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7 months in south/central america, where to go?

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1. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!
I was planning a 10 months trip in central/south america but now I have to shorten it down to 7-8 months.. anyone who could give me a couple of "do's and dont's"?

i've been trying to make it work but i don't have any god ideas right now..

bye bye!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

- slow travel
- independent travel
- cultural immersion
- learning spanish
- all national parks
- southern Argentina (Patagonia + Tierra del Fuego)
- el Chaco
- Atacama desert, Chile
- the Andes (all of it, but I like the southern range best)
- Bolivian Amazon
- Central Ecuador
- Tumbes, Northern Peru (great surfing)
- and of course, Buenos Aires

- domestic and continental flying
- organised tours (there áre some exceptions!)
- Oruro, Bolivia (silver mines; dangerous!)
- Inka trail (there are better alternatives)
- Punta del Este, Uruguay (there are better alternatives)
- Lima (I didn't like it, but others seem to do)

Have fun planning. Seven months is a long time; you'll be able to see a lot.


3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Central America is small, compact and diverse with both Caribbean Culture on that Coast (all countries except El Salvador) and every Central American nation boasts a Pacific Coast. The Tica Bus will take you from Guatemala City through to Panama City for about $90 with unlimited stopovers, for Cultural and Ethno Tours Guatemala's Highlands and parts of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua cannot be beat, along with ample Eco Tours, including Volcano Climbing, most areas accesible by Bus. Costa Rica is the leader in organized Eco Tourism and Panama is cosmopolitan, diverse and exciting. Of couse one cannot bus, hike or drive through the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia SA, and if you don't wish to fly try the Panama Canal Yacht Club..Captains take on Passengers at 250USD over to Cartagena, Colombia or sometimes crew if you are pay..just free passage..5 days. Message if you require more info.

4. Posted by ceciandrea (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hello, the jungle of peru is also interesting, if you like the nature. I recomend you to visit tarapoto( 1 hour by flight from lima or 24 hour by bus from lima, but if you come from ecuador you can take a bus from chiclayo, it is only 12 hours). it is good to take ayahuasca, with a shaman. I drank this plant, that helps you to understand you around the nature and the universe. If you want more information you can visit: or


5. Posted by paulhein (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

to give you an idea about program and price an example for a 3 or four days trip to Brazilian Amazon from Manaus with piranha fishing, jungle treck, alligator catching, swimming with the pink dolfins and so on.
Included: transfer from airport, 1 night acommodation at the beginning or at the end, all kind of transport, (Boat, canoe, car...)breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water ( other beverages excluded ) 1 english, spanish, french or german speaking guide, City tour in Manaus and transfer to airport.
Price per person and day US$ 40.00 to US$ 80.00 depends of the comfort request

6. Posted by Shroom (Inactive 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thanx for all the tips, you guys! just keep on giving me more advice! what about do's and don'ts in central america


7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Tack. Join the Hospitality Clubs that I messaged you about, some people save as much as $1000-$2000 per journey on lodging and get home cooked food. One of the Clubs has lots of Brasilian members..if alone and a woman don't try to trek in either remote areas or navigate crowded cities by your especially aware at bus stations and bus stops, crowded outdoor markets, never carry a digital camera or videocam in plain sight at these places. Find a travel companion now and then. The best place to find one in Central America is Antigua in Guatemala..go to The Rainbow Room and Travel Agency (has Bar-Rest., used book store, cybercafe, bulletin board)7a Avenida Sur No. 8 Antigua is small you'll find it. Also Quetzaltenango (Xela) in the guatemalan highlands good place to hang out and study Spanish, if need be.