Traveling South America by car
Thinking of touring this beautiful continent? Don’t start traveling through South America without reading these tips, recommendations and curious facts. They will be very helpful when planning your trip.
Not everything that the media tells us about South America is like that Not everything that comes out in the mass media is as they want to make it look. It is sad to see how there are so many -so many- people who stop traveling to South America because of the preconceptions generated by the information we receive, what is true is that you have to take more precautions than when traveling in Europe, Asia or Oceania, so we recommend: Bon voyage!
Insurance, border crossing, budget and itinerary. Travel from Manizales to Tierra del Fuego. Passing through the Panamerican Highway, Route 40 and Carretera Austral. Traveling by car is easier than you think. 32,000 kilometers round trip. Good vibes!
We quit our jobs and decided to spend our savings on a life-changing trip. We sold some things to raise more money to buy the car that would take us from Manizales to the end of the world: Ushuaia.
We have to admit that we had no idea how to start, nor how much we were going to spend. None of our friends or acquaintances had made the trip and there was little information we could find on the internet.
After analyzing several car options and according to our budget, we decided to choose a 2007 Chevrolet Vitara with a 1,600 c.c. engine, 4×4 traction. A perfect car to have power in any terrain and very economical gasoline.
The good news is that you are not alone. On the route you can find people who go by car, bicycle, motorcycles, hitchhiking or walking. We feel that the will to do it and the desire to know is the most important thing.
Traveling in South America alone
3- Easter Island, Chile (via David Berkowitz): Some 3,600 kilometers away from mainland Chile, Easter Island is very popular worldwide because of the moai, huge stone statues scattered across the island. Apart from that, visitors can enjoy a sunny day on its beaches and go surfing, diving or snorkeling.
5- Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia (via Lime884): The impressive Salar de Uyuni, located some 3,656 meters above sea level, is the largest of its kind in the world and serves as inspiration for photographers looking for the perfect occasion to capture fantasy photos. It is often visited as part of a 3 to 4 day tour.
6- Angel Falls, Venezuela (via ENT108): Located within the Camaima National Park, this wonder of nature has a height of 979 meters, making it the highest waterfall on the planet. Even more interesting is its distant location and difficult access (it can only be reached by small plane and then by canoe), making Angel Falls an attraction not so frequented by people.
Requirements for travel in South America
Scalpel. Hammer. No, you are not going to operate on a knee, you are going to Latin America! We know your family has been shaking their heads when they found out you’re going on a trip to South America because they may have heard that it’s not entirely safe to travel. We’re going to try to help you put her mind at ease. You can also drop the self-defense classes that you won’t need, at least on your trip!
In the accommodation it can be a great help to ask the staff and find out which areas are the least safe, but not the most dangerous, so you can avoid them. In addition, there are a number of mobile applications for traveling to South America that are sure to be of great help, blessed technology!
Two more things: don’t drink tap water! In some countries the water is not even drinkable, in others it is, but your body, not being used to it, may react to the difference. Also take into consideration that there are areas in South America at high altitudes and you can experience the so-called altitude sickness, nothing will happen to you and it is as simple as drinking plenty of water (bottled) and rest or go down from wherever you are.