Overland Travel in South America
With 13 countries connected through dozens of borders that require no difficult or expensive nor extensive paperwork for your overland vehicle, overland travel in South America is attractive.
Drive across the vast plains of Patagonia, watch wildlife along Argentina’s shore and hike in Chile’s marvelous Andean Mountains. Take a road trip to the lesser visited Paraguay and Uruguay.
Take your overland vehicle across the Andean Mountains of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, following the much-traveled Pan-American Highway.
The (north)eastern side of South America calls for overland adventure at its best: the beaches and Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, and the tucked-away but fascinating and beautiful countries of French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana along South America’s northern shore.
Giant snails, army ants, red creepers, and walking palm trees are among the beauties you will find in the cloud forest in Ecuador – a photo essay.
A flashback to the first Dakar Rally in South America. In the company of Argentineans we found a perfect spot to watch the spectacle.
Our 600 Days of travel in Brazil have included a couple of fantastic road trips that we would like to share with you…
One of Peru’s most authentic, dramatic, fun and spectacular festivals: the Paucartambo Festival, with 17 traditional troupes honoring the Virgin of Carmen.
Photos of an off-road adventure in Brazil where we drive through shifting sands of dunes and beaches, and cross rivers on rickety, hand-powered ferries.
You can ship your car per container of per RoRo. How does it work, and are there other alternatives to ship a car across the ocean?
We are lucky to have a peek into the lives of the Mennonites in Paraguay, in a moderate community as well as a conservative community.
Why Buy a Coleman Camp Oven? Is it worth the investment, the space it takes in the car? After 10 years we bought one, and here’s why.
After an hour of fruitless trying piranhas were suddenly flying into the boat. We had hit a school of them and reeled in one after the other. Pablo carefully removed …
Paraguay has more than enough to offer for overlanders to check it out.
Rocket launches, sloths, winti rituals, gold mines and car rallies are among the experiences that make traveling to the Guianas unique.
Argentina has many campgrounds but the beauty is that you don’t depend on them. Boondocking is allowed and very common indeed. Many magnificent camping spots are in the back of …
Ship your vehicle (or rent a car) and explore some of the best road trips in South America. Here are our 9 favorites.
The GPS is clueless; we trust the instructions of farmers. We have swapped the white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean lined with palm trees for the little-explored Sertão, as the …
In Patagonia, you don’t need a campground; here, rough camping is a way of life. The region is safe, and Argentineans and Chileans are campers themselves. They are not surprised …
Visit a Brazil few travelers have seen and check out these 10 under-the-radar spots for sightseeing and outdoor adventure.
From glaciers to deserts, from the Amazon Rainforest to vast wetlands, and from waterfalls to salt flats, South America has a number of places where you feel how insignificant we, …
What’s the lure of the Pan Americana? I asked a number of overlanders what made them drive (parts of) the Pan American Highway that links Alaska with Ushuaia.
With the Andes Mountains stretching from the far north of Venezuela all the way down to South America’s southernmost point in Argentina, covering seven countries and 4,300 miles in the …
Information and procedures about getting our car shipped from Suriname.
Border crossing, documents, sightseeing tips, road conditions, ferry crossings, and much more in our Suriname Travel Guide.
This is part 3 of a 3-series story of the second overhaul on the Land Cruiser and how we remodeled it with a water tank, sink, and a whole lot …
After 12.5+ years on the road we switched from water canisters to a water tank and sink. Here’s how we did it.
Getting the bodywork welded proved to be a major challenge: meet the 5 welders.
“Guyana? Where is that?” “Guy… what?” “Is that an island in the Pacific?” Clearly, Guyana is not the best-known country in the world, and even among South Americans you’ll find many …
Suriname’s Owru Yari in photos, a unique event in the world.
Here’s our Guyana Overland Travel Guide with information on border crossing, money matters, road conditions, roadmaps & gas stations and much more.
