Lima To Cape Horn
31 Oct - 28 Nov 2021
Lima to Cape Horn 2021
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!
Further Information will be available soon…
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.
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
Don’t run the risk of finding a full entry list for the 2021 Lima to Cape Horn. 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 2021
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…
*Itinerary subject to change
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