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1. Posted by joel1983 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 28 Feb '12 14:41

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Hey guys

I have just returned from 3 years travelling South East Asia, and Asutralia/ NZ and am planning my next trip to South America / Central America.

I am looking for some advice please.

I am looking at taking £3000 for 5 months travel. Will this be enough. How can I save money in South America/Central America? Does bus/train travel cost much?

Can anyone give me an idea of the most dangerous parts of the continent. I know its all blown out of proportion but want to know the places to avoid.

Thanks

Joel

2. Posted by jonshapiro (Respected Member, 33 posts) 28 Feb '12 18:58

Big cities in Central America and some parts of South America can be very dangerous. There are guns and men who use them. Outside of the big cities it is not such a problem. Hostels are the cheapest places to stay and the bus and train travel are cheap. you do need to be careful re: food and water and should bring precautionary antibiotics like ciproflaxin for when you get dysentery. Do not drink anything with ice in it. Make sure all food is packaged or well cooked. Argentina and Chile do not have these problems but most of the other countries we traveled to do have problems with bacteria. Guatemala is beautiful with traditional indigenous dress . Bolivia the same. Mountains are great. most people are friendly but you do have to be careful re: pick pockets as well. Asia seems a lot safer in terms of violent crimes. You will need to be more watchful in Central and South America. Have a great trip.

3. Posted by leavan (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 4 Mar '12 07:17

Hi, maybe you can travel through, Peru-Bolivia-Chile // Brazil,Argentina,
good luck

4. Posted by hench (Budding Member, 86 posts) 7 Mar '12 07:32

if you spend most of your time in Peru-Bolivia your money will last as it very cheap there mayber you could work there as well iv just done it all

5. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member, 622 posts) 7 Mar '12 17:53

Don't pay attention to worry warts/scare mongers with only a few dozen posts and next to nothing for first hand experience and you'll be fine.

Some bus stations can look dodgy but aren't necessarily dangerous-be sure the trunk on your cab locks if you're putting your bag in and always ask the price first before getting in.