Volvo Classics Panamericana ~ Panamericana Roadtrip

In December 2011 / January 2012 the Volvo Classics Panamericana was driven. At the request of the initiaters, we have organized this car journey. Organising such a challenge is not always easy but made possible thanks to our extensive specialism and the great job of passionate staff.

  • The Panamericana Road Trip

    The trailer for Veronica television (Dutch television channel)

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    On the way to El Calafate. View of the 'Anita Valley. Copyright Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Remon Rijper

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    The Panamericana Road Trip

    A production team of Veronica and the presenters Saar Koningsberger and Sebastiaan Labrie traveled with us.

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    The Panamericana Road Trip

    A production team of Veronica and the presenters Saar Koningsberger and Sebastiaan Labrie traveled with us.

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    © Thijs Heslenfeld

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    Volvo Classics ~ Panamericana Roadtrip by Sapa Pana Travel

    Last interview this trip! Presenter Saar Koningsberger and Johan Rijswijck. Johan now brings the car to the port, so that it can board the boat a few days later for the return trip to the Netherlands.

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    The Panamericana Road Trip

    Veronica TV (Dutch television channel)

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    In a nutshell through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

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6 WEEKS | 6 COUNTRIES | 16.000 KM


A spectaculair roadtrip with classical Volvos through the South American continent. A drive along glaciers, the driest desert in the world and from mountains to the dense jungle. A journey that started in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and finished in the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena de Indias. During this trip we drove through famous cities such as; Buenos Aires, Santiago, La Paz, Cusco, Lima and Cartagena. Also through all climate zones; the cold highlands in the South and the tropical jungle in the North. A sometimes hard and challenging roadtrip, but above all an unique journey to the most beautiful places in South America via fantastic scenic routes.

The participants of the Volvo Classics Panamericana drove with their classical Volvo, i.e.; Duet, Katterug, Amazon, Volvo 140, Volvo 240, Volvo 164 or P 1800. The Volvo cars of the participants were shipped from the Netherlands to South America. Each team was responsible for the preparation of their car. It was not a road trip with competition elements. The aim was arriving all together in Cartagena in Colombia. The organization proposed a route, but to vary from the route was permitted. Individual freedom all along the route, but in the meantime the participants assisted each other to overcome awkward stages and/or difficulties. 

Panamericana Road Trip | Veronica television

The jewel in our crown (after almost two years of preparation!) came when, about two weeks before departure, the television channel Veronica gave us the go-ahead to follow and broadcast this great car journey. Presenters Sebastiaan Labrie & Saar Koningsberger traveled with us. During the journey they interviewed several participants and reported on the journey and countries we visited.

Recently Veronica television broadcasted the 7 episodes in repetition! HERE you find the episodes as broadcasted. 

Panamericana Road Trip | The book

Reading this book you will feel part of this fantastic trip through the eyes of photographer Thijs Heslenfeld *. His stunning photography is supported by a few of the blog posts left by the participants on the internet. This book is a publication of Sapa Pana Travel.
With this book we benefit projects of the HoPe Foundation, a Peruvian-Dutch organization that is commited to the development of education in the mountain villages in the region of the Peruvian city of Cuzco.
Also Veronica television presenter Sebastiaan Labrie wrote a column in this book; "Colombia is dangerous. It is corrupt. You can be there robbed at every corner. Young and old are involved in the cocaine trade in the neighborhoods you're not sure of your life. His drug lord Pablo Escobar and the others responsible for this bad image. The FARC holds this still find somewhat preserved and we Westerners apparently okay to give this land that stamp. How sin ...... "With these words Labrie started his hymn about Colombia, the country which positively surprised him so much.
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* Thijs Heslenfeld: previously published the books Cold - Sailing to Antarctica and Hot - Life in the Australian outback. 'Cold' was, in the year of issue, one of the best-selling Dutch books. 'Hot' was, in the year of publication, elected by the Cooperative Travel Bookstores to the best Dutch travel photo book. Learn more about Thijs?

Initiator is the Volvo Classic Club.
Sebastiaan Labrie & Saar Koningsberger (Veronica TV) also ride along on this trip.

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