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Backpacking for 6 months to C. & S. America any suggestions?

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1. Posted by IslandMuse (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y


Ok so my boyfriend and I are planning on going to C. and S. America for 6 months. We have been doing our research on some of the countries and wanted to know if you had any suggestions as far as places to stay, visit, stay away from, etc..

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 7y

People here probably need a little more info about which countries you had in my mind.
It's a pretty large area;)

3. Posted by IslandMuse (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Oh sorry well the thing is we don't really have a plan. That is why I asked it in such a broad form. The only thing we know is that we might fly into Guatemala and then go to Anitgua. From there well we are very uncertain, we figure we have 6 months to travel so we are open to suggestions. We could either head north to Tikal and then cross the border to go to Belize and then head south again. Or we could head out to El Salvador and continue to head south. Hope that helps.

4. Posted by lob (Inactive 18 posts) 7y

I've done Belize and Guatemala a while ago but my experience there is out-dated now.

However, I've just got back from spending 5 weeks in Colombia and I would strongly recommend this country. Had a great time and will look forward to going back again, only for longer next time.

6 months... I'm jealous!:(

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Muse, that ain't the question....are you adventurous? Do you like the water, or the jungle? What are you after, cities, or backwater towns where no one gets to cities ever? You wanna see animals or ruins? like that there

Tikal, for sure, in Belize , The Cayo. Ask about thewaterfall ruins.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-May-2009, at 17:06 by Piecar ]

6. Posted by IslandMuse (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Thank you. Where is the Waterfall ruins? Well we are adventurous. Love the water, hicking, riding motorcycles, Sky diving, white water rafting, yeah the whole nine yards. Willing to see and try new things. We were thinking about going to Hopkins beach in Belize, in Guatemala for sure we are going to Antigua, and to Tikal. We do not know much of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. We do know once we get to Costa Rica we will try to get to Tamarindo and probably go to Arenal. As far as Panama well we have no clue except take a sail boat from Panama to Columbia. We have been told to go to Medellin and Bogota. In Venezuela go to Caracas. In Brazil we would like to go to the Amazon, San Pablo,and Rio de Janiero. We are still unclear on where to go to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Anybody have any suggestions?

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Sorry. The waterfall ruins are in san Ignacio, known as the Cayo. They are a bunch of edifices and bodies, lying in situ behind a waterfall. Nothing has been touched, and archeologists haven´t gotten there yet. The locals have trained guides to go on a very specific path so as not to damage anything. You have have to traipse through the jungle and ford a river, gettting yourself wet as you plunge behind the waterfall....Very Indiana Jones.

The Cayo has a bunch of other ruins around it. My favourite being the Place Of Ticks...cause I like the name.

There is nothing to tell you about Flores. You´ll see when you get there and it´s easy to manage. Colectivo and cab drivers will try to take you to the place where they get a tip for bringing you...This is the only place I have found in 42 countries where it doesn´t mean you´re going to get hosed. Just let them take you where they´´ll see. It´s all good.


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

Skip Central America altogether.

9. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Terrific advice, Sam!!! Screw the jungles, or the beauty or the the people. Forget the water, or the world's second biggest coral reef. Forget the Howler Monkeys, the Nurse Sharks, the trees full of Toucans, or the Turtles.

Eschew the ancient ruins, viewed for a song. Forget the ability to climb an actual active volcano, or swim in the caldera of a dead one.

Forget about sleepy towns with slow and easy Spanish.. Forget about cheap prices, or great beer. Or discovering meals that fill you up for a dollar but cost you nothing in weight. Forget about seeing Mayas living much the same as they lived before, but with better utensils.

Colonial towns. Spectacular vistas. Cheap prices. The Pura Vida sentiment. People genuinely curious about you. Broken trails, hills to climb...

Yep...Forget about it.

GrizzlySam, why do you even feel the need to add advice if you have such derision for people's choices? Is it because you're bound and determined to limit travel in places where, for the most part, they don't accept Traveller's Cheques?


ANYONE who reads this....Central America has lots to offer.

IslandMuse...Take a colectivo, say from San Jose in Costa Rica to Quepos. JUST that ride. That'll be worth the trip. You'll find places where you just want to sit and look for a long time. Don't listen to GrizzlySam

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jun-2009, at 17:02 by Piecar ]

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

South America offers everything Central America does but with much much more variety-especially but not limited to the food.

Having actually lived in Central America I speak with some confidence.