Driving to Chile from Canada with a dog



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    Myself and my wife are planning a trip from BC Canada to Argentina, starting Sept 2012. We have lots of time to research and get things we require for the trip. We want to travel for approximately one year. We will be retiring shortly before the trip. We will be buying an older Pathfinder or 4Runner for the trip. Someone mentioned in the forum that you cannot sell a car in South America. We were planning to sell the car and fly back to Canada. Why can't we just sell the car? What about giving it away, as shipping it back may cost more then the car is worth.
    Thanks for any help/suggestions.
  • edited 8:14AM
    Hey Devo,

    I don't know if you have already left, but if you did so, maybe this will help with the run. My brother took a similar drive to the one you were planning. He took my '89 chevy blazer from Willmington, NC all the way to Santiago, Chile, where I got my car back and he flew back home. It took him about 6 months, but he was exploring a LOT. Crossing into Mexico was not a problem for him, and I've been to Colombia myself without any trouble.

    When you reach Panama, you'll have to ship your car down to either Colombia or Venezuela, depending on which coast you are driving through, though I recommend avoiding Venezuela, as my time there was not very pleasant (but the women are beautiful). This cross will cost you money, though, cost my brother a few hundred bucks, I don't know the exact number. Right now, I'm slowly making the trip backwards, and at the moment in Valparaiso, Chile. I have no set timetable and I plan on hitting every surf spot all the way up to the US.

    I've been travelling for 13 months, all the way through Central and South America (though I've only been driving since June), and also spent a few months working in Brazil. I hope you did learn as much spanish as you could, because you will surely need it. I can't count the times I wished my spanish was better, and even now that I've been learning on the fly for over a year I still struggle sometimes.

    I can give a lot of info and advice, so if you want to reach me, send an e-mail to: sspadua8@gmail.com.

    Drive safe, man.
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    Hi folks, I am intrigued with all that I have read in this bog. Reading Shiela's reports are very enlightening and makes me want to set off right away. I come from Argentina and currently live in Canada for the last 30 years. Before leaving Argentina, we met a couple of Canadians travelling in a VW Westfalia and invited them to stay with us for a week down there. We were on a large farm and they were pleased to have a place to relax and take in some country life. Ever since that time I have wanted to do this trip from here all the way down to Chile and Argentina. It just happens that I own a 1985 VW Westfalia and having read about other people using this as their vehicle to drive down there, I would like to get it ready for the journey. I have recently retired and would like to get as much information as I can regarding the present situation in Central America and problem areas. I want to take my time and stop off at any spot that attracts me etc. I speak Spanish fluently and would like to meet and get to know people on the way. Thanks for all the info and tips you guys have posted. I look forward to reading more in the days to come .... Cheers

  • edited September 2011
    I have a Bulldog. I'm considering relocating to Panama for a job. I am curious if you found a way to transport your Bulldog safely.
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    My wife and our tree boy's living some time in October from Edmonton AB Canada to Argentina,we speak Spanish (from Argentina) We want to be part of several vehicles travelling to Argentina, we think that a small caravan of vehicles will give more security and we could enjoy mutual company.
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