Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum but in the midst of planning a 1 year South and Central America trip.
My Spanish is good, but I'll be starting with a six week immersion class in Mexico to improve (understand museum curators and the like)
From there I plan to be in Venezuela for Copa America 26Jun-15Jul
I'll be traveling alone -30 male- and I want to stick to land routes as much as possible.
Is there a safe land passage from Venezuela to Colombia by bus?
If no, will I have to fly in and out of Colombia or can I go by bus from Colombia to Ecuador or Peru?
My plan is to follow a pacific route to the southern most point then journey back up through eastern Arg, Par, Uru, Brz, etc..
It seems difficult to carry the various clothing needed for the drastic climate changes, perhaps buying the cold weather gear on location is best?
Any tips or comments would be greatly appreciated.
The US State department seem like they'd like nothing better than to scare US tourist away from any country that doesn't make political "nice"
Colombia will almost certainly be the safest country you visit-also the Spanish is clearly pronounced and there's little dialect.
Judging from the latest I heard, the crossings you mention (Ven-Col-Ecua, from there on it's safe anyway) don't pose any safety threat whatsoever to tourists at the moment. If I were you, I'd rather bother about the crossing between Ecuador and Peru near Guayaquil, not for safety reasons, but for the usual tourist scams.
As to gear, as long as you apply the 'layering technique' you should be fine. As most clothing is import in southern SA, it's fairly expensive, so I'd rather take my own.
As to your idea of a pacific route, any day you spend in Chile is a day well spent, but also leaves a major gap in your budget. I'd recommend doing the northern and southern part of Chile, skipping the middle and travelling through Argentina instead.
Contact me if you have further questions, happy travels,
Thanks for the help. I've just begun planning this out, so all suggestions are welcome. mainly I wanted a place to start and Copa America in Venezuela provides that. Thanks again,
I found that once you get to the Argentina side of patagonia you can pick up any equipment you need for half of what you would pay back at home. I dragged a lot of extra cold-weather clothing with me that I didnt need until the second half of my time in SA. It was cumbersome and I could have just picked it up there.
Hope that helps.