Starting the trip around the world on 18 December 2016 I flew to Montevideo to prepare for the arrival of the car. Subsequently I crossed the Rio La Plata, stayed a few days in Buenos Aires and later visited the world-famous Iguazu waterfalls located in the triangle formed by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
On 31 Dec 2016 an Austrian friend Franz Lehner and I set off for Patagonia travelling both, the Ruta 40 (Argentina) and the Carretera Austral (Chile). End of January 2017 I continued alone further south travelling through Terra del Fuego. In February I started driving north using the Ruta Nacional 3 following the Atlantic Coast visiting various national parks until Peninsula Valdez. Mid-February I turned west visiting Piedra Parada and El Bolson.
In March 2017 I crossed the border again and travelled through South-Central Chile before returning another time to Argentina where it travelled the provinces Mendoza, San Juan, Cordoba, La Rioja, the Puna Region. The Calchaquies Valley (North-west Argentina) I travelled together with Clara Davalos, who originates from Salta / Argentina. During May 2017 I crossed Northern Chile / Atacama Desert from where I continued in June 2017 travelling through southern and central Bolivia where Clara joined me again.
After a three-month break I resumed travelling in September 2017 moving through North-West Bolivia. In October 2017 my new partner Ursula Forster joined me for the trip and together we travelled three months through Peru and Ecuador. During this time we climbed several high mountains, visited the Amazonas jungle, the Galapagos Islands and some of the major historical excavations and cultural sites.
After Ursula returned to Austria in mid-January 2018 I continued driving north until Bogota / Colombia where I parked the car with a friend. February 2018 I spent in the Caribbean visiting Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago before taking a month's break in Austria.
End of March I resumed my travel together with an Austrian friend Wolfgang Obermayr. Together we had a great time kite surfing at the Caribbean coast.
End of April 2018 I shipped the car in a container from Cartagena / Colombia to Colon / Panama where it arrived on 2 May. After spending five days in the Darien region I headed north-west following the Panamericana passing through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. In mid-June I arrived in Guatemala.
As I worked in the 1980s several months as a journalist in Nicaragua and El Salvador this part of the travel also was a journey back to my past. I experienced some very moving moments in El Salvador when I met people of whom I took pictures some 37 years ago.
On 17 June my partner Ursula joined me in Guatemala City and from there we together travelled through Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.
So far I drove approximately 49,000 km.