Architecture, transportation, food and people: there’s enough to see, watch and admire here.
Here’s your Overland Travel Guide for Venezuela: border crossing, money matters, road conditions, roadmaps & gas stations and much more travel information.
One of things that makes any journey to Venezuela unique is its incredibly kind, helpful and hospitable people…
Paid accommodation, staying with locals and where to go overland camping in Venezuela, including GPS waypoints.
When studying the map of Venezuela my eye was constantly drawn to one particular corner: that of the Orinoco Delta. The drawback for an overlander: there are no roads or …
Sea turtles are among the animals that characterize South America’s wildlife. Where you can see them? We show you a couple of places.
Overlanding in Venezuela: making new friends and becoming part of Destinos Inteligentes for a weekend.
Our journey in Argentina took about a year. Here we share a number of stories on our trip.
For those who love off-roading to the back of beyond, add Pauji to your list of road trips in Venezuela.
Our #1 destination in Venezuela: the Gran Sabana. Lots of space, tranquility, off-road and rough camp opportunities.
The Andes Mountains: stunning, friendly, clean, and pleasant temperatures. What’s there not to like?
Staying with indigenous people, welcomed in a workshop, invited to visit hatos and being part of one of the country’s biggest festivals. Yes, we like Venezuela.
Crossing Los Llanos in Colombia in a spectacular 6-day road trip.
Colombia has a zillion opportunities to drive away from the Pan Americana and explore the countryside. Here are our favorite road trips.
The Colombia Travel Guide details border crossings, money matters, documentations, road conditions, safety issues, and more.
Updated: GPS Waypoints for campgrounds and rough camps in Colombia, including in Los Llanos.
When we were in Medellín we originally had the idea to directly return to Bogotá. Until we studied the map. “Why not take this loop via Ciudad de Bolívar to Quibdó …
We met Academia 4×4’s founder in Bogotá and joined him for one of the fun and exciting competitions he organized: the Duel of Couples.
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Part 3 in the series Problem Solving on the Road, this time focused on the car workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
The treasure of La Selva Eco Lodge in Ecuador is that you can only reach it by boat, plus watching animal life around the lodge is done by boat as well.
A workshop is more than a collection of cars that need to be fixed. In fact, you could see it as a place of art.
Cali is a city in Colombia known for its salsa and night life. We didn’t see any of this but enjoyed our stay for many other reasons.
Colombia is home to many old Renault 4s and Coen is a happy man.
We completed our tips and GPS Waypoints on accommodation & camping in Ecuador.
The Ecuador Overland Travel Guide details money matters, budget, workshops, fuel & roadmaps, road conditions, our travel budget, sightseeing, and more.
The 120-km-long Vía Auca goes deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon. We indadvertedly leave the main road and meet the Huoarani indigenous people.
We crossed the little-used border crossing of San Miguel between Ecuador and Colombia, and drove across Putumayo to Mocoa.
We added our latest GPS Waypoints of campgrounds and free camping spots we stayed at in Peru.
We swap our landcruising adventure for a Galápagos cruise and to see whether seacruising would for us.
A couple of tips on where to find organic markets and vegetarian restaurants in Ecuador.
In the Peru Travel Guide you’ll find details about money matters, budget, workshops, fuel & roadmaps, road conditions, travel budget, sightseeing, and more.
From disliking peanut butter to loving it. From having no clue to how many ingredients the popular brands contain to making our own.
Ceviche, pisco sour, huancaina, chicha, choclo, choco are all Peruvian dishes, but do we find the Peruvian cuisine is on of the world’s best foods?
We off-road to the wilderness and rough camp at the protected páramo of the Zuleta community in the Andes Mountains at 4,000 meters.
Road Travel in Peru continues with photos on and along the road from Arequipa to Lima via Paracas, plus the Cordillera Blanca and Cajamarca region.
Photos and impressions of Landcruising Adventure from the Bolivian border to the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Arequipa.
