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1. Posted by Freeo24 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Mar '12 07:35

Me and my friend and hopefully looking to go travelling for 7 weeks between June and August. My friend has some travelling experience from trips with his parents, but i am a first time traveler. We are both students so we are working on a very tight budget, £2,000. We have had a quick look and flights are around £900, which leaves us with £1,100 to survive on.

We are looking to fly out to Lima, Peru and make our way through to Rio De Janerio, Brazil, stopping through Bolivia and Paraguay on the way. Whilst on this trip we are looking to do certain things such as the inca trail to Machu Picchu, white water rafting, A few days exploring the amazon rain forest and trip around Lake Titicaca.

The reason for this thread is that i am basically asking for a bit of help, no matter how little, on certain things like:

  • What will i need for border passing (document etc.)?
  • If anyone knows of decent cheap hostels?
  • If anyone knows of decent cheap places to eat?
  • Also if anyone could recommend any other sights to visit?

I'm sure i wanted to ask more but in the process of writing this i have forgotten... Typical. But again if you could offer any advice whatsoever it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

2. Posted by Freeo24 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 6 Mar '12 02:31

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3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 6 Mar '12 04:28

I checked Kayak and a flight of £400.39 came up but the downside is you spend a lot of time waiting at some airport so it's a 20 hour flight. Buses are cheaper but take a good book with you.

Tip. Get a bus from Lima to to Santiago (about 30 hours). Have a look around, take a bus, one hour, to Valparaiso for a day. Have a ride on the funicular and subway system in Santiago. Then take a flight from there to Rio. Prices from £183 on Kayak but do book soon.

For hostels, try hostelbookers and hostelworld.

Eat where the locals eat. I found SA cheap. I had an excellent chicken and chips in Cusco for a few quid.

Your biggest expense is travelling so buses when possible and keep it to a minimum. Most things to see will be in Peru.

Do make sure you explore Lima. Some good museums, etc. Taxis are often cars with a bit of cardboard in the window with TAXI written on them. I found them cheap and OK.
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Some good days trips available from Cusco, bookable from local travel agents.

Advice. Avoid Sao Paulo. It is potentially a dangerous place. Rio has a dozen nice beaches and a statue, and not a lot else.

4. Posted by hench (Budding Member, 86 posts) 7 Mar '12 07:29

hey how are you

ok so you have £1100 to travel from brazilto boliv ok put it this way incatrail is around £400 4 day hike you can find cheaper but the u carry your own bags amerzon just flights is around 500-1100 boliv then the tour is around the same price i think as it went up but i have a shop who dose it on the cheap 1,100.00 BOB = 101.333 GBP x 2 around £200 rafting im sure is between 250 - 400 max but u can do 1 day 2 day and 3 day so that just your tour on top of that you have bus food hostels and shit loads of boos so i think you need to work harder m8 if you need any more help let me no as iv done it all

5. Posted by Freeo24 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 8 Mar '12 05:10

Thanks for the help. We're not doing any internal flights when we land in Peru. We're going to try and backpack From Lima to Rio. Passing through Bolivia and Paraguay.