I am departing very soon to the trek of america from USA to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. I would like to know if anyone has a free download for Garmin GPS that includes that route. I will be traveling the Pan American Highway most of the way, going with a very small group of campers.
I do hope all of you have taken into consideration the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia. It does sound like a great trip but everyone should have budgeted, and possible already arranged, for shipping their vehicles to Colombia or slightly farther south. Even Garmin won't get you across the Gap as there are no roads. Since you said 'most of the way', I am assuming the Gap has been accounted for in your travel plans.
Booking passage for cars and small vans is much easier than for RVs, depending on the size. Your other thread states you are driving a truck with a camper - is that a pull-behind camper or (what we call in the States) a camper top? (Basically, a camper that attaches to the bed of your truck.) I ask because a 'pull-behind' may be considered a 'second' vehicle and cost up to double for shipping.
As a side note, I am the one who deleted your original thread. As Sander stated in your second thread, Travellerspoint is quite strict about links made by new members. He is correct when he says: "experience shows that for the vast majority of them, the only reason for posting at all is to post such links". We realize not everyone is a spammer, but it's such adherence to the rules (by Moderators) that makes TP the best travel site out there.
Enjoy the trip and safe travels!
Hope you can find some proper free map for gps, but in case you don't:
Panamaricana is a very simple road to travel on. We cycled and hard copy maps did the job very well. But you will have to buy them in the US and afterwards it will be difficult to get any proper maps for the whole route.
Getting into big town, we used guide book maps and ask locals.
Mind tyre shops (vulcanizadora) along the road - they often spread nails for boosting their business.
Along highway and in small towns it is very easy to get lodging with secured car parking.
If you have any concern re darian gap, this thread will explain you how you (person) can get from panama to colombia. http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=79931
For your car, expect to pay app US$1000 extra for shipment. You can't travel with your car, you will have to organize your own transportation separately. You can laid your caravan at Colon in Panama (however, very dangerous town, take extra precautions and preparations!) or you can try random banana cargo ships from the port of Almirante.
Read more on shipping: http://www.drivetheamericas.com/wiki/Darien_Gap#Barwil_Agencies.2C_Container_Shipping_from_Panama_to_Ecuador_or_Colombia http://www.dare2go.com/shippinginfo1.shtml this also talks about customer, shipping docs (< ERROR: the link title is too long!)
Hi....read my new thread....I have returned safely, and had a great trip....going back again!!! thanks for the comments. Mark
NOW.... PANAMA TO COLUMBIA VIA THE NEW FERRY!!! We are so excited that we can now go via ferry with the RV's and enjoy the RIDE! No more air flights and save $1000's when we go on the trek this upcoming August 2012!!!
A new ferry service will start on May 10th and run about 3 times a weeK!
This is the longest, most ambitious trek available today, . “Recreational Vehicles offer adventurous travelers the opportunity to see these foreign countries and their people, as they really are, while traveling at a leisurely pace
The Ferry Service has impacted the Logistic planning for the 15th South America Expedition that began in 1997. There was a ferry in the 90's and now has started once again.
This year's expedition will depart in August and return approximately the 15th of December. The main travel routing will follow the Pan American Highway, with various side trips of tourist interest. A sampling of the attractions include; the Panama Canal, Atacama Desert in Peru, the wine and Lake District of Chile, glaciers of Argentina, the southernmost city in the world Â– Ushuaia, Argentina, the Petrified Forest of Argentina, Whale, Flamingo and Penguin Watching at Puerto Piramides, Argentina, nearly 4000 miles of Brazilian coastline, and a 6-day trip onboard a river barge up the Amazon River with our vehicles.
here is a link with practical information you might want to know when traveling to Argentina. I found it very useful when I planned my trip.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Sep-2012, at 04:44 by vicky.luna39 Sorry, no promos please. ]
several friends are now enroute to Argentina, now in Guatemala and heading to Panama...all with motorhomes on the Trekoftheamericas. We found the GPS new info from a website in Argentina...they are going to publish in June, the new info...too late for this year , but there is always next year. Will try tp keep posted...