The Pan-American Highway is one of the biggest adventures in the world. It’s a network of roads covering almost 48,000 kilometres (30,000 mi) from North America to South America.
The trip offers the most diverse scenery on the planet—and plenty of pit stops. From Alaska to Argentina is also known as the 'longest motorable road' in the world. Driving The Pan American Highway from Alaska to Argentina is probably the most popular Overland route in the world. The connection from North America and South America can be done by vehicle less in Darien Gap, where is necessary to take a ferry.
Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. The highway passes through many diverse climates and ecological types, from dense jungles, to arid deserts, some of which are passable only during the dry season, and in many regions driving is occasionally hazardous. The landscape really tests drivers skills, as the road runs through mountains, jungles, deserts and glaciers.
The northern part of the road goes through Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The southern part crosses Suriname, Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. While it doesn't officially have a route through the U.S. and Canada, some people start in Alaska and drive/bike to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost tip of South America.
The travel is a real adventure, and there are a lot of risks. High temperatures, landslides, steep drop-offs, livestock in the road and impassable sections during the wet season. Due to the extreme winters, it's advisable to avoid winter at the extreme North and South ends of the journey. That naturally means the journey is often completed in approximately one and a half years. Try to avoid areas where cartels operate. Follow the advice for the area you are at. There are many dangers, like wild animals, forests, swamps, and there might even be dangerous criminals hiding in the forests or the swamps.