Departamento de Los Andes

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day72

    Abra de Acay

    December 10, 2017 in Argentina

    We continued with our ascent along the beautiful Ruta 40. The road climbs pretty high over the pass of Abra de Acay at 4895 mts before descending on the other side in a long winded route visible from the top. It had started snowing lightly while we were climbing to the pass and there was thunder and lightening. Luckily, by the time we reached the pass, it was sunny but quite windy and cold.Read more

  • Day72

    San Antonio de Los Cobres

    December 10, 2017 in Argentina

    We descended on the winding road down on the other side of the Abra de Acay pass. There was still some snow at the sides of the road. After a few kms, the road evens out into a flat plain again but this is not the lowlands like from before the pass. These were highland of the altiplano and despite the flat land, it was more than 3500 mts above sea level. We reached the town of San Antonio de Los Cobres by 6:45 pm. It seemed like a big enough town in the altiplano and even had a train station. There was even a huge dish antenna here and we could see quite some movement of trucks and commercial vehicles here. There was even a petrol pump where we refueled. But, we couldn't really figure out why this town was so populated. We didn't see any industry or agriculture or anything special around this region. It really was a well populated small town in the middle of nowhere with no major cities anywhere nearby for hundreds of kilometers.
    We had our dinner at one of the restaurants in the town and then continued further to reach as close to the border as possible. We had found a place just off the Ruta 37 at the starting of the provincial road 70 which was marked as a 'wall with camping' on so we decided to go there and see if we could camp. We reached there quite late in the night and dound some half broken walls but it was quite less windy and cold here despite the altitude so we parked our van and decided to sleep there.
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  • Day4

    Abra del Acay

    March 31 in Argentina

    Der höchste Punkte der Ruta 40 - spektakulär. Die Strecke ist nicht oft zu befahren, vor allem nicht mit einem Corsa. Aber wir hatten Glück, es lag nur wenig Schnee da oben und unten waren die Flüsse noch so gerade zu durchqueren. Das war die beste Route, die ich je mit einem Auto gefahren bin!

  • Day109

    Day is 107: Beaten by the wind gods.

    April 25, 2016 in Argentina

    Today we started our 6 day jump over the Andes. Yesterday the owner of the restaurant already tried to warn us that it is gona be windy. But being Dutch and stuborn we set out. But after 4.5 hours of pushing our bikes trough a sandstorm we decided this was crazy. Nowhere to put our tent so no choice to go back. So after a really hard day on the bike we made excactely no progress. Tomorow is gonna be windy again. But we will wake up early and try anyway. Wednesday the weather is gonna be better. So worst case we will have to try again. Wednesday.Read more

  • Day112

    Day 110: First time hitchhiking.

    April 28, 2016 in Argentina

    Waking up at 4050 m with -3 in the tent. Acording to the locals it was -15 outside. Bob got really sick during the night. We were unable to eat our oatmeal breakfast and had to make the hard decision. It was a terible idea to go further. Afyer the borderpost there is only no ones land. With only 1 car passing per day it was stupid to try to get further. So we said goodbye to Brian and Nicolaas and turned our bikes back. After a proximate 10 km the first car past and we asked for a ride. It bearly fitted but an hour later we were back in San Antonio. We quickly found our hostel and Bob got in bed and didn't leave it anymore.Read more

  • Day107

    Day 105: Abra Blanka 4080

    April 23, 2016 in Argentina

    The goal for today was 60 km and making it to 3800 meters. Little did we know that there was a 4100 meter high pass in between. The wind made it a really though day. But tomorow we will rest and let our bodies adapt to the altitude. After that it is Paso Sico. Our last tough days in Argentina before making it to Chile.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Departamento de Los Andes, Cordillère des Andes

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