I really want to travel round Patagonia and do all the trekking, rafting, hiking, adventure kind of stuff, but I'm going to SA on my own, and its not the kind of thing you really do on your own. I've looked for a tour company but can't find one that fits with the dates I'm going to be there and isn't far beyond my budget. Does anyone have any advice?
Thanks in advance,
i am also trying to plan a similar trip also going on my own,i am restricted in that i dont speak spanish and i am caught for time with work. in the research i have done so far i came across a site called budgetexpeditions.com that provide tours throughout south america.dont know if that is any use to you.
if any one is familiar with this company or tucan tours i would really appreciate any advice. cheers.
Liz, it's simple, you hook up with other travellers, for example, a hardcore canadian bushman like me who's also going solo and speaks spanish fairly good, and you have a blast meeting people and seeing beautifull places.Trust me when I say this Liz, all my friends who have travelled with friends from home, say go solo, you'll meet more people and your whole trip will be your own destiny.The fear of going alone is normal and that apparently wears off after a few days / weeks after you get accustomed and you start hooking up with wonderfull local people and fellow travellers from around the world.If you want to meet young backpackers, go to hostels that are recomended in travel books like the lonely planet one as opposed to low key hostels.Keep in touch and I hope your spanish lessons work out in BA
I have to agree with the hardcore Canadian bushman! I set of traveling on my own this year for the first time ever. This was definately to do with circumstance rather than choice and if anyone I knew had have been able to come I would have jumped at the chance! But now I am definately glad I came on my own. And I am rarely alone (unless I want to be) as you meet so many people along the way.
As for the Patagonia thing, well I will be there in the summer and plan on getting as many of the mentioned activities in as possible. And the thing with all the mentioned activities is that you will find numerous travel companies locally that specialise in these kinds of trips, and will sort everything out for you. And they will put you in a group others, so you will definately meet lots of people! And it will certainly be cheaper and give you more freedom than booking from home. So I say just go for it and have a brilliant time!
Hardcore canadian bushman paid me to say this but...
Definitely go solo!
There are so many backpackers down in Patagonia, and not your neanderthal bunches of beer-swilling couch-hoggers! Lots of interesting, friendly outdoorsy types who are mad for a chat! You will meet so many ppl that you can just hook up with.
Patagonia is so amazing. I saw it in the winter when it was just too damn cold to do lots of things, but then you can always curl up indoors, swil some beer and hog a couch!
Hope you have a great time down there!
Many thanks to hardcore canadian bushman and his followers.
Feel much better after reading your posts. My instinct is to just go there and meet people and see where the wind takes me, but I just didn't want to miss out on all the active stuff because I had no one to share a tent with or it wasn't safe to do it by myself. But now I shall have no fear.