The Manneken trip

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Arnaud Maldague

Maldague Heading South By Horse

Date: January 10, 2024
Approximate GPS Location: (28.46°S, 65.77°W)

Maldague has been pretty quiet since cycling into Argentina after the Uyuni Salt Flats, but seems to be moving south quickly.

He arrived in San Miguel de Tucuman on December 4, finishing the cycling part of this journey after 3,000km (1864mi) and 40 days of riding. The last section was unpleasant. "Riding in Argentina has proven to be quite awful as the emergency lane has disappeared...which makes me ride with cars, busses, and trucks going at 80-100kmph (50-60mph) on a one-way line. I made it safe and sound, however, and that's all that matters," he wrote.

Maldague's friend, Laurent, joined him in San Miguel de Tucuman and will accompany him for the horse-riding section of his journey. However, finding the horses proved tricky. It took two weeks of searching and negotiation before they finally found three horses they were happy with.

"We covered 252km [157mi] in 13 days after leaving San Miguel de Tucuman and arrived in San Fernando de la Valle de Catamarca just in time for New Year's Eve," Maldague wrote in his latest update. The pair will now need to complete some veterinary papers for the horses and won't be on the move again for a few days.


update history

The Manneken Trip

A Nightmare Shortcut

August 20, 2023 // The Manneken Trip
The Manneken Trip

Escaping Pirate Territory in the Amazon

June 14, 2023 // The Manneken Trip
The Manneken Trip

Maldague Reaches the Amazon River

May 09, 2023 // The Manneken Trip



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