You know that scene in The Motorcycle Diaries where Che Guevara’s friend sticks his arms out like an aeroplane and hoots to the sky, giddy with the freedom of life on the road? That’s how you’ll feel on an Overland adventure through the Americas (minus the whole revolutionary vibe). These trips are operated by our sister company, Dragoman, from the northwestern tip of Canada right down to the southern wilds of Patagonia.

Twisting mountain roads, pampas dotted with guachos, cactus-spiked saltpans, iconic rock valleys…it’s not a bad setting for a roadtrip, right? Especially when you’re camping in national parks, heading off-road into tiny Bolivian towns and travelling in an expedition truck (or converted American school bus) with an overland expert at the wheel. Ready for full-speed adventure? Vamanos, amigos.  

Our Overland tours in the Americas

22 Days From $2,980

Travel from La Paz to Lima and discover the vibrant heart of Inca culture. Trek an Inca...

112 Days From $12,510

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and...

112 Days From $12,310

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and...

34 Days From $4,060

Discover penguins, glaciers and eye-popping cities on an epic South American adventure....

22 Days From $2,970

Travel from Lima to La Paz and fall in love with Incan South America. Complete the Inca...

58 Days From $4,645

This captivating adventure through Central America travels through Mexico, Belize,...

20 Days From $1,900

Travel Overland from Lima, Peru, to Quito, Ecuador. Hit the beach in Punta Sal, get...

19 Days From $2,080

This tour captures the zesty culture of two amazing countries in South America. Between...

19 Days From $2,020

Soak up the sizzling South American sunshine on an escapade through Brazil and...

23 Days From $3,150

Adventure through the wilds of Patagonia on a journey that begins in Ushuaia in the...

12 Days From $1,910

Take a scenic Overland tour from Peru to Bolivia. Be wooed by the vibrant heart of Inca...

12 Days From $1,920

Discover Incan heartlands on this Overland Bolivia and Peru tour. Travel from La Paz to...

17 Days From $2,271

This tour captures the zesty culture of two amazing countries in South America. Between...

19 Days From $1,725

Take an exciting overland trip through Colombia. Travel from Quito to Cartagena,...

17 Days From $2,180

Fall in love with Peru on this adventure tour. Travel from Lima to Cuzco via the...

52 Days From $6,600

Travel along the spine of North America and the centre of Mexico on a tour that takes...

21 Days From $2,275

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Tour Santiago,...

19 Days From $1,690

Take an exciting overland trip through Colombia. Travel from Cartagena to Quito...

34 Days From $3,600

Visit South America and travel through Argentina and Chile, from Santiago to Buenos...

21 Days From $2,130

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile from La Paz to...

17 Days From $2,160

Visit South America and travel through Peru from Cuzco to Lima. Follow the Inca Trail,...

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Tour Patagonia and discover one of the world's most amazing regions. Travel from...

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Travel from La Paz to Buenos Aires and discover the heart of South America. This...

Americas Overland FAQs

On an Overland tour in The Americas you’ll be accompanied by two Western leaders, who are responsible for the group and overall organisation of the trip. It’s important to know that they’ll also spend time driving and maintaining the truck. While not being guides in the traditional sense, they have a broad knowledge of the places you visit and can offer suggestions for things to see and do.

Dragoman trips often use local guides along the way. They might stay with us for a few hours or jump on board for the rest of the journey. In this situation, they become a third crew member, and are able to offer local knowledge and insight into the lives of local people.

You’ll be part of a group of maximum 22 people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life. That’s what overland travel is all about: sharing experiences with like-minded adventurers from around the world. Be prepared to make life-long friends, because it happens a lot.

Dragoman’s Mercedes-Benz trucks are custom-built for overlanding. They’re the toughest things on the road (and off it). All vehicles are equipped with comfortable coach-style seating and seatbelts, and are designed to be self-sufficient. Everything you need for your adventure is included, right down to the folding chairs for your campsite. Just to keep thing interesting, on the North and Central America Overland trips we use a converted yellow school bus instead!

