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1. Posted by MarcoPolo89 (Full Member 159 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone!
So im currently in the early stages of planning a big trip to North & South America, starting at the beginning of 2017. I'm no stranger to long term backpacking as I have done trips around SE Asia, Europe and Australia but have found more often than not its best to get recommendations from people in the know.
The general idea is to fly into Cancun and make my way down to Panama City, maybe seeing Cuba and Jamiaca first. Visiting Machu Picchu is a big must for me so would like to fit some South America in. Then I would like to explore U.S.A. and Canada. I won't have a time limit, just go until the money runs out but hopefully will be able to last several months.

I was wondering if people who have been could give me some recommendations on things to see, things to do, things to avoid, etc. to help me plan my travels. Also would be good to connect with anyone planning something similar at the same time.
Cheers! Hope to hear from you.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 719 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ollie - after four nights in Havana, we went from Cancun to Panama City overland eighteen months ago. If you want full details, please pm me and I can give you the full information. Also did the Inca trail to Machu Picchu the year before that. Enjoy your travels! :)

3. Posted by isabellapotts (Inactive 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

America trip is a big trip for all traveler. No time limit,no money limit for this trip. There given all information help me to prepared for this trip.

4. Posted by kevinwill (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Many travellers are looking to book holidays to America, where as Orlando comes up on top.

5. Posted by hummingbird500 (Budding Member 24 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!


Make sure you plan your trip to Machu Picchu well in advance, because it is only operational for certain times of the year. If this is a must for you, I would build the rest of your trip around it. I also think Mexico City is a worthwhile visit, with its vibrant culture and temperate climate. As for myself... I expect to feel very fulfilled in Colombia if everything works in my favor... I will let you know if it is worthwhile when I get there.
As for the USA, I highly recommend visiting California. San Diego is a very friendly place for travelers and you will undoubtedly have a wonderful experience there. Just be careful, the West Coast of the US is notoriously expensive. Make sure you have enough money to survive well here, an average meal costs around $20.

Happy trails.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting hummingbird500

Make sure you plan your trip to Machu Picchu well in advance, because it is only operational for certain times of the year.

I think you're referring to the inca trail, which is closed in February, and should be booked half a year in advance for the May-September high season. Machu Picchu itself however is open year round, and can just be reached by train without needing to be booked more than a couple of days ahead. Since the OP only mentioned Machu Picchu, and not hiking the inca trail, that's probably an important distinction.

7. Posted by Danny321 (Budding Member 13 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

America is a home of 50 States and there are many places which are perfect and good for the travelers. I also love American places because they attract the tourist attention. Now, I am going to share my favorite places in America. The names are;
Niagara Falls
Golden Gate Bridge
Yosemite National Park
Fisherman's Wharf
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

8. Posted by johnniewalker01 (Budding Member 11 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Hi there

Last months I have been travelling and exploring new regions of this amazing country. I will, of course, properly write about it later, even if the experiences are beyond description.
But with this post I just wanted to tell you guys that ... you would definitely love to travel to Mexico. The culture, the environment and the people are awesome. This country has so many things to do, to visit and to explore that it will be greatest experience you would ever have.
... With that said, my advice would be to travel in the early spring, because weather is perfect to outdoors activities and to night life too. ... If early spring is too close, late spring or early summer could be good though.
Whatever the timing ... I assure you, there is going to be someone nice to meet in Mexico city. Mexicans are amazing people, and they are always helpful.
In any case, what really matters is to engage with things that lead you to find peace. So ...It is wonderful to known that my fellow travellers are on the right path.

See you around.


[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2017, at 12:38 by johnniewalker01 ]

9. Posted by johnniewalker01 (Budding Member 11 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

Hi folks

I have been thinking lately about my next traveling experience, because I have been living in Mexico for a while and it is time to look forward. Mexico is an amazing country and I have to stay here until mid summer (maybe a litle bit more), but I think it is time to plan what comes next.

Initialy I thounght in the Dominican Republic as a good place to settle, but it does not seems that I could find my peace there, but ... It does not matther, because there are a lot of peaceful countries in Latin American.

So, I would love to have some recommendations.

About the choices ... what really matters is to find a peaceful place in Latin America to spend the next two years, because I am in love with this region culture and I do not know if I could live away. So ... any latin american country works for me.

Recently ... I have been considering Colombia, and It seems a better option actually.

So, I will appreciate your suggestion and recommendations based on your own experiences.


[ Edit: Edited on 17-Mar-2017, at 12:56 by johnniewalker01 ]

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 314 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

Cancun isn't a place I would pick as a good place to visit - it seems to be a made-up place for tourists, and maybe that is why you will be flying there - possibly it is a cheap place to fly to. Although I have to confess, I have not been to Cancun except going through the airport. My knowledge of it comes from tip grouping it for VT. Cozumel is much nicer, especially if you like to dive or snorkel.

I was also not terribly impressed with Panama (assuming you mean Panama City, Panama and not Panama City Florida) although I thought going through the canal was awesome - my husband found it boring.

That said, if I wanted to go to Manchu Pichu, I would do that first and work my way back north from there. The headwaters of the Amazon are in Peru, and I've always wanted to take a boat trip down the Amazon and I think that is possible, but would not be cheap. I've also always wanted to go to the Galapagos - another not cheap possibility.

I think you can travel by bus (although I have not done it) through central America, especially Belize which has a lot to recommend it besides the diving.

You will find South and Central America, Mexico (which is in North America) and some of the Caribbean much cheaper than most of the rest of North America. The less expensive places in the Caribbean (in my experience) are Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada and Curacao (not in that order). St. Barts is VERY expensive.

Traveling off season is also much cheaper. So the Caribbean in the summer is less expensive and the southeastern US (except Florida), Georgia, SC, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, will be cheaper in the winter when it isn't beach weather. I don't know if there is actually an off season for California.

Leaving cost out of it, the places I have been outside the USA that I have liked the best were Costa Rica, Belize, BVI, Barbados, Grand Turk, Bimini, Cozumel, Peru, Puerto Plata, and Grand Cayman.

In the US I would always recommend the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Everglades, New Orleans, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Cape Cod, Yellowstone, and Maui.

The places that I didn't care for were Haiti, Guayaquil, Orlando, Oklahoma, and Kansas. But these are personal preferences and others may disagree.