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1. Posted by MarcoPolo89 (Full Member 159 posts) 37w

This thread is marked as being about South America

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 545 posts) 37w

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) 36w

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) 36w

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

5. Posted by hummingbird500 (Budding Member 12 posts) 24w


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 4935 posts) 24w

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) 22w

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 7 posts) 6d

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 ]