The Pan American Highway measures at around 19,000 miles starting from Alaska, ending at Ushuia. Team Last Responders traveled 16,000 miles of it from Arizona to Bolivia.
Team Last Responders teamed up with Esperanca, and Vive Peru for this project. With their help, we donated medical supplies, a Jeep and an Ambulance. Along the way we visited their sites in Arizona, Nicaragua, Peru, and Bolivia
Preparing a 16,000 mile drive is hard work. The team had to draw up plans, acquire a vehicle, and form relationships with organizations before launching in New York.
The first leg of the journey crossed USA from New York to Mexico-Arizona border. The journey was estimated to be 4 smooth, uneventful days. The drive took us 17 days and needless to say, not so smooth.
Mexico is huge. This was our first step beyond the borders of ‘Murica. No longer were we protected with familiar culture, language, and smooth roads.
Guatemala marked the beginning of Central American topics. Within hours the scenery shifted from arid desert to roads lined with bountiful banana trees.
The first half of our journey ended at Colon, Panama. There, we loaded the ambulance onto a ship bound for Cartegena, Colombia.
Our journey through South America stared with us picking up our car from the port in Cartegena. From there we made our way across the country via Medeline.
Ecuador is not only located at the equator. It is home to some of the highest cities in the world. If you want a dose of altitude sickness, come on by.
Our charity partner Vive Peru operates in Trujillo. There our ambulance would be integrated into their hospital network to benefit everyone.
Our final charity destination was in Sucre, Bolivia. There, Esperanca has setup an office that focuses on improving housing conditions and health care for local people.
After 153 days on the road, the team returns from Sucre, back to Trujillo, and finally New York.