South America

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... »

The Trans-Americas Journey


Names: Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl
Home Town: New York City, New York, United States

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

Date left home: April 2006
Anticipated Length of Trip: 3 or 4 years
Anticipated date of entry into Mexico to start driving south: November 2008

Miles driven to date: Almost 85,000
Money spent on gas so far: $18,900 USD  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... »

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... »

EcoFuel World Tour


Names: Rainer Zietlow, Falk Gunold, Florian Hilpert and Franz Janusiewicz
Home Country: Germany

Name of Trip: EcoFuel World Tour

Destination/Purpose of the Trip: To drive around the world in a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel that runs on compressed natural gas.  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... »