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1. Posted by Loldutch (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

im just beginning to travel, and I am very interested in travelling all across South America, at some point, and also plan to do some volunteer work, and would love to stay out there for around a year. I just wanted to know a few beginner tips, where I should start, so on.

Im also having some trouble finding a few people to come with me, most of my friends couldn't care less!!

thanks in advance for any help provided

2. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 130 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You might receive answers if you were more specific. South America is a big place with different climates, cultures and languages. You should start by figuring out whether Bogota, La Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, etc. could be your place to start from.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

SO, the best place to begin is to have interest in a place. What interests you in South America? What are you looking to do? See amazing vistas? Dance to Latin Music. Lie by the sea? Go into the jungle with a machete? Stand in the desert? Paddle a massive river? Are you going solely to get with some hot blooded latin goddess? Are you going for none of these reasons, but only so you can say you went somewhere if somebody asked you one day?

These are questions you need to know. I agree with the above. We're here to do the heavy lifting and we back you up. We can't make your trip for you.

Let us know. Until then, read a couple of the other posts and see what strikes your fancy.


4. Posted by Loldutch (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i was hoping to start somewhere if either Rio de Janeiro, argentina or central america and carry on

machete-ing my way through a jungle sounds brilliant, as does paddling my way down a river, and i don't mind the idea of a hot blooded latin goddess sounds.... different.. ;)

my inspiration to go was the motorcycle diaries, both the book and the film, i fell in love with the place and it seems like there's no time to soon to go!

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Well, we're getting somewhere.

BsAs is where Fuser and his buddy started, and there's lots to see there. Following his route is interesting, but you'll need some dough.

One of the places that doesn't get mentioned here alot is Venezuela's Sabana Grande. I took a canoe trip up the Orinoco to the Churrun to Angel Falls there once. The tepuis are one of my top five most amazing sights in my life. And the jungle up the Churrun as you hike up to the Angel Falls lookout takes care of your machete-ing. Venezuelan girls are hotblooded as well. I have noted that Argentine girls are cold. I imagine it's because of the macho posturing of the men there. Also, don't overlook Uruguay, which is cheaper, more relaxed, and beautiful. Seemingly not much investigated either.

Central America is a whole different thing, and I have loads of experience there. If that's where you want to go, it could be it's own trip without ever touching SA.

Keep us aprised.

6. Posted by Loldutch (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i wanna do something similar to something like fuser's journey, like i like the idea of starting in BsAs and travelling up the western side of the continent, but i do wanna break off a bit, blaze my own trail, if you will!

Angel falls was part of the plan in my head, id heard alot about it from one place or another, and i love the thought of canoeing somewhere, although, ive never done it! they're all things i can do in the UK, so i may start being a bit more active with this kinda thing, go hiking a lot more often, maybe. the trip wont be for another 3 years at the least, im starting at a university in september, maybe 2 if i take a gap year, and i don't really wanna go on my own, so i want to do a little recruiting, you could say!

anyway, Piecar, what are the other 4 out of the 5 most amazing sights in your life? :D

7. Posted by Loldutch (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

good news, sorted my plan (kinda) for my trip, i have a list of countries in order which i wanna go to, starting with Mexico and ending with Venezuela! just need a list of things that i could see while I'm there.. Salto Ángel is definitely on the list!

the other thing I suppose im worried about is going there.. I Don'y know anyone who wants to go, or has the time, but I've noticed that there's a fair few people on this site going on their own, is this for more advanced travellers only?

Muchas Gracias ;)