Etappe 7 (part1)

I decided to devide the South Ameican Etappe (number 7) to three parts.

First part is behind me, the second part will take me through Paraguay and North Argentina to Chile/Bolivia salt deserts, and the Third part will take me through Machu Pichu to Lima.

The goal is to cycle all the way to Lima, but this goal will of course depend how the climate and altitude treat me. Second option would be take a bus from Machu Pichu to Lima.

So, the first part of Etappe 7 started from Buenos Aires with a ferry connection to Colonia, Uruguay. Then it continued along the windy coast to Florianopolis, checking Montevideo  and Porto Alegre in between. After Carnival spent on Isla de Santa Catarina My route climbed to Curitiba where I stayed four days at one Brazilian family. Finally the last stretch was to Foz do Iguacu, where the World famous water falls are situated. This route was very hilly, having only few flat parts.

country roads mentality costs mark
URU Roads in Uruguay are ok quality, traffic is not so heavy. Small dirt roads are more quiet than the big ones, but theyofted double your distance. Signs good. Only big minus was the constant wind. Uruguay felt safe to cycle in. Wild camping was extremely difficult to find along the coast, camping areas are quite many. If my budget was 5e higher, I would’ve enjoyed more. People don’t speak much English, but are helpful. To me it was the most expensive country. It is very expnsive to South American standards, but also comparing to Europe it’s not cheap. Which is not so fair, because the quality of goods wasn’t always so good. McDonalds Big Mac menu around 7,5e (didn’t have one), camping around 7-10$ per night. Hostels could be even 20$. 3
BRA The good thing about roads in Brazil is, that they have this side lane for emergencies. Bad thing is, that the side line is not always well paved (four punctures in Brazil). Drivers and police expect cyclists to bike on these lanes, and if you don’t, no car is willing to go around or slow down. Toll roads are OK for bikes, so four lane Free ways are actually the safest choice. I tried to find smaller roads, but 80% of the coast roads are very packed with trucks. Take out all the drivers from Brazil (especially truck drivers) and this country would ne very nice to bike. People are just so friendly, offering you accommodations or other things you may need. 

But With the unrespectful driving culture I do not recommend cycling in Brazil to anyone. Good example was the accident in Porto Alegre, where mercedes driver speeded through group of cyclists.

Good bikeshops.

Everybody told me how expensive Brazil would be, but for me it was cheaper than Buenos Aires or Uruguay. The variety of products is bigger, so you’ll find the cheap options too. All you can eat Lunch buffet is around 4 euros, including beef steaks, salad, fish, vegetables, dessert etc. Camping is around 7-10$, hostels 15-20$. 1,5 

 

(Legend: 1-Try to avoid biking in this country 2- Bike in this country for transit 3-Biking is even fun here 4-Nice landscape with good roads for biking 5-Beautiful landscape with nice people and good roads, you should definitely come here)

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