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 24: Puno - Yucay
We drove 440 km to Yucay. The landscape is definitely changing now. You can really tell we’re travelling towards the equator. After every corner you find yourself in new scenery. I can tell you that the 3 metre high Sansevierias have their appeal. Amazing trees with bright red bunches of flowers and children herding llamas. And of course cows, pigs and more of the like just walking on the road. We drove in the dark and we only have our distance headlamps left. Thankfully we could squeeze in between 2 other cars, because driving amongst trucks without your rear lights is not the best idea.
I thought we’d sleep in a cowshed - I didn’t see anything else along the way - but suddenly we passed a gate and we arrived at a fabulous lodge hotel. Stunning gardens, wonderfully lit, pretty houses: so beautiful!
Day 27: Yucay - Nazca
In Argentina we saw some llamas, in Chile we also saw some horses, but the things we saw on the roads in Bolivia and now in Peru are something else. We see: cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, rocks (that fell down the mountain) but most of all: dogs. Lots and lots of dogs. It’s an infestation. The people here don’t seem too bothered. The advice is to honk when they’re in your way and it works, they move. Now we’re on the 2nd mountain pass of the day and on our way to Nazca. Altitude is now 4000 metres and we’re on our way to 4500 metres.
Day 27: Yucay - Nazca
Today’s trip was breathtaking (and not because of the thin air). Stunning mountain passes and plateaus. We also saw a lot of wild animals. At 4300 metres altitude at a mountain lake we saw flamingos, we didn’t expect to see those there. With the high altitude combined with the temperature, a total of 15 cars has broken down because of the infamous ‘vapour lock’ in the fuel pump.
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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