Dear fellow travellers,
My complete itinerary isn't decided yet but the time it takes isn't an issue. My intention is to purchase a motor home in Mexico and continue south until I hit the sea.
Has anyone done a similar trip?
Has anyone had experience of purchasing a camper van or motor home in South America?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
We seldom regret the opportunities we take but we so often regret the ones that we don't!
It's possible, but there are considerations.
Darien Gap...look it up. It's an expense.
Why would you buy an RV in South America if you were starting from Mexico?
You'll have to pay bribes, called, in places mordidas(bites)
I would definitely recommend doing the trip with a campervan. When we were cycling in Latin America we met and saw a number of travellers in campervan.
With a bit of luck, you can sell your vehicle at the end of your trip to other travellers, so they can drive it back. It's not 100% legal, but feasible.
As I heard redtape and crossing borders is not that complicated, you may just have to buy extra insurance sometimes. Paying bribes will not be a big issue either. Only at certain borders, but if you are prepared with the right answer, you can easily get around that.
Yes, Darien Gap is indeed an issue and relatively costly. See a previous entry for more details... http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=81353
Optionally, you can start from Colombia and skip Central America. CA is far less interesting anyway than SA.
Buy your maps at home!
Many thanks for all your advice I will take all of it on board and include all info in my research. I I intend to arrive in Central America before the end of the year, just currently raising the finances needed to travel and survive a year or so of travels.
I imagine I will have many question throughout the next few months so I thank you all in advance.
Stay safe and happy!
KichiKacha is high on the crack for writing off CA that way.
Where do you arrive in Central America