A friend and I, are planning a backpack trip to South America in October 2009, This will be our first backpack trip. We really don’t know much in how much money we exactly need to get to Argentina or what where in for. Basically were looking for some pointers and see if anyone has done this before who can tell us some spots where we can go or should avoid. We would like to stick to the beach we love to surf. We will be flying to Oaxaca, Mexico and from their make our way to Argentina. We are cool with anyone joining us in our trip, where both 23/M. Any response is appreciated thank you
zhogun, welcome to the forum
As a mother of teenagers having done the 'south american tour' backpacking I know that once you get there one thing will lead to another and all is very organized (but will have to approach tourist information offices etc) -
That said.... I hope members hailing from Argentina and surroundings will see this and give more input relating to the subject
Hi, I live in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, and have been all over. I recommend: While in Mexico, stick to the coastal highway, you'll find ATM's at fairly big cities. The highway turns central once you hit central american countries, meaning quite a long way from the coast, making it harder for you to find ATM's. And you need cash, almost no place except big turisty spots accept cards..., that said, the coast is cheap, finding rooms for aprox. 16 USD, food and drink for a total of 20 USD a day, maby less!!!. In Mexico, beaches like Huatulco, are very expensive, having 5 star hotels and are begining to look like Cancun..., stick to the beaches that are before and after these big money guzzlers, and jost go to them if you want a big night out....
If you need any help, give me a call: .....
Ricardo, sorry to have edited your message but it isn't safe to publish one's phone number publicly since on the internet not only nice people are surfing around. It is better that whoever needs your help PMs you and after screening give him/her your phone number.
Just finished an overland from Canada to Argentina...if you are planning on going overland and want to take a yacht from Panama to Colombia avoid making the cross in Jan/Feb as the water is really rough at this time (something we did not know and instead we chose to fly it)
Some of our favourite countries were, Nicaragua (lake Nicaragua/Ometepe Island was amazing!) Colombia (believe me compared to Central America, Colombia was SAFE and we loved it there) and Argentina.
We spent 7 1/2 months on the trip and budgeted approx. $80 cdn a day. Your budget will be stretched in Chile, Argentina and Brasil(though dorm beds and cooking for yourself always helps ease the budget stress)
As it is your first backpacking experience I would say this trip is probably a good one to get you into it(the only better could be South East Asia and Europe). Transportation is really straightforward and reliable in most countries (although the chicken buses of Guatemala will provide some excitement for you) And places to stay are generally plenty and good value in most places (El Salvador is still fairly new to the tourist scene so this may be your only tough spot)
Watch your possessions at all times as this area of the world is one place where almost every long term traveller has a story regarding stolen items (myself included - my husband was robbed at knife point in Panama City for our camera)
Best advice is to hit up a book store and start reading some guide books (highly recommend Footprints for S. America!! they are the pioneers for this guide)
mikejor, great advice I hope zhogun will read it soon.
I've already booked my ticket to mexico end of june. It'll be great if you'd share any interesting findings (i.e. modes of transportation, map course, etc...). I've got around two months, is this enough? i need to get back in time for my sys's wedding...
I'd appreciate any thoughts on that matter.
Are you just travelling Mexico??
We did one month in Mexico, top to bottom as it was an overland trip. With two months you could definitely see most of the country and even get into Guatemala to check out Tikal. Keep in mind that Mexico is a huge country as well though.
Highlights for us were: Zacatecas and Morelia for great Spanish colonial architecture and plazas. Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas were also amazing spots to stop for a bit. And we really enjoyed the beach at San Agustinillo on the Pacific.
Bus travel is very comfortable, although not the cheapest.