I'm new to this, so please forgive me if this sounds a bit formal.
I'm an Australian female, heading to South America at the end of Feb 2009 for 3 months. I'll be travelling to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru - volunteering in a community in Peru for 2 weeks.
Most of my time will be spent in Chile and Peru.
If anyone is interested in hooking up somewhere along the way, that would be great. My Spanish is close to non-existent and suddenly I'm a bit nervous about travelling alone.
hey, i´m a female traveling alone too.. by the end of february i should be in peru or ecuador. in what order are you going to the countries you´re visiting?
and me three! I'm feeling same as you Cint. Bit jittery about braving it on my own with no spanish/portuguese skills at all - must learn fast!. I'll also be doing the circuit over three months and around the same time, I'm just not sure of the order of places as yet.
I hope we can meet on the way and share stories....I'll be popping on and offline throughout the journey. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere...
At least its good to have this forum as a way to connect with real people doing same...
Thanks folks for your responses. I'd love to meet up with you somewhere along the way, if we can manage it. I intend to take a mobile phone with a Global SIM card, so I'll let you know a mobile number on which you can contact me (you'll need to send an email to me as I don't think it would be too clever to include it here).
The countries I plan to visit, in order of travel : Chile from 24 Feb (head to southern Chile and Chilean Patagonia), Argentina from 13 March (BA), Brazil from 19 March (Honey Island and Rio), Ecuador (Quito & Galapagos Islands) from 1 April, Peru from 12 April - Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, 2 weeks volunteering at Chalhuanca, Cuzco and Inca Trail/Machu Picchu. Then head to the Peruvian side of the Amazon for a few days. Back to Cuzco. Visit Lake T, Copacabana (still in Peru not Brazil!). Bolivia from 19 May. Return to Chile 25 May. Return to Oz 28 May!
If it sounds pretty structured, it's because it is......! It's a long way from Oz and I didn't want to miss any of the big ticket stuff, but wanted to have time to chill out and spend time with the locals. I was also keen to match my travels to the climate, hence southern/Patagonian Chile at the end of Feb rather than later on in May. It probably won't make that much difference in the end, but mentally I'll feel as though there's a bit of method in the madness.
Apart from that I'm open to suggestions from others like you guys that I meet along the way. I'd love to have people/someone to go out with at night times to party as well as travel together to share experiences. I really want to dance the Salsa and Tango, for example!
Let me know if any of the above fits in with your plans.
unfortunately my plans are nowhere near Cint´s... shame. but we can still keep in touch!
mandagal, keep me updated as you get your plans together!!
to be totally blunt, traveling alone having only a little spanish really has had its times where i´ve been a little discouraged. especially when i´m trying to complete a task and the person helping me wont slow down their spanish and help me do whatever i´m doing, and i have no one to go through that frustration with or to help out. the next place i go that i decide to stay at for a few days i am DEFINITELY taking a one-on-one spanish class! not only do i want to be able to get around more confidently but i´m missing out on really getting to know people that only speak spanish, whether it be other travelers or locals. its so hard when the conversation just cant go any further. sometimes its fun though too, many people are totally interested in working it out, we´ll sit there with my spanish dictionary and look up words we get stuck on and talk for hours. its fun and rather beautiful when people are willing to put that kind of effort into getting to know each other.
sometimes, you will be lonely. i wasnt as prepared for that as i though i was. a few of the days in buenos aires were rather hard. but here in bariloche i havent experienced that at all... i´m surrounded by amazing people in a great hostel set in a beautiful place meeting loads of people... its just up and down. after BA i was rather starved for human contact... and it couldnt have been easier here to make friends here. its given me confidence to continue my trip with a different attitude actually, since BA was the first place i went. but the best part about traveling is that if its not working out where you are, you can leave and try again somewhere else. i highly recommend that tactic!
Cint, i know you have limited time and want to fit many things in, but make sure you allow your plans to change if they have to. you will learn about different places and things all the time that you werent prepared to do, and its really a shame to pass them up if your schedule is too rigid. you dont want to drive yourself crazy, or miss out on amazing things only because you didnt plan them.
south america has no idea what a ¨schedule¨ is anyway you´ll see!
well, i´m rambling... and hungry. time for dinner!
good luck to you both! if you have any questions, dont hesitate.