After 7 years working in banking, I am now going to be free from 1 June 2010. I am frantically working out how to spend the next 8-12 months of world travel and am hoping that I may be able to get some advice on how to spend the 3-4 months I have budgeted to spend in South America!
Roughly - these are my dates and the countries that I would like to travel through. I will be travelling alone, but may have friends flying out to join me for 2 weeks at a time. That said, I am planning for this to be a solo trip.
Dates for S. America: Mid July to mid October 2010
Countries I'm targeting to hit:
DEFINITES: Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina
MAYBE: Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay
What I REALLY REALLY need some advice on is: which of the "maybe"'s I should definitely include (I've excluded them thus far only because I am ignorant), how much time in each, how to get around, how much cash to budget per day (I want a decent level of comfort - not the Ritz, but not a mud floor and a blanket either!). I don't however mind going off the beaten track completely - in fact, I think that would be outstanding!
I would also love to include some charity work, or Spanish courses -- want some more authentic ideas as I have seen some of the large companies that offer charity work opportunities for an outrageous amount of cash -- not interