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Lima To Cape Horn 2020

1 November - 28 November 2020

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Lima to Cape Horn 2020

Starting at sea level in Lima, Peru, only six days later we will sleep at over 3,600 metres in La Paz, the Bolivian capital. The salt flats of Bolivia and north western Argentina will give way to the green vineyards of Mendoza. Following the Andes south, we enter the breath-taking lake district around Bariloche before making our way into Chile, where the days will get decidedly cooler as the scenery becomes ever more dramatic. Glaciers and deep blue lakes surrounded by snow peaked mountains will abound before we finally enter magical Patagonia where our destination is the city at the end of the earth, Ushuaia.

Our route designers have searched for the finest roads this continent can supply, while the entire ERA team will provide the mechanical, medical and logistical support for which the organisation is world-famous. Join us on this fantastic and challenging adventure… rally with us to the end of the world!

Who can participate?

The event is open for vintageant cars built before 1948 and for Classic cars of a type built before 1976. Cars of a later date but unchanged mechanical specification will be considered at the Organisers’ discretion. Classes based on engine size will subdivide these categories.

The event is suitable for both novice and more experienced crews. Many roads are good tarmac and gravel, with competition on more remote roads, private land or race circuits. An easy to follow tulip route book will be supplied. Our experienced team of officials will be at your disposal at all times to support you and we will provide hints and tips on navigation.

Tell Me More

The Event Guide is packed with essential, but inevitably brief information, to provide an understanding of what lies ahead for prospective entrants and should be essential reading, especially for any applicants who have not previously taken part in an ERA event.

Download The Lima To Cape Horn 2020 brochure HERE or

Contact the Rally Office for more information
Phone:   +44 (0)1235 831221
Email:   [email protected]

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Lima to Cape Horn 2020

Route Outline

Day 1 – Lima to Nazca

Leaving the world’s third largest desert city and gastronomical capital of the Americas behind, crews get straight into action with the first test of the event just south of Lima. The desert and the sea then dramatically collide in Paracas, the destination for lunch by the ocean, before the first regularity of the rally in the afternoon. The route then heads towards the southern coastal city of Nazca, known for the Nazca Lines, the World Heritage-designated geoglyphs etched into the stony desert.

Day 2 – Nazca to Chalhuanca

The spectacular climb inland into the Andes from Nazca to Urubamba, and Machu Picchu, is an epic drive through dramatic mountain scenery on good roads. We split this long journey with an overnight pit stop at the midway watering hole of Chalhuanca, staying in small rustic hotels. This enables us to ease our journey into the high altitudes of the Andes.

Day 3 – Chalhuanca to Urubamba

Continuing onwards and upwards from Chalhuanca, the well surfaced asphalt roads twist their way up and over further 4000 metre high passes en route to the small town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Urubamba’s luxury five-star hotel will be the perfect place to explore the region on tomorrow’s rest day.

Day 4 – Urubamba Rest Day

This south-eastern Peruvian town sits on the Urubamba River, surrounded by rugged mountains, and is the gateway for the Maras Salt Mines where hundreds of hillside salt pools date back to Inca times. Nearby Moray is an Inca archaeological site defined by concentric terraces, and for those with a taste for even more adventure, an early morning train can take you on a one-hour scenic ride to the most famous Inca site of them all – Machu Picchu.

Day 5 – Urubamba to Puno

Refreshed and ready for the days ahead, competitors continue to climb through the mountains with a couple of regularities planned en route to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. It is also a regional trading hub with textiles and other products created from alpaca, llama or sheep wool very characteristic of the area. A splendid lake view hotel awaits the crews.

Day 6 – Puno to La Paz

Today’s route is relatively short and follows the southern shore of Lake Titicaca until reaching Copacabana, situated on a beautiful bay surrounded by scenic hills. From there, it is the first border crossing and into a new country for the ERA, Bolivia. Here we cross the Straits of Tiquina on traditional wooden ferries and head onwards to La Paz, the world’s highest capital city at 3640 metres above sea level. ‘Nuestra Señora de La Paz’, as it is officially known, will be a dramatic overnight city halt; set in a canyon, it is surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano and overlooking the city is the towering, triple-peaked snow-covered Illimani.

Day 7 – La Paz to Sucre

Leaving the bustle of La Paz behind, major asphalt roads take the rally southeast to what feels like the middle of nowhere: Oruro. From here, we head off the beaten track into the mountains on a newly asphalted road that snakes its way past picturesque mountain vistas to Sucre – perhaps Bolivia’s most beautiful city – situated at an altitude of 2800 metres. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the colonial charm and ornate architecture of its characteristic whitewashed buildings are a delight. The brave may like to try the local tipple, chicha, a fermented corn drink.

