Next year, at the beginning of February, a fellow traveler and I will fly from New York, with two heavy backpacks and a small asus eee pc for blogging purposes, all the way to Porto Alegre, BR. Once there, we'll try to hitchhike as much as possible and make it all the way to Honduras in Central America. We'll try to use as little money as possible, so we'll be doing some serious couchsurfing, tent-setting and a whole lot of walking. Here are some of the cities and regions that we may pass through according to the plan:
Porto Alegre, BR -> Asuncion, UR -> Colonia, UR -> Buenos Aires, AR -> La Region Patagonia, AR -> Mendoza, AR -> Santiago, CH -> Valparaiso, CH -> Antofagasta, CH -> Cochabamba, BO -> La Paz, BO -> Cuzco, PR -> Lima, PR -> Trujillo, PR -> Guayaquil, EC -> Manta, EC -> Quito, EC -> Cali, CO -> Manizales, CO -> Medellin, CO -> Bucaramanga, CO -> Cucuta, CO -> Barquisimeto, VE -> Caracas, VE -> Maracaibo, VE -> Riohacha, CO -> Aracataca, CO -> Barranquilla, CO -> Cartagena, CO -> Colon, PA -> Panama City, PA -> David, PA -> San Jose, CR -> Puerto Limon, CR -> Puntarenas, CR -> Managua, NI -> Leon, NI -> Choluteca, HO -> Amapala, HO -> Santa Rosa de Lima, ES -> Acajutla, ES -> Guatemala, GU -> Coban, GU -> Copan, HO -> Santa Barbara, HO
... and I got tired of typing city names. We plan on spending quite a bit of time around Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala before we finally take off to Portland, OR. Anyway, We've read and heard a bunch of horror stories concerning the dangers of hitchhiking, especially in places like Colombia, Panama and El Salvador, but being as we're two guys I try not to let it worry me much. I've convinced myself that we can get out of any strange situation we might find ourselves in, but only time will tell.
Our concerns are two:
1. The Darien Gap: It seems we will have to take a boat from Cartagena, Colombia to Panama. We've located and contacted someone who might help us with that little sea voyage, but if any of you has any suggestions, please let us know.
2. Argentina-Chile: We plan on going down to Tierra del Fuego. Frankly, it's the only reason why we want to go to Argentina, and don't really want to make it all the way back north to Mendoza to cross into Chile. is there a better way to cross into Chile from Argentina? other than the "Los Libertadores"? If not, no biggie... I still want to see Los Caracoles in The Andes.
Please let us know what you think...