Charlene

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Noreen
Noreen Hey Charlene - you still planning on going around South America? I'm heading that way too ... (Galapagos Islands > Peru > Bolivia > Brazil > Argentina)
Charlene
Charlene Hey, Yes I am, although I haven't booked anything yet. When are you going? I'd love to go to the Galapagos Islands, but it's so expensive. Who are you going there with? Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia were my priorities. The rest will depend on my funds
3 years ago
Noreen
Noreen I'm looking to head out on 30th Dec and return Eastertime. I know the GI are expensive, but think while I'm there ... Looking to travel most of it on my own - hoping friends will come out and visit while at GI and Brazil but will see! My main priorities are GI, Peru and Aregentina. For Peru - will be looking at doing Inca trail, Nazca and lake titicaca. And will probably start looking into booking the inca trail trek in the next month or so
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Just before New Years? I was probably going to leave in January some time. What tour company will yo do the islands and inca trail with? I want to do the inca trail definitely. Why do you want to do it alone? The reason I signed up on here was to find someone to travel with. Where will you go first?
3 years ago
Noreen
Noreen Well dates arent really decided upon so will see (depends if friends are up for going out to GI with me re NYE) Don't know what tour company will go with yet, still looking into them really - have you seen any good ones? No, I didn't mean it like that - I don't want to do it on my own, its more about meeting up with others along the way than anything :) I'm going to look to fly to GI first and then head down to Peru.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Quite an expensive trip for your mates to pay out for. Wish my mates wanted to travel. I haven't looked into it properly but all the ones I have seen are pretty expensive. Will you not bother seeing any of Ecuador then? Let me know if you find a cheap way of going to the islands. You do know that the Inca Trail is closed in February right?
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey there, just a quick tip about the Inca Trail, it's important to book many months in advance. We had to do an alternative route because we didn't have advance notice. It was still nice and very challenging, but not the classic Inca.
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yes I know this Todd. A bit of a pain isn't it. Thanks
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene hey Noreen, Alison says you're doing the inca trail the last week of Jan. Which tour company and what date are you going?
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene are are you still heading to the GI on Dec 30th?
2 years ago
Noreen
Noreen Hey Charlene - Yes Im doing the trail on the 20th Jan with Peru Treks, not going till 6th Jan to the GI's now, managed to get an 8 day cruise :) Hows your plans coming along?
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene oh cool. that's the company i told you about isn't it? which company r u going to the GI with? will the inca trail b the first thing u do then and what u doing after the islands? so many questions! i've still got nothing definite because i'm waiting for some news here first. will know in 2 weeks
2 years ago
Noreen
Noreen I'm going to do the GI first and then head down to Peru after that to do the Inca trail. Booked GI through Happy Gringo
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yep sorry. How much did you pay for the GI tour? was that company recommended to you?
2 years ago
Noreen
Noreen i ended up paying $1800 USD which while still expensive is a lot less than some agents were charging me. Guess it would always be cheaper to book a tour while in Quito ... I the company was recommended on travbuddy website, seems a lot of people rated it. You need to contact them to see what boats are available.
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene ok thanks for letting me know. I still don't know what I'm going to do yet but will hopefully be able to make a decision next week. I might wait until I arrive there and then book i if I do go
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene hey, sounds great. When are you actually moving? I should be heading to either Peru or Ecuador in January. I also really want to go to the Galapagos Islands but only if I can find out how to do it cheaply. Any ideas?
fijiaaron
fijiaaron Hey Charlene! We're going to Ecuador at the beginning of January. The biggest challenge now is getting rid of all our stuff. After that, we'll have to decide what we're actually taking with us. We seriously considered a shipping container. The cheapest way to go to the Galapagos? Become a resident. We might do that in the long run, but you've still got to go as part of an official tour group, so prices are high.
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene cool well good luck with packing. become a resident on the islands? i found someone on couch surfing who lives on the islands and she says you can just get a plane there and that you don't have to go on a tour
2 years ago
fijiaaron
fijiaaron I meant that it is discounted for a resident of Ecuador.
2 years ago
AlisonK
AlisonK Hi Charlene (and Noreen too) I'm American, female, 33 and heading down to South America in mid Jan 2012 through end March (or longer if I still have cash!) Let me know if you want to plan to meet up/travel together as we have some similar interests. See my trip details I just posted too. Cheers, Ali
Charlene
Charlene Hey Alison, Good to hear from you. What are your plans for South America?
2 years ago
AlisonK
AlisonK I'd like to hit up Venezuela to the Angel Waterfalls, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, wineries in Chile, maybe a boat trip to Antarctica, wine/food/dancing in Argentina and end up in Rio for Carnival in early March.
2 years ago
Charlene

Charlene wow, you've got a lot planned for just over 2 months! I will be taking it a bit slower as I like to get a feel for the countries I'm in as well as seeing all the sights. I was planning on travelling around Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, inclusing the galapagos islands if I can afford it. I will also head to Chile if I have enough money and easter island as well if I can afford it. I haven't got enough money to do Argentina and Brazil this time and I don't want to try and cram too much into a short time. I think I'd need at least 6 months to do the whole continent. Were you planning on starting in Venezuela then and then going to Peru? I've been told the inca trail is closed in February for maintenance

