Who we are
Our taste for long trips began over 20 years ago, when we were still lovers made a vacation out of the Central Plains toward the fortress, so we decided to give a "woman" who was covering the entire Brazilian coast.
Since then, we began to interest more and more, we made other trips around the interior of Brazil, knowing the national parks came the kids and they always accompanying us, Brazil became small and set off to meet our continent we know: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru, to meet these countries were required two trips that together gave a total of 30000 km.
Were many adventures on this route: 5000 metres of altitude temperatures ( -27°), walked 2500 km of rípio road (gravel), ice, snow, deserts, forests, rivers and many curves.
Now our target is: Central and North America going to Alaska and we are already getting ready for this adventure. Let's go???
-On the roads of "rípio" walk with reduced speed and always use the 4 x 4 on, because the vehicle is very unstable;
-ALTITUDE and breathing while driving: when driving in altitude and is on a road that is down, attention, as it is common for people to feel a lot of drowsiness, and could even fall asleep at the wheel, eyes on the road "Paso Jama", after crossing the border Argentina/Chile, because it has an intense descent for about 60 kilometers.
To mitigate the effects of altitude breathe deeply for a few minutes to a better oxygenation. Do this a few times, and if you don't feel well and get help.
Make change in customs, because the rates are better, between in each country with the local currency because the dollar is not always accepted.
BORDERS AND CUSTOMS
In the borders and customs, please check the documentation required for each country. Both the personal documentation, as the vehicle.
Always keep a person next to your vehicle. Don't worry if your documentation, andask all doubt, then don't miss a role in output, for example.
BRAZIL/ARGENTINA via Foz do Iguacu/Iguazu
Is the best, and the Customs Office that has more infrastructure. In addition to the bureaucratic, has cafeteria and home Exchange.
Argentina/CHILE via Paso Jama
People are not very nice, right in the middle of nowhere, but with a lot of movement. Has no cafeteria, no Exchange (official), not to a small tent next to selling chewing gum and "making change".
Ask ALL with much accuracy and without any discount. Be upon all. Came to ask us to the authorization letter of the vehicle translated ...
Chile/BOLIVIA via SanPedro de Atacama/Laguna Verde
The worst of all to date. Literally a "okoyegerald" in the middle of a deserted dirt road. Attention: pay to enter the country, and with Bolivia (Bolivia's currency), so do cambio in San Pedro. And, if in doubt of the value, look in the paper glued to the table, probably handwritten, or any extra charge, as, billing per person and per vehicle. In this case, don't argue, or pout, just pay up and be grateful they're driving you into that country. Oh, don't forget to bring $Bolivianos to pay the entry in Laguna Verde, because this time we had to go back without visiting the pond, because we didn't have that coin, and we just lost the money paid at customs.
Chile/BOLIVIA via Ollagüe/Estación Abaroa
In the middle of the dirt road, ums and containers appear House with gate. I don't know what customs they may have been less friendly than that, both at the entrance,and exit. Also, who deserve to work in a place like that? Dusty, windy, cold, dry, more like a Western movie. Again we were charged to enter Bolivia without a lot of standard. Try not to argue, because each room you enter is a fee for this and another to it.Simply pay and show that you have all the documentation so that you cover a fee. Searched U D T, absolutely without any exception.
CHILE/PERU via Iquique/Tacna
The newest, beautiful and organized. The tip is: be with Peruvian money (soles) to pay a small fee to buy a paper. Do not accept dollars, and real.
It is required to insure against third parties that you can buy in Peru.
Peru/BRAZIL via Puerto Maldonado/Assis Brazil
Very busy, with people on the street exchanging money. Take the opportunity to replace that money left over, because most likely you will not use it, unless you want to keep as a souvenir.