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1. Posted by pnair00 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Heres is my Route!!

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nairpower/detail?.dir=8088&.dnm=d51d.jpg

I start from crappy Detroit to Miami. Then Fly to Bogota and backpak all the way dow to Bolivia. From there I'll catch a plane back to Miami. Now this must be completed within 1 month. Is this even possible?

PS: Does anyone know of any trains or busses that will do this? I dont have a lot of money to spend ($7/day at most). I have never been to SA before so any advice will be heard. Thankyou.

2. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

From Bogota to Bolivia in 1 month! Better to spend 1 month in the north of Colombia but is probably to expensive. You have to cross Ecuador and Peru and they are not small countries like in Europe where you can travel through 5 countries in 5 hrs. And you have a very small budget if it is right what you wrote. Bolivia is very cheap maybe you should spend most of the time there. Some places you can stay for $2 a night and transport is really cheap to. Are you camping? Saves you a lot of money!

3. Posted by pnair00 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Well its going to be mostly lots of bus and train rides to cross the vast amount of land. Heres what I figure...In one months time...Each country takes I assume 7 continuous days to cross. that leaves 10 days to explore/stay in small towns. The rest of the while I'll be camping and sleeping at train stations. Im familiar with india. In india, you can take a train ride all the way from the bottom to he top! Is South America anything like this??

Quoting janszham

From Bogota to Bolivia in 1 month! Better to spend 1 month in the north of Colombia but is probably to expensive. You have to cross Ecuador and Peru and they are not small countries like in Europe where you can travel through 5 countries in 5 hrs. And you have a very small budget if it is right what you wrote. Bolivia is very cheap maybe you should spend most of the time there. Some places you can stay for $2 a night and transport is really cheap to. Are you camping? Saves you a lot of money!

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Train travel in South America isn't great. You are much better off taking buses in most places.

When you say you have $7 a day to spend, is that total, or just on transportation? South America is more expensive than India.

Greg

5. Posted by pnair00 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

More expensve than india? Did not know that. Im saying $7 total for the day. I plan to be there for a month so it comes to around $200. How much are bus rides across each country?

Quoting GregW

Train travel in South America isn't great. You are much better off taking buses in most places.

When you say you have $7 a day to spend, is that total, or just on transportation? South America is more expensive than India.

Greg

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting pnair00

More expensve than india? Did not know that. Im saying $7 total for the day. I plan to be there for a month so it comes to around $200. How much are bus rides across each country?

I agree with Greg, $7/day doesn't seems like enough to me. Can't you get a little more than $200 together (for an entire months trip)? You wouldn't need lots more if you don't mind really roughing it, but I'd try and budget a little more than $7/day.

7. Posted by pnair00 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Well I could but you see the point is, to see the country as the natives would. Not seeing it as a foreigner. Eat the same food, sleep in the same palces, you get the idea. If theres one thing I hate, is to act like a foreigner with a drass shirt, walk around high and mighty, and splurge on everything in a poor country.

Does anyone know the cost of busses and trains in SA (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia)?

I agree with Greg, $7/day doesn't seems like enough to me. Can't you get a little more than $200 together (for an entire months trip)? You wouldn't need lots more if you don't mind really roughing it, but I'd try and budget a little more than $7/day.[/quote]

8. Posted by PistolPD (Full Member 19 posts) 11y

If you are planning to camp, and do a bit of hitchhiking, I suppose you COULD do it with $7 a day. Although, I would have to agree with the previous repliers in saying that you definitely could use at least a few extra more bucks a day. As Greg indicated, train services are extrememly limited. Bus costs (coach class) would range from, I'd say $3-20usd, for domestic trips, depending on distance between destinations.