Most of us experience what South America has to offer by hopping on a plane, being escorted from city-to-city and perusing the popular sites. We fly to Buenos Aires, Lima, or São Paulo and visit spectacular and infamous wonders such as Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, and the Galapagos Islands. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes there are those of us “adventurers” out there who prefer to take a bit of a different route.
Longtime friends, renowned filmmakers and daring thrill-seekers Vincent Urban, Clemens Krüger and Stefan Templer decided to set out on an epic four-month road trip across South America in a classic Land Rover Defender. Along the way, they captured hundreds of hours of footage documenting their journey through the arid Bolivian highlands, all the way down to the wind-swept landscapes of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile.
This highly spiritual and physically demanding expedition tested their limits as well as the limits of the Defender as they traversed some of the most challenging environments South America has to offer. The Defender performed with outstanding handling and proved that it could tackle any and all types of terrain including winding muddy paths, rocky cliffs, dusty roads, chaotic city streets, serene beaches and the world’s longest mountain range, the Andes. In short, the rugged and highly capable Defender exuded raw and robust energy by powering itself through the vast and varied countryside.
The exhilarating and impressive video below will grant you visual access to the grandeur of South America’s diverse landscapes, and viewers will be able to feel the rush of adrenaline along with vicarious joy and excitement.
“I hope a viewer is able to feel the time passing, the huge distances, the loneliness, and even the struggles of doing such a trip,” Urban said. “It’s not like Disneyland where you walk from one attraction to another. It’s an adventure.”
“We brought our DSLR cameras and some gear to capture every great moment of this trip. Lots of winds, emptiness, pampas, bustling cities, animals, deserts and waterfalls – all wrapped up in just under 6 minutes,” elated Urban. “Enjoy the ride!”
We like to think he was referring to his travels as well as his Land Rover Defender!
So sit back, relax and enjoy this truly mesmerizing short film and when you are finished, we encourage you to stop by Land Rover Austin in Austin, Texas so that our friendly and dedicated team can help get you on your way to creating your very own epic adventures!
*Photos and video provided by Latin America for Less.