I was also in Panama in September....it was very impressive to see that fleet of about 100 Cat Track Hoes, and all the other equipment ..... they were really going at it!!!!!!!!!! The government has the pressure on and it could be done early....
Leaving from Texas in July, going to Panama, and then on south via the Pan American Highway to the tip of Argentina. This year when transiting the World's Longest Highway, we will be in Panama to join in the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Panama will be opening the new section of the Canal that can handle the newer larger ships. The national celebration will be all through the year of 2014. Also there is a new ferry going into service from Panama to Columbia, operated by a German Enterprise .
Last month on my RV trip to Panama, I never felt so REWARDED, by a grateful fellow camper who had lost his ring of keys at the beach! He came to me when he saw me "detecting" almost panic!
All of his keys were on this lost ring, including his house keys from Canada!! (Don't carry all you eggs in one basket).... anyway once he was sure of the area, it only took a few minutes to find that giant ring of keys.
He offered me $50 for the find, which I politely refused, but I talked him out of some real MAPLE SYRUP.....we were having pancakes the next morning, and nowhere in Panama can you find real Canadian Maple Syrup.....!!!
this is the second time I found important keys!
Following these instructions, it appears you did not do the part in red.
In photobucket, under the photo you have four boxes to copy data from; "Email & IM", "Direct", "HTML", and "IMG". You must copy the contents from the "Direct" box. Then in your RV.NET message, click the image/photo button to open it. When it is open, in the "Enter the complete URL for the image" box, paste the data you copied from the "Direct" box in Photobucket. If you make no entry in the Height box, type 640 in the Width box then click the Finish button.
Check the link out--the have mahal in India is #2. This is this years info...it may change next year. Crossing from Panama to Columbia is by ship ....no road yet. Anyway we on doing it to get off the rocker. Lol
I forgot to include we are leaving from Texas the end of July, traveling via the Pan American Highway to Panama, and South America. Should be arriving in Peru sometime again in October.
We then continue on the Pan Am Highway south to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil...back home before Christmas....from 100+ degrees weather in Texas, to back to the cold winter!!! Oh, well !!!!!
WORLD'S #1 ,,,,, AND GOING VIA RV !!!
Yesterday I was reading a tourist magizine and surprised to see the World's #1 tourist attraction is Machu Picchu in Peru. see http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cLandmarks-g1-a_Mode.expanded
I was especially surprised because I am about to depart on the RV Expedition that actually goes to this destination, the highest city in the world, over 14k feet, and this Incas monument is now the world's destination.
You can't drive the RV there, but go from Cisco, which is the launching point. We actually visited in October of 2008. A REALLY good guide of the ruins is a must! Don't forget about the mountain, Wayna Picchu, too. You can climb it for a view of the ruins below if there aren't clouds covering them. It's a hard hike up stone steps that are carved into the mountain, but worth it!
Be prepared for rain in the mornings!! When the locals and tourist info say to bring ponchos, they mean it. We hiked Wayna in the rain and that made the steps slick, so exercise caution and be sure to hold on to the chain when it's there! I'd be a goner if I hadn't! It's a beautiful hike, though!
We were traveling south in Chile on the Pan American Highway, and came upon this mysterious rock "Hand in the Desert"....it was too good not to take a photo. We were one of eight campers on the Trek of the Americas RV Expedition. Traveled from Texas to Argentina in 4 months... going again this yr.
ATTENTION: NEW BORDER CHECKPOINT / PAPERS/ SOUTHERN BORDER WITH GUATEMALA!
Leaving Mexico going into Guatemala - you must now STOP, at the new customs border complex (this is a 2 acre state of the art complex), at HUXLA, CHAPAS.
LEAVING= TURN IN YOUR VEHICLE PERMITS HERE, CANCEL YOUR DEPOSIT
ENTERING MEXICO - Almost an hour from the border, STOP here and get your vehicle permits, the facility has all the border functions including a BANECIERTO BANK, and the customs xrays like the international airports. Aprox. 25 vehicle inspections areas, with as many agents.
Our friends at TREKOFTHEAMERICAS expedition were at the grand opening of this facility last month... we though it would sure save our fellow RVers time to know this beforehand. This is located about 5 kms NORTH of the town of Huxla!!!
One of the tailgunners of the Trekoftheamericas, has a 35' motorhome, with the entire roof covered with panels. His lead-in cable is 1" thick, and he can actually power the aire conditioners with solar! He is set for the boondocking 100%
I hope to be ready for the July 26th departure, lots of re-checking to do. Also throughout south america there are solar panels and accessories available...some even cheaper than in the north!
I HOPE ALL OF MY FRIENDS will know why I am off the "Forums", because I will be going again leaving the USA on the 26th of July. I will be on my way along the Pan American Highway, doing the mapping and logging for next year's trek.
TRUCK CAMPERS, AND SMALL RVs have always been the only RVs allowed, on the Trek this year, there will be space for at least 2 large RVs and a couple of trailers, according to the last information sent...space available til the 12th of July, if you have any friends with large RVs!
I have asked about this, and it is because the the improving road conditions and better camp locations that can handle the larger units.
The countries that have the most RVs in Latin America are: Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. There are many factories that built RVs similiar to the Euroupean models.
F350 diesel, with Lance Ledgend camper, taken on the Trekoftheamericas Expedition in Peru.....
I really haven't fiqured how to get a photo, here but here is the link to see my camper in the Desert Museum , Nastec Lines in Peru...... we did the 12000 mile trip on the Pan AMerican Highway from the USA to Argentina... hope to go again this year with other campers....