USA to S.America: Driving vs Shipping...

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#1 Thu, 09/15/2011 - 12:19

USA to S.America: Driving vs Shipping...

We're going to get our 3.2m high, 2.2m wide (too high for container, possibly too wide for open container - anyone advise?) RV to S.America from USA sometime next spring. We're not so fussed about missing out Central America on our round the world trip ( and we'd like to weigh up costs involved compared between driving down to Panama and shipping or shipping direct from Texas or somewhere USA. We're two people. I'm thinking of diesel costs, visas (we're European), insurance, etc. against costs of flights and the $3000 shipping from USA...

Any thoughts gratefully received...


Wed, 09/21/2011 - 09:54

At this link you will find

  • info about Panama -> Cartagena, CO - thats what we did with our motorhome, also
  • info about Florida to Argentina that we got from some other travelers




Thu, 09/22/2011 - 11:45

Let us know your plans of

Let us know your plans of shipping by spring. We can offer and give you guidance from Houston, Miami to Cartagena-Colombia or any other south american country.

RoRo is your way to go with that RV size. Ships leaves Houston once a month basically but there are other carriers doing it ea. 15 days. Some of them are not carrying cmaper trialers but self propulsed campers yes. Cost is variable and seasonal depending on the demands. I would say around the price of a container.

A 20ft Container is about $2500 (Freight) from Houston to Cartagena, today's cost.

If you want to cross from Panama to Cartagena sharing a container is about $1200/vehicle


Wed, 09/28/2011 - 15:22

I am not sure what kind of RV

I am not sure what kind of RV you have so it's hard to estimate the cost, but for sure it would cost more to come down to Panama than shipping directly from the USA.

A Roro from Panama to Cartegena starts at $2000 and can go up to $3700 for a Unimog.

Then add at least $2000 to drive from USA to Panama and at least a few weeks more on the road.

On the other hand, you can fly from Panama to Colombia for about $350 each, or even take a boat for less, so you would be saving there.

I am not sure if you can find flights to South America from USA for that price.

At the end, I think it's more of a personal decision than a financial one.  In the grand picture, the difference is not that much.  Personnally, I would drive down to Panama if you have the time.