Lima To Cape Horn
23 October - 19 November 2022
Lima to Cape Horn 2022
22 October – 19 November
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!
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Who can participate?
The event is open for vintageant cars built before 1948 and for Classic cars of a type built before 1975. 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.
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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.
Contact the Rally Office for more information
Phone: +44 (0)1869 254979
Email: [email protected]
Current Entry List
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team. You can also email us on the address below. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.
Phone: +44 (0)1869 254979
Email: [email protected]
Lima to Cape Horn 2022
Day 1 – Lima to Paracas
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 at a circuit just south of Lima. The desert and the sea then dramatically collide in Paracas, the destination for an early finish by the ocean. The optional afternoon route then heads south towards the Nazca Lines, the World Heritage-designated geoglyphs etched into the stony desert. However, the best way to see these is from the air, and flights are available from nearby Pisco.
Day 2 – Paracas to Ayacucho
The spectacular climb inland into the Andes from Paracas to Urubamba, and breath taking Machu Picchu, is an epic drive through dramatic mountain scenery on good roads. To ease our journey into the high altitudes of the Andes, we will split this long journey with a couple of overnight pit stops at Ayacucho and Abancay, staying in small rustic hotels.
Day 3 – Ayacucho to Abancay
Continuing onwards and upwards towards Urubamba we leave Ayacucho behind us and a twisty tarmac route takes us to the agricultural centre of the Apurimac region of Peru, Abancay. Abancay is located at the junction of two important roads: the Caminos del Inca, an old road dating from Incan times between the cities of Nazca and Cusco, and the Via de los Libertadores, connecting Ayacucho and Abancay.
Day 4 – Abancay to Urubamba
Continuing onwards and upwards from Ayacucho, the well surfaced asphalt roads twist their way up and over further 4.000-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 during tomorrow’s rest day.
Day 5 – Urubamba Rest Day
This south-eastern Peruvian town, surrounded by rugged mountains, sits on the Urubamba River 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’s 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 6 – 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. The lake 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 tonight!
Day 7 – 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, the rally crews experience the first border crossing, into a new country for HERO-ERA, Bolivia. Just after the border, we cross the Straits of Tiquina on traditional wooden ferries and head onwards to La Paz, the world’s highest capital city at 3.640 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 8 – 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 2.800 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 9 – Sucre to Uyuni
Today, we climb high again as the route turns south to cross the mountains to the silver-mining centre of Potosí, sat at the base of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain). After a chance to visit the sights here, in the afternoon we continue on more sinuous roads 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 10 – 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. This is an interesting town with a strong cultural heritage, where delightful streets and plazas with flowering trees thrive in the semi-arid climate. The area is farmed for its fruit and wine and our night halt enjoys fine views over the city and surrounding hills.
Day 11 – 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 12 – Salta Rest Day
A rest day in sophisticated Salta will offer rally crews the perfect opportunity for exploring the rich culture on foot; the old city centre is recognised as a jewel-box-size getaway. 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 13 – Salta to Catamarca
South of Salta, a network of sinuous mountain roads criss-crosses 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 14 – 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 15 – Villa Carlos Paz to San Luis
The lunar landscapes of the Traslasierra Mountains await us 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 16 – San Luis to Mendoza
This short half day on the road kicks off with a circuit test at the local autodromo, before the rally crews 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 17 – Mendoza to San Rafael
With another short day in prospect, there should be the 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 18 – San Rafael to Cutral Co
As we are now approaching the flat lands of Patagonia, the vistas become ever vaster as do the distances between the isolated small settlements, so we can expect a long drive on quiet roads today. Our destination is Cutral Co, just East of 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 19 – Cutral Co to San Carlos de Bariloche
This challenging day just gets better and better, with twisty roads and stunning scenery greeting the rally 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 Resort in Bariloche, which lies on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is one of the finest hotels in all of South America.
Day 20 – San Carlos de Bariloche Rest Day
The most exclusive resort in Argentinian Patagonia will allow competitors to enjoy a restful non-driving day in an amazing location. Bordering the large glacial lake and surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Bariloche is known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture, and… yes, also for its chocolate!
Day 21 – 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, Esquel became twinned with Aberystwyth in Wales.
Day 22 – 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 in the afternoon, the rally crews arrive at Puyuhuapi at the end of a fjord leading directly to the Pacific Ocean, described as the most idyllic setting on the entire highway. The spectacular scenery continues all the way to Puerto Aysén, where we cross the longest suspension bridge in Chile. It is then a short hop to Puerto Chacabuco at the head of the Aysén Fjord and the overnight stop.
Day 23 – 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 the crews 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 24 – 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 25 – 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. One not to miss!
Day 26 – El Calafate to Torres del Paine
Back on Ruta 40, a relatively short day takes the competitors back to Chile and on the shores of Lake Pehoé, in the Torres del Paine National Park. The Park is world renown 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 27 – Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales
Our rally day starts at lunchtime today, giving you plenty of time to explore the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, which 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 (Lama) roam the vast open steppe, while Andean condors soar alongside mighty peaks.
Day 28 – Puerto Natales to Río Grande
Our journey continues from Puerto Natales 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. Today 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 crossing 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 29 – Río Grande to Ushuaia
We are almost there… with just a short 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, Lima to Cape Horn competitors will truly have travelled to the end of the world… and what better way to celebrate than the traditional Prize-Giving Gala which will undoubtedly continue long into the very short night.
*Itinerary subject to change*
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