Getting Around in South America

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End of Trans-American Highway (Route 3) in Argentina at Tierra del Fuego Park

End of Trans-American Highway (Route 3) in Argentina at Tierra del Fuego Park

Joseph Hollick

There isn't a border a traveler cannot cross in South America. They are all open. Good long distance buses (with air conditioning) take passengers from one side of the continent to the other. It only gets a bit more complicated when one wants to visit the Guyanas from Brazil or the other way around. But in general South America offers travel as it was meant to be. Getting to Central-America from South-America, that's where it gets to be exciting.

Travel on the Pan-American Highway is one of the easiest ways to get up and down the West Coast of South America.  The road is very good in most areas, and it is no problem to travel from one country to the next with only a passport in hand if you are from North America or Europe -- no visas necessary.

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February 16, 2008 change by approaching genius

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Pan-American Highway (Carreterra Panamericana)

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End of Trans-American Highway (Route 3) in Argentina at Tierra del Fuego Park
End of Trans-American Highway (Route 3) in Argentina at Tierra del Fuego Park
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Auto enthusiasts have been intrigued with the idea of traveling the entire distance from the top to bottom (or the other way around) of the Americas for years since the idea of the Pan-American Highway emerged in 1923.  Traveling the length of South America, mostly along the West Coast, is fairly easy -- and the roads are good for most of the distance. 

Countries in South America that can be visited on the Pan-American Highway are Columbia, Ecuador (the Pan-Am runs the entire more..

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