Mar 12, 2012 11:57 - adventuretraveler9 | 2,600 views
Our TrekoftheAmericas journey down the Pan American Highway in a RV began in McAllen, Texas late summer of 2011 and continued to Ushuaia, Argentina in November. UJVWSKYB2RJU
This is the general itinerary of the TrekoftheAmericas Expedition. Some locations are not entered because of the quaintness of those places, and too much publicity would defeat their local character.
Each July or August a small group (no more than 10 rvs) forms in the Rio Grande Valley, which is at the border with Tampulipus, Mexico. After inspection of the vehicles, stocking up on supplies (the ones that are hard to find south of the border only), and rechecking documentation of persons and vehicles, we head into Mexico. This journey has been done 13 times since 1994.
RVing or “Caravaning” travel produces the most memorable and mind boggling impressions of any type of tourism! As you travel you’re living every moment as you go down the highway and it is difficult to realize you are really here (or there, as you will think afterwards). It is truly living the adventure.
This feeling is not possible in any other form of travel. You actually eat, sleep, and breath with the Panagonian wind in your face. You can conveniently pull off the road, stop in the middle of a small town and in minutes be a part of the community. It is truly amazing.
Anyone that can do it should take this type of trip. It is a life changing experience to say the least. On a previous trip one of my fellow travelers was 89 years old and did fine, and another was in his twenties and blended in great. There is no age limit and the only limits are the ones you put on yourself. Of course you must be able to drive and have adventure in your heart to do it, but believe me if you wait long enough you won’t be able to do it. That’s a fact!
Here are some things you can see on your journey:
Birding – You will see all types of birds imaginable, from penguins, flamingos, storks, guaquamayas, parrots, eagles, frigata bird, hawks, reas (ostrich-like), woodpeckers, lest pigmy owls, owls, black swans, ducks, hummingbirds, and so many more. I am not a birdwatcher or at least that’s what I said before, but I guess I am now because you can’t help being one on a trip like this.
Other Animals – Other animals and mammals you will see include foxes, coyotes, deer, guanacos, wild horses, boar, sheep, goats, crocodiles, turtles, antarctic dolphins, dolphins, whales, cayman, capibara, guinea pigs and so much more.
Historical and Native Cultural Sites – There are so many they can’t all be listed here! From the Totonac Indians in Mexico to the Cuna and Choco of Panama, to the different Panagonian tribes. Portuguese Forts, Spanish Walled Citys, Macupuchu, the mysterious line at NASCA, and even the fishing boats of Portuguese and Spanish design.
Industry - You will see both current and historic mines as well as the farming and production of coffee, chocolate, wheat, oats, sugarcane, beer and wine. You can visit the mills watch the production process and learn about the agriculture of many crops and animals.
Life – Other things you will enjoy include seeing the children and visiting and participating with local schools. We also did free health clinics to the natives in some areas. The food and restaurants are delicious and eating out of a coconut becomes second nature. Argentine was home to some of the best seafood I ever had and Uruguay was know for their beef. The ranch tourism was amazing. You can work on a ranch and help tend to the horses, cattle, and sheep.
I get so excited when I talk about my experience, and I know I forget half of the stuff, so I will settle down and add some more in the near future!
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