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1. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Hi guys

I hope you can help. The girlfriend and I are thinking of travelling around South America for around 4-5 months. We want to do as much as possible and are finding it hard to know when to start!

The most important decision appears to be 'when?'!

I think we'd want to fly into Central America, maybe Guatemala, and then travel, quite quickly, to Panama and then fly onto Cartagena. Then...who knows!

What's the best time to start, do people think? Is April a good time for that area?

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Also, how much do people think is a reasonable budget? I think we're hoping to have around £5k each.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

It depends; for the northern part of the cone, pretty much every season will do, although you have to reckon with the rains, which are worst jan-april roughly.

The further south you get, the more temperature rather than rain becomes an issue. South of the line Santiago-Buenos Aires, temperatures are less than agreeable may-september.

A third consideration is altitude. The higher up you get, the colder it is at night. So visiting El Chaltén (Argentina) in August, for instance, is not a good idea :)

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Yep, like Bentivogli said. And one thing to add:

Although it is colder during June-Sept on higher altitudes, this is the best season for visiting the Bolivian Altiplano for example, because of clear blue skies and almost no rain at all.

4. Posted by Benito2k (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Great - thanks for the advice.

It's looking more likely that it will be August-December that we are able to go.

Would you guys start in Guatemala or fly straight into the South and make our way up?

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

If you start in August, going from north to south is the way to go (depending on how far south you wanna go).