9 Reasons To Choose The South American Epic Cycling Expedition

Now that South American riders, Colombian Egan Bernal, has won the Tour de France and Richard Carapaz from Ecuador the Giro d’Italia, I think that there just might be a little more interest from cyclists wanting to ride through that wonderful continent. Since our company’s original South American trip in 2009, we have been proselytizing in blogs such 10 Reasons to Cycle South America from Top to Bottom and A Few More Excellent Reasons why you should cycle South America from Top to Bottom  and in many others about the magic that awaits you. Please allow me to mention just a few more reasons why you should consider joining us in 2020 on the next version of the South American Epic.

1. We really know South America

When it comes to cycling, we know South America like no one else. Our original South American tour took place in 2009 and since then we have spent a lot of time crisscrossing the continent, creating the most interesting cycling route possible, one that includes spectacular natural wonders, fascinating cultures and ancient civilizations.

2. We are the only organized cycling tour that does it, tip to tip, from Cartagena to Ushuaia

South America is a very big continent meaning that there are endless possibilities  on where to cycle and what route to take. Most cyclists, however, when they contemplate cycling South America think of the whole shebang, tip to tip, South to North or North to South. We like to do it north to south because it is all downhill (!) and because the weather patterns work better. We are the only company in the universe who organizes this demanding but rewarding tour.

3. We are the undisputed leaders in long distance cycling tours

We are the company that created the iconic Tour d’Afrique in 2003 and the legendary Silk Route in 2007. We have set the benchmark for long distance tours all over the world. We now have 17 tours with another one to be announced at the end of this month. We have received rave reviews from such distinguished media as the NY Times, Lonely Plant, Forbes and Outside magazine, amongst many others.


South American Epic


This challenging expedition offers you the best opportunity to explore the vastness and diversity of South America by bike. In keeping with the TDA…

4. After years of civil war in Colombia, we were the first cycling company to cross the country and the riders loved it

The South American Epic begins in the country that produced three top ten finishers in this year’s Tour de France and I am willing to bet that the era of South American cycling hegemony has started. Think of football/soccer and Brazil. I am also willing to suggest that if you cycle South America without cycling Colombia, it would be comparable to watching the FIFA world football championship without Brazil in it. Colombia is an amazing cycling country and one that you will never regret visiting.

>>RELATED POST – Is Colombia Safe For Cycling?

5. We rock Patagonia

Patagonia, like Colombia is one of a kind sort of place and these days more and more travellers are finding their way there. There may be other cycling tours in Patagonia but none crosses the area the way we do.  We pedal the entire mythic Carretera Austral, one of the world’s epic cycling routes. Then we cross from Chile into Argentina – an incredible day that includes two boat rides and a very long ride (or walk!) on single track. That effort brings you to one of the most remote border crossings on the continent, if not the world.

6. We have participants from all over the world

Participants who ride with us like to explore the world, but they also come from around the planet. On a typical tour, we have cyclists from at least several countries. The mix of cultures creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere and many riders go on to become friends for life.

7. We understand that long distance cyclists need good and nutritious food

We know how many calories it takes to cycle 120 km day after day. Our Operations Manager used to be on the Canadian National cycling team and among his many talents, he also happens to be a qualified chef. He understands what it takes to feed a cyclist who expands a lot of energy every day and we make sure he trains every one of our field chefs.

8. We take care of you and provide a sweep staff rider for security

Your safety is of primary importance to us. This means learning everything about the routes we cycle and making sure that there is a staff sweep rider who is in constant communication with the rest of the team, just in case of an emergency.

9. We have over 17 years of experience

Since our company was created in 2002, we have operated long distance tours in more than 80 countries. The cumulative distance our riders have covered would bring us to the moon and back several times over. This means that over the years we have gained a significant amount of expertise and have learned to deal with just about any problem that comes our way. Our core company team has not changed for over a decade and has the experience to solve problems wherever and whenever they occur. In fact, some participants, having seen the challenges and the way we have dealt with them, have suggested that we are actually a logistics and problem-solving company that happens to run long distance cycling tours.


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Our Top 10 Blogs For Cycling South America

The North American Epic and the South American Epic are our two longest tours – North America covering the most kilometres (14,515) and South America for the number of days (167). With the North American Epic now sold out and registrations starting to accumulate for next summer’s South American Epic, we thought it was a good time to point out of few of our best blogs about cycling the vast South American continent from top to tip.

1. Is Colombia Safe for Cycling?

Our most recent blog addressed a common question that people ask about countries like Colombia. Read the full blog here.


South American Epic


This challenging expedition offers you the best opportunity to explore the vastness and diversity of South America by bike. In keeping with the TDA…

2. Exploring Machu Picchu on the South American Epic

This ancient part-time residence of the Incan leader Pachacuti was built and populated in the 15th century, before being abandoned sometime after Pachacuti’s death in 1472. The site remained unknown to the outside world for hundreds of years, with only local animal herders and wanderers knowing it existed. Only in the early 20th century did the incredible beauty of its location and structures gain fame, after an American historian, who mistook it for the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, found his way to Machu Picchu, Quechua for ‘Old Peak’.” Continue reading…

3. Cycling the Bolivian Salt Flats

For solo and group cycle tourists alike, the Uyuni Salt Flats have become a must on any South American cycling odyssey. This blog breaks down our route from La Paz and on through the immense Salt Flats. Read the blog here.

4. Wine and Dine Like an Argentine

After pedalling the gruelling Salt Flats on the Bolivian Plateau, Argentina can feel almost idyllic, as this blog explains. Read the full blog here.

5. Just another day on the South American Epic

The title of this blog is a bit tongue in cheek. While in Chile on the 2015 South American Epic, TDA Founder Henry Gold explained the unexpected and implausible that does sometimes occur on our tours, keeping the ship upright and pointed towards Ushuaia. Read the blog here.

6. The Lake District: A Welcome Dose of Pleasant

As the challenges and frustrations ebb and flow over the course of a half year of cycling South America, there are moments and sections that are a pleasant reprieve from hard days and harsh climates. Read about one such place in this blog.

7. Cycling Patagonia: Everything you need to know

This go-to resource piece is one of our most read blogs of all time – for good reason. It’s packed with useful insight for any touring cyclist – solo or in a group – who is heading to Patagonia. Read all the details here.

8. 10 Reasons to Cycle South America from Top to Bottom

This is a lighter post highlighting some of our favourite parts of South America that will hopefully inspire you to head there yourself. Read all 10 here.

9. A Few More Excellent Reasons Why You Should Cycling South America

OK, so we got carried away and gave you a few more reasons. Read and enjoy.

10. Cycling South America: 8 Epic Climbs and Descents

If there is one geographic feature that symbolizes South America, it is undoubtedly the Andes Mountain Range. Read about our favourite rides in the mountains of South America.

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