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Trekking from Phoenix (USA) to Bolivia

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Hey everybody! I am planning a unusual way to spend a month or so...with my wife. We have decided to take a treck from our home in Arizona through Mexico, Guatemala (where I was born), down through Panama, Colombia, etc...onto Bolivia (where she was born).
10 years ago, September 13th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #48623  
Hey everybody!
I am planning a unusual way to spend a month or so...with my wife. We have decided to take a treck from our home in Arizona through Mexico, Guatemala (where I was born), down through Panama, Colombia, etc...onto Bolivia (where she was born).

I am new on this site...and very impresses and amazed of all the great stories and pics posted by so many adventurous people.
So, my question is a huge one: can anyone suggest the best way to do this trip. We want to keep cost down but still be able to see a few cool places in each country...and get back before our parents report is MIA...jajaja.

I would appreciate any help or advice that might be useful in planning this trip...hotels, host families, bus companies, etc. that might be good to use. I realize this post could be in several diferent places (north america, south america, blah blah....) but I have a special place in my heart for Guatemala...go figure. :-)

Thanks for the help...what ever that might be,
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10 years ago, September 15th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #48805  
Hi Fernando - this sounds like a great adventure, but wondering how you will manage this in a month?! I spent from January to July getting from Mexico to Chile (mostly overland - except I flew Costa Rica to Columbia instead of taking the boat). I loved Guatemala! Bus is an easy enough mode of transport - if you need to move quickly - the TICA bus might be a good option through Central America. There's a 5 day boat you can take from Panama to Columbia which is supposed to be brilliant. Once in South America, it's generally much easier to get transport - there's more of a tourist trail - so lots of bus companies to choose from and better quality buses too (except in Bolivia!). So you don't even need to book in advance. What cool places are you going to try to see?

Good luck, Ellen

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10 years ago, September 15th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #48814  
Hi Ellen,

Thanks for the reply.

At this point I'm gathering as much info as possible. I may be a little too agressive in thinking that I can do this in that amount of time. This is our first undertaking of this sort, having only traveled outside of the US three times, 2 to MX via commercial airlines (PV and Zihuatanejo - nice places, btw) and once back to Guatemala.
We don't have plans to spend too much time in each place, perhaps 3-4 days only. Our plans are to fly down to Bolivia...and begin our journey there...through Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panana...up to Guatemala, and subsequetly up through MX. We obvoiusly want to take in as much of the sites and experiences as possible...and stay within our budget. I will look up the TICA buses once in Central America.

What about travel documents when entering any of those countries? Are they sticklers about visas and such to each of those countries? What might we expect in the way of fees?

Thanks for all the info...it is greatly appreciated.

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