Reason for taking this trip:
Because I (Ivan) always wanted to travel around South America. For some reason, I was always drawn to it and my job allowed me to do so. Janka wanted a break in her work and studies, so she gladly joined me :)
Why did you decide to drive?:
Because I am a car person, a petrolhead through and through. I would never trade the freedom to go wherever and whenever I want to.
What type of car are you driving?:
A 2001 Nissan Pathfinder 3.3 V6
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?:
Only a basic maintenance (tires,shocks and stuff), coupled with making a bed construction and buying a rooftop tent after we've tried the bed construction (I like more room).
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
Working, working and working, saving what we could and moving from our apartment before leaving to save up some more. And renting our apartment to have some money during our travels.
How long do you plan on traveling?:
About 1 year, but you can never know. :)
Where do you plan on driving? :
From Santiago de Chile to Ushuaia, and then all the way up to Cartagena. From there, we'll see - either go to Central & North America, go east through Venezuela,Suriname,Guyana and French Guiana to Brazil and down, or just return to Santiago once again.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?:
To our surprise, everybody was super excited with us. There were some worries, but you can expect that. Buy your parents a tablet with internet to ease those :)
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?:
English, Spanish, French. We studied Spanish for 7 months before leaving.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?:
It's very hard to pick one from all the amazing places, but perhaps driving around Carretera austral, that road is just stunning.
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?:
Earthquake during our first night in our rooftop tent and second earthquake 1 week later when we were talking about the first one in a hostel :)
What was the worst border crossing?:
So far, only Argentina to Uruguay - They didn't like our documents for the car and were saying those are just copies. Took us about 1 hour of negotiating, but it was ok.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
Learn Spanish before leaving. It's a cliche, but it will help you so much you cant even imagine it :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:04