see the pics below for yourself!

Bariloche is the centre of the region and the main drawcard for the masses of Argentinian holidaymakers making their annual pilgrimage. For us though, it was too crowded and the roads too busy for cycling. We quickly headed on to Villa Angostura, a quaint little town of stone and wood chalets, chocolate, ice cream and souvenir shops. It was kind of like the “Noosa of the Sunshine Coast”, for those that know what I am talking about. San Martin was similar but squarely aimed at the top end tourists and not smelly cyclists that havn’t showered in 3 days! Junin is the place to trout fishing. We didn’t fish – but did enjoy camping by the many beautiful rivers around there. Coming over Mamuil Malal, our highest pass so far, we were treated too fantastic views of both volcans Lanin and Villarica. Speaking of which we’re booked to climb Villarica tomorrow… any tips on how to use an ice pick??

From here we put our heads down and pedal the 800km or so toward Santiago. We have decided to skip the capital, instead looping around via the coast for a few well deserved days at the beach. That should gives our legs the rest they need to tackle Mendoza and Northern Argentina.

We’re making great progress and now feel Lima in Peru is looking like a more realistic final destination than Lake Titicaca. But we’re not getting too excited, as there are still many unknowns ahead – proper mountains, high altitudes, dry deserts, salt pans and plenty of upset tummies in Bolivia (or so we’ve been told!).

We’re eating well, getting lots of exercise and most importantly enjoying ourselves – a real kind of adventure cyclists kind of groove I suppose. Day by day we are clocking up the kms too. People are now quite impressed when we say we’ve cycled all the way from Ushuaia! But we don’t need them to tell us… we’re pretty proud ourselves just quietly.

Thanks again for all your comments and support. While it hard to reply to all, rest assured they are getting read and providing that extra boost at the end of a long day in the saddle! Adios amigos.
Jules & Jess

What a view!

What a view!

Touristy but a nice change

Touristy but a nice change

Friendly locals

Friendly locals

Mate time

Mate time

A perfect riverside campsite

A perfect riverside campsite

And a not so perfect campsite

And a not so perfect campsite

If only there was something to look at??

If only there was something to look at??

Very pleased with ourselves

Very pleased with ourselves