I will be traveling throughout South America in a few weeks beginning Lima, Peru for 5 months. I am a 24 year old male from Los Angeles, CA. I have no route of where to begin; I know that I do want to end in Brazil for Carnival. I don’t have any real plans, I am looking for ANY advice for this journey. I will be traveling by myself, I would greatly appreciate any tips, from must see places, recommended hostels, safety tips, or gear to take. Thanks!
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for useful tipps and help in Chile.
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Lima can look a bit off putting on arrival but it's not a bad city. Many bypass it and miss all the sights and sites. Tourists usually stay in the Miraflores area. Taxis can often be a local cars with a bit of cardboard with the word "TAXI" written on it in the window but they are no trouble, and cheap.
Cuzco has some places to see and a number of travel agents for days out or onward travel after you have done Machu Picchu. It depends on what you want whether you then head south, north or east.
Distances are such that flying can be the best way of getting around though since you have a lot of time you may wish to spend endless hours on buses.
As to Carnival, book some accommodation NOW. It goes very quickly with some people booking over a year ahead. Expect to pay a fortune.
One of the biggest problems in Central and South America is petty theft so be careful of your money, passport and possessions. A money belt helps.
My tip is to spend a little money on some Lonely Planet guides. They will quickly pay for themselves.
do visit Ecuador and Bolivia.