M@trixXov brlôžtek

   I’ll be there when you fall   And they’ll be no pain at all  And I’ll be your shelter... Your shelter from the storm

South America 2018

On March 6, 2018, we have left comfort of our normal lifes and set off for our longest bike trip (so far): From Ushuaia at the southern end of Argentina, we slowly progressed to the north. We finished our journey ten months after we started, in January 2019 in Lima, Peru. Such trip was difficult, good and bad things happened, and both of us had a lot to share: on this page, I collected everything we published regarding the journey.

day by day

Journal articles written by M@trixX, a bit about every single day on the road in English.

something more

Summary articles, additional photos, different views on some things, articles by Akrim, additional articles in Slovak.

Argentina first
(1) days 1-8 · Slovakia - Ushuaia - Rio Grande, AR
Before We Go
before the trip
Na konci sveta
days 3-6 · Ushuaia, AR · English · slovensky · by Akrim
Les
day 4 · Ushuaia, AR · photos · by Akrim
Santuario de la Difunta Correa
day 5 · Ushuaia, AR · photos · slovensky · by Akrim
Cementerio
day 8 · Rio Grande, AR · photos · by Akrim
Food on Two Wheels (AR,CL)
summary days 4-228 · Argentina/Chile · English · by M@trixX


The Real End of the World
(2) days 9-17 · Rio Grande, AR - Punta Arenas - San Juan, CL
Sme pojazdní
days 13-14 · Punta Arenas, CL · slovensky · by Akrim
Isla Magdalena
day 15 · Isla Magdalena, CL · photos · by Akrim
Maják na konci sveta
day 17 · San Juan, CL · slovensky · English · by Akrim
Ohňová Zem
summary days 2-11,21-24 · Tierra del Fuego, AR/CL · slovensky · English · by Akrim
Windy Pampa
(3) days 18-25 · San Juan - Punta Arenas - Cerro Sombrero, CL
7 biking days, 1 city day · 381 km · 47.7 km/day · 11.1 km/h
Rio Gallegos, More Pampa and the Hope
(4) days 26-33 · Rio Gallegos - La Esperanza, AR · English · by M@trixX
6 biking days, 2 rest days · 283 km · 35.4 km/day · 10.4 km/h
Puerto de Río Gallegos
day 28 · Rio Gallegos, AR · photos · by Akrim

El Calafate and Glacier Perito Moreno
(5) days 34-41 · El Calafate, AR
6 biking days, 1 city day, 1 rest day · 306 km · 38.3 km/day · 11.5 km/h
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
day 40 · El Calafate, AR · photos · by Akrim

Tough Journey to El Chaltén
(6) days 42-48 · El Calafate - El Chaltén, AR
5 biking days, 1 city day, 1 rest day · 224 km · 42.0 km/day · 10.5 km/h
The Pink House
day 43 · El Calafate - El Chaltén, AR · photos · by Akrim

Argentinian Mecca of Hiking and Ruta 40
(7) days 49-55 · El Chaltén - Tres Lagos, AR
4 biking days, 3 rest days · 297 km · 42.5 km/day · 13.5 km/h
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares II
day 49 · El Chaltén, CL · photos · by Akrim
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares III
day 50 · El Chaltén, CL · photos · by Akrim

Ruta 40 II
(8) days 56-62 · Gobernador Gregores - Bajo Caracoles, AR
6 biking days, 1 city day · 370 km · 53.0 km/day · 12.6 km/h
Pampíme
summary days 32-66 · Santa Cruz, AR · slovensky · English · by Akrim

Return to Chile
(9) days 63-69 · Perito Moreno, AR - Chile Chico, CL
3 biking days, 4 rest days · 106 km · 45.2 km/day · 12.2 km/h
Staying in estancia
day 64-66 · Perito Moreno, AR · slovensky · by Akrim
Opustená estancia
day 65 · Perito Moreno, AR · photos · by Akrim

3000 Height Meters on Nonroad
(10) days 70-76 · Chile Chico - Puerto Rio Tranquilo, CL
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 196 km · 28.1 km/day · 10.0 km/h
CH-265
days 70-74 · Chile Chico - Puerto Rio Tranquilo, CL · photos · by Akrim
Mramorové katedrály
day 76 · Puerto Rio Tranquilo, CL · photos · by Akrim
Cementerio II
days 76 · Bahía Murta, CL · photos · by Akrim

Poor Bike Trip
(11) days 77-83 · Villa Cerro Castillo - Coyhaique, CL
4 biking days, 2 city days, 1 rest day · 123 km · 17.6 km/day · 10.2 km/h
Les II
day 80 · Cerro Castillo, CL · photos · by Akrim
NP Cerro Castillo
day 80 · Cerro Castillo, CL · photos · by Akrim

Waiting for (Something) to Get Better
(12) days 84-90 · Coyhaique - Villa Mañihuales - Villa Amengual, CL
3 biking days, 3 city days, 1 rest day · 176 km · 25.2 km/day · 12.0 km/h
Cementerio III
day 84? · Coyhaique, CL · photos · by Akrim

