Latin America 2012

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Dates 16 Jan '12 to 6 Jan '13

Flexible? Somewhat

Est. Cost 5,000 - 10,000 GBP (GBP United Kingdom Pounds)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Latin America 2012

I'm looking for a few people to join me on my year long trip around Latin America starting January 2012. I plan to start in El paso, Texas so that I can cross over the Mexican border and go from there. Hopefully the journey will be by motorbike but I haven't learnt to ride yet. The budget will be around £15 per day incuding food and accomodation. Various volunteer projects to attend will be organised before departure, but other than that it's freelance tourism probably staying in hostels or couchsurfing for the main part and visiting places of interest. My main aim is to get to know latin american culture and society (in both urban and rural areas).

I've managed to plan most of the route but nothing is set in stone and I'm open to ideas and alternatives.

Latin America 2012

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ejebon
ejebon where are you now? I am going to Peru in September
2 years ago
Normz
Normz I'll be in Peru starting July 15th, here is my itinerary. If anyone else is around. let me know. http://www.tourbackpacker.com/2012/04/overview-of-my-itinerary-in-peru.html
2 years ago
Normz
Normz I should be in Peru till middle of september, then heading to Chile for about 3 months after that.
2 years ago
ejebon
ejebon where would you be in September?
2 years ago
spicy photographer
spicy photographer where are you presently?
2 years ago
Marco Leonardo
Marco Leonardo Hey dude, im planning a 15 day trip to Colombia during the second half of july 2012. Also, im want to go to the south of Chile and Mendoza, Córdova , maybe Buenos Aires in Argentina. Let me know your plan. Right now im working between Mexico and Chile, so maybe i can help you with some information about those countries. Well im from Perú, i can help you with information from there too.
3 years ago
Juan Herrada
Juan Herrada Hey Glothy! How you doing? Have you already set off on your trip? I noticed that you'll be going through a lot of the countries that we'll be checking out on our trip, so I wanted to give you a shout to see if we could coincide along the way. We'll be going from Peru to Guyana, through Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela this August. You can check out the trip here - http://globetrooper.com/the-inca-rally-2012 What do you think? Will you be in the area around that time?
3 years ago
Megan Zumpano
Megan Zumpano Hey! I'm going to be in Nicaragua at the end of May - I'm looking for some travel buddies to explore with...anyone going to be there around that time?
3 years ago
Ian [EagerExistence]
Ian [EagerExistence] Where do you estimate you will be by May? I was thinking of starting in Mexico around then, and heading south... all the way to Antartica.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Are you still doing this trip?
4 years ago
glothy
glothy Yes. Working on getting everything in place. Not certain about crossing the border in El Paso due to the problems there. Advice/suggestions would be welcome
4 years ago
Guppy

Guppy Just drove through Mexico a couple months ago and at points it was kind of scary but if you stick to the main highway you should be fine. Get like 1 hour from the border then leave at dawn so you can get a full day of driving in past the border, which is the worst part. Only drive during the day. Always, always stick to the pay roads. It'll cost a bit more but save you way more money in time and gas, plus much much safer. Sleep at well lit, walled in places on the main road. There are lots of corrupt cops and people posing as cops and you'll run into lots of checkpoints. They'll threaten you with bogus charges if you don't pay them a little gift. I suggest just paying. If you cause them trouble they'll radio to their buddies who will pull you over further down. Do not flash your money though. Keep most of your cash hidden, only carry a little bit in your wallet. That way you can be like "oh I only have $10 not $40" and they'll probably take it. The actual military checkpoints are serious though, so no worries about bribes from them. Once you get in the southern half of Mexico it's much nicer.

3 years ago
jamesbronz
jamesbronz love the idea. i live in los angeles and have been to costa rica a number of times and want to move there. your trip definitely moves me and if anything, i would love to travel across latin america in my Land Cruiser, but I would not want to do it alone. also i have to get some money together first..but if anyone is interested...im willing to work something out. let me know in advance. driving thru latin america in a nice land Cruiser would be nice.
3 years ago
glothy
glothy Hi. I'd really like to get a Triumph cruiser. Something just under 1000cc so it's not too difficult to handle but has enough kick to get me through. Not got a budget in mind for that yet but would also look to buy a bike in the US
4 years ago
JTGOLDBERG
JTGOLDBERG Hey Glothy, Ive been riding for a while and wanted to let you know that for first time riders there is a weekend class through the MSF (motorcycle safety foundation) and I promise you, they will teach you trix on how to be a very good defensive rider. I highly recommend it! Pura Vida
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Would love to do a course like that. We got our learner's license before leaving home, then rode a lot in Thailand, but would love to do a big trip and feel confident. Are you planning a bike trip on a bike? Have you seen those Ewan McGregor documentaries about riding around the world?
3 years ago
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