Drive to South America

Name: Elliott Kim
Home Town: Los Angeles, California, United States
Age at time of trip: 23

Road trip destination: Los Angeles, California to Ushuaia, Argentina

Vehicle: 1980 Mercedes Benz 300SD Turbo Diesel

Date left home: June 1, 2007
Date arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina: August 14, 2007

Motivation for taking the trip: I didn't want to be just another college graduate that backpacked through Europe. I wanted to set a goal that I thought was reachable but also hard enough that most would consider it to be otherwise. I wanted to do something that very few had ever done, and see some cool sights along the way. Basically, I wanted to something different.  continue reading... »

Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook

The short list of guidebooks/travel memoirs about road tripping through Mexico, Central America and South America just got a little longer, and a little more current.

Kim and Don Greene's Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook was published in June 2008 and contains information and forms collected up until April 2008.

It details the couple's trip through 16 countries and, according to their website, is the culmination of four years of research.

Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook can be added to a short list of guide books/travel memoirs that describe the road trip south on the Pan America Highway, which already includes:  continue reading... »

Family of Four Bicycling from Alaska to Argentina

The most eco-friendly way to road trip is...on a bike.

And bicycles are the transportation of choice for the Vogel family from Boise, Idaho who intend to spend the next two and half years cycling from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina.

John, Nancy and 10-year old twins, Davy and Daryl left home on June 8, 2008 on two single bikes and one tandem.  continue reading... »

ITMB Publishes New Maps for Latin America Destinations

World renowned map-maker, International Travel Map & Books ("ITMB"), has recently published several first time titles for Latin America destinations.

These maps include, "Andes", "Chile", "Mexico Travel Road Atlas" "Mexico: Sonora & Chihuahua", "Peru South and Lima" and "South America Travel Atlas".

The book format "Mexico Travel Road Atlas" and the "South America Travel Atlas", in particular, will be of interest to roadtrippers heading to Latin America.

The maps in the "Mexico Travel Road Atlas" have distances between communities, and list hotels and gas stations, parks and nature reserves, hot springs, waterfalls, camping sites, museums and beaches.

It may well supplant the Spanish-language "Guia Roji" as the road atlas of choice for ex-pats who are navigating the roads of Mexico,  continue reading... »

A Long Drive from Inuvik to South America

Names: Shreesh and Neena Taskar
Home Town: San Franciso, California, United States

Road trip destination: Inuvik, Canada to Puerto Toro, Chile. In other words, “As far North as One can Drive to As far South”

Vehicle: Toyota FJ Cruiser

Date left home: October 20, 2007
Anticipated return date: February 2009
Date started planning trip: 18 months before we left

Worst Stretch of road: Going up Volcan Purace in Colombia

Camping or hotels: Mostly hotels

Average living expenses per day on road trip: About $200 (USD). Includes expenses back home like storage and health insurance.  continue reading... »

Go Panamerican to South America

Names: Dovile Januskeviciute ("Dovi") and Zilvinas Kilda ("Zee")
Home Town: Kaunas, Lithuania

Road trip destination: Newport Beach, California to Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder XE
Kilometers driven: 43,515

Date left home: February 8, 2006
End Date: September 29, 2006
Days on the road: 215

Average living expenses per day on road trip: $50 (for 2 people)

Worst border crossing: No horror stories in this area. Borders in Central America a bit less civilised, there are annoying border guides and you have to watch your stuff, but all the experiences were pretty good.  continue reading... »

Travesia Panamericana

Names: Barbara and Cris Torlasco, and dog Chance
Home Town: Eugene, Oregon, United States

Road trip destination: Eugene, Oregon to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vehicle: 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Diesel ("Guapo")

Date left home: April 8, 2002
Date arrived in Buenos Aires: August 7, 2002

Months on the road: 4  continue reading... »

In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

Allan Weisbecker's 2001 memoir, In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road, describes his trip through Mexico and Central America in a camper truck scouting for a lost friend and the perfect wave.

The Chicago Tribune described the book as, “A dangerous tale, filled with humor, insight, lawlessness, heartbreak, and some wicked cool waves”.

The book has been co-optioned as a movie to none other than actor Sean Penn, although the making of the film has apparently hit a snafu.  continue reading... »

Southbound Explorers to South America

Names: Ashley Honigman and Moreno Bordignon
Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Road trip destination: Vancouver, British Columbia to Tierra del Fuego, Chile and back again

Vehicle: 1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia

Date left home: April 18, 2008
Expected return date: September-October 2009. Or until the money runs out  continue reading... »

VW Vagabonds Three-Year Odyssey

Name: Amanda and Richard Ligato
Roadtrippin Name: VW Vagabonds
Hometown: San Diego, California, United States

Road trip destination: United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and Africa

Inspiration for the trip: Seeing a billboard one day for the US$14.1 million California lottery and starting to think what they would do with their lives if they ever won it.

Number of years saving money for the trip: 6

Vehicle: 1978 VW Westfalia campervan
Date left home: September 2000  continue reading... »