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11. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Definitely do it yourself, you'll get much more out of it.

I spent two months in SA earlier this year. We had quite a rigid plan of what we were doing where and when. That soon went out the window as we realised that the guidebooks can only tell you so much and you have to judge places on your own merits. Getting recommendations from fellow travllers is also a great way of discovering good hostels/restaurants, bus companies etc.

You have to do some organised trips to get to some places eg. Inca trial so don't restrict yourself by doing one all the time.
But if you are going to do it yourself, make sure you have a decent level of spanish. You'll need it and for me it was much more rewarding doing stuff in spanish, even with my poor language skills

We went to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Highlights for me were Iguazu Falls, Lake Titicaca (Bolivian side), La Paz, World's Most Dangerous Road and the Uyuni trip. But loads of other stuff was great too. You can't fail to be impressed and awed by SA.

10 grand could last a year if spent wisely. Have a great trip !

12. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Definitely do it yourself, you'll get much more out of it.

I spent two months in SA earlier this year. We had quite a rigid plan of what we were doing where and when. That soon went out the window as we realised that the guidebooks can only tell you so much and you have to judge places on your own merits. Getting recommendations from fellow travllers is also a great way of discovering good hostels/restaurants, bus companies etc.

You have to do some organised trips to get to some places eg. Inca trial so don't restrict yourself by doing one all the time.
But if you are going to do it yourself, make sure you have a decent level of spanish. You'll need it and for me it was much more rewarding doing stuff in spanish, even with my poor language skills

We went to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Highlights for me were Iguazu Falls, Lake Titicaca (Bolivian side), La Paz, World's Most Dangerous Road and the Uyuni trip. But loads of other stuff was great too. You can't fail to be impressed and awed by SA.

£10 grand could last a year if spent wisely. Have a great trip !

13. Posted by alex1234 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I travelled with my wife for 8 months in SA - first with an overland company - which had some benifits but also some serious down sides.
We camped in places which would be very difficult to get to on your own. But not impossible. It forces you to be on the move - but that is a pro and con. You will make some lifelong friends but on the other hand you wont get on with others - and a truck is a small place. But it is far more expensive than travelling on your own.

On balance South America is better travelled on your own - and for the money your talking about you'll easily survive the year.

Chile and Argentina are extremely easy to travel around in comfort on your own.

I do speak spanish which made even easier when we were on our own - and a basic level is recommended to make your trip more fulfilling. Get footprints guide - much much better than others out there. - for overlanding take a look at this...link

14. Posted by Moonmonkey (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

Wow thanks everybody for yuor advice!

Well it seems that the overwhelming opinion is to go it alone. I've just got home from a weekend staying with my friend who I'm travelling with and we now both agree we're gonna do it ourselves. i've collected quite a bit of information and we're able to see just from planning an initial itinerary the difference in cost.

I've sketched out the first part of our trip (Manaus out to the East coast and then down towards Rio) and I'm going to post my ideas in another thread to see what people might think of it in terms of the route and the estimated cost!

Thanks again :)

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