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How Rich and Amanda Ligato drove a VW van for 59,480 miles (95,724 kilometers) from California to Uganda via Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

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We were forced to make a decision when we reached Panama, the southernmost country in Central America. The Pan-American Highway passes through the Darién Gap, a dense, lawless jungle between Central and South America.  To continue with our journey we reluctantly decided to transport the van in a container and ship it through the canal from the port of Colón, Panama to Guayaquil, Ecuador. The voyage took three days.
—Amanda and Rich Ligato

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