HELP! Travel advice

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean HELP! Travel advice

1. Posted by mica (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!

I am doing the whole Mexico, Central & South America thing in 5 months on $1000 budget. If you know the feeling, hit me back.

Starting in Mexico on December 26th, all the way down to Argentina. Should hit Patagonia in May. Anyone interested?

Which ones are the problematic borders I should not be crossing by foot?

As a female travelling alone, should I be worried? I have plenty of travelling experience, but when stuff has to happen it doesn't matter how quick you are to dismantle your swiss army knife - it WILL happen!

I also do photography, so please let me know of any cool sites I should visit (will also start a thread in the photography forum).

Hablo el español y el portugues fluentemente, pues si kieres escrive en estos idiomas.
Falo português e espanhol fluentemente. Se quiseres fala em português.

Thanks! Gracias! Obrigada! Whatever...

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

Hola mica,

Quite some adventure... 5 months on a THOUSAND USD? That is one tight budget; no wonder you're going on foot.

If you're really travelling alone and on foot, stay with the crowd; even though there's also a lot of fake negative publicity about this, westerners still disappear every now and then in the SA jungle. Esp. Bolivia and Ecuador seem to have a bad reputation in this respect. Carrying fancy camera equipment won't help, either. And, going out into the wilds all by yourself is never a good idea, whether you're boy or girl.

Patagonia in may is tough; that's mid-winter there, which means terrible cold. But it's beautiful, and there's not as many tourist as in SA summer. Keep me updated on your itinerary; always nice to know.

good luck!

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

Your budget in year 2006 is unrealistic, especially if planning to stay in lodging places enroute, as well you are unable to travel between Panama and Colombia via the Darien Gap either on foot or in public transport..only the yachts out of Colon, Panama ply to Cartagena, Colombia, they usually charge 250USD for 5 day trip..if you have sailing experience you could go as a crew member.

You should join one of the online 'hospitality clubs' where you are able to stay a day or two or more with a local or long term resident.

You should volunteer short term when possible view volunteersouthamerica dot net site, no fees.

4. Posted by earthling0 (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Mica,
I have really good experience with the hospitality club thingy so far :) but I agree: 1000 dollars is unrealistic, even when not having to budget for places to stay - and even if you do manage to do it: you'll miss out on a lot along the way as you will not be able to afford going to the great national parks, ruins, museums, etc. So: what's the point?!?!

Maybe you find someone travelling in their own car who have a good heart or don't like travelling on their own who'll take you along for free...and don't safe on your security, which really is an issue here!

Photography-wise: Don't even think about missing the big ruins (Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tikal, Copan - haven't been to the last two yet) - Sunset on Lake Atitlan (from the side of Panajachel) - Semuc Champey - some colonial town (chose between San Cristobal - Antigua - Granada - and S.M. de Allende - not need to do all of them)

Most of all: have fun