The Route: Alaska to Argentina and Back

I’ve got maps stuck to the walls and country’s names floating around in my head. I’ve got to make sense of all this by making some preliminary route. This isn’t set in stone, but it’s a place to start.

Here is a breakdown of all the countries and regions I’ll be passing through.

  1. Alaska
  2. Canada
  3. United States
  4. Mexico
  5. Belize
  6. Guatemala
  7. El Salvador
  8. Honduras
  9. Nicaragua
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Panama
  12. <Ferry to Skip Around Darien Gap>
  13. Columbia
  14. Ecuador
  15. Peru
  16. Bolivia
  17. Chile
  18. Argentina
  19. Uruguay
  20. Paraguay
  21. Brazil
  22. Guyane
  23. Suriname
  24. Guyana
  25. Venezuela
  26. <Fictitious Ferry to Florida?>
  27. Chicago

I’ll be posting about each of these countries in greater detail as I learn more about them.

  • PirateErik

    Hey Atlas I am new to the site but love it so far! This sounds just awesome! How long are you projecting a trip like that would take?

  • Atlas


    I’m planning for at least 6 months, maybe 8

  • zypp33

    This will be amazing ! Have you ( I may have missed it)sorted a suitable bike out? J .

  • Torq

    Hey Atlas, this looks like an amazing trip, something I plan to do one day myself. I don’t know if this may help but in addition to Horizons unlimited, you could try contacting Kevin and Julia Sanders at who have done the Alaska to Patagonia route themselves a fair few times. They are usually incredibly busy running their expeditions but may be able to offer you useful advice regarding your trip if you approach them – especially rgarding border crossings, carnet de passage etc.

    Great site btw and a regular reader now – going to be following your exploits with interest.

  • Torq

    ..One other thing worth considering would be air freighting your bike from Panama City to Quito to avoid potential problems in Colombia. Torq.

  • Atlas


    Still haven’t decided on a bike yet


    Thanks for following! I will keep that link in mind if I have any questions. I’m trying not to “overplan” though. And I’m still debating whether or not I’ll skip Columbia. If I do then shipping into Quito would be exactly what I’d do.

  • Moab

    what camera and mic will you be using in your helmet? your vid and voice are always so clear…..nice!
    im excited for you, this trip looks fantastic

  • AtlasRider


    I’ll be using my Sony TSC-T500. Just a regular digital camera.

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  • Darek

    Wow man,

    My eyes pooped open when I saw that map. Trip of a lifetime. Expensive, dangerous, exhausting – exciting, rewarding, amazing. The logistics of making this happen seem staggering, especially with so many countries, bodies of water, and climates in between. Best of luck as you pursue this.

  • rumbo75

    Don´t skip Colombia. I live here and the riding is incredible. Very beautiful country.

  • Solorzano

    I think that is a fantastic idea!!. I am living in Uk and I am planning to do a trip from Alaske to Argentina on my BMW G650GS. I am not planing to skip Colombia as I believe is a very nice and wonderful place to visit, I have lived there for 6 months in MEDELLIN, trust me lovely country.I am Argentinian, living in London with lots of offroads experience in Tucuman (Argetinta), I will love to provides information about travel in Argentina if you need.
    When are you plannnig to do this trip?

  • dantino89

    Hey dude,
    I want to travel from Mexico City to Deadhorse in my BMW, could you send me the best route? Many thanks in advance

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