After arriving in Colombia I had to think about what to do with the van. You have to know, Colombia is like a dead-end road for overlanders. The border to Venezuela in the East is closed and anyways its not a country you want to travel on your own and with your own car. The area of the Northern border to Panama is a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest. The so called Darién Gap is considered as one of the most dangerous areas in the western hemisphere. If you want to continue on the Panamerican Highways, you’d have to ship your vehicle. Either way, my options were limited. I could either sell my car in Colombia or ship it to either Panama or Europe. After comparing the rates, it turned out that it doesn’t really matter where I was going because it’s about the same price. Most of the money goes into port fees and taxes anyway. After spending six months in Colombia, I finally decided to return to Europe – with my van. I found it impossible to sell it after more than a year living in it. So many memories and after all, it has become my home!
3) My agent told me to come to his office about 10 days before the departure date. He needed A LOT of informations: passport, vehicle registration, customs documents, client evaluation form, and some other forms I still have no idea what they were for. More reasons to get a good agent!
15) Total shipping cost: 2800 USD (+ 260 USD importation fees in Germany)
Can you share any relevant tips or things not to forget before sending your freedom vessel on a boat?
Waking up at the bloody-red Laguna Colorada after spending the night with -25°C or climbing the Uturuncu volcano (6008m) are moments I will never forget. For me personally, the Salar de Uyuni was the best place in South America. The salt flat seems endless and you easily lose your feeling for distances and directions. After it was snowing for a couple of hours, the whole thing turned into a big mirror. It was simply unbelievable!