Hi folks, I'm trying to sort out my travels for the next 9-12 months and was hoping you guys could help me out. My sketchy plan involves heading to Canada first and catching up with my mates in Toronto, then heading southwards through the States into South America to enjoy some trekking, volunteer work and general exploring. Has anyone got any suggestions for routes that I should consider to get from Canada to Central America using mainly bus & train to get around? The only two places that I would really like to go via are St. Louis & Mexico City where I have friends, but other than that I have nothing specific I'd like to see. I think I'd like to travel into Central America as far as Costa Rica and then fly to Ecuador. Also I'm not entirely sure how easy it is to cross borders between each of these countries, whether I need visas etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
Assuming you are a UK citizen, shouldn't be too hard to cross the borders. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity on it. The hardest border crossing will probably be flying into Canada, and then crossing into the US, though I've never done USA-Mexico overland.
For visas, check out the UK Foriegn and Commonwealth Office, but you probably won't need to get many visas in advance.
You should be fine with trains and buses, though I think you'll be hard-pressed to find many trains going where you want to go. There are some services in Canada and the USA, but they'll probably be more expensive and inconvient than buses, except in a few rare circumstances.
crossing the usa into canada is no problem if you are a canadian/us/or uk citizen. crossing into mexico should be relatively easy as well. i drove from san diego in through tijuana about 10 years ago and had no problems. just be nice to the border patrol police. they have a tough job and are typically grumpy