Overlanding is not your typical touring experience; the best thing is to treat it all as part of the adventure. Sometimes conditions can be tough on vehicles, and while Dragoman fastidiously service their trucks, the occasional breakdown may happen (don’t worry, your leader is well trained to deal with these situations). Also, in wet weather, there may be times when we have to take alternative routes, which can mean longer travel times.

Overland tours involve a lot of time on the road, and many early morning starts. Some days are mostly spent driving, for five, six, even ten hours at a time, although we take regular breaks, and these days are often interspersed with a day or two of rest.

Most vehicles have roof seats and opening windows for fresh air and to keep you in touch with the outside world, but as these are expedition vehicles. That means there is no air-conditioning, no curtains and limited heating. The steps to get into the truck are fairly high and the ride can be pretty bumpy at times. All comes with the territory. It wouldn’t be a real adventure if it was easy all the time.

The style of accommodation depends on the adventure you choose. Sometimes you’ll stay in hotels, hostels or the occasional homestay, but a lot of the time you’ll be camping. That can mean staying at well-equipped campsites or pitching your tent in the middle of the bush (or Argentinian pampas!) The tents are spacious (slightly larger than the average two-person tent) and come with built-in mosquito screens.

Facilities at campsites differ. Sometimes you’ll be able to cool off in a pool or chill out at the bar, while other times facilities are basic or non-existent, so you’ll need to be ready to rough it. But it’s worth it: one of the highlights of overlanding is wild camping in beautiful, secluded areas, far away from the tourist crowds.

Accommodation is multi-share on Overland tours in The Americas, whether camping or staying in hotels, so there’s no single supplement option. Those travelling solo will share with someone of the same gender. Upgrades are sometimes available at certain campsites and in towns. For a detailed breakdown of accommodation, check the Essential Trip Information of the tour you’re interested in.

On an overland tour, you’re more than just a passenger – you’re part of a team. Your crew will organise the group into smaller groups of 2-4 (bonding experience!). You’ll then take it in turns to do the daily shopping and cooking, clean the vehicle and dispose of rubbish. Other jobs like collecting water and firewood, loading luggage and supervising the kitty and food stores may be assigned to particular people on a rota system, depending on group size and make-up. You’ll also be required to pitch your own tent. Please come prepared to roll up your sleeves and pull your weight – it’s all part of the fun.

There’s nothing like eating around the campfire under a star-filled sky. Meals while camping are tasty yet simple, and we make sure to throw in some local specialties. Breakfasts often involve bread, butter, jam and tea/coffee. In most cases, dietary restrictions can be catered for, but please let us know of any requirements at the time of booking so we can get organised in advance.

When camping, you’ll be divided into smaller groups and take it in turns to plan a meal, shop for ingredients in local markets or supermarkets and cook for the whole group. Cooking crews are responsible for cleaning communal equipment, but you’re in charge of washing your own utensils. When staying in hotels and guesthouses, you’ll be dining on locally prepared food.

While we stick to the planned itineraries where we can, overland travel – especially in remote parts of the world – is unpredictable. Closed borders, strikes, extreme weather or mechanical issues can affect the running of your trip. In those cases, there are plenty of other tried-and-true routes we can take. We also often spontaneously throw in a visit to a local festival or additional time at a beach. An open mind and sense of flexibility are key to enjoying your adventure.

Optional activities are dispersed throughout the itinerary. Please note that these are subject to availability, and that the prices listed are merely an indication. Ask your leader for more information.

The kitty is a collective group fund and forms part of the total cost of your trip. You can either pay your contribution 3-4 weeks before your depart, or during the welcome meeting at the start of the tour. The kitty is monitored by the Dragoman crew but is visible to all travellers throughout the journey. It covers the cost of accommodation, all meals while camping, and everything the group does as a whole (activities listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary, entrance to national parks, local guide fees etc).

