We are a couple looking at travelling through South America this coming late October/ early November for about 3 months (hopefully 4 if the budget allows!).
We are looking at starting in Quito, the furthest south we want to go is Buenos Aires before going up through Brazil. We would LOVE to go through parts of Venezuela and Colombia before returning to Quito to fly home.
Is this realistic for 3-4 months?IF YOU REALLY WANT TO STOP AND ENJOY ALL THE DIFFERENT PLACES THREE FOR MONTH MAY BE TIGHT, ALSO IT WILL DEPEND ON THE TRANSPORTATION GETTING FROM LIMA TO SANTIAGO BY BUSS IT WILL TAKE YOU SEVERAL DAYS.
Overall, on average, what should we budget (2 people, staying in hostels, eating cheaply but of course the odd restaurant meal and private bathroom etc)?YOU DO NOT NEED LOTS OF MONEY. PROBABLY THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES WOULD BE SANTIAGO AND BUENOS AIRES. A DECENT HOTEL IN ECUADOR IS PROBABLY AROUND $80 PER DAY FOR TWO PEOPLE.
Also, a few questions on certain countries (we are a 22 year old couple from New Zealand, travelling on our own, into history, culture, nature and wildlife mostly):
IN GENERAL YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. LIKE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WATCH OUT FOR PICK POCKETS. YOUR WHOLE ITINERARY IS FULL OF GREAT PLACES TO SEE.
* Colombia: Is it really as unsafe as we are made to believe? My partner doesn't even want to venture there because of the bad reputation it has. Is it the most dangerous country in South America?
I WOULD NOT GO TO COLOMBIA. BOGOTA IS FAIRLY SAFE BUT, TO ADVENTURE INTO THE COUNTRY SIDE IT IS NOT SAFE AT ALL. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED FOR OVER 5 YEARS AND ARE STILL SOMEWHERE IN THE JUNGLE HELD BY REBELS. IN ADDITION THERE ARE GANGS THAT KIDNAP PEOPLE AND THE SELL THE HOSTAGES TO THE REBELS. NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WERE TO GO
* Paraguay & Uruguay: worth seeing? And if so what places?
PARAGUAY IS A LITTLE BIT OUT OF YOUR ROAD MAP. I DO NTO CARE FOR PARAGUAY MY SELF. ON THE OTHER HAND MONTEVIDEO AND PUNTA DEL ESTE IN URUGUAY ARE VERY NICE AND YOU CAN GO FROM BUENOS AIRES BY BOAT IN A COUPLE OF HOURS.
* Brazil: It's huge! Have no idea if it would be a waste of time trying to get around it all until we hit Venezuela - suggestions... should we, or should we fly from somewhere within Brazil to Venezuela? What places are little gems, and musts to visit?
YOU MUST FLY, IT IS OVER 3,000 KILOMETERS BY LAND. YOU MUST GO TO SALVADOR DE BAHIA, RECIFE, BELEN. I DO NOT CARE FOR RIO DE JANEIRO AND ALSO, THIS DAYS IT IS A LITTLE BIT DANGEROUS
Thanks to you all in advance