I'm planning a 12 month long RTW trip with an approximate 4 month stop off in South America. The problem is that I've been doing tons of research and each country has something I want to see. I have no preference to visit one place over another, and the whole driving force behind my trip is 'freedom'....I dont want to feel like I have to choose a few countries and leave out the rest.
I'm a bit stuck as to how to organize a bit of a more structured itinerary, but so far I'm just planning on visiting different sites and going from one to another. Is it plausible to do South America in 4 months? That leaves about 10 days per country.
Am I being to optimistic about wanting to visit almost each country in South America?
For those who travelled South America, how long did you stay in each place approx?
Hi lostbunny - are you flexible on the time-scale or do you definately have to limit it to 12 months? I was planning on an around the world trip first for a year, but have decided so spend the time just in central and south america as I was getting to a point where it felt like everything would just be rushed.
If you really don't want to pick and choose countries then it seems that you'll either really be rushing loads or you'll have to give yourself more time.
Just my opinion, but hope that helps a bit.
I personally think that you will get more out of your visit by spending quality time in a few countries rather than trying to ram too much into a few days in each country. Each country has so much to offer you won't be doing it justice and there is always the rest of your life to come back.
I have just returned from nearly 6 months in South America, this broke down as a mix of volunteering and travel, 6 weeks Ecuador, 5 weeks Galapagos, 5 weeks Peru, 5 weeks Bolivia (so 'only' 3 countries!) My time in Peru was a whistlestop tour, no more than 3 days in each place, 4 day Inca Trail, 3 days Cusco, 2 days Ariquipa etc and I just felt I was being hustled along and didn't get a sense of the place at all, not that I didn't love seeing all those different places but I felt like a tourist as opposed to a traveler if you can make the distinction, only seeing touristy places and sightseeing from air-conditioned buses. Staying in faceless hostels in strange cities.
Having lived in one place for several weeks in each country I visited, I really got to know the local people and get totally immersed in the culture of the places I stayed. I lived in remote villages and learned local customs, I worked among local people in cities, lived with local families. I was able to contribute to communities and get so much back it was incredible. When you stop somewhere you get to know people and places, I made wonderful friends and feel like I understand more about the places I have been, for me that's what traveling is all about, not ticking boxes on the 'things to see before you die' list.
thanks , that completely makes sense and thats how I want to travel- but I'm finding it really hard to choose places to visit. I guess at this point I just have to find a route that makes sense- for example don't stop in Guyana, then head to southern Chilie...? so hard lol.