Day 8 – Sucre to Uyuni

Today, we climb high again as the route turns south to cross the mountains to silver-mining centre of Potosí sat at the base of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain). After a chance to visit the sights here, we continue on more sinuous roads during the afternoon to Uyuni – a town with a distinct frontier feel. Despite the high altitude and chilly temperatures, this has become a popular tourist hotspot for visitors wanting to see the amazing white expanses of the nearby Salar de Uyuni.

Day 9 – Uyuni to Tarija

A series of quiet asphalt roads with the occasional detour onto more rugged gravel tracks take us south through the mountains to Tarija where delightful streets and plazas with flowering trees thrive in the semi-arid climate. Famed for its fruit and wine, Tarija has a strong cultural heritage and the luxury hotel has fine views over the city and surrounding hills.

Day 10 – Tarija to Salta

Leaving behind what nationals and tourists alike refer to as the Bolivian Andalusia, the rally heads south towards the Argentinean frontier. After the border, it is an easy run through somewhat more verdant landscapes and straighter roads will provide some contrast to the previous days of mountain driving. That is not to say that there will not be the odd twist and turn along the way. In fact, we take in a challenging gravel regularity before arriving in Salta, the second most populated city in the northwest of the country. Sitting in the Lerma Valley surrounded by forested mountains, Salta is awash with old colonial architecture and elegant plazas.

Day 11 – Salta Rest Day

A rest day in sophisticated Salta; the old city centre is recognised as a jewel-box-size getaway perfect for exploring the rich culture on foot. Apart from museums, churches, historical buildings, squares and plaza cafes that make it one of the jealously guarded historical places in Argentina, excellent cuisine is revealed in flavours, colours and aromas typical of this part of the world.

Day 12 – Salta to Catamarca

South of Salta, a network of sinuous mountain roads criss-cross their way back and forth through the Andean foothills. We will explore these to the full as we head south into the Provincia de Tucumán. Today’s drive will offer some stunningly varied landscapes as we pass through a number of National Parks en route to the bustling and vibrant city of Catamarca (or San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca as it is more formally known).

Day 13 – Catamarca to Villa Carlos Paz

Leaving Catamarca, the route quickly climbs into the Sierra de Ancasti for the initial sections of the day before turning south past vast salt flats. In the afternoon, we enjoy a couple of great regularities north of the lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz. Set in the Punilla Valley, on the shores of San Roque Lake, this resort city west of Córdoba is the most important tourist centre in the province and home to Argentina’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Day 14 – Villa Carlos Paz to San Luis

The lunar landscapes of the Traslasierra Mountains await and the twisty gravel tracks initially take the competitors on the old road to Mina Clavero. After a coffee break at La Posta, the route descends on the old highway over the famous rally stage of Giulio Cesare before arriving on a flat, dry pampas plateau as we head towards the regional capital of San Luis at the foot of the Sierra Grande.

Day 15 – San Luis to Mendoza

This short half day on the road kicks off with a circuit test at the local autodromo before competitors head west across the plains to the foothills of the Andes for an early finish in the city of Mendoza, with its wide leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings. Surrounded by vineyards and bodegas, Mendoza is at the heart of Argentina’s wine country and is one of the worlds’ great wine capitals. A glass of their finest Malbec will certainly round the day off in style.

Day 16 – Mendoza to San Rafael

With another short day in prospect, there should be chance for a lie-in this morning for anyone who decides to enjoy an evening sampling the bars and restaurants along Mendoza’s Avenida Arístides. Once on the road, we take a variety of main roads and smaller byways south to the lazy backwater town of San Rafael, where the local autodromo should provide a suitable venue for an enjoyable test. From there, it is a short drive to our well-appointed hotel.

Day 17 – San Rafael to Neuquén

As we are now approaching the flat lands of Patagonia, the vistas become ever more vast as do the distances between the isolated small settlements so we can expect a long drive on quiet roads today. Our destination is Neuquén, the largest city in Patagonia, which occupies a strip of land west of the confluence of the Limay and Neuquén rivers, where they form the Rio Negro.

Day 18 – Neuquén to San Carlos de Bariloche

This challenging day just gets better and better, with twisty roads and stunning scenery greeting the crews. Some fine regularities are in prospect including a run over the Paso del Córdoba, which has been likened to Pike’s Peak. The sumptuous Llao Llao hotel in Bariloche, which lies on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is probably the finest hotel in all of South America.

