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1. Posted by renafanta (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi,
Anyone out there ever drive from Vancouver Canada to Patagonia, Chile? Would be very interested in safety, best route, things to see, do, places to stay eat. Best time to travel? Really appreciate it.

2. Posted by waterlover (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

You can't do it. There is a spot in central america where the road ends. Just had family try and do it on motorcycles and they had to ship them.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

It's a thing called the Darien Gap. The road in Panama ends at Yavitza.

You'll have to ship your vehicle. I don't know how to do this.

There is a border crossing at a place called Turbo. I think it's a water crossing though.. I have never done it. Look into that.

4. Posted by mrq (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Lol my bum goes numb driving down to Seattle. Can't imagine driving that far.

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6. Posted by pepetrueno (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Im planning to do the same (from cali to stgo , Chile)

Any suggestions or new info??

Jose

7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 5y

Of course you can do it, dozens of people do it every year, from motos to vans, private cars, vans and RV s, you do have to ship your vehicle RORO (Roll on, Roll off) from Panama to either Colombia or Ecuador, then continue on, I am able to message you some information if you wish, I myself drove from USA to Central America, where I still live, in 1986, then got national plates and drove over 800,000 km. in Central America, I hope you know some Spanish, they will not speak any English to you at the border crossings, crossing borders with USA or Canadian plates will be the most stressful part of your journey, you will require to make 10 photocopies of all your papers in advance and be patient, you may be asked for 'mordidas' (small bribes) in some countries, like Honduras, the vehicle is in your passport once you enter Central America and you get 30-60 days permit for the vehicle, in South America, you may be able to sell it or donate it to a non profit organization if you desire to fly back. I live in El Salvador, enroute.
One can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Travelling with kids is a plus in Latin America, Latinos, including Transit Police are family oriented, and if possible bring a Dog, truly 'man's best friend'
Learn to think out of the box, go if you are ready and avoid naysayers, they are 'TOXIC PEOPLE' who travel behind computer screens, these travel forums are full of em. saludos y buena suerte.

Dave,
Ex pat and Survivor.

8. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 5y

Jose, you have it made! Cali to Santiago de Chile is about a 6 to 7 day drive and border crossings are simpler in South America tahn Mexico and Central America, I once did S.a. bu buses and trains, people do not realize how enrmous (huge) South America is, Brasil alone is the size of Continental USA and like the USA many Brasilians and travellers now fly within Brasil, since most passenger trains are now gone in America Latina, I despise long long bus rides, with your own vehicle, vehiculo propio, you can stop wherever you want and make your own schedule. Feliz viaje.

9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 5y

PS, Patagonia is in Argentina, a huge province in the south of the country, I got bored on bus, watching nothing for hours, very long drives, empty roads, like parts of western USA, very cold from May through September, you best driove through Colombia to Ecuador then Peru into Chile and cross over in Argentina over the Andes, a few weeks driving with stopping over nights, recommended you learn some Spanish, Guatemala in Central america offers excellent Spanish Schools with homestays and volunteer ops on weekends. I f going to Brasil the language is Portuguese, 4000 irregular verbs!!!!!! Never leave your vehicle parked on a street for very long, especially with possesions in view, 'vaya con dios'. saludos

10. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 5y

LOL o_0! okay.