Travel by car in northern south america

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1. Posted by okidoki (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ahoy hoy,

We're looking to travel through venezuela, colombia, ecuador, peru....and hopfully further. Is it possible to hire/buy a car to travel around/between these countries? Or is that a stupid question...

Do most people just fly between these countries or what's the story? What airlines cover these areas and where's best to book them - website?

Thanks - sorry if this has been asked before

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

It's almost certain you won't be able to take a rental from country to country.

Being from the UK-do you have any idea of the distances involved?

How's your Spanish?

Most people travel by bus or plane depending-you need a good guidebook.

3. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I reckon you can hire a car in each country. like Sam said, you probably won´t be able to take a hire car across the border. If you buy a car you could be faced with loadsa paperwork to cross each border. For example, if you buy a car in Argentina as a foriegner you cannot take it out of the country. There is no problem if you are argentine. I´ve heard that for Bolivia you need an international driving license and that you need to take a driving test or probably pay for some more papers to drive there.

You should really get around by bus, it´s half the fun suffering those long sweaty journies through South America. If you have a tighter schedule then you could hop around the continent by plane with some sort of flight pass. in London specialise in those. Don´t ring them (like me when I started out) and say "give me a tour around South America". You need to tell them your route so that they can sort out flights.

If I did it again I would just get a one way flight and travel from there until the cash runs out. I had a tight(ish) schedule and it was sad to leave countries missing loads of stuff. Like one month in Colombia or Ecuador was not enough.



4. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, after experiencing bus travel in SA, you don´t want to be driving there, much safer in the big bus with the crazy driver than the small car he´s about to hit ;)

Busses are the best way to travel around, they are cheap, go everywhere, you get to see more of the country, meet the locals and you don´t have to worry about someone stealing your bus. Plus it takes so long to get anywhere here, the roads wind through the mountains, so what appears close on the map can take hours longer than you expect.

If you want to take a few flights, then there are lots of companies that will be happy to take your money, shop around for good prices, as a lot of places seem to see tourists as an easy target. Eg, flight from quito to cartegena ranged from 221 to 430, on the same flight.

Also, on major routes, between capital cities, it can be cheaper to buy a return ticket than a one way, so check that out too. Aerogal is my favorite airline here, lots of leg room, and breakfast on a 1 hour flight!