Skip Navigation

Advise on traveling South America and Mexico please

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Advise on traveling South America and Mexico please

1. Posted by Hanes (Budding Member, 7 posts) 17 Jun '11 22:44

Me and my girlfriend are looking to travel South America and Mexico. Our plans are still very rough so we can use all help possible. The rough plan I'm talking about:

  • We leave from Brisbane (Australia) in the beginning of March next year, perhaps stop over in New Zealand and fly to Buenos Aires (or another city if for some reason this would be better).
  • Maybe we would take a Spanish course immediately after arrival (3 weeks or so?)
  • Just see as much as possible as cheap as possible in South America (hop-on hop-off bus probably). Traveling time: 2-3 months (?)
  • Fly to and visit Mexico with the same deal as above:-). Traveling time: 1-1.5 months (?)
  • Fly home to Brussels (Belgium) or London and then to Belgium.

So if anyone would
have suggestions about the flight itinerary,
have experience with a Spanish course (with homestay?),
have experience in cheap traveling South America and Mexico, we like hiking and have our own tent and have lots of time:-),
like to recommend us some must-see's and must-do's,

Please share it with us, we would appreciate this very much!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 18 Jun '11 10:01

You could do Buenos Aries, Chile then Peru. Do look in on Lima as many miss it out for some reason. Then to Cusco (lots of travel agents) where there are a number of places worth visiting in town and further away, including the inevitable Machu Picchu. After Peru you could go to Quito in Ecuador. I'd take a plane from there. Maybe Panama. Honduras has settled down and Guatemala.

Mexico is VERY dangerous at the moment. There are a number of drug cartels fighting for supremacy and people are dying grisly deaths (as in chopped up and hung from a bridge), but also civilians are getting caught up in it and shot or worse. If you go there, do check up for dangerous areas beforehand on the internet.

Pick pocketing and petty theft is an annoyance in South and Central America so guard all your valuables all the time.

America and Europe has a lot of cheap airlines, but not South America (where flights are usually best booked early as possible and even outside the country.)

Must do's: Get your injections, malaria tablets, and insurance in case worse comes to worse.

3. Posted by Hanes (Budding Member, 7 posts) 22 Jun '11 00:29

Thank you for the advise, we ll have a look in the itinerary you posted. We didn t realy think about Ecuador but will have a look in it.
About Mexico, I also heard that kind of stories but wouldn t it rather be the north of the county that s dangerous? If we would just stick to a hop-on-hop off bus that takes us to the more southern / eatern spots, I think we would be safe enough?

Thanks again for the advise!