CONNECT THE AMERICAS: EMBARK ON A ROADTRIP TO ARGENTINA TIERRA DEL FUEGO
What could be better than a technological and human adventure through Latin America to demonstrate PEUGEOT’s excellence?
The history of the automobile has always been marked by achievements. The PEUGEOT brand has greatly contributed to this by committing itself with passion (and success) on all circuits and roads worldwide. Really all of them? Yes!
For instance, nobody has forgotten its return at the Dakar, the famous rally raid that took place in South America. Nor especially the memorable victories of Stéphane Peterhansel in 2016 and 2017, and of Carlos Sainz in 2018 aboard the 2008 and 3008 DKR.
The adventurous spirit of the brand was once again expressed with the organisation of the expedition "Conectando Las Américas" aboard the PEUGEOT LANDTREK pick-up.
This trek from Mexico to Ushuaïa - the world’s most austral city - embarked three crews for an incredible adventure of 17,000 km and 34 days on the South American continent.
STEP 1 – Mexico – from LOS CABOS to VERACRUZ
Three PEUGEOT crews left Los Cabos on the Mexican Pacific Coast and joined Veracruz on the Atlantic Coast. The 4,500 km journey began by exploring the southern part of Baja California in Mexico - a mountainous region with sandy trails. It continued along the coastline, revealing sumptuous views of the Cortez Sea.
After a night's cruise from La Paz back to the mainland, the adventure continued on the Mexican roads, mostly at altitude for instance during the crossing of the Sierra Madre whose peaks reach three thousand metres.
Drivers and vehicles also had to face difficult weather conditions... and long waits in Mexico City traffic jams, one of the most congested cities in the world. An extreme urban adventure in a way! The expedition continued with an off-road version by climbing to the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano at an altitude of 3,700 m.
After 11 days of travel, the crews finally reached Veracruz on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico without damage and were ready to conquer South America!
Mexico, Day 3: from Los Cabos to La Paz
Mexico, Day 11: Xochimilco in Mexico City
Mexico, Day 13: at the foot of Popocatepetl
STEP 2 – Chili – from IQUIQUE to PUERTO FUY
The start of this second stage took place at Iquique in the North of Chili. The 6,500 km trek was partly identical to the one carried out during the Dakar, on sandy slopes for instance, by the PEUGEOT 2008 and 3008 DKR.
Even if the trip was often hilly and complicated, again there was an extraordinary view of beautiful and varied landscapes.
The crews travelled through the Antofagasta desert to admire the Hand Monument, the work of Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, visited the ghost town of Humberstone, discovered the Lãscar volcano - the most active in the region - and climbed to an altitude of over 2,000 metres to visit the Calama wind farm - one of Chile's leading producers of renewable energy. Our thrill-seekers adventurers even climbed to 4,320 metres to admire the geysers of El Tatio.
The journey continued through the huge Valdivian Forest - a rainforest biosphere in the Southern Andes - and then crossed the Argentinian border.
Chili, Day 3: the Chilean crew takes a break in San Pedro de Atacama
Chili, Day 7: geysers in the Antofagasta desert
Chili, Day 9: Laja Falls in the Bíobío region
STEP 3 – Argentina - from VILLA LA ANGOSTURA to USHUAÏA
New Argentinian drivers took over for this last step of 6,000 km departing from Villa La Angostura in Patagonia. To begin with, the vehicles travelled along the legendary National Route 40 - which crosses the country from North to South - through the seven most beautiful lakes in Argentina.
The driving conditions were sometimes extreme in the snowy region of Bariloche or on the tracks leading to the Perito-Moreno glacier. The observation of the 7000 BC cave paintings at the Cueva de las Manos monument was very impressive.
This wonderful human and technological adventure ended on a high note with the discovery of Ushuaïa and its breath-taking view.
Argentina, Day 3: from El Bolson to El Maitén
Argentina, Day 5: Cueva de las Manos
Argentina, Day 8: arrival in Ushuaïa
The "Conectando las Américas" expedition, carried out in complete safety and sometimes in extreme conditions, demonstrated the quality and reliability of PEUGEOT vehicles. But also, the passion of the men and women who have kept the lion brand alive for over two centuries.