I am planning a trip through central and south america and have many questions on costs and saftey and avalibilty of transportation and accomidation. I have backpacked through europe on a few occasions, but was only out for a month or two each time. I am planning on travelling for at least 6 months. Starting in cancun mexico, travelling down the yucatan into belize, then guatamala, which I hear is dangerous, but thats not going to stop me from going, though some tips on where to go and where not to would be greatly appriciated. From there I intend to head south through honduras, elsalvador, nicaragua, costa rica, and panama. I have some destinations picked out but was hoping for some suggestions that mabe aren't in lonely planet. Lokking to travel as cheap as possible, don't mind rustic living. I am hoping to be able to pitch a hammock most nights, it that reasonable? I have quality backcountry camp gear, is rogue camping not a good idea? I am trying to stay away from very touristy places but also want to see as much cool stuff as I can. I want to go to places where I will be able to hang out for a week or two and live simply and cheaply. I am figuring on roughly 1000 usd per month. will that be enough? Also I intend to hit cancun in september and hopefully reach panama by the end of december, then down to south america. Any reccomondations on getting across the darien gap. How much does it cost to sail from panama into colombia? Is Colombia really as dangerous as it's made out to be where it safe and where is worth going. Equador seems to be a relatively easy and backpacker friendly country, and I have a relative there so I am not to worried about there, but peru and bolivia are two at the top of my list. any reccomondations? Chile and argentina are a great interest to me as well. I am not sure how my money is going to hold out, but If I have the funds I would love to hit patagonia and then work my way up the atlantic side of the continent, haven't really researched any thing past the southern tip yet. Sorry I know this is alot to ask and a quite unplanned trip as you can see, but any info would be greatly appriciated. thanks much!