Day 19 – San Carlos de Bariloche Rest Day

The most exclusive resort in Argentinian Patagonia will be a great rest day location for the competitors. Bordering the large glacial lake and surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Bariloche is known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture, and its chocolate!

Day 20 – San Carlos de Bariloche to Esquel

As the route heads into central Patagonia, the day kicks off with a test at a kart circuit followed by a tricky regularity. Lakes and gravel abound as the rally heads through Butch Cassidy country to the overnight halt in Esquel. The founding of the town dates back to the arrival of Welsh immigrants in Chubut in 1865 and, in 2009, it became twinned with Aberystwyth in Wales.

Day 21 – Esquel to Puerto Chacabuco

The Esquel race circuit hosts the opening action before competitors cross the magnificent Rio Grande into Chile.  A splendid, remote gravel pass takes the crews past Lago Yelcho, where we quickly pick up the Carretera Austral, Route 7, which passes through some of Chile’s wildest and most dramatic scenery. Early afternoon crews arrive at Puyuhuapi, at the end of a fjord leading directly to the Pacific Ocean and described as the most idyllic setting on the entire highway. The spectacular scenery continues all the way to Puerto Aisen, where we cross the longest suspension bridge in Chile. It is then a short hop to Puerto Chacabuco at the head of the Aisen Fjord and the overnight stop.

Day 22 – Puerto Chacabuco to Los Antiguos

Today’s route mostly follows the north to south Carretera past deep blue lakes and stunning mountain vistas.  Smooth, largely quiet roads await as we head to the western end of Chile’s largest lake, Lago General Carrera. Tracking along the scenic shoreline, we then cross back into Argentina for an overnight stay in the small windswept town of Los Antiguos, famed for its fruit orchards.

Day 23 – Los Antiguos to El Calafate

Leaving Los Antiguos, we initially make for Perito Moreno where we join that most iconic of Argentine roads – Ruta 40 for a ‘big drive’ south. Deserted roads through the wildest part of Patagonia, with a couple of detours for gravel regularities, are on the menu today for this long drive to El Calafate, the gateway to the Parque Nacional los Glaciares, another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 24 – El Calafate Rest Day

A visit to the largest national park in the country to see the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier is an absolute must. The 250 km2, 30-kilometre long glacier is one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentinean Patagonia.

Day 25 – El Calafate to Torres del Paine

Back on Ruta 40, a relatively short day takes the competitors back to Chile for two nights in a lavish hotel on the shores of Lake Pehoé, in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is world famous for the soaring granite peaks of the Paine Massif, deep blue lakes, and the golden pampas that shelter rare wildlife, making it an unequalled destination.

Day 26 – Torres del Paine Rest Day

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and is internationally-recognised as one of the most beautiful, unique and uncontaminated places on the planet. Soaring almost vertically above the Patagonian steppe, the granite pillars of Torres del Paine dominate the landscape of South America’s finest national park. Its diversity of landscapes range from azure lakes to emerald forests, roaring rivers and that one big, radiant blue glacier. Guanacos roam the vast open steppe, while Andean condors soar alongside mighty peaks.

Day 27 – Torres del Paine to Río Grande

Shaken and stirred by their majesty and beauty, it will be a wrench to leave these beautiful and luxurious surroundings but our journey must continue and a long drive is in prospect as we make for the mysterious ‘Land of Fire’ – Tierra del Fuego, which is perhaps the Americas’ last remaining wilderness. This will largely be a transit day through wild and windswept Southern Patagonia with the choppy ferry crossing across the Straits of Magellan and the border transit back into Argentina to be ticked off before we arrive in Río Grande. Although a little non-descript and windswept, this naval service town boasts decent hotels to accommodate us for our penultimate night ‘on the road’.

 Day 28 – Río Grande to Ushuaia

We are almost there… with just a short half day behind the wheel before we reach our final destination. Fortified by a hearty breakfast, we will tackle the final competitive action of the event before crossing the last mountain range to descend into Ushuaia, long described as the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica. Now, ERA competitors will truly have travelled to the end of the world.

The traditional end of event dinner and prize-giving will undoubtedly continue long into the very short night…

Lima to Cape Horn – What you need to know

Is my vehicle Eligible?

