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31. Posted by jessie-mae (Budding Member, 4 posts) 20 Jun '12 20:51

Hi,

I'm a 21 year old Australian and I'm going to South America for 3 and half months at the end of year. I'm wanting to start with Chile and Argentina and work my way up to Mexico. I'm traveling solo but am a bit scared. I'd love a travel companion to travel Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil with me from mid October to the end of November. Any travel hints and advice would be lovely! Good luck to the rest of you traveling off and to those of you who have gone it sounds like you've have a wonderful time!

Jessie-Mae

32. Posted by fordeaisha (Budding Member, 5 posts) 22 Jun '12 02:53

Hi Alicia

I'm a Londoner, female and plan to travel for 4-5 months in South America begining of November this year, I'm in the same situation and pretty much share your excitment and anxieties.

My destinations include Peru, Venezuela and the Guianas but I'm pretty flexible about things so it would be good if we could keep in touch even if it's just to link along the way.

Oh and Brazil I definitely plan to do in February so that I'm there for the Carnival! on the same wave length there!

Look forward to hearing from you and anybody else planning to do the trip end of this year or Carnival next Feb.

Aisha

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34. Posted by KieranClare (Budding Member, 5 posts) 29 Jul '12 11:19

Hi Everyone,

I'm going to be traveling around Central America from mid October of this year, hopefully for 3 to 4 months, although I hope to prolong my stay by volunteering if possible. I'll be landing in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, working my way up through Guatemala and Belize, than back through Honduras and down through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and into Panama.

It will be my first time traveling and I'll be doing it alone, so id love to meet up with anyone whilst im there to share the experience with.

If anyone is in any other those areas from October onwards, send me a message on Facebook and we can chat and share ideas.

http://m.facebook.com/kieran.clare.7?refid=7&m_sess=xUkez-8-tgti2S&ref=nf_fr

Kieran

35. Posted by Siany25 (Budding Member, 22 posts) 29 Jul '12 14:09

Hi Kieran,
I'm planning on visiting Central America in early Feb and travelling down to Peru stopping at orphanages to volunteer along the way. I haven't made any arrangements yet but if you decide to prolong your stay then maybe will bump into you somewhere! :-)

Sian

36. Posted by Eithan651 (Inactive, 3 posts) 30 Jul '12 01:57

Hello,

I am Eithan and i am planning to travel in South America alone.Please help me what is the best places to here.tell me.

37. Posted by johnrica (Budding Member, 4 posts) 10 Aug '12 12:38

I was hoping to do a similar trip... central & south america, although I have never really traveled before and I'm not really sure how to go about planning!

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39. Posted by leahroberts (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Aug '12 10:10

Hia!

V jealous of your plans.......
I have recently finished a 4 month trip around South America and am currently planning a trip to Central America so thought I would drop you a line. I flew from London to Rio and did a loop down through Brazil, across Argentina, up through Chilie, Bolivia, Peru and Equador and flew out of SA from Quito. I had the MOST amazing time - you will love it I am sure! So some tips I wish someone had shared with me before I went are:

  • Brazil, Argentina and Chilie are quite expensive......particularly buses. Where are in the other countries you can get basic budget buses with the locals, the buses in Brazil, Argentina and Chilie and much nicer but there just aren't really the cheaper options availible. Panic not, however, because it gets cheaper and cheaper the further north you go!
  • Brazil, Argentina and Chilie are all quite European, Bolivia, Peru and Equador are the real SA!
  • I would try to take a small amount of each currency with you so before you get there and swap with other travellers you meet or exchange it on the street with locals - this will mean that after a LONG bus ride you can use a toilet or pay for a taxi etc.
  • Night buses were a great way of saving time and money if you can hack it.....I did this wherever poss!
  • I generally felt very safe but I did use allot of common sense and in many places didn't go out alone after dark. I always spread out my cash in lots of places and had copies and scanned copies of my documents. I did find that at times it was a toss up as to whether take me passport with me or leave it in the hostel, but always have a one or the other on you as the police can be a bit funny about it! I had one small incident near the bus station in Beunas Aires where i got 'shampooed'. Basically someone squirted shampoo (could have been much worse) all over me and my pack this is followed by lots of sorries and then they help you off with you pack and leg it - luckily we knew of the scam so were fine but it is something to be aware of. Having spoken to many travellers Beunos Aires seemed to be the place that was most common in terms of experiencing anything unpleasent. 99.9% of the people I encountered in my 4 months there were kind, friendly and helpful if you make the effort to engage with them.
  • If at all poss polish up your spanish, I had very little when I went but had lessons in Bolivia (so so cheap, £3 for an hr 1:1 lesson) this helped hugely particularly when trying to book buses and when chatting to locals.
  • Bolivia and much of Peru is at mega altitude and sickness is common and makes you feel rubbish - altitude sickness pills are like magic so def take some with you just in case. Also being up high means it is often freezing so warm clothes are essential
  • I did some group tour/trips which were fab:

- Iguassu Fall, White Water Rafting everywhere, Wine Tasting in Argentina and Chilie, Horse Riding in Atacama Desert, Salt Flats, Jungle (from Rurrenbaque, Bolivia), Inca Trek

  • I stumbled upon a monkey santuary in Banos, Equador-you can visit just for the day or you can volunteer and pay a small fee for food and dorm. This was one of the best experiences so here is the link if you are interested http://paseolosmonos.webs.com/

Sorry if I have just garbled at you......once I get started on talking about SA I can't stop as i love it so much. Have an awesome time and if you have any other questions just ask as i am more than happy to help if I can,
Leah x

40. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member, 27 posts) 12 Aug '12 10:23

Wow Leah

Comprehensive discussion about your experiences. I am sure you have much more to say about SA and it would be nice to know more. I am planning on selling up everything and heading out to SA in Jan for at least 12 months before heading to Asia after that.

Doing lots of reading and getting and idea that Brazil, Argentina and Chile are expensive. Hopefully will spend a lot more time in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Did you manage to get into the Amazon at all?
Sounds like you had an amazing time.

Thanks
Andy