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Advice on 6 month trip to Mexico, central and south America

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Advice on 6 month trip to Mexico, central and south America

1. Posted by mattock (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

HI, I'm planning on going traveling for 6 months starting in Mexico city then down through central America and South America at the end of march. I'm going on my own and not sure where to go or what to do?

If anyone has been perhaps they could give me a short run down of the route they took, good places to go and things to see etc, and other advice on anything you feel valuable would be really appreciated, like whats the best way to travel from country to country, internal flights? and do i need visas before i fly out etc?

The only things at present i definitely want to do is , Mexico city, Inca trail in Peru, Galapoges Islands, Rio in Brazil and Beunos Aires in Argentina.

THANKS very much

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

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3. Posted by fruitcake (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


i did a six month trip to latin america starting in Mexico. I bought a one way ticket to Cancun and went as far south as i could. I ended up getting to Ecuador. It sounds like most of the stuff you want to see is based around South America so that is probably where you will be spending most of your time.

Flights in Latin maerica aren't cheap personally i prefer to overland, i find it more intersting and its a great way to see the continent, it really is a beautiful part of the world and watching the scenery change is really magical. Also its a great way too meet other locals and practice my bad spanish. I didn't need to arrange visas before hand to the countries i went to, i got my passport stamped at the border.

Six months is not a very long timescale to see both central and south america, if there is nothing you want to see in central america besides Mexico city, it may be worth ommiting it from your itinerary, as i am sure Buenos Aires is just as good. If you start in central america there is a risk that you won't have enough time to see all the other countries in South america.

Feel free to PM me. I faced a similar dilemma to you this time last year.