This year I'm taking a gap year to South America and I just need a bit of advice on how to go about organising it.
I hope to fly out to Peru, where I will be volunteering in Cuzco for 8 weeks (in late October/ early November, if I get all of my monies together in time). After volunteering I then want to travel round both Peru and Bolivia.
I have got £4000, which totals my life’s savings, but since the volunteering and flights will cost £2200, I am really working on a limited budget of around £2000 to travel on for the rest of the year (I will have to be back by late May/early June time).
Basically I was wondering what places can’t be missed, the best time of year to visit them and the amount of time you feel is enough to see them.
Also I had been planning to see more things in Peru than Bolivia (as that would be where I would start), but most places seem to recommend that Bolivia is the better place to visit. Would you agree?
Finally, as the flights will cost around £800, I have been looking into getting a round-the-world ticket, as flight by flight it will work out cheaper (I would fly England-Nepal-Australia-Peru) and also I will be able to stop off in Australia with family first (I would head East) where I will perhaps have the chance to earn more money. Is this stretching my resources too far, as it will limit my spending in South America by roughly another £700)?
I would appreciate any advice at all really, as obviously I only have limited time to plan it and I am beginning to panic that I'll never get away! (Especially since if I am going to Nepal the best time to go there is really November-December time)