Pan America Highway (19,000 mile drive)

how long would I need to drive the length of this highway?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Are you in a hurry? At a fast but sustainable pace, taking into account time for border crossings and the occasional rest day, I would budget at least 2 months.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The middle part is super, super rugged. Around Panama. Be very aware of that. You will need an actual off road vehicle. Bring spare tires.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Subaru good?

      You're not going to do it anyway stop asking

      I’ll do it in like a decade

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >I’ll do it in like a decade
        Same pretty much. Anyone got any tips on what vehicle I need/ do I need actual 4x4 training? I'm gonna do it in 27 years from now

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The Darien jungle is in your way so you need two vehicles or a way to get your vehicle in a boat and around the Darien.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Couldn't they just dig part of it underground?

            you can take a cargo ship around the gap, it costs like $1,500 but if you're planning a fricking 19,000 mile road trip does it matter?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >do I need actual 4x4 training?
          I live in a state that has many 4x4 trails and the number of people who buy a 4x4 vehicle and go frick it up and need recovery immediately is insane. You don't just flip on 4 wheel drive and everything-magically-works, you need to know how vehicles work in general and get a lot of practice on 4x4. You should get a vehicle you'd make a run in and start taking it offroad, slowly upgrading based on what you break or get stuck without (instead of being some gay who dumps 20k on accessories on a Jeep that they never use). You should have years of offroading experience before trying something like the Darien Gap because you can actually die doing the latter.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        No. You'd probably need a jeep or an actual outback vehicle. What you really do is take a ferry around it.
        Go and look up driving through the Darien gap. There is no road, and there never has been one built.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          well sure, I mainly meant is a Subaru good for the rest of the travel not Darien

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No, look into something like a 4runner or a hilux if you're serious about this. You want something with a low range gearbox, a locker and a frame mounted winch.
            If you get stuck in the middle of nowhere you're dead.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              The middle part is super, super rugged. Around Panama. Be very aware of that. You will need an actual off road vehicle. Bring spare tires.

              It's the Pan-American HIGHWAY. You don't need fricking 4x4 to drive on a highway. As to why anyone would want to deal with 8 hours of fighting stressful & horrible traffic every day for two months is beyond me. The truck traffic is the absolute worst, most trucks down there seem utterly incapable of going more than 15 mph.

              well sure, I mainly meant is a Subaru good for the rest of the travel not Darien

              Apart from that one section between Panama and Colombia, it is entirely passable in a regular old beater. Llanteras & vulcas are everywhere along the highway.

              80% chance you get carjacked or murdered in Central America or Colombia

              Colombia's principal highways are heavily patrolled by the army and national police. Mexico and Central America you could get hit up for bribes on the regular.

              Darien Gap seems like the main fun part, if you're in a 4x4 that you've become very comfortable and competent in, with a small team of trusted allies, and guns. It's like some kinda survival run challenge.

              LMAO at your naivete.
              >"Just smuggle some pistols across half a dozen borders and shoot your way through cartel opposition while fifty miles deep in a lawless swamp, bro"

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Highway is a very flexible term

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Anything north of 60° latitude in North America is automatically a highway once it is longer than 100 km.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You're not going to do it anyway stop asking

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >mfw I know in advance OP will get filtered by the Darien Gap

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Couldn't they just dig part of it underground?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Darien Gap should be avoided at all costs. Infinity stories from there about backpackers going there and getting kidnapped and killed by cartels.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I met people who did it in 3 summer seasons on motorbike. Darien gap wasn't comfy though.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Rephrase, you can either take the boat from Panama to Colombia (expensive) or from somewhere in Mexico to Colombia (also expensive but less so)

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    80% chance you get carjacked or murdered in Central America or Colombia

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Darien Gap seems like the main fun part, if you're in a 4x4 that you've become very comfortable and competent in, with a small team of trusted allies, and guns. It's like some kinda survival run challenge.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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