The event is open for Vintageant cars built before 1948 and for Classic cars of a type built before 1976. Cars of a later date but unchanged mechanical specification will be considered at the Organisers’ discretion. Classes based on engine size will subdivide these categories.

 Can anyone enter?

The event is suitable for both novice and more experienced crews. Many roads are good tarmac or gravel, with competition on more remote roads, private land or race circuits. An easy to follow tulip route book will be supplied. Our experienced team of officials will be at your disposal at all times to support you and we will provide hints and tips on navigation.

 What equipment do Ineed?

The first requirement is a well-prepared car, which must be fitted with the following equipment:

  • Tripmeter (Monit or similar);
  • Seat belts – full harness for classic cars whilst for the vintage cars we strongly recommend a lap-belt style of seat belt be fitted and used at all times;
  • Rollover bars – it is recommended that all cars have a rollover bar fitted, hoop or full roll cage is preferred;
  • 1.75 litres fire extinguisher;
  • A groundsheet to capture any fluid leaks;
  • Warning triangle, a tow rope, two spare tyres, high visibility jackets and spare light bulbs;
  • A comprehensive first aid kit
  • Other mandatory equipment will be specified in the Event Regulations.

What if my car Breaks down?

We expect you to carry spares for your car and a tool kit. You should be able to take care of minor repairs yourself, but our mobile support vehicles will follow the rally and our highly skilled mechanics will provide all the extra support you need.

The vast experience of our sweeps will keep you on the road; just make sure you bring the right spares for your car.

Car Shipping

You may use any shipping agent you chose, but we recommend CARS Europe who have handled our shipping for nearly 20 years. CARS can efficiently transport your car to the rally start and then back home; they handle all customs and import operations so your car will be ready for collection in a specified location in Lima. You can contact Melvyn Palmer [email protected] for a free quotation.

Do I need a Carnet De Passage?

Yes, we insist that all crews have a Carnet de Passage for this event, as it will mean that the whole rally can cross the borders quickly and efficiently. Without the Carnet, you will spend hours at the borders showing all your paperwork… and you may be stuck. With the Carnet, the process is slick and easier, although a good dose of patience is always required. A Carnet de Passage is a book of receipts confirming that you enter a country with your vehicle and you exit it later, so there is no need to pay import duties.

The Carnet is based on the value of your vehicle, so the lower you estimate the value, the less you pay. CARS will be able to assist you and issue the Carnet on your behalf.

Driving in South America

You will need your current driver’s licence from your own country and an International Driving Permit (in English text) is highly recommended. These can be easily obtained and are normally valid for a year.

Vehicle Insurance

Vehicle insurance is not included so you will need to make your own arrangements. For your motor insurance requirements one of our partners Hero Insurance Solutions will be able to assist in providing compulsory third-party motor cover and vehicle physical damage cover. Please email

[email protected] or please contact Andrew Scannell on +44 (0)203 178 3327

Travel and Medical Cover

A fully qualified medical team will follow the Rally from start to the finish. The medical team will also support your preparation with a list of medications you should bring and a comprehensive first aid kit can be purchased in advance from the Rally Doctors.

We request that all participants arrange personal travel insurance including medical emergency repatriation.

 Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation for each rally crew will be arranged in a twin/double room for 30 nights, from 30 October to 28 November 2020 inclusive, with breakfast and parking. A group Welcome dinner will be organized for the evening of Saturday 31 October 2020. Complimentary group dining is included each evening except on rest days. The Gala dinner and Prize-Giving ceremony will see all participants celebrate the completion of the rally in Cape Horn on Saturday 28 November 2020.

Weather and what to wear

In general the days will be warm and the nights cold, the maximum temperatures for this time of year can reach 30º C and the minimum can drop to 8º C.

Dress casually and comfortably…just take something a little more formal if you wish to visit some top class restaurants and nightspots. Pack a warm fleece, a wind and waterproof jacket, a sun hat, a wool hat, loose cotton clothing for the hot days, sun cream and insect repellent.

What else do I need to know?

Further information about any documentation, visa requirements, equipment, suitable clothing and travel essentials, weather, currency, fuel availability, accommodation, travel advice and everything else to help you plan an enjoyable rally will be communicated to all entrants by our regular direct

Newsletters. Any forms to fill in are supplied by us and sent to you directly.

You can of course contact the Rally Office at any time if you have any queries or doubts, or if you simply wish to receive some advice; as the organisers of over 70 events worldwide we are always available to help and advise newcomers and veterans alike.

Contact the Rally Office for more information
Phone:   +44 (0)1235 831221
Email:   [email protected]