Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will I be travelling with?
Groups are usually between 10 and 20 people.The maximum is 27.This is big enough for a good mix of people without you feeling lost in the crowd.
It is rare for the group to stay the same size throughout a long trip as numbers change with each stage of the journey.
I don´t have 12 weeks to spare - can I come for less time?
Yes you can. Our shortest advertised tour is 12 weeks, but if you want come on part of a tour for just a few weeks it is usualyl possible. Have a look at which section you would like and then contact us. We will get back to you with dates for your start and finish, where to join and get off and how much the section will cost you.
Do I have to put up my own tent?
Yes,unless you share a tent with someone and can persuade them to put it up for you!
This may seem daunting,but after a few days you´ll find it´s not too tricky.It takes most people about 10 minutes to set up a tent and make their bed ready for sleeping.
Should I buy new clothes for my trip or should bring old stuff?
Overland life is tough on your stuff,and so you should be prepared for whatever you bring to be pretty worn out by the end.If your old shirts and shorts fall to bits it doesn´t matter - just buy new ones.But make sure your tent,sleeping bag,boots and coat are up to the trip as it can be hard to find quality replacements for these.
Do I need a new passport?
Although there are 13 countries in South America,we will cross about 25 borders during our circuit of the continent.
You will get at least one exit and one entry stamp at each border.This means at least 50 stamps.
If you are from a country that requires you to apply for visas then these can sometimes use a whole page.
Also the complete circuit is over 8 months,so you´ll need to begin with a passport valid for about two years.
In short,while you don´t need a new passport,make sure you have one with AT LEAST 15 empty pages and 2 years validity.
I´ve never cooked for 20 people before.What do I do?
Don´t worry.Our kitchen is equipped with big pots and pans and everything we need to prepare large meals.You will not be cooking alone,but in a group of 3 or 4 people.This means the work is shared.Your leader can give you guidance on quantities and recipie ideas to help ensure a good meal each time you cook.
If the weather is bad do we still camp?
Although most of the pictures on this website show sunny days,it has to be said it does rain in
We cannot forsee these days,and sometimes we´ll find ourselves camping in bad weather.
This means you´ll have to put up your tent (or take it down) and cook even though it could be raining,cold,windy,etc.
But it´s not as bad as you might think - the truck provides a large shelter with seats for us all.Being outside in the rain is quite bearable as long as you have a good raincoat and boots.And rain makes a great sound when you´re lying dry and cosy in your tent.
I prefer to sleep alone,can I have a room to myself?
When we book accommodation in advance we book rooms for 2 to 4 people.It may be possible to arrange a single room if we are given notice,but we cannot guarantee it and it will probably cost you extra - single rooms are more expensive.
How long do I have to go without a shower?
Not too long.We will regularly bush-camp for 2 or 3 consecutive nights,then arrive at either a campsite or hotel.But events are always unpredictable,so be prepared for longer.
We do carry plenty of water on the truck and there are rivers,so people can easily have a wash any time.
If I don´t want to camp,can I go in a hotel?
Campsites sometimes have rooms available,although they are normally dormitories.If the campsite is in a town,you are free to opt out of the camping and find yourself a hotel.You may need to return to the campsite for meetings and cooking even if you are in a hotel.It is your responsibility to be back at the campsite at the specified time of departure.
If we´re bush camping we´ll usually be by ourselves in the countryside,so there will be no hotel option.
I simply cannot cook.What do I do?
When we choose cook groups,we´ll try to get a mix of people in each group.Some people enjoy the stirring,others the creative challenge.Some people are happy to simply chop and wash up.As long as everyone gets fed and the effort is evenly shared,it´s a success.
Where do we buy food?
Wherever we can.Usually we´ll shop in a town at markets,buying enough food for the coming days.Visiting the market is fun,and a great place to practice your Spanish or take photos.
Sometimes we visit supermarkets but they are often expensive and with limited choices.
