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, Colombia, and Venezuela, 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.
There are millions of pictures of Machu Picchu. What elements did Coen capture on camera?
Fun to know: What is the best thing overlanders brought on your journey? The stupid thing? And what should they have brought instead?
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.
It is time for a new overland road trip, leaving Bolivia, via Copacabana at Lake Titicaca, and crossing the border to our next country: Peru.
Paid accommodation, staying with locals, practical campspots, and ultimate places for overland camping in Bolivia, including GPS waypoints.
How much did we spend on camping, diesel, sightseeing, and the Land Cruiser? Here are details on our Bolivia budget and expenditures.
Tips on where to get your car fixed, on what to do in case of a major repair (overhaul), and tips on where to find workshops in Bolivia.
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?
Balnearios, Camping Agrestre, Camping Privado, Refugios are just some of the places for overland camping in Argentina.
We decided to check out the Most Dangerous Road in the World, the Death Road. Is it really that dangerous? Where was everybody?
What’s the story on the two-tier price system for fuel in Bolivia? Are there ways around it? Here’s a list with tips and our experiences.
New requirement on car papers for Bolivia: Orden de Traslado. It’s one of the car papers for Bolivia; the Temporary Import Document is easy.
What’s the story concerning a visa for Bolivia, do you get 1 month, 3 months, or 6 months?
An ambitions project of a railroad through Bolivia fell to pieces. All there is left is the train cemetery outside Uyuni, for all to see.
Time for a smile: a random selection of animals we’ve come across in South America.
Searching for an excellent car workshop in South America? Here’s an impression of Ernesto’s immaculate garage, in La Paz, Bolivia.
To talk to birds, visit the beautiful animal sanctuary with a bird dome for a 120 birds caught in smuggling like macaws, parrots, toucans.
Specific ins and outs that may be of interest when planning on driving in Bolivia: Info on road conditions, road maps and toll roads.
What money do they have in Bolivia, bolivianos or pesos? And is it easy to find Atms in Bolivia – that work as well…
100+ GPS Waypoints with additional information on places we stayed in Brazil.
After 4 extensive visits, totaling some 600 days we are leaving Brazil…
Our favorite places in Brazil to splurge, to take time-out, to watch wildlife and to enjoy ecotourism.
Lobster on the menu: enough reason to stay another day, isn’t it?
Sometimes we’re not in harmony with ourselves, each other, or our surroundings. And then, suddenly, everything changes…
From a blown-up battery in a horrible tourist town to a magical night in the dunes.
When one of your batteries blow up and you’re in the middle of nowhere and find the kindest people who help you and trust you.
We drive to the end of the world, meet Bertoldo and get landcruisingadventure.com in the air. How does that work?
Stopped by the traffic police during a roadblock in Bélem. Are we speaking the same language as the police officer?
Rust is a never-ending issue with our Land Cruiser. A welder finds the creative solution of fiberglass repair where welding doesn’t work.
After the aluminum welding was done, it was time for projects that required welding stainless steel. Luckily we found the right man for this.
Aluminum welding is not a matter of course, let alone finding people who know how to do it properly. Luckily we met the Jeepeiros in Bélem.
How did the Ford Motor Company end up in the Amazon with 1 million hectares of land?
A place where you can see manatees from up close is Balbina’s Manatee Research Center in north Brazil. We are lucky and get a private tour.
Paid accommodation, staying with locals, and where to go overland camping in Guyana, including GPS waypoints.
The Rupununi Savanna of Guyana is home to many birds. Coen tries to capture them.
A private tour through a gold mine!
There are blockades in Guyana and we have to calculate how much diesel we have, and how much more we need Or can we get to Mahdia after all?
Ever heard of Guyana’s Tapirs? Take a look, they are quite a sight. But they are not at all what you’d expect. No wildlife, but cars!
New country, new impressions. In Guyana we appreciate the gesture of welcome when in need of getting a flat tire fixed.
A highlight in Suriname: A boat trip to remnants of Suriname’s colonial plantation history in and around the Warappa Kreek.
The 18-hour SOL Adventure Rally and the 4-day Savanna Rally focus on the savanna of Suriname. We joined the dozens of teams and conquered our own challenges.
The Hash House Harriers is a running club that exists worldwide. We are introduced to hashing in Suriname, and learn there’s much more to it than running.
Being invited for a local sampula party not only is an honor; it’s fun.
One of the most impressive sights in South America has been watching sea turtles in French Guiana: leatherbacks, green turtles and olive turtles.
Guide de Guyane, by Philippe Boré, brought us to unexpected places. We loved hiking in French Guiana, with trails full of wildlife as well as historic sites.
When we apply for our Surinamese visa we enter the world of “It doesn’t matter who you are, but who you know”. Question is: who’s the right person?
Europe in South America: French Guiana. It has the euro and lots of good wine and cheese. It’s also on a major drug trafficking route – how safe is it?
The bridge is finished but not yet open, so in order to drive to French Guiana you’ll need to cross a river. Here’s info on shipping your vehicle across the Oiapoque River.
Names of companies, prices for shipping + GPS Waypoints.
Crossing the 40-hour journey across the Amazon River as a stowaway? I don’t think so.
Part 2 of Off-Road in Sertão, Brazil: fixing the spare tank, driving rally terrain, hitting the start of the rainy season.
From the coast to Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus: Sertão, caatinga, farms, cacti and palma, and friendly, helpful people.
After years of peaceful travel we encountered the other side of coin: we were robbed.
Driving through the Amazon during rain has its challenges: tarantula’s, midgets, mosquitoes and dengue.
A Toyoteiros Charity Rally near Salvador da Bahia, to help bring attention to the needs of the nearby village of Maracangalha.
One of the big events in São Paulo is the Adventure Sports Fair. We not just checked it out, but joined with a display of the Land Cruiser and our journey.
Would you hurl sheep around for fun? During a religious festival in Bolivia we saw it’s a regional tradition, part of a celebration to honor San Santiago.
After the Land Cruiser’s overhaul we take it to Copacabana, Bolivia. There, right along Lake Titicaca our overland vehicle gets is blessing.
Cruising the Altiplano of North Chile, which is characterized by llamas, vicuñas, ceremonial villages and colorful landscapes.
Are we in northeast Bolivia? Some things look very Asian, even the tropical forests around the World’s Most Dangerous Road.
Overlanding through one of South America’s most stunning regions with Laguna Colorada, Salar de Uyuni, Fumaroles and Volcanoes.
The fun was the combination of the two: finding them and studying them: Franciscan churches in and around Asunción.
When the blinker breaks off because the fender is too rusted, we know the Land Cruiser needs TLC – time for fender repair in South Bolivia.
Our introduction to Bolivia: washboard, dust and altitude problems.
An introduction to Paraguay’s sights.
Batteries on fire that need to be replaced in Paraguay.
In part 2 of Impressions of Uruguay we travel to Montevideo and explore the countryside up to the coast of Punto Diablo.
Tranquility is what summons up our impressions of Uruguay. Lovely would work as well
Carnival in Argentina, can it compete with Brazil? Maybe not, but it does come close.
Our ins and outs of organizing the container shipment for our Land Cruiser from Malaysia to Argentina. It’s not as hard as it looks.