The Other Half and I have just booked our RTW ticket, leaving on 3rd Sept for approx 10 months, and now obviously we can't wait to really start putting in some research...
Our first stop is going to be Rio, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a clean and friendly hostel for a couple of nights to settle us into the continent. We both only have a small grasp of spanish (hopefully a bit better by the time we go) and we're both backpacking virgins so we want to feel safe and welcome on our first couple of nights.
Also, if anyone happens to know of some reasonably priced SA tour companies we could join up with for a couple weeks to find our feet we'd welcome the information. Someone recommnded a tour with 'G.A.P. Advenutres' from Rio via Iguassu to BA over about 2.5 weeks - anyone done this one? I've read plenty of brochures, but some personal recommendations would be great! We're spending approx 10 weeks in SA, with plans to see Iguassu, possibly Buenos Aires if we think we have time, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail, and then down through Chile to Santiago.
In advance, thanks for reading and/or helping.
hey i am going to brazil carnival too, and havent reserved a hostel yet, besides i am going alone wishing to meet new cool people...contact me to see if we could hang out there
Would have been great to meet up, however I'm not actually going until september (got a few months hard saving ahead of me first). Let me know if you find any great places to stay, and enjoy the Carnival...!!
Funnily enough myself and the wife start pretty much exactly the same tour on 27th June taking about 3 months to do SA, booked the tickets yesterday. We fly into Rio travel through Florinapolis, Iguazu falls, Buenos Aires, Mendoza/Cordoba route up into Bolivia and the salt lake, La Paz, Lake Tittikaka, through Peru macchu pichu into Lima and then a flight down into Santiago to fly off to NZ....
My sister in law did exactly the same trip in reverse order last year so I have a host of what's hot and what's not tips. I'll check the book and be back in touch.
First visit to the forum and I'm amazed how many people are doing something similar, thought I'd have to learn Spansih but by a quick headcount there'll probably be an English speaker every few miles
The 'What's Hot and Not' book sounds ideal! I've got a couple of friend's of friend's returning from South America trips shortly so I'm hoping they'll be able to help too.
It's possible that I'm thinking about it all too much and should just go with the flow, but I've read that booking accommodation for your first night in a new place is a good idea. Plus I can imagine there's going to be plenty of 'winging it' going on throughout the trip, so to start on the right footing seems sensible. For us first timers, the SA part of the trip is definitely the most daunting in terms of culture shock so I'm doing all the research I can.
As far as I can gather, having a simple grasp of Spanish is recommended, although I think you're right in the fact that they'll be plenty of us English speakers loitering about to have a chat with! I've worked out how to order a beer (most important first) so I'm well on my way I think.
Any info you find out and feel like sharing would be great. It'd be great to hear how you get on out there too.