Diego and Jose

We are driving from Santiago, Chile all the way up following the coastline with high hopes to make it to Northern California by October 2017 surfing every possible surf spot on the way. Crossed the border to Peru after 6 weeks exploring Northern Chile on March 1, 2016. The idea of this trip came to our minds after spending almost 8 years working on a steady job in the city, sitting in front of a computer day after day and realizing that we were going nowhere and our lifestyles were deteriorating. We look forward to meet travellers on the way

Hometown: 
Santiago, Chile
When did you start your travels?: 
01/15/2016
Reason for taking this trip: 
At some point we realized that following the rat race was not what we wanted to do
Why did you decide to drive?: 
Because having your own transportation allows you to go wherever you may want to go, and to stay off the beaten path. Also, we are surfers, and as such, having your own vehicle helps you get to places that a backpacker won't be able to reach.
Are you also taking along pets?: 
No
Are you also taking along children?: 
No
What type of car are you driving?: 
Peugeot Boxer Diesel 1.9
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
Just added a nice roof rack to bring as many boards as we want, and in the inside we built a kitchenette, inserted a fridge a bed and a few compartments
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
Some savings from our previous jobs, and of course, doing some work on the way.
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
for about 2 years.
Where do you plan on driving? : 
from Chile to California
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
They didn't buy it in the beginning, but slowly after that, everyone showed a lot of enthusiasm and also some envy
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
Spanish & English. Both fluently Looking forward to learn about everything
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
So far there's been so many cool places that I couldnt just mention one
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?: 
Having the cops in Chile raiding our camp one night just to play a joke on us.
What was the worst border crossing?: 
None so far Chile-Peru was really easy Peru-Ecuador was super easy too
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
Just take the decision and do it, you'll never regret it. Things can be worked out on the way. Also, before departing we wanted everything to be perfect with the car, along the way you realize there's no need to, things work out anyway and is way simpler than you think.
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