For the first few outings,your leader will come to advise and help.After a while,though,you´ll be choosing and buying food by yourself.
I know I eat a lot.Will I go hungry?
We make sure we cook plenty of food for everyone.There is usually a second helping for everyone,and then those still hungry,or just enjoying the food, finish off what´s left.
I am a vegetarian.Do I still have to pay the same for food?
We will always provide a vegetarian option,so you will not go hungry.Food costs are shared evenly across the whole group be they veg or non-veg.
I don´t like mushrooms.Can I have something else?
We cook simple wholesome food for large groups so it is impossible to cater to individual tastes.
If you have specific dietary requirements then you must tell us so we can cook accordingly.
Do I have a specific seat assigned to me?
There are no seat numbers,and everyone is free to sit where they choose on a first come first served system at each day.Your locker will remain under the same seat,however.
Most people prefer to change where they sit from day to day as this is more interesting.
What happens if I need a doctor?
Most towns have a doctor of some sort,and cities usually have a hospital.If you are able to wait a day or two until we arrive at a town then we can often arrange for a doctor to visit our hotel (at a cost,of course) or find the location of the surgery.
If there is a medical emergency then we will employ the country´s emergency services or divert our truck to ensure the fastest possible aid.
What if I get sick in a remote place?
We don´t stay in remote places for long,so even though you may be poorly,we will soon be somewhere comfortable and with medical help.
If there is a medical emergency in a remote place we will call that country´s emergency services,or if they are unavailable or will take too long,we will use the truck to find help as quickly as possible.
What if I decide to get off the truck for a while?
Once you have paid for your place on the trip it will remain yours whether you are there or not.This means you can jump off and on as often as you like.
It is up to you to meet up with us when you want to re-join.You can find out the truck´s proposed whereabouts before you jump off,and keep in touch via email.But be aware our plans may change at any time and it may be that we are out of email contact to advise you of this.So a certain amount of flexibility must be built into your plans when away from the truck.
Any travel and accommodation costs you incur whilst away from the truck are your responibility,but your kitty will not usually be charged for accommodation you don´t use when away from the group.
What if I decide to leave the trip before the end?
You can leave at any time,and your place will remain open until the end of the trip.
Once you have set off on the trip we cannot offer any refund,so be as sure as you can that this is what you want.
How much driving will we actually do?
South America is a huge continent and our route around it is the most interesting,not the shortest.
Roughly 40% of the days will involve driving,with drive times of 6-10 hours.Some days may well be longer,but we always stop for a rest at lunchtime and a toilet stop every two hours or so.
It is important to think about this before you book - it is a lot of time sittng on the truck watching the scenery roll by,and some people will not like it.
Just how tough will it be?
These trips are not easy.You travel long days,often on rough roads.You will have to camp in cold mountains and rainy jungle.Sometimes you may be ill.If the truck is stuck it is everyone´s responsibilty to help get it out,which means lots of physical effort.You´ll be away from home for a long time.You will have to cooperate with each other when camping and cooking,which can be hard if you´re tired or cold.
But it depends on how you view these hardships.They are necessary to be able to enjoy seeing so many places over such a long time without having to pay the earth! The more you get involved the more rewarding and fun the whole trip will be.
I cannot make the departure date,can I still come?
While most people start from the beginning,some people simply cannot get there in time.If this is the case with you,just call us to make a plan for a good place to join.
This is normally a major city along the way which has an airport or good travel connections to make it easy for you to get to.
What if I cannot get a visa for a certain country?
Most Europeans can enter most South American countries with nothing more than a valid passport.Some require you apply for a visa before arrival.
If for any reason,you are refused entry to a country it will be your responsibilty to get yourself to the next country to meet the truck, but we will be able to give you the advice you need to make things as easy as possible.If you think you will have a problem or are not sure,then please call us to discuss your options. But don´t worry - there are rarely any problems getting into or out of countries.