Planning a two-month circuit of central South America takes a lot of planning and the closer we get to leaving, the more we find to do. Part of the reason we decided to visit some of the places we haven’t been is because we own a 4 x 4 vehicle–why not take advantage of it to travel?

Great idea, but now the list of things to check:

Tires, 2 new. Belts replaced, fluids replaced, spare fluids (oil, radiator, brakes)
Jack, safety triangles (required in Peru and possibly countries), special nut lock needed to remove tires; we also have a bumper jack that we hope never to use.
Wiper blades, new windshield squirters (the others squirted all over but not on the windows).
Get the rear window fixed so it will go up and down. Get the running board fixed from being badly bent during a blowout on the highway (Scary).
Car insurance for the countries to be visited. Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Peru require proof of ownership, insurance and inspection to cross borders. A copy of the Peruvian “revision tecnica” from the annual required inspection, should do it. At the border you stand in line and get a paper stamped five times and you’re good to go. DSCN2517ver1

There are some humorous and sometimes not so humorous stories of crossing the various borders.


Published by winifredcreamer

I am a retired archaeologist and I like to travel, especially to places where you can walk along the shore or watch birds. My husband Jonathan and I travel for more than half the year every year, seeing all the places that we haven't gotten to yet.

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