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1. Posted by glothy (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

Hi.

This has been a long time planning and I have posted travel details on here a few times before but I need to start booking volunteer placements in the new year so if you’re interested now is the time to say.

I'm looking for a few people to join me on my year long trip around Latin America. I plan to start in El paso, Texas so that I can cross over the Mexican border (the iconic border crossing so often featured in movies) and go from there. Hopefully the journey will be by motorbike but I’m a novice and it’s entirely dependent on being able to afford to buy a bike there. If motorbiking is your only reason for wanting to go then that’s great, get in touch and give me some encouragement.

The budget will be around £15 per day including food and accommodation, except in places like Brazil where the cost of living is equivalent to Europe.

Various volunteer projects to attend will be organised before departure, but other than that it's freelance tourism probably staying in hostels for the main part and visiting places of interest. My main aim is to get to know latin american culture, what impact the ancient and political history of the Americas has on the people that live there (in both urban and rural areas), and how society works today.

Looking for open minded, adventurous people 18-39, male or female. Preferably from the UK as I want to meet up to discuss the route, volunteering, practicalities e.t.c. as soon as possible. Contact me if you're interested.

Kate

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 623 posts) 3y

If I read this correctly you're planning to buy a bike in Mexico.

If that's the case Be Advised a motorcycle will cost you more in Mexico than the USA and your budget is woefully inadequate.

Time for Plan B

3. Posted by glothy (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

I plan to buy a bike in the USA before crossing the border.

I admire your judgemental pessimism. The world needs more of that.

Couchsurfing and local volunteer projects make the budget realistic in most countries, though not in all as previously mentioned. You can check out the cost of hostels on any hostel booking website.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Dec-2010, at 03:02 by glothy ]

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 623 posts) 3y

Couchsurfing and local volunteer projects make the budget realistic in most countries, though not in all as previously mentioned. You can check out the cost of hostels on any hostel booking website.

Sadly gasoline and the inevitable repairs aren't provided by volunteers, also don't forget the cost of shipping the bike from Panama to Colombia-and do you plan to just abandon it somewhere?

The more Spanish you speak the lower the cost-to a point anyway-until you get to Brasil anyway.

Piecar will no doubt be along soon with some assuasive fatherlike advice for the overconfident.

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6. Posted by glothy (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

You must be all too aware of your arrogance in assuming you know everything about my plans, or lack of.

The budget for food and accomodation does not include bike shipping from Panama to Colombia, obviously. Neither does it include the cost of crossing the Amazon river.

I'm not looking for advice on technicalities here. I have a lot of contacts who have done the same thing, have given me a lot of useful information, are happy to advise and will continue to do so.

All I'm looking for is a travel partner or 3.

If anyone was thinking it might be a cool idea before this turned in to a condescending argument, please don't let SamSalmon's negativity put you off. He's not coming.

I have a lot of details to share with anyone who is really interested in this trip.

7. Posted by glothy (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

Quoting SamSalmon

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Piecar will no doubt be along soon with some assuasive fatherlike advice for the overconfident.

Think how little the human race would have acheived without overconfidence! And how dull the world would be

8. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 3y

That sounds like a really cool trip. Kind of like Che Guevera and his friend did- but in reverse. If you are looking for travelling companions, though, you should be a bit more specific about the route. You mentioned crossing the Amazon River... are you planning to travel the Trans-Amazon Highway?

Well, I wish I could go with you, but can't afford the time or money, right now, sadly. In any case, you said "18-39". I'm 40. :-(

9. Posted by glothy (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

It's a bit difficult to be specific because the route is dependant on what kind of problems are going on in each country at the time, weather/road conditions e.t.c.

My basic plan for Mexico is El Paso > Chihuahua > Los Mochis > Mazatlan > Guadalajera > Teotihuacan > Veracruz > Tres Zapotes > Palenque > Chichen Itza zigzagging across the country to get a good feel for all of it, stopping as often as necessary.

then some volunteering on the island of Caye Caulker, Belize.

Then through Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and so on in an anti-clockwise direction, joining the pan american highway in Honduras and following it down to Panama.

Joining a volunteer group for the Galapagos Islands is pretty much the only way I'll be able to afford to see them but it will still cost a few hundred pounds.

In Brazil I intend to cross the Amazon from Belem to Macapa and then the most difficult part, trying to navigate through French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. I'm also not sure how Venezuela is going to fit in to the plan. Border crossings are a little bit awkward from the east so may have to take a bit of a detour while on the west side of the country.

There were major problems with the drug war in Juarez (necessary to travel through if going from El Paso), violence on a much larger scale than normal which made me consider other entry points. And there's a lot of violence in Guatamala at the moment which may mean avoiding Guatamala city. But everything changes, and I'm happy to adjust plans to suit what people feel comfortable with.

I would have made an exception madpoet! It's a shame you can't come

10. Posted by mikey_mike82 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

Hi Kate.

I realise this post is quite old, but are you still looking for travel partners?

this is something that I have been looking at doing also, although perhaps not all of the route you have set out or for as long.

Im currently in the UK. 29 years old.

Cheers

Mike