2 years ago
AlisonK
AlisonK Agreed! I'm not married to going in any particular order. I figured about 1 week in each country, just go as I feel. I might need to cross over to Rio for Carnival and then keep going to the other places, that's really the only timing thing. Otherwise, if I can afford it I'll go as slow or fast as things happen! GI wasn't really on my list but the Antarctica thing is very pricey, so I understand. Yes, I think Venezuela first then Peru, makes sense geographically. Inca trail would have to be in January then or March...
2 years ago
AlisonK
AlisonK P.S. You can still get to Machu Picchu in Feb on a two day trek or take the train.
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yeh I would like to go to the carnival but as I was planning on being on the other side of the contitnent it doesn't really make sense. When is it again? The Inca Trail is the top must thing for me so I would want to do the 4-day trek. I'd probably start in Ecuador as that makes sense geographically for me to start there and head south through Peru, Bolivia and then possibly Chile. Where do you live?
2 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Are you still doing this trip?
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3 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
3 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
Charlene
Charlene Hi, I am planning to head to South America in January. Where do you think you'll be then? I was looking into going to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia
Lauren
Lauren Yes, don't miss Bolivia! It's in between Chile, Argentina and Peru. It was my favourite of South America
3 years ago
tal_c
tal_c haha yee i saw ur looking for a female traveler, but at least u will know sum1 whos going to be around the same area if your feeling lost. I get asked that question all the time, but my parents r both english. ive been studying law, what do you do in London? I live in camden, how about you??
Charlene
Charlene oh, you're very dark skinned though. where do you study? i live near harrow
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene have you considered couch surfing?
3 years ago
tal_c
tal_c i study at london met!! are you on facebook?? no, what is it??
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yeah I am on FB. My email is charlene_a_mitchell@yahoo.co.uk. You've never heard of couch surfing? that surprises me. http://www.couchsurfing.org/ Basically staying in people's couches while travelling. Great way to interact with the locals, get a real feel for the place you're visiting and also save a few quid. I'm considering it because I didn't do it all when I went travelling around Asia last year
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yeah I am on FB. My email is charlene_a_mitchell@yahoo.co.uk. You've never heard of couch surfing? that surprises me. http://www.couchsurfing.org/ Basically staying in people's couches while travelling. Great way to interact with the locals, get a real feel for the place you're visiting and also save a few quid. I'm considering it because I didn't do it all when I went travelling around Asia last year
3 years ago
tal_c
tal_c Hi, sorry for the late reply, been away!! that couchsurfing looks really good, will defintely have to join up! hav u looked in to any more of your trip??
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yeah you should. I'll probably do it a bit. Not looked into it much more no. Got other things on at the moment. Will probably start next month or August time. you?
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene yeah you should. I'll probably do it a bit. Not looked into it much more no. Got other things on at the moment. Will probably start next month or August time. you?
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene hey, check out the trip I'm planning
tal_c
tal_c im planning on leaving in January!! i want to start off in the South making my way to Brazil for carnival time, and i also wanted to do the Inca Trial, i didnnt realise it was closed in Feb!! Im planning to finish off in mexico around Apil-May time, theres so many places to see though!! Im from Manchester, but currently living in London as i study here and i finish in a few weeks! where are you from??
Charlene
Charlene sounds like a plan. I live in North West London. How old are you? Are you female or male?
3 years ago
tal_c
tal_c ahh really, I live in North London!! im 22, how about u?? im male!!
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene dam it, was looking for a female travel buddy. You look quite south american yourself in that pic. Where are your folks from? What you studying? I'm 23. Where in north london are you?
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Hey, I'm planning on heading to South America in January next year. Any idea where you'll be at that time?
Tay2016
Tay2016 Hi Charlene! I think probably around January I'll be in China/Asia... I'm looking at a schedule like this: July-Sept in South America Sept-Feb in Asia March-May in Africa May-Sept in Europe
3 years ago
tal_c
tal_c Hi Charlene, are you still planning on going January?? I havnt started planning my trip yet, but im going to start off in south america for around 5 months!! have you planned anything yet?
Charlene
Charlene Hey, Yes, that is the plan. Do you know when you're planning on leaving? I'll probably be going for a few months. Depends on how long my money lasts really. I haven't plannned anything yet. I know I want to do the Inca Trail and visit the Amazon though. I was probably going to do the Inca Trail first because you have to book ahead for a place. Where are you from?
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Remember the Inca trail is closed every Feb, so if you want to do it first then plan for January
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Check out our write-up about the different tracks: http://globetrooper.com/notes/inca-trails-to-machu-picchu-alternative-treks
3 years ago
Charlene
Charlene Ah yes, for renovation right? Was planning on leaving in Jan anyway and I'd head straight there. Thanks for the link
3 years ago
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