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Traveling in South America

by E

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March 4th, 2011

Ok, who out there has traveled in South America? I’ve only ever been to Mexico, but whoa! is it nuts?!? The drivers are all over the road and have no concept of keeping distance between the car ahead. I frequently road the bus and the drivers were constantly weaving in and out of lanes. I remember feeling quite nervous that I might never make it home alive. If you ever want to cross the road on foot, BEWARE. Those cars do not slow down for you. They honk giving you sufficient warning that if you do not remove your person from the road, you will be flat as a pancake. At least you get some warning, right? Just to be safe, wait until you can’t see any cars coming before crossing the road.

For those of you who have traveled to Mexico, or South America, what was it like for you? Did you have the same fears for your life? I’d love to know where you went and how easy (or difficult) it was to get around.

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4 Responses

  1. AndyG says:

    I have been to Buenos Aires and to several places in Mexico. Buenos Aires has a great subway system. I’d recommend to learn how to use it right away because it is really inexpensive (25 cents a ride).
    Guanajuato in Mexico is famous for its underground roads and lack of parking spaces. It is best not to use a car and to use the buses. The bus drivers write the bus’s destination on the windshield of the bus. When it rains, it washes away. Important to know the final destination of each bus line because the drivers can’t answer questions about stops in between since they mostly stop when you want them to stop.

  2. Brad Macken says:

    I have traveled to many countries in Central and South America. Chile has the best roads with Argentina close behind. Brazil has the craziest bus drivers with Peru a close second.
    Each country is different and depends whereabouts inside that country as to how they drive.

  3. Debbie E says:

    It is very difficult to get around. So many people on foot, on bicycle, horse, motorcycle, or car. They are all headed in different directions and wanting to get there first, and they own the road. You have to be very confident driving through this heaven forbid you hit someone. Which, by the way, happens all the time. I have driven in Managua and it does get nerve racking.

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