*** THE LAST STAGE ***

The following route describes approximately the roads I intend to follow from Salta, in the last stretch of this incredible trip by bicycle along the American Continent. The idea is to carry the message of the SOS Children’s Villages to all the corners of Argentina, so I’ll set Maira’s wheels en every province of my beloved country, so I can spread the important labor of the SOS Organization among the bigger number of people as possible.

I will visit all the SOS Villages of Argentina, ending this bicycle trip in the SOS Village of Mar del Plata, where the initial idea of this voluntary social work started. Also, before heading to the southern tip of the continent and arrive in Ushuaia, I’ll make visits in SOS Villages of the Southamerican countries that I still have to cycle through, including Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.

This sort of erratic route that apparently is the product of the lack of oxygen in my brain alter the long weeks of cycling in the Bolivian highlands is driven by the same principle that has ruled the course of my wheels since the beginning of this trip: the visits to the SOS Children’s Villages. As usual, this route will be dynamic, flexible and prone to changes according to the circumstances lived on the road. The advice of the locals, the chances of getting a contact to visit somewhere else or simple the desire of the moment will determinate the real tracks that we will be leaving along the roads with Maira.

I’m aware that I will have to face the extreme heat of the summer in the Northern area of my country and the hard cold of the winter in Patagonia, having to overcome not Orly the challenges of the roads I’ll cycle through, but also I will be strongly conditioned by the weather conditions.

That is why giving dates in this last stage of the trip doesn’t makes lots of sense. I’ll be moving on according to the circumstances I’ll have to face and sometime, by the end of 2010, my wheels will arrive to its final destination in Mar del Plata. Do we continue cycling together these last "few" kilometers?

ARGENTINA & CHILE

From Salta, through the valles Calchaquíes towards Cafayate » Amaicha del Valle » Andalgalá » Belén » Fiambalá, from where I’ll climb the Andes through San Francisco Pass to reach Chile

Form Copiapó, following the Panamerican route to Valparaíso and the nearby city of
Quilpué (SOS Village). After spending Christmas with the kids of the SOS Village I’ll move on to Mendoza, crossing the Andes through Cristo Redentor Pass.Starting in Mendoza following the Villavicencio switchbacks towards Uspallata » Barreal » Calingasta » Rodeo, to come back to Chile through Aguas Negras Pass.

From La Serena, returning to Copiapó to come back to Argentina crossing Pircas Negras Pass into La Rioja.Descending into Villa Unión, visiting Talampaya and Ischigualasto, touching the north of San Luis province y following the Altas Cumbres road to
Córdoba (SOS Village). Continuing towards Santiago del Estero, Tucumán and the routes of the Northern tip of Argentina to Chaco and Formosa, from where I’ll cross into Paraguay.

PARAGUAY

Asunción (SOS Village)
, crossing the country form West o East untill Ciudad del Este, to come back to Argentina and visit Iguazú falls.

ARGENTINA

Cycling Misiones province heading towards Oberá (SOS Village), entering into Corrientes to cross to Brasil in Sao Borja.

BRASIL & URUGUAY


Rolling to
Santa María (SOS Village), and after heading to the border with Uruguay, passing by Tacuarembó and ending in Salto (SOS Village), before coming back again into Argentina.

ARGENTINA
Visiting National Park El Palmar » Santa Fe » Rosario » Colón » Pergamino » Luján (SOS Village) and passing by Buenos Aires city. From there, crossing the provinieses of Buenos Aires and La Pampa, arriving in Neuquén » Zapala » San Martín de los Andes » Villa la Angostura, crossing into Chile.

CHILE & ARGENTINA


Entering through Osorno, towards
Puerto Varas (SOS Village) and Ancud (SOS Village), returning again to Argentina » Bariloche » El Bolson » PN Los Alerces » Esquel » Futaleufú, going back to Chile to cycle the Carretera Austral.

Puerto Puyuguapi » Cisnes Medio » Coihaique » Chile Chico, returning to Argentina to ride the mythical Route 40 in the southern tipo f the country.

Perito Moreno » Bajo Caracoles » Tres Lagos » Chaltén » PN Los Glaciares » Río Turbio, crossing into Chile. Puerto Natales » Punta Arenas » El Porvenir » San Sebastián to Argentina
. From San Sebastián » Río Grande » Tolhuin » Ushuaia » until Bahía Lapataia, end of the road.

Returning to the pedals to go back home riding across the patagonic coast through Río Grande » Río Gallegos » Comodoro Rivadavia »Puerto Madryn »Viedma » Bahía Blanca » Necochea » Miramar » finishing the trip in the
SOS Children’s Village of Mar del Plata.





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