The kitty price is constantly updated throughout the year due to fluctuations in exchange rates and variation in local costs. Make sure you check the most recent estimate on the website before departure. Any money left over after the trip is redistributed among the group. You’ll also need your own financial supply for personal spending, optional activities, tips, and meals while staying in hotels and hostels. See the Essential Trip Information for more info.

Many of the countries visited on our Americas Overland tours require visas for entry. Some are best obtained before you leave home, and others can be obtained en-route. Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller, although we’re happy to help with any questions. Entry requirements can change at any time, so check out the relevant consular websites for up-to-date information specific to your nationality. If you’re flying to South America via Canada or the USA, you may have to arrange an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). Visas can take several weeks to process, so it’s best to apply as soon as you’ve booked your trip.

Once on the ground, your leader will walk and talk you through border crossings as a group, so there’s no need to feel nervous.

To fully participate in an Overland tour in The Americas, you’ll need to have at least a basic level of fitness. Long travel days, dusty conditions – overland travel can be challenging. You’ll need to be physically able to help with camp chores and to climb up and down the steps of the truck 8-10 times a day. To choose a trip that suits your fitness level, please look carefully at the physical rating on our website.

It’s also a good idea to check with your doctor to see if any pre-existing medical conditions will affect your ability to participate in the trip, as we won’t have access to doctors or medical facilities in some remote regions. Many Overland tours in The Americas travel through regions of high altitude, so some travellers may suffer from altitude sickness. You can read more about this in the Essential Trip Information.

When overlanding, it’s best to pack as lightly as possible. Although you won’t have to carry your bag over long distances, you’ll need to help load and unload it from the truck, so we highly recommend a backpack or soft bag over a suitcase. Your main luggage will be stored in a locker at the back of the vehicle, so you’ll also need a daypack to store your water bottle, camera and other personal items.

The clothing and equipment required will depend on your destination and the time of year. Even in summer it can get cold at night, especially in deserts and national parks, so layers are always a good idea. Bring comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. All camping gear is supplied by Dragoman, except for a sleeping bag, ground mat and pillow – you’ll need to bring these yourself. For more information about what to bring, check the Essential Trip Information.

Meet some of the crew

Given we cover so much ground, Dragoman leaders hail from many parts of the world, but they’ve all got one thing in common: a passion for travel and adventure. All crew undergo an intensive eight-week training programme, followed by up to six months on the road as a trainee. In other words, they’re ready for anything. Want to meet a few?

Louise in the Grand Canyon

Louise France from Merthyr Tydfil, UK

Louise started leading Dragoman tours through The Americas in 2013; her favourite destinations are Patagonia and Alaska. Does she have any advice for overland travellers? “Be flexible. Things don't always go to plan, and why would you want it to? Life would be boring if it did!”

Dave mixing mojitos

Dave Petts from Cronulla, Australia

Dave has been leading Dragoman tours all over the world since 2011. His best piece of advice to overland travellers? “You deserve it – life is too short, challenge yourself and your soul, explore the world, make new friends, live outside the circle... it's a beautiful feeling.”

Masumi

Masumi Peter from Zurich, Switzerland

Masumi has been on the road in South America with Dragoman since January 2016. She loves the Northern and Southern Pantanal in Brazil the most. Once when she was bush camping with a group, macaws and toucans flew over their tents – “It was so peaceful and beautiful!”

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Lima to Cuzco, November 2016

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Cuzco to La Paz, November 2016

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Lima to Cuzco, July 2016

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Santiago to Ushuaia, October 2016

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Buenos Aires to Rio, September 2016

Mavis Burridge

La Paz to Buenos Aires, September 2016

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Lima to La Paz, July 2016

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Lima to La Paz, July 2016

Arthur Erberber

Cuzco to Lima, June 2016

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Cuzco to Lima, May 2016

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Quito to Cartagena, July 2015

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Ushuaia to Santiago, January 2016

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Ushuaia to Santiago, January 2016

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Santiago to Ushuaia, January 2016

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Quito to Lima, October 2015

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Lima to Cuzco, September 2015

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Ushuaia to Santiago, March 2015

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