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Offline miketelemark

Patagonia in April
« on: January 20, 2005, 10:52:13 pm »
I suddenly have the month of April off and was planning to tour through part of South America.  I would like to ride either The Careterra Austral in Chile, loop through the Lakes district between Puerto Montt and Bariloche or ride from Bariloche to El Calafate along Ruta 40.  My research tells me the best time to ride is March, and that April is starting to get cold, but the winds supposedly die down in April as well.  Has anyone toured through these areas in April?  Do you think April is too cold?Any other advice?


Offline skibc

Patagonia in April
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2005, 07:25:15 pm »
I have not toured there but have traveled in both areas.  When they say
wind we are talking about wind that you can not stand up in or move
in.  So when they say it is not as windy this could mean you can now
walk with out being blown over.  

However after saying that I would certainly go.........that part of the
world has the most extreme weather I have been in---especially
further south.  Think of all the worse weather you have ever been in
and mutliply it by a huge factor----it can be wonderful sunny, and
perfect in every way and then you will be surviving or just barely.

It is one of my favorite parts of the world.  The northern trip in Chile
and Bariloche would be great and much mellower.  Be prepared that
one has to pay a huge tax to just enter Chile.  So if cash is limited think
about this.

I did see bike tourers last year---the women was hystrical and trying
to get a bus ticket for her and her bike to get out of El Chalten----She
could hardly walk and most likely had knee damage-----Just don't kid
yourself when they say the weather is harsh.........


Happy pedaling!

Happy pedaling!