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Costa Rica to Peru - Overland - Love some input.

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1. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

I have been wanting to take a trip for some time now, and after meeting a very lovely Brazilian girl in Spain earlier this year, I have been inspired to go for South America. After tossing around a couple of options like trying to teach English in Brazil, travel from Buenos Aires to Brazil, Costa Rica to Colombia, etc, I am thinking that my best possible option would be hitting Costa Rica, but I want more! So I am thinking that I would try and create my own little adventure by trying to overland it to Lima. I have been doing some research and searched the forums as well, but all I can find is that Bolivia and some of the surrounding countries are rife with danger! So, let me explain a bit and hopefully I can get some good advice.

Who am I: Daniel, nice to meet you! I am a 24 white male from California. I have been all over the United States though I have limited foreign travel experience (Spain for two weeks earlier this year and Mexico a few times). Don't know any Spanish really, but I will start learning as much as I can when I figure out where I am going (considering Brazil is Portugese). I am a very mellow guy that likes to meet new people. Don't have high expectations, just go with the flow. I enjoy everything from quiet days with a book, to a tough hike, to dancing and drinking til 5 in the morning.

What I hope to gain out of this trip: Primarily, challenge myself while seeing a good part of the world. I would love to have some great memories for myself, and stories to tell the friends! My last trip was a good warmup course, but I need to do more this time around.

The trip: Giving myself about 3.5 months, beginning in middle of March to get from Costa Rica to Lima for my departing flight at the end of June. I haven't researched much of what to do, but I don't think it will be hard to find entertainment along the way. Would be doing the hostel bit, or if I feel crazy and meet some cool people, crash on some couches. I heard Costa Rica is wild and great for the adventure seekers, which would be a great start to this journey.

Finances: Been doing some numbers. Would be selling damn near everything and starting fresh when I get home. Would hope to have about $7000 USD. I managed to hang out in Barcelona, Spain earlier this year for just over $800 for 15 days, including my $420 flight, so I don't think I should have much trouble living like a pauper. I hope to be able to scrounge by for about $1000 a month, and have the rest for novelty stuff like ziplining in the jungle, rafting, diving, etc.

Hope that gets a pretty good estimate of my situation. My main question is whether or not the overland trip to Peru is going to be viable and relatively safe. I have read plenty of terrible stories, but I am mainly trying to avoid travelling through guerilla wars going on - like Venezuala/Colombia if what I have read is true.

Feel free to comment on anything else of note. I appreciate any and all information. Of course, I will be doing my own research, but I was hoping to get a first-hand perspective or two to add to my own information.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 1, 2008, at 2:55 PM by Danielsw25 ]

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

I am mainly trying to avoid travelling through guerilla wars going on - like Venezuala/Colombia

You worry too much-the conflcit in Colombia is now deep in remote jungles and mountain ranges.

Anyway to travel by land/water along the Caribbean coast from Panama to Colombia is now quite easy see poorbuthappy.com for details.

3. Posted by Larsjansen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Im heading to Costa rica at the 30th of december. Ill have 2.5 months over there and im planning roughly the same trip of you. Ive bought lonely planets from middle and south america, they are a good guideline to see in one eyeview what activities are in a country. If you want to know more of a place, jump on google!

Ciao