Hey Guys, just wondering if anyone has done this. I am at sea and landing in Peru in a few days. Planning on just surfing Chicama and then hot rodding it across the Andes to arrive in Florianopolis for the San Cat Pro. I have already sorted a car with Brazilian plates (understand that will be less ballache going across the border) has anyone had experience on that road across the mountains though?
Wow that’s a good drive; it took us 2 full days just to get from the coast at Sao Paulo to almost the Paraguay border.
I can't comment on the Andes roads, but had some wild road trips around Brazil. If you haven’t driven there before here are a couple of points worth mentioning to try and help you out.
• International driver’s licences aren’t recognised by all Brazilian cops. They could try to make you pay 100 reals to get your licence stamped by the local transport department.
• Choose carefully which highways you travel on in the western states of Brazil, there are some roads for trucks and others for cars. If you drive on the truck highways make sure you packed some extra undies… :0
• Have lots of cash ready for the toll roads between Parana and the coast at Santa Catarina….
That seams like a long way to drive just to watch a surf comp in the Brazilian version of the Gold Coast.
Have you got extra time to head further south?
No mate, I have to catch a ship east in time for Jeffreys Bay! Im following the world tour by sea. Passage sorted from Rio to Namibia and then down to JBay but the next leg to Chopes is the killer, half way around the world from Cape Town basically
Well good luck with your travels mate, sounds like an adventure and a half....
I have driver from the north of Chile into Brasil.
Drove up via Bolivia to a town on border of Bolivia called Santa Cruz. From there you can take a train (with your car) across the jungle and into Brasil.
Its a mjor headache to organise and is a loooong drive.
Otherwise drive south down the chile coast (great highway) and hang a left at Santiago. The highway through the andes here is a great road. Sealed all the way - bomb through the andes, Mendoza and on to Floripa.