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1. Posted by Nat Haniel (Budding Member, 2 posts) 6 Dec '13 22:45

I would appreciate some advice about driving down to Bolivia. Anyone care to share their experiences? Anyone interested in the adventure?

2. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 261 posts) 7 Dec '13 00:15

Do you have a plan for getting past the Darien Gap? From Panama to Colombia there is no usable road.

I gather this gap in the pan American highway is due to two reasons - rough men with guns, and environmentalists fighting roadbuilding go the grounds of both damage to local ecosystems and a connected route allowing disease to spread between the continents.

3. Posted by katzgar (Budding Member, 34 posts) 7 Dec '13 02:59

you aint doin it, no road.

4. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member, 113 posts) 7 Dec '13 05:04

Maybe there ain't no road… But you can put the car on a boat. Here is a site that should help!

http://www.drivetheamericas.com/wiki/vehicle-shipping-across-darien-gap

5. Posted by katzgar (Budding Member, 34 posts) 7 Dec '13 05:19

yes that's true, oceans often have ships on them.

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7. Posted by Nat Haniel (Budding Member, 2 posts) 7 Dec '13 16:41

Quoting Andyf

Do you have a plan for getting past the Darien Gap? From Panama to Colombia there is no usable road.

I gather this gap in the pan American highway is due to two reasons - rough men with guns, and environmentalists fighting roadbuilding go the grounds of both damage to local ecosystems and a connected route allowing disease to spread between the continents.

I'm making it up now. From the responses, thank you for them, I'm looking into RORO and containers. Still researching where to go and routes to take.
Might skip the long drive and ship straight to Chili?

8. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1343 posts) 7 Dec '13 22:03

Way better than using a container is the new ferry service, http://sanblasferry.com/

Cheers,
Terry

9. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 261 posts) 8 Dec '13 00:15

Nice one, Terry!

Although it looks like it's having problems with the bureaucrats - a note on their website about tthey've done two trips but customs permits for a dock holding things up. :-(

And $2000 to carry a car! Ouch!

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1343 posts) 8 Dec '13 00:30

They're definitely having teething problems and there's a lot of drama surrounding the entire endeavour (it's a bloody soap opera) but being able to travel with your vehicle (impossible to do when shipped by container) is worth a lot - and the posted prices are negotiable, same as anything...

I wish them the best.

Cheers,
Terry