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The Zapps arriving to the city’s automobile museum in their trademark car.
The Zapps arriving to the city’s automobile museum in their trademark car. / Salvador Salas

Argentinian adventurers tick Malaga off the list on their 17-year tour around the world

  • After visiting 70 countries across five continents, the Zapp family arrived in Malaga province last week

When the couple began their journey in Buenos Aires on 25 January 2000 with just 4,000 euros in their pocket, they had planned to travel for just six months, with their final destination being Alaska. They also didnt expect to get very far in their 1928 Graham-Piage car which they had bought 3 months earlier. However, 17 years later, the Zapps have notched up more than 300,000 miles on the clock and conceived four children along the way. Last week the family added Malaga to their lengthy list of visited destinations.

Herman and Candelaria and their children, Pampa, Tehue, Paloma and Wallaby first arrived in the province last Wednesday, where they were hosted by friends in Coín. The following day they visited the city’s automobile museum (Museo Automovílistico), after discovering the museum also had a Graham-Piage from a different year.

The museum’s staff were thrilled to have the Zapps there. After a photoshoot, the family gave a talk on how they have survived on the road all these years, describing their car as “a tiny home with a big garden.” Herman added it was thanks to his wife, who has painted and sold canvases along the way to fund the journey, that the family have been able to reach their target of 70 countries. It was revealed that Candelaria had never previously tried to sell any of her paintings, but when the couple found themselves struggling for money in Ecuador, with not even enough funds to fly home, they had no choice but to get creative.

The family then signed copies of their hugely successful book Atrapa un sueño (Catch a Dream), which is already on its eighth edition, and has also been a huge help in covering the costs of the adventure.

The Zapps are currently travelling around Europe in what is supposedly the final stages of their 17-year trip, before they return home to begin a new adventure.

Children on the way

Herman and Candelaria began their adventure just after they married in 2000, and had their four children during their epic trip, rather than waiting until they returned home.

Each of the children were named after the place in which they were born. Pampa was born in North California in June 2002, Tehue in Buenos Aires in March 2005, Paloma in Vancouver in November in 2007 and Wallaby in Australia in March 2009.

Despite the fact the children have never attended school, they have still received an education via an Argentinian online long-distance learning programme.

Pampa, the eldest, explained that, in fact, travelling has been the best way to learn about Geography, having visited the Himalayas, Cabo Norte, and the Atacama desert in Chile.

After visiting Malaga, the children will tour the rest of Spain, including the Canary Islands, with their parents. They will then move through the rest of Europe, before finally heading home to Buenos Aires.