To kichikachka, Wonderful and informative post, hoping the administration does not 'snip' some of the url's on here, at any rate to be safe I always send long posts with specific urls by private message at well on this forum.
To the original poster, one important question ?Que es su nivel en espanol, basico, intermediario o avanazado? ?Sabes hablar, leer y comprender? ?Si su respuesta es no, entonces vease (click on)
www.livemocha.com/ y www.123teachme.com/
Yo no lo tengo tildes (accent marks) sobre mi laptop.
On the road and in small towns, locals will often speak slang Spanish and speak rapidly, remember almost everyone in Latin America has a cellphone, including thieves, so keep a low profile and hide digital cameras and laptops while out on the road, never give out your planned itinerary to any stranger, especially overly friendly stranger who speaks English, join Couch Surfing, Hospitality Club and Be Welcome Hospex portals, all non profit, Google...thousands of local Latin American members, some of whom may host you in their own homes overnight, others can recommend cheap lodgings in their area with secure parking and security, the best site to locate camping areas in Mexico and Central America is www.99DaysToPanama.com/ also good information on shipping vehicles from Panama to S.A. the site www.drivemeloco.com/ and www.southboundtravels.com/ are also excellent resources. Google 'Driving to Central and South America' from US & Canada' and you will be researching for a month. Buena suerte.
additional info: shipping your car from panama to colombia will cost app $1,000 - as i learned from other travellers.
DBloom - thank you for the message and advice!
Thanks for the thank you, 'thank you and you are welcome' are the magic words worldwide, today I got blasted on a private message, I did not reply personally, I reported it, not everyone likes my opinion and advice, so be it. If you ever pass through El Salvador, you are welcome. sal,udos y buen dia.
I don't know if you are still planning this, but if you are, I recently returned from the SAME TRIP, and would be happy to share any information I can with you, check my posts, and feel free to contact me. I have a truck camper in Uruguay but I am back in North America for the time being. best of luck
I’ve been in Patagonia in the area of Mendoza (starting point to the famous Transandino Road from Mendoza to Santiago with a scenic view on Aconcagua, Puente del Inca etc) and in Bariloche Lake District. It was fabulous! Next winter I’m planning my next trip by car along the Patagonia.
The Pan-American Highway exists in some form all along the west costs of both Americas. It starts in Alaska and ends at the End of the World in Ushuaia (I’ve been there and so with my own eyes). But in same places "in-between" it may be a king of "Oh God! - Highway" and I guess you know what I mean!
If you are interested in attractions on the way, then please feel invited to my “memoires” spiced with many photos from that trip. I hope it may help you starting from:
and just follow
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]