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South American Epic 2022 sections 1


T Andes pass into Chile

Section 1 from the South American Epic takes you from Buenos Aires to Santiago. There are two more sections of this tour.

Road bike, Mountain bike
23 days
1930 km / 1199 mi
$ 4,950.-
  • Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires
  • Colonial Architecture of Cordoba
  • Sipping Malbec in Mendoza
  • Crossing the Andes into Chile
  • Deposit $170.-pp



Road bike, Mountain bike
23 days
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
1930 km / 1199 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Not included
03 Oct 2022 - 24 Oct 2022
Buenos Aires
Airport at start
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini
Airport at finish
Santiago SCL

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 4,950.-


Included / Not included

18 riding days / 4 rest days
This section begins in Buenos Aires, a bustling city with strong German and Italian influences and home to a world famous opera house and a myriad of architectural genres. The route takes the riders northwest out of the city along the Rio Parana to Rosario, where it then turns inland into the heart of the country, past vast fields of wheat and corn. If there was a geographical centre to Argentina, it would likely be in Cordoba. Located at the foot of the Sierra Chicas, the Sequia River divides the city, which is known for its stunning colonial buildings. Soon, the Andes will be looming on the horizon as the riders spin across the plains and on into San Juan, nicknamed the ‘Oasis Town’ for its pleasant avenues lined with trees and canals. Finally, they will pedal into in Mendoza, the centre of the country’s wine producing region.
After a rest day sampling a glass or two of Mendoza’s famous Malbec, the cyclists will head west towards the Andes. The road climbs up to almost 4000 m in the shadow of Cerro Aconcagua, at 6922 m, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. This is wild high country and the riders can expect gusting winds, chilly temperatures and, if clear, incredible views. The border crossing into Chile, one of the highest in the world, is at 3200 m. Once across the pass the cyclists will enjoy a twisting ride down the other side of the mountain range on a series of switchbacks, keeping an eye out for the area’s soaring condors. A couple stages later, the riders will pedal into the country’s capital Santiago with its 19th century neo-classical architecture and winding side streets.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Intermediate: Some long and tough days with shorter less challenging days mixed in. Environment (sometimes including wind and heat) and terrain (including some significant climbing) are more of a factor. Some unexpected challenges may creep in from time to time.


10 Nights hotel / 13 nights camping
Most dinners, Most breakfasts, All roadside lunches, Afternoon soup on riding days,Experienced chef.
Vehicle to carry your bags,
GPS tracks & route notes
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Bike mechanic
Tour jersey
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Not included

Flights to and from the tour
Bicycle (bring your Own)
Camping gear (bring your own)
Gratuity guides

Full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine is required for participation on this tour.

Map & Routes



For this tour, we recommend a mountain or touring bike with one set of 35-40c tires and one set of 45-50c tires.
For more information see PDF file below


choosing a bicycle
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