My friend and I are planning to travel to Central/South America in early February, I have been to Central America before and feel confident in getting around. Was wondering if anybody has any plans/ideas/must do's for an adventure for about 3+ months in this area. Would like to see the Inca trail but have no strong ideas other than that. We are both keen on volunteering but would only want to do so for a few weeks in order to see more places.
If anybody has an idea of a suggested route or ideas that would be fantastic.
If you are doing the Inca Trail (which, by the way, you need to book in advance now - 30 days before hand), then you might want to check out adventures in Bolivia. There are tours to the coca fields, the most dangerous road in the world and lots of opportunities for downhill mountain biking (including along the most dangerous road, apparently). Google should be able to help with companies (or you can just book when you are there).
If you don't mind a little cold and rain, you should also think about Patagonia. Torres Del Paine national park is a good spot for hiking. There are glacier hikes in both Chile and Argentina, and opportunities for penguin viewing and whale watching. If you don't want to head that far south, the lake district in Chile and Argentina has good hiking and other adventure trips as well.
theres an unusual place to visit, in the coast of the lake district in Chile exist an association of huilliches (natives) that build uo a Network of private protected areas. is the first one owned but natives in Chile, and is the best way to protect from deforestation, they are workin with government institution and NGO´s, there are no roads, but in five more years thaeres a highway croosing there lands. so there are few more years to visit that place before civilization comes.
http://www.cordilleradelacosta.cl/turismo/mapulahual.htmlthey have a
in the coast just in front of their lands, you can find the first marine protected area of chile.
Look at the pictures of my site: www.bloggen.be/erico
This is the right way of adventure in the Amazon forest.
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Sailing by the Darien Gap - Panama to Colombia: "if i had a hole in my scone for everytime i've typed out this message i'd have a crumpet which would be delicious hot buttered,
so heres the scoop
your best option will be a private sail boat going to
Cartagena from Panama.
quite a few yachts take passengers, the going rate is i
think about 250 us per person for 5 days (though if
you're really lucky u might hitch a free lift, though
obviously paying for your food).
in my personal opinion 250 is well worth paying, given
that you'd otherwise presumably be spending at least
25 bucks a day for food and bed, and you are unlikely
to get an airline ticket for less.
also the sailboat is likely to pass thru the Kuna
Indian region of the the San Blas which is truly
beautiful and special and well worth much more cash
which is after all nothing we can take with us :-)
so how to find the boat ?
best bet is Panama Canal Yacht Club, located in Colon
(admittedly somewhat of a dive of an ugly urban
pretty much any cab driver will take you to the club
for a dollar.
so go there as soon as you can, put up a notice on any
boards you can find, stating that you wish to go to
Cartagena and your email address. also, obviously,
look to see if boats are advertising for passengers.
also invest some time and maybe money in hanging out in
the yacht club bar, talk to as many people as possible,
buy a few cervezas, and you may well get an invite from
someone who was not particularly looking to take people
a word of caution, sailboats do not have a lot of
space, do try and think about whether you want to be
squashed up with your captain, cocrew. (i speak from
the experience of the longest 33 days of my life
pounding across the storm ravaged north atlantic
delivering a falling apart yacht with an inebriated
irascible captain !). also have a look at the boat
before you go, maybe get some advice from other
sailors, possibly ask for a contact reference from
previous passengers ?
whilst you are loitering in the yacht club also ask if
any boats are looking for linehandlers to transit the
canal. the regulations require 5 people & so many
boats need extra hands. transiting the canal is an
interesting experience, one overnight stop on Gatun
lake and you'll get bed and board for free. so if you
are in Panama city earlier in yr trip visit the Balboa
Yacht Club and see if boats heading towards the
Caribbean need linehandlers, if u luck out u might
find a boat going thru that will continue to Cartagena
ok, think that covers it, only other viable alternative
i know of is to find a local trading schooner that will
take paying passengers, i know this is possible but
don't know how,
i don't think the Darien Gap overland is really easily
economically feasible right now, notwithstanding
safety issues there, but someone else might like to comment.."
From Stephen Grant's (Sailing Captain's) group
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