Problem solving on the road, in Ecuador to be exact, continues with stories on idler shafts, gearbox dismantles, and tires (once more).
It started with an odd sound, it ended with new leaf-springs, and the transfer box taken down. Part one of car problem solving in Ecuador.
As Coen inspected wheel nuts on Ecuadorian vehicles he noticed many were missing; what does this say about car mechanics?
Driving from south to north we traverse a couple of national parks in Ecuador. Hiking around volcanoes and crater lakes, and the visit of a deer and fox.
Weird sounds and friction came and went for years. Time to get to the bottom at this and for that we visited the workshop Fire Wheels in Lima.
Saraguro is the center of an indigenous community in Ecuador. It’s known for its Sunday Market and we returned on January 6 for its annual Three Kings Celebration.
Our first impressions of Ecuador give reason for despair as well as hope. Who to blame for all the deforestation and can the damage be undone?
Fire works, driving around with effigies and burning them at night, having your body cleansed with herbs and an egg – all is part of New Year’s Eve in Ecuador.
Where to find organic markets in Peru, as well as natural health food stores.
Flexcooking in Peru: new equipment, cooking at different altitudes and experimenting with Peruvian food.
Impressive ruins, mountains without tops, and a beach with sunny weather; a nice mixture in north Peru.
Our Land Cruiser did carry the king of air filters; however, it rusted through all the same. How did the car get to sport a fancy Donaldson Full-View Pre-Cleaner?
Part 2 on our Travels in Peru: chores & friends in Lima, exploring fantastic mountainous regions and sightseeing in Chavin.
South Peru brings a couple of scary moments: how serious is that tumor, and will the rock tumbling down that vertical wall hit our Land Cruiser?
This Chile Overland Travel Guide details border crossings, money matters, documentations, road conditions, food & drinks, and more.
We loved rough camping in Chile. Here are GPS waypoints of our favorite spots.
Roughing it in Chile’s most northern desert, on the altiplano. How can that not be a privilege?
Tips on overland camping and campspots in French Guiana, with your vehicle or hammock, including GPS waypoints.
Is rough camping in Argentina safe? Where did we stay? Information and 80+ GPS waypoints on places we spent the night.
This Paraguay Overland Travel Guide tells you all about border crossings, money matters, documentation, road conditions, food & drinks, and more.
There are millions of pictures of Machu Picchu. What elements did Coen capture on camera?
To get to Machu Picchu you take the train or hike the Inca trail. Are there other options? Oh yes, a backdoor trail with a stop at Cola de Mono Ziplining.
Fun to know: What is the best thing overlanders brought on your journey? The stupid thing? And what should they have brought instead?
Top travel destinations in Argentina, like Iguazu Falls and Ushuaia, lie in its remotest corners. But there’s more, like Córdoba, San Juan, and Punto Tombo.
In Argentina you’ll find a type of accommodation for every type of traveler: luxury, 5-star hotels, simple hostels with cooking areas, Bed & Breakfasts.
GPS Waypoints of our campsites and free camps during our 60-day stay.
Landcruising Adventure in Peru starts at Lake Titicaca, characterized by bucolic scenes, beautiful colonial churches and a Temple of Fertility.
For the second time we return to Copacabana. This time not to get the Land Cruiser blessed but to leave Bolivia and head for Peru.
Paid accommodation, staying with locals, and where to go overland camping in Bolivia, including GPS waypoints.
How much money did we spent in Bolivia on accommodation, camping, diesel, sightseeing, the Land Cruiser and such?
Tips on where to get your car fixed in Bolivia with gps waypoints of workshops and tips on what to do in case of a major repair (overhaul).
What do you bring, what safety issues to watch out for, and what are ultimate campsites on the world’s largest salt flat?
Who has right of way, when to respect traffic lights (and not), the logic of speed limits and more about Argentina’s intriguing traffic rules.
Are they just stopping you for a chat, or a serious (or fake) offense?