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Zee & Dovi on July 14, 2009

To Luca: check out this link for info about crossing Darrien gap by a car: http://www.outbackofbeyond.com/guide.htm

Jeinner Robles on June 29, 2009


My family and I are looking for a few brave souls to CONVOY with us late AUG. 2009.

So far we have 2 other vehicles coming with us.

If you are interested please email me at jeinner@gmail.com . SUBJECT LINE: CONVOY TO COSTA RICA

Thank you,
Jeinner Robles
Phoenix, Arizona

David Reynolds on June 19, 2009

By the way to all who are interested, my email is doc1dgr@msn.com

David Reynolds on June 19, 2009

Our family is traveling through Mexico on our way to Costa Rica mid July. Looking for travel companions. We are a family of three with six year old son. I am bilingual and have many years experience in Latin America. We will be entering Mexico from Brownsville Texas. Let us know if you're interested.

Luca on June 18, 2009

There is any way to cross the Darien gap along with the car... I have a dog too !
Any small cargo company that would take a passenger on board ?
Thank you very much.

Renen california-costa rica rou on April 20, 2009

Dovi and Zee, I checked out your site before getting underway. Thankyou so much for taking the time to post all of your information, its all very relevant and helpful. Im on the last leg of a four month trip from North California to New Orleans to Penninsula De Osa in Costa Rica and back to North California, driving a 1999 Toyota Tocoma 4x4. Winch, lumber rack(very handy for surfboards), A bed and a fair bit of useful tools. A 4x4 is not necassary to make this trip, but the ground clearance could be a little more forgiving. Im in Quetzaltenango tonight and will cross into mexico tomarrow afternoon. To all about to drive: Title, Registration, Insurance, Passport, License, The permission of that country, all very handy with 5 copies of each all neatly folded in the accordion and another 10 copies of each to replenish your folder as you go, will save a little bit of headache as every border will need at least one or two copies for their own paperwork. You will be pulled over many many times by either police or in mexico, soldiers. Their are many more checkpoints northbound in mexico than south bound. Always have your passport, title, license, and current permission ready to show the police. Most are not rude or malicious, simply bored and curious. A smile and some polite conversation goes a very long way. When approaching a border you will be approached (sometimes well before the boarder) by Guias, or Tramites whose purpose is to facilitate your navigation through the multiple buildings and processes of each border. These guys are suppose to be volunteers and will tell you they work for tips but you should generally negotiate a price before accepting any help. All I can say is trust your gut with these turkeys. None of them will bolt with your paperwork but some are pretty adept at working you for extra cash (El Carmen frontera de Guatemala y Mexico). Save the border crossing for the morning if you get their in the late afternoon. If your caught speeding or not wearing your seatbelt the officer will almost always inform you of the infraction after he is holding your license. That he will be sending your license to the capital, San Salvador, Managua, San Jose.. wherever and you will be able to pay the fine there in say... three days or so. That is the perfect time to ask, Si posible, puedo pager la multa aqui? but never frame it in word or body language that you doubt this persons honesty or integrity, the money is going directly to the government via this officer of the law. A lock box inside the vehicle is not a bad idea either chained or drilled to the floor with self-tapping screws. I spent about $900.00 on a python alarm with a 2way remote which I thought was very clever but at the moment it doesnt work. If you get an alarm make sure you know how to overide it before you leave. Tech support for anything is a world away. Keep the gas tank above half and in very rural stretches topped off. Bring at least one extra air filter and oil filter with depending how long youll be driving. More than 2 or 3 months bring an extra set of brake pads as well. In large cities, always pay for secure parking if staying overnight, and during the day if you feel its necessary. Lots of drinking water, Baby wipes, books on Cd, car stereo with ipod connection, are all clever additions. The really helpful one is the windshield mounted GPS. It never lines up with the highways in central america but will usually let you know way ahead of time that you are absolutely going the wrong direction. If your not a native speaker of espanol, start studying. the most basic spanish will only get better and the whole experience is much more enjoyable in direct proportion to your fluency. Cheers, Renen. rcbswerv@hotmail.com or Freerangecitizen on myspace.com

Canuck driving south on April 16, 2009

Hi there, I'm shipping my small car to Cartagena, and i'm just wondering if there's someone that maybe interested in sharing the container. Mine is a small Miata.

Melissa on April 10, 2009

My (Panamanian) fiance and I are planning to drive his Honda CRV from Panama to the States next June-ish, and are wondering about costs from Panama-United States (and not the other way around, if they are different). If someone could e-mail me at melissa_m@me.com regarding costs, measures we need to take, and whether or not we'll get jumped in El Salvador/Guatemala, I would appreciate it (he is hesitant to stop in both countries).


ariteo on April 4, 2009

Hello there, We are a family who is driving from Canada to Uruguay and are looking for someone who would like to share a shipping container in order to ship thier vehicle frpm Central America to South America (panama to Cartagena, Colombia) by the end of April, 2009. Please email us at ariteo@hotmail.com if you are interested! thanks, A + G

Dovi & Zee on February 24, 2009

Hi! :)
To Juampa: Motorhome will work fine for your trip. However you should be careful about a couple things: if you plan to ship motor-home across the Darien gap to North/Central America it may be too big to fit inside a container. Check dimensions first. If it does not fit inside the container, your only option would be RoRo service (there is info about it in the message archive). You will be fine on all major roads, but you will have difficulty accessing destinations that are further from the beaten path, for example traversing Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Simply get the latest maps, talk to locals and you will be fine. We would not recommend leaving the vehicle unattended anywhere in Central America. As for sleeping by the road, we would probably do it in Argentina and Chile only. In all other countries we would look for motels, hotels or campings that have gated parking.

To Eric: Thanx for the kind comments :) We did not feel threatened in any of the countries. Neither in terms of being robbed nor kidnapped. We had our backpacks cut up while riding a public bus in Quito: pickpockets were "checking" for valuables. Also we nearly escaped an assault with a knife in Quito as well: however it was our fault because we walked in a notoriously unsafe neighborhood at night. However this may happen in any country around the world. You basically have to be very aware of how you look, where you go and try to prevent the problems. Each time an "incident" happened to us it was because we relaxed too much and did not take enough care.

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