Cold Mountains
(13) days 90-97 · Villa Amengual - Puerto Cisnes, CL
3 biking days, 4 rest days · 74 km · 10.6 km/day · 11.5 km/h
Južná cesta
summary days 75-101 · Puerto Rio Tranquilo - La Junta, CL · photos · by Akrim

NP Quelat and the Last Days on Carretera Austral
(14) days 98-104 · NP Quelat - La Junta - RM Balmaceda, CL
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 185 km · 26.6 km/day · 12.3 km/h
Enchanted Forest
day 98 · NP Queulat, CL · photos · by Akrim
NP Queulat
day 99 · NP Queulat, CL · photos · by Akrim
Escaping Ruta 7
days 102-107 · RM Balmaceda, CL · photos · by Akrim
Papundekelhaus
summary days 4-105 · Argentina/Chile · slovensky · by M@trixX

Isla Grande de Chiloé
(15) days 105-111 · RM Balmaceda - Castro - Ancud, CL
4 biking days, 1 city day, 2 rest days · 199 km · 28.5 km/day · 13.2 km/h
South America 16
(16) days 112-118 · Ancud - Puerto Montt - Puerto Octay, CL
3 biking days, 1 city day, 3 rest days· 198 km · 48.4 km/day · 14.3 km/h
Isla Grande de Chiloé
days 107-114 · Quellón-Ancud, CL · slovensky · English · by Akrim
Zo života v Patagónii
summary days 3-115 · Patagonia, AR/CL · slovensky · by Akrim

Problems and Solutions
(17) days 119-125 · Puerto Octay - Osorno - La Unión, CL
2 biking days, 1 city day, 4 rest days · 128 km · 18.3 km/day · 13.7 km/h
Autistický Nezmysel
day 125 · Lago Ranco, CL · slovensky · by M@trixX
Jazerá a rieky
summary days 114-128 · Puerto Montt - Valdivia, CL · slovensky · English · by Akrim

Burning Even More Dinosaurs
(18) days 126-132 · La Unión - Valdivia - Toltén, CL
2 biking days, 1 city day, 4 rest days · 182 km · 26.1 km/day · 14.7 km/h
Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Meer
(19) days 133-139 · Toltén - Lebu - Caripilún, CL
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 327 km · 46.8 km/day · 14.1 km/h
Vamos a la Playa
(20) days 140-146 · Caripilún - Concepción - Buchupureo, CL
5 biking days, 1 city day, 1 rest day · 288 km · 41.2 km/day · 13.0 km/h
Hills along the Coast
(21) days 147-153 · Buchupureo - Constitución - Cordonal, CL
6 biking days, 1 city day · 318 km · 45.5 km/day · 12.1 km/h
Západné pobrežie
summary days 128-144 · Toltén - Ranguelmo, CL · slovensky · by Akrim

(Mostly) Santiago
(22) days 154-160 · Cordonal - Santiago, CL
4 biking days, 1 city day, 2 rest days· 240 km · 34.3 km/day · 12.9 km/h
The New Start
(23) days 161-167 · Santiago - Los Andes - Aldo de la Posada, CL
4 biking days, 1 city day, 2 rest days · 252 km · 36.0 km/day · 13.2 km/h
WTF, Chile?
summary days 68-168 · Chile · slovensky · by M@trixX
Centrálne Chile
summary days 149-163 · Constitución - Los Andes, CL · slovensky · by Akrim
Ch-60
summary days 164-168 · Los Andes, CL - Argentina · slovensky · by Akrim

Over the Hills...
(24) days 168-169 · Alto de la Posada, CL - Uspallata, AR
2 biking days · 108 km · 54.2 km/day · 12.6 km/h
...and Far Away
(25) days 170-174 · Uspallata - Bareal - Tocota, AR
5 biking days · 225 km · 45.0 km/day · 10.4 km/h
A zas v tej Argentíne...
days 168-176 · Puente del Inca - Rodeo, AR · slovensky · by Akrim

Ruta 40 III
(26) days 175-181 · Tocota - San José de Jáchal - Puerto Alegreto, AR
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 323 km · 46.2 km/day · 15.6 km/h

The Week of Flat Tires
(27) days 182-188 · Puerto Alegreto - Chilecito - Belén, AR
5 biking days, 1 city day, 1 rest day · 315 km · 45.1 km/day · 15.7 km/h
A Weird Week
(28) days 189-195 · Belén, AR
3 biking days, 2 city days, 2 rest days · 86 km · 12.4 km/day · 10.0 km/h
In the Footsteps of Indians
(29) days 196-202 · Belén - Cafayate, AR
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 282 km · 40.4 km/day · 14.1 km/h
Salta
(30) days 203-209 · Cafayate - Salta, AR
3 biking days, 3 city days, 1 rest day · 215 km · 30.8 km/day · 13.2 km/h
Po stopách Inkov v Argentíne
summary days 169-201 · Argentina · slovensky · by Akrim
Argentina being Argentina
summary days 179-210 · San José de Jáchal - Salta, AR · slovensky · by Akrim

