Walter, Marcela, Sofia and Tobias

Walter, Marcela, Sofia and Tobias Drive to North America

Name and age
Walter De Boever (43), and my Family, Marcela (43), Sofia (16) and Tobias(11)

Hometown
Villa María, Córdoba, Argentina
 
When did you start your travels?
December 6, 2011
 
Reason for taking this trip
'Live our dreams, not dreaming away our lives' This our slogan. We decided to take this trip many years ago, but for different reasons we kept putting the departure date off in the future. But in 2009  when my father go sick and my farther-in-law died suddenly we understood that THE LIFE or Life is today, not tomorrow and we decided to LIVE a BIG Experiencie with ours kids, now that they are their teenagers and in not to mucht time they will have lives of their own have their own. This is the reason, we live today and are a family today, tomorrow I see tomorrow.

Why did you decide to drive?
First I don't like planes, second, driving is the only way to get to know a place and it's people. Read more on the about page (in Spanish) of my blog.
 
Are you also taking along pets?  If so, names.
Pets,? no, imposible, just two kids - Ha Ha Ha Ha
 
What type of car are you driving?
Pickup Ford Ranger. gas, not diesel. 4x2 transmition, double cabin.
 
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?
Just put in the box of the pickup a "CUPULA" to have more space, nothing special.
 
How did you save up or finance your trip?
2 years working very hard and saving our money. I have some blogs on the internet with Google Adsense, this is another thing that works well to earn some money for traveling, it doesn't cover everything, but helps nicely with food and some tourist atraction tickets.
 
How long do you plan on traveling?
180 days, maximum, our kids need to get back to shool
 
 
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?
The usual expression was like ARE YOU CRAZY? With your kids? in this pickup?, Driving through Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, is Dangerous. And what will you do you do when you return, etc, etc... too many questions! Our answer every time was.. CRAZY? crazy is living here doing nothing important every day. Another answer was I DON'T KNOW, because I don't know - many things or problems but I know I'll find a solution in that moment.

Did you speak Spanish before you left your home country?  How much Spanish?  Are you taking more Spanish lessons as you travel?  If so, where and for how long?
Ha ha ha ha ha, my problem is the inverse, my problem is ENGLISH, I'll speak LIKE TARZAN - but just in EEUU (United States)
 
Do you have a favorite place or country that you have visited during your trip?
Not, soooo many places were fantastic, Machu Pichu Peru, San Pedro de Atacama Chile, El Cafayate Argentina, Baños Ecuador, Calarcá and Salento in Colombia, Miraflores (Lima) Perú, Cartagena in Colombia, and I'm sure that the list will grow up in different countries.
 
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?
For this momment it's all ok, just the cost and burocracy and time to find the way to cross from Cartagena to Panama
 
What was the worst border crossing?
Nothing, in SouthAmerica all the borders were easy, safe and fast. It's not like it was 15 years ago, I travelled around south America in 1995 and some borders and custom were difficult or heavy but in this trip now I'm surprised that everything is more modern, fast, easy and quiet. My borders crossings were (Argentina Chile by Jamas) (Chile, Perú by TACNA) Peru to Ecuador by Tumbes, Ecuador to Colombia  by Ibarra.
 
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?
Do you driving in the day, not at night, in Colombia prepare a special budget, the gas is expensive and the toll roads have stops each 50 km or less with prices from $3 and $7 each time!! it's amazing, only in Colombia.
 
Would you do it again?
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss and probably I need to drive the return leg in the inverse way. We don't have money for shipping the truck back from the States (EEUU) to Argentina, I may be posting for looking for a partner to drive back.

Do you have a blog or a website describing your trip?  If so, what is its address?
www.cheamerica.com and Facebook Page or Twitter  (links in our website). Beacuse I don't have time to write in the blog and stay with familly the blog has only information up to Tacna Peru, at this momment we're staying in Colombia preparing the trip to Panamá. Twitter and Facebook have the newset information every day.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 06:00

Driving from USA to Argentina

Hello, what a great story! I love your travel plans. Hopefully with the Ferry service starting in May you all will be able to make it easy from Columbia to Panama. I would be interested as a partner in driving back from the states to Argentina. I am currently preparing to drive to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and then back. to Georgia, USA. Last year I went to Ecuador and I have been to Chile and Argentina ( Mendoza ) keep in touch and let me know of your plans. [email protected]