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Travel by bike, travel with Pablo

Who has not dreamed about being away from our loved ones, put the essentials in a bag and venture towards what the road holds for you?  Who does not ever wondered about their fate or what you own destiny offer if one had the courage to take that first step by which always dreamed of?

If you’re one of those people and ever thought of traveling with your bike, but has not the courage, organization or just a friend because you do not dare to jump into the adventure alone, it is your chance.

On December 30, 2015 I have completed my trip around the world by bicycle, after pedaled for 146,000 km I raised Maceio – Brazil; the same place I left on June 9, 1999 full of hope and with little money to travel.

The virtue I most developed over the years, is to survive. For me, going around the world by bicycle is not only crossing places and extreme climates, but deal with people from all the world, most of the time unable to communicate and even more difficult: making money in most countries which I passed. I never imagined I could get sponsors in Africa, in Muslim countries or even in Mongolia. Those companies who supported me were the result of a thousand “no´s” I have obtained in this marathonic project. Let me tell you friends that also perseverance and patience are other virtues that I have well developed.

It has also been an important source of income the street selling my photos and crafts in each of the cities of the 30 countries I traveled in Europe; and the sale of my book in Oceania and North America, or the sale of my documentary and talks in Latin America.

Finally today I can say that my dream came true, but I still expect another 15,000 km cycling to return to my city, Buenos Aires. And because of this: “Travel with Pablo”, is born, which aims to get the financial support to cover the expenses of my last stage in exchange for joining me for a few days cycling around the world. From me you’ll get all my experience and advice, if you also plan to do more than a bike ride, or it will simply be that push for you to meet and get you started in the bicycle touring.

Itinerary

1 – Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni – The route of the lagoons) – September 2016

I will leave Uyuni town on September 10th and will cycle through the Salar de Uyuni, the world´s largest salt flat and the multicolored lagoons, where flamingos live creating a very unique scene of spectacular beauty! I will visit the geysers and a hot spring. Everything is located in the Bolivian plateu, one of the most amazing landscape for cycling in the world. It will take between 12 and 13 days and it is about 500 km to reach in San Pedro de Atacama. Biking level: advanced, because the route goes between 3,000 and 4,000 mt, with a mountain pass of almost 5,000 mt. You should arrive cycling to Uyuni, because of the altitude sickness.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon


2 – Argentine Northwest – October 2016

This stage is a perfect opportunity to learn about prehispanic culture of Argentina. I will arrive in Argentina through the Jama pass mountain and will cycle to Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca. Then I will visit San Salvador city, Salta, Cafayate, Ruins of Quilmes, Tafi del Valle (Valles Calchaquies), San Miguel de Tucuman, Termas de Rio Hondo and Santiago del Estero city. Except Jama pass mountain the altitude is between 1,000 and 2,000 mt high. Distance to cover: 1,100 km. Biking level: Intermediate.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon


3 – Cuyo, Argentina – Andes Cross – Chile – November 2016

Cuyo is the name given to the wine-producing, mountainous area of central-west Argentina. Reaching a maximum elevation of 3,600 m, the Uspallata pass runs between the peaks of the Aconcagua and the Tupungato. From Santiago del Estero I will cycle through Catamarca, La Rioja (Talampaya National Park), San Juan and Mendoza. The I will cross the Andes Mountain Range through Uspallata pass (elevation 3,600 mt) which runs between the peaks of Aconcagua and Tupungato. The I will go to Valparaiso, Chile. Distance to cover: 1,450 km. Biking level: Intermediate. Most of the stage is between 500 and 1,000 mt, except the Uspallata mountain pass.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon


4 – Andes Cross – Seven Lakes Route – Bariloche – December 2016

From Santiago, Chile I will ride the route 5 south up to Puerto Fuy. After a ferry till Pirihueico I will cross the Andes Mountain towards to San Martin de los Andes to cylce the Seven Lakes route, one of the most beautiful journeys around Argentina. Then I will visit Villa la Angostura and Bariloche, where I expect to arrive before Christmas. We will have the chance to visit two national parks: Nahuel Huapi and Lanin. Distance to cover: 1,150 km. Middle elevation stage: 600 mt. Biking level: Intermediate.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon


5 – Patagonia Argentina – The Carretera Austral – January 2017

I will ride from Bariloche to El Bolson and the Futalaufquen lake. Then I will cross the Andes through Futaleufu (elevation 400 mt) to take the Austral route heading Queulat National Park, where there is one day trekking option “Ventisquero colgante”, (8 usd). Three days later I will arrive to Villa Cerro Castillo, where there is another option trekking to Cerro Castillo, one day trekking 7 usd. The itinerary goes on to O´Higgins to take a ferry (45 usd) to cross the lake. In the argentinean side we have to walk through a path during 3 hours up to customs. We will camp there. In the morning we will take another ferry (25 usd), to keep cycling to El Chalten, where there is another trekking option: Fitz Roy trekking, it is one day long and free. Distance to cover: 1,450 km. Max elevation 900 mt. Biking level: Intermediate.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon


6 – Perito Moreno – Ushuaia (En of the World) – February 2017

From Chalten I will cycle to El Calafate to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park, (ticket for forengeir: 15 usd plus transport) It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinean Patagonia. Then I will keep cycling to Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas (ferry to Porvenir) and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Distance to cover: 1,180 km. Max elevation 500 mt. Biking level: Intermediate.

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Foto by Carlos Reina Pinzon

The price is 50 USD or its equivalent per day per person. You have to add the camping price (7 – 10 usd per night), breakfast (3 – 5 usd) and lunch or dinner (5 – 8 usd per meal)

For joining this adventure, you must obviously have your bicycle, tent, sleeping bag, stove and a couple of pans that allow you to cook, if we have no option of eating in a bar or restaurant.

For more details contact me at pgarcia_28@yahoo.com

Hope to see you,
Pablo.




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