This video gives you a taste of what it’s like on an overland truck tour. It’s different to the usual tours, as it’s about getting off the beaten track, travelling in a basic converted truck and saving money with plenty of cooking, camping and hostels.
I went on an Oasis Overland truck tour in South America through Chile, Argentina and Brazil for two months. The truck had already travelled through Equador, Peru and Bolivia, before five of us joined in Santiago. When I left in Rio, the truck carried on to do a full circle of South America. You can travel for 31 weeks on the same truck!
One of the games on the truck was to wear a dummy around your neck all day if the group thought you had done something silly. You can spot the dummy in this video! I got the pleasure of wearing it twice.
The first time was for trying to defog my underwater camera while floating on my back and dropped it, out of the case, into the water. After putting it in a bag of rice for a week, the camera actually started working again. But I couldn’t remember where I put the Micro SD card for safe keeping!
The second time was for drinking too much and throwing up multiple times. The next day, the whole group went to the Iguazu falls, while I nursed a terrible hangover, and went on my own the day after. I learnt a valuable lesson – never try to keep up with the tour leader.
Overall I’m glad I went on the tour, as I travelled solo for two months afterwards, and felt it was a great way to start. Plus I saved money on food and transport as everything was more expensive than Peru and Bolivia.
See what I saw on the tour here.
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