05 April 2023 01:47
14 May 2023 20:00
Believe it or not, we have left Europe behind. Far behind, infact. We have now landed in South America. Uruguay, to be precise. The next chapter of 4-Xtremes – The World Tour begins in this rather small and sparsely populated country on the east coast of the continent, sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil.
But we can’t set off yet! As we write this, our Axor is still crossing the Atlantic on a ferry. Delays at several ports have caused the ship to be eleven days late. So we have no other choice but to trust the shipping company and spend the time acclimatising in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo.
But there are certainly worse places to pass the time. We boarded the flight in Zurich wearing thick winter jackets and it is 30 degrees and sunny in Montevideo. No wonder, it's summer now in the southern hemisphere. What’s more, Uruguay is one of the most stable and wealthy countries in Latin America.
We have rented a small apartment in the old town from where we can take care of paperwork and visit the necessary offices required to import our truck all on foot. Among other things, we need confirmation that Mike has actually arrived in Uruguay as the vehicle owner.
Of course, we also find time for a little sightseeing. We walk along the Rambla, Montevideos embankment at the mouth of the Río de la Plata, to the port. Now we know where the Axor is supposed to arrive. For lunch we have asado, i.e. barbecue, in the Mercado del Puerto.
We admire buildings from various eras on Plaza Independencia. And then there are all the “Hauber” trucks with their star emblems on the front that are still in use here. It’s high time for us to climb into our Mercedes and get going.
An unparalleled journey.
Andrea and Mike Kammermann have been on tour in their Axor for three years. "4-Xtremes – The World Tour" is the motto of the journey that the two Swiss nationals embarked on in mid-2020 and which they share with the RoadStars community. Keep up to date and don't miss out on any of the stunning destinations visited by the adventurous pair.
You can find the current parts from the “4-Xtremes – The World Tour” series here.
You can find the route of the trip before the crossing to South America here.