Argentina Slowly Eating our Nerves
(31) days 210-216 · Salta - Purmamarca - Tres Pozos, AR
6 biking days, 1 city day · 269 km · 38.4 km/day · 11.3 km/h
Wind, wind, wind on Paso Jama
(32) days 217-223 · Susques - Jama, AR - San Pedro de Atacama, CL
7 biking days · 317 km · 45.3 km/day · 10.7 km/h
WTF, Argentína?
summary days 26-67,168-219 · Argentína · slovensky · by M@trixX
Surviving Paso Jama
days 168-176 · Purmamarca, AR - San Pedro de Atacama, CL · slovensky · by Akrim

San Perro de Atacama
(33) days 224-230 · San Pedro/Atacama, CL - RN Eduardo Avaroa, BO
3 biking days, 2 city, 2 rest days · 176 km · 25.2 km/day · 10.3 km/h
Bolivia
(34) days 231-237 · RN Eduardo Avaroa - Uyuni, BO
4 biking days, 3 rest days · 232 km · 33.2 km/day · 11.3 km/h
San Prdo de Atacama
days 224-227 · San Pedro de Atacama, CL · slovensky · by Akrim
Reserva nacional de fauna andina Eduardo Avaroa
days 228-231 · RN Eduardo Avaroa, BO · photos · by Akrim
Cintorín vlakov
day 236 · Uyuni, BO · photos · by Akrim
Almost 400
(35) days 238-244 · Uyuni - Oruro - Lequepampa, BO
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 397 km · 53.6 km/day · 13.2 km/h
La Paz
(36) days 245-251 · Lequepampa - Tihuanacu, BO
4 biking days, 3 rest days · 229 km · 32.8 km/day · 14.5 km/h
WTF, Bolívia?
summary days 228-254 · Bolívia · slovensky · by M@trixX
Altiplano
summary days 236-253 · Uyuni - Tihuanacu, BO · slovensky · by Akrim

Lake Titicaca
(37) days 252-258 · Tihuanacu - Desaguadero, BO - Puno, PE
6 biking days, 1 city day · 209 km · 30.0 km/day · 12.3 km/h
Bikers' Highway
(38) days 259-265 · Puno - Quehue, PE
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 323 km · 46.2 km/day · 11.5 km/h
Off the Beaten Path
(39) days 266-272 · Quehue - Cusco, PE
5 biking days, 2 city days · 255 km · 36.5 km/day · 9.9 km/h
WTF, Peru?
summary days 254-316 · Peru · slovensky · by M@trixX

Cusco and the Sacred Valley
(40) days 273-279 · Cusco - Ancahuasi, PE
4 biking days, 3 rest days · 140 km · 20.0 km/day · 11.1 km/h
Up and Down and Again
(41) days 280-286 · Ancahuasi - Abancay - Cotaruse, PE
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 286 km · 40.9 km/day · 12.1 km/h
Mountains to Desert
(42) days 287-293 · Cotaruse, Nasca, San Miguel/Pascana, PE
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 369 km · 52.8 km/day · 11.6 km/h

Christmukkah
(43) days 294-300 · San Miguel/Pascana - Chincha, PE
6 biking days, 1 rest day · 262 km · 37.5 km/day · 12.7 km/h
Second to Last
(44) days 301-307 · Chincha - Punta Hermosa, PE
4 biking days, 3 rest days · 158 km · 22.6 km/day · 12.2 km/h
Final Destination
(45) days 308-318 · Punte Hermosa - Lima, PE
4 biking days, 7 rest days · 84 km · 14.1 km/day · 11.1 km/h
WTF, Južná Amerika
summary days 1-316 · South America · slovensky · by M@trixX



...and even more

Some more articles about the whole trip; not related to specific place or time period; on traveler's life in general:
Digitálny nomád
slovensky · by M@trixX
Digital Nomad's Equipment for a Long Trip to the Other End of the Planet
English · by M@trixX
Hejter na cestách
slovensky · by Akrim
Život na bicykli
slovensky · by Akrim
Bežný deň na dvoch kolesách a pod plátenou strechou
slovensky · by M@trixX

off-topic

Articles not directly related to the trip, but inspired by it or related in another way:
Travel off-topic 1: Traveling, Houses, Stories and more
English · by M@trixX
The Little a Man Can Have
English · by M@trixX
Travel off-topic 2: Schools, Languages, Taxes and More
English · by M@trixX
Travel off-topic 3: Lifestyle, Globalization and More
English · by M@trixX
Travel Off-topic 4: Lost Knowledge of the Previous Generations, Our Doomsday and more
English · by M@trixX
Travel off-topic 5: Learning Everything, Ancient Rome and More
English · by M@trixX

Someone else

Websites of people we've met on the road:
Leave Without Pay - an older Australian couple biking Alaska-Ushuaia - They met us on their day 493
Czick on the road (english) - (czech) - Czech-Slovenian couple driving in a car around South America
Roues Libres - French biking couple which was on the road for more than 12 years and biked over 136000km when we met.
N0lim.it - Czechoslovak couple, originally hitchhiking, later riding a van, who do things differently.