I am in the very beginning stages of planning a backpacking trip through either central or south America. I would be doing it in the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college, so I would only have 2-3 months.
I was hoping you guys could help me figure out..
What are the best places to visit? (That aren't too expensive).
Are there any organizations along the way that I could volunteer at?
What mode of transportation would be best?
Should I bring someone with me or travel alone?
Approximately how much money do you think I would need?
Like I said, I'm at the very beginning stage of planning. I want to go the summer of 2011, so I have a lot of time, I just want to get some basic ideas.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!
I will keep an eye on this thread as we are planning 3-4 months getting from LA down to Argentina/Brazil. Will definately include Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
We are still trying to work how to get from Mexico to Ecuador. We are considering maybe flying Mexico > Panama > Ecuador or even Mexico > overland to Panama > fly Ecuador.
We would then overland Ecuador > Peru > Bolivia. Then fly Bolivia > Santiago (Chile). Would possibly overland Chile > Argentina.
We aren't going until September 2010 so have plenty of time to decide. Will probably book flight into LA and out of Rio and maybe Panama > Ecuator inbetween beforehand and sort the rest when we get there.
Have you thought much about accomodation? I'm still unsure whether we will be able to turn up in say Quito and then find a cheap hostel, without any problems. We will use overnight buses though. I've read that some of the overnight buses are really comfortable and cost effective.
For accommodation, I was just hoping to find some cheap hostels when we get there. But I haven't really looked into that at all yet, so I'm not sure if that's a solid plan.
Also, I've heard of people volunteering at different organizations along the way and they sometimes give you free lodging.
To be honest we're hoping to work for the next year then sell both our cars and maybe have enough money to travel for 12 months with out having to work. Although I am definately going to look at volunteering if we plan to stay in one place for a couple of weeks.