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1. Posted by tourbiking (Budding Member, 2 posts) 3 Aug '12 13:46

I am planning to ride a bicycle from Arkansas to Brazil then buy a VW bug and drive it back: If you can help with advice on:

* Overall saftey in countries

*Road qualities Especially in Panama and Niciragua

*Laws regarding car registration, and entering the U.S. with a unregistered vehicle

*A ferry from Panama To South America

This is going to take loads of planning any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1347 posts) 3 Aug '12 14:32

*Overall safety in countries... you're covering a huge amount of real estate so like anywhere it varies WILDLY throughout your entire route. Common sense and street smarts will be invaluable.

*Road qualities Especially in Panama and Nicaragua... you're covering a huge amount of real estate so like anywhere it varies WILDLY throughout your entire route. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

*Laws regarding car registration, and entering the U.S. with a unregistered vehicle... Google is your friend: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/importing_car.xml

*A ferry from Panama To South America... doesn't exist... lots of other options though, everything from sail boats (Colon to Cartagena) to fast-boats down the east side of the Darien Gap...

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by tourbiking (Budding Member, 2 posts) 3 Aug '12 18:13

Thanks terry, Loads of help

I guess my questions were to poorly phrased. I guess the question is does anyone know of an area that for sure there will be road issues? I am at square one, I have never been to most of the countries I am going to, so it isn’t details on each country I will pass through but which cities are so insane I should completely avoid them. I can handle myself obviously, but I think caution is best.

And as far as the boats, I have heard some things about freight boats that travel and that can take cars. Does anyone know anything about that?

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1347 posts) 4 Aug '12 11:06

Hope this doesn't freak you out but it's a fairly sobering read. Honestly, you need to do a lot of research in terms of your route.

There are cargo ships taking cars from Panama to South America but they generally don't accept passengers.

Here's one of many websites talking about sailboats. It's a great way to get around the Darien Gap.

Or take a fastboat.

More options here too.

Cheers,
Terry