Date: 24 August 2008
Location: Cusco, peru
Overlanders: Etienne & Emilie
Expedition: Mexico to Bolivia
Expedition duration: 15 April 2008 to early September 2008
Expedition comments: Etienne is a PhD. Biochemist. He did his undergrad & masters work in France and completed his PhD. in Mexico. His dissertation was on the enzymes used to produce tequila. Once he completed his three year obligation there he signed up to work for the next two years on Chagas disease in Bolivia.
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1975 Volkswagen Westfalia
Total Vehicle Kilometers: 35,000 on new engine. Installed new metric odometer with rebuilt engine.
Current Expedition Kilometers:
Vehicle wet weight:
Vehicle expedition maintenance/repairs: none
Vehicle comments: Bought in 2005 in Mexico. Originally a California vehicle. Titled in Mexico in 2001. Rebuilt engine & tranny, fixed body and new paint. Originally cream color. $12,000 USD total investment. Interior is stock and un-restored.
Shipping Company/Companies: Norton Lilly
Shipping comments: Shipped Colon, Panama to Guayaquil, Ecuador. 3 days for customs processing in Guayaquil.
Insurance Company/Companies: Plan to buy in Bolivia.
Insurance comments: Bought a policy allegedly good for all of Central America but it was refused at the first border crossing.
Comments: Interior was incredibly clean. Amazing all around vehicle for 1975 VW.
Biggest lesson(s) to date: Donít believe everything someone tells you. They met an oil company salesman along the way who told them it was OK to put 15-40W motor oil in their transmission. It is now making unusual noises.
Web site: http://etienemi.over-blog.com/