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post #1 of 2 Old 03-19-2017, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep across south america

Hi folks, we are currently wrapping up an 11,000 mile trip across S. America. We traveled through Chile, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay. It was an amazing experience, and we are returning with some terrific memories. There were also some very big challenges.

The following comments are intended to help other people in the future ...

1. Our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited did fantastically well on this trip. BIG THANKS to Jeep for building a tough vehicle.

2. Be aware that there are NO Jeep parts in S. America. There are Jeep dealers, but they have no engine parts for Wranglers. Therefore, carry your 'most needed parts' when you depart the USA.

3. Port agents are not your friends. You need these people to stamp papers, and rescue your vehicle from the bureacracy. But these people eat up a lot of money in fees. They are not defending your rights. They just vacuum up all the costs, list them, and pass the total to you. Dont be surprised if you are ripped off by port fees in S. America, if you send your vehicle by boat. These people have got your Jeep prisoner, and they know it.

4. The Andes in Peru are very high mountains. Many mountain passes go above 14, 500 feet, and one is over 15,000 feet. Altitude sickness is real and vicious, be prepared!

5. Many people in S. America will help you. But few people can give directions. Our rule was this ... you have to ask 6 people where to find something, before you finally get the right directions. Hahaha!! So true.

6. Definitely see Macchu Picu in Peru. That place is amazing!!!

Have fun!!

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post #2 of 2 Old 02-10-2018, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks.

Looking back on it - the trip was spectacular. I would recommend it to those "brave and hearty souls" who really want to see something different.

Generally, when planning a trip like that, it seems as if 'crime" would be the biggest problem. There are all sorts of rumors about mischief (and much worse) in Peru and Amazonia. No doubt the bad guys do exist, but we found that if you do things intelligently, the crime risk was not high. However, the impact of weather and elevations (esp. the Andes) was dramatic. And the behavior of drivers in Peru - on the high mountains - was a little alarming.

One of my fond memories - those absolutely ridiculous things that happen - was when we crossed from Chile into Peru. The crossing is not difficult. But they are absolutely strict about checking for drugs. OK, no problem with that. Although it's absurd really. Peru is the drug growing country, not Chile. Who on earth would be smuggling drugs INTO Peru?? It's laughable. But anyway, the border check is strict. Bad luck for us, just because our Jeep was loaded down with a ton of stuff. The Peruvians made us disassemble everything, and put absolutely every box through an X-ray machine. It took forever. After 2 hours, their whole parking lot was covered with boxes and blankets from my Jeep. And then they got really mad - because it created such an unruly spectacle. So they were yelling at me to clean everything up and get out of there. Hahahahaha!!
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