I am planning a road trip from San Diego to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning around the end of May 2009. I will be driving the Pan-American HW through Western Mexico, through Central America, taking the ferry from Panama to Columbia, then continuing the HW thru Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, and from there to Uruguay, and from Uruguay to Brazil. I plan on taking about a month, will be driving a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid, and most likely shipping it back to US from Brazil and flying home. It will be about 15,000 miles, maybe a few more thousand. I am looking for two or three people to join the trip,$900 towards gas, ferry and other fees is all I ask, price may drop if I get more people to go, you can split lodging with me or get your own room, and you'll have to buy a plane ticket home from Brazil. Not a bad deal for you. I have driven from NC to Ca before, and am driving from NC to Alaska, then from Alaska to San Diego this May, so I'm not new to road trips and I've researched this trip extensively. If anyone would be seriously interested in the South America trip send me a message to get more details.