Why The Pan-American Highway Is Not The Adventure You Think It Is

You can have a great adventure on any road. But if you're planning an epic trip specifically to challenge man and machine, the Pan-American Highway — 30,000 miles of road from Alaska to Argentina — isn't the way to go. Beyond a particularly impressive total length the fabled PAH really is nothing more than, well,… » 3/13/15 4:01pm 3/13/15 4:01pm

Here's How To Watch The Heart-Pounding Sand-Spraying 2015 Dakar Rally

The 2015 Dakar Rally will be running from Buenos Aires, up to Iquique, Chile, into Boliva, and all the way back down to the starting line from January 3rd to January 17th. 70 TV stations will be broadcasting the event. Here's where to watch, and a by-the-numbers breakdown of how the coverage is coming to you. » 1/02/15 1:13pm 1/02/15 1:13pm

Docking a ferry in the raging winds of Patagonia

Before the Panama Canal was opened in August 1914, the Straits of Magellan were the only way to transit between the Atlantic and the Pacific for those who didn’t want to brave the Drake Passage. The straits separate mainland Patagonia from Tierra del Fuego, and this video of a ferry crossing it could have served as… » 11/23/11 4:00pm 11/23/11 4:00pm

The two Czechs who drove across the world in a Tatra

In April 1947, two wild and crazy Czechs set off from Prague in a Tatra 87 and drove 40,000 miles across Africa and South America. Přes Kordillery (“Across the Cordilleras”) is their book about the middle part of the trip: from Buenos Aires to Lima, across the world’s then-highest road. It is, as one would expect, the… » 8/08/11 1:30pm 8/08/11 1:30pm

Volkswagen Brasilia, Jeep Wagoneer Thrive In Maracaibo, Venezuela

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Today we're going to check out a couple of cars that live in the oil-mad city of Maracaibo, Venezuela, courtesy of loyal reader Ferli. Make the jump to see the whole… » 8/06/08 3:20pm 8/06/08 3:20pm

Definitely Not Jeffrey Lebowski's Torino: Welcome To Chile!

This DOTS Bonus Edition thing has really taken off, with photos coming in faster than I can post them (be patient- my jumble of files rigorously organized system will result in everyone's shots appearing sooner or later). We've seen North American cars and a few in Europe, and now it's South America's turn. Chilean… » 5/14/08 2:00pm 5/14/08 2:00pm

Screw This Noise, We're Moving to Caracas: Gas Prices Around the World

Twelve cents a gallon! That's the price of gas in Caracas, Venezuela. Not surprisingly, the only other two cities under a buck a gallon listed on a survey by Associates for International Research were Kuwait and Riyadh. Meanwhile, every European city listed was over six dollars per gallon of go-go juice, with Oslo… » 6/11/06 3:21pm 6/11/06 3:21pm