Originally Posted by Endangeredliving
Does anyone have any experience getting a skoolie across the Darien straight? Has anyone driven anything so long as a school bus through any mountainous roads in SA (I haven't driven through SA on my own before, but from what I remember the road conditions are... less than ideal)? Would I be better off finding some other (much less exciting vehicle) to call home for the next however long this journey takes?
It sounds like it would be plenty fun, but I'm an adventurous type and I wouldn't even consider this with a full sized bus. Maybe a shortie. I had similar aspirations before working out the costs involved.
The drive through Central America would be a breeze compared to "The Gap" and beyond. My biggest concern would be the cost of transporting such a large vehicle down to South America. You'll be ferrying it or loading it onto a freighter. A quick look at this fare chart
shows it to be $1980 for a camper up to 5 meters (16ft). Each additional meter is $390. A full sized bus is a nearly 40 feet (12 meters).
Total price one way? $1980 + ($390*7) = $4710.
I haven't yet made it to SA, but many of my friends have. Some of the city-interconnecting roads are bad. Real bad. It seems Peru and Bolivia have some of the worst. I don't know about Columbia. It seems that Brazil has a good road network, though.
I eventually came to the conclusion that for a wheeled ride down to South America you can't beat a motorcycle. Versatile and the price is right.