The Panamericana road trip started in December 2011. A car trip through South America with 83 classic Volvo's. In 35 days and 16,000 kilometres, these Volvo enthusiasts drove from Buenos Aires in Argentina, via the south to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. On our blog we will share memories of this memorable journey in the near future.
Day 13: An unpaved day
'Petrol in thirty kilometres'
Day 14: Perito Moreno - San Carlos de Bariloche
We had to drive 795 km and I already saw some pale faces when we assembled at the cars. Fortunately it was only 50 km of gravel roads, but they were of the highest category. Paralysed with fear I heard the stones hit the bottom of the tank. Mel stayed relatively impassive. “They’re shooting at us Gijsje”, he beamed at me. After a few hours something changed. Trees appeared in the landscape and we only had a few hundred kms left. Imagine a North Italian lake. Trade the Bougainvillea for Broom and Lupine and then imagine it to be dozens of kilometres of dense forest. We drove through fresh green forests and saw lakes on our left and right. I sprung up like an old tulip that had been watered. What a joy. And all this time the snow-capped foothills of the Andes travelled along with us.
Day 9: On our way to Temuco
Book Panamericana roadtrip
As a reminder of this memorable journey, the book 'Panamericana Roadtrip' has been published. The story is told with the stunning photographs from travel photographer Thijs Heslenfeld, supported by a selection of some of the many stories written by the heroes of this journey. For everyone that did not participate in this journey, it is a wonderful book to dream away with. The proceeds of this book go to the special projects of the HoPe Foundation. This organisation - founded by Walter Meekes - is involved in developing education in the remote mountain villages around the Peruvian city of Cuzco.
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