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21. Posted by Ivan BahiaGuide (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y

My earlier post mysteriously dissappeared ...

Well initially I was studying the travel in the inverse direction, from Bahia (Brazil to the US)
but I quicqly discovered that there is a stretch in Panama, about 150km for the border with Colombia where there are no more roads ... just some (very dangerous) unmapped trails AND the region is reputed being extremely dangerous with some of the world's worst bandits living there

so I finally abandoned the idea

and got a new one
travelling South America from the most East point (somewhere above Recife - Brazil) to the most West point in Peru

anybody experience ?

greetz from the tropIX

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[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

22. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 880 posts) 4y

You may have noticed that DBloom said that there was no passable way from Panama to Colombia in this thread THREE TIMES....and was ignored. It's not like you had to look far for the information.... You can't get through there. Maybe five vehicles have pulled it off, taking weeks at a time, and only to say they did it.

23. Posted by crisharry (Budding Member 12 posts) 4y

The road trip is an excellent idea.

24. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 4y

Dozens drive from US or Canada to Central and South America, they simply find a freight forwarder in Panama, who does the paperwork, the vehicle goes RORO 'roll on roll off' on freighter or if shared space on a container unit can be found, your broker will arrange that, then you must fly from
Panama to port in either Colombia or Ecuador as the boat generally takes no more than 4 days, to be there in person to receive your vehicle as it comes into port.
Hayden, a member of travellerspoint, wrote an excellent bloq on this site in 2008, Hayden and his friend drove from Austin to Argentina, then Argentina into Brazil, and with the hope of locals in Brazil, they sold the auto there and flew back, you can search Haydens bloq austin to argentina, on this site or if if does not get snipped by the editor here is the 'url'

http://austintoargentina.travellerspoint.com/

common sense advice from a to z

Some on this bloq should contact one of the Survivor's TV shows that are proliferating in the USA, first to arrive in Rio alive and in one piece gets first prize.

I the poster drove over 800,000 km. mostly in Central america, national plates, I found myself inremote areas or marginal urban barrios from time to time where locals were not hospitable, best to move on, if driving the first time take the route most traveled, learn how to do your own research and homework, Mr. Google awaits, there are also user groups and websites with bb's created by experienced inter continental drivers from motos to king size RVs and everything else in between

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25. Posted by crisharry (Budding Member 12 posts) 4y

800000 km is quite cool.

26. Posted by mianha (Budding Member 24 posts) 4y

I can't go on such road trips as my parents will not allow.

27. Posted by belonyc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

its impossible .....first of all why would you want to drive to brazil?if it was possible it will take you weeks to get there.... why not take a plane? only 8-9 hours to the south of brazil depending from where you leaving from. but to answer your question its impossible just for a small fact. Brazil does not use the gasoline most american cars use. mostly ethanol which the % of ethanol is greater than any car ca support. so if you planning your trip make sure you say your goodbye to your family. once you get to the amazon and run out of gas you might be eaten by the indians.....they love american meat.

28. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 3y

Think about it, I once broke down in a remote area in the mountains of Guatemala, a friend was with me, I luckily hitched a ride on a pick up truck to a phone, this was 1988, and my mechanic in the city of Quetzaltenanago came with a grua, tow truck, it took 2 weeks to get the spare part from Guatemala City, so even if your vehicle is in top mechanical condition to start, wear, tear and potholes can joggle something loose and you may be stuck for a week or so, crap happens, petty and violent crime has risen over 100% in many LA countries, so if you do make the trip, advise to bring a dog, and always keep your vehicle locked tight when you are away from it, best a vehicle with a large trunk, a bring a 'club' for steering wheel, trust no overly friendly strangers on the road, and offer no rides, except to uniformed police with placas, badges, when in Brazil use 100% gasoline.
Your dime, your time, good luck.

29. Posted by CollinLeon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

It's really kind of strange that they haven't been able to create a road to link the two highway systems together yet. For those who claim that the road would affect the ecology of the area, then just build the road as an elevated bridge across the area. If we can build a bridge all the way across Lake Pontchartrain and across the various swamps in Louisiana, it shouldn't be that difficult to build one across ground that is considerably more solid than *water*. I suspect that there are some vested interests who just do not want this road built. Maybe the people who provide shipping from Panama to Columbia?

Hell, if it hadn't been for Castro, we would have probably built a bridge from Key West to Cuba by now...

30. Posted by galoise (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

Quoting CollinLeon

It's really kind of strange that they haven't been able to create a road to link the two highway systems together yet. For those who claim that the road would affect the ecology of the area, then just build the road as an elevated bridge across the area. If we can build a bridge all the way across Lake Pontchartrain and across the various swamps in Louisiana, it shouldn't be that difficult to build one across ground that is considerably more solid than *water*. I suspect that there are some vested interests who just do not want this road built. Maybe the people who provide shipping from Panama to Columbia?

Hell, if it hadn't been for Castro, we would have probably built a bridge from Key West to Cuba by now...

Its all in the politics lol...I have spent the past week reading tens of blogs on this...I want to do a similar trip to end in Brazil, just in time for the 2014 WC...Most seem to say, in so many words, DON'T DO IT; but the more I hear that, the more I want to! Still trying to decide though.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Aug-2011, at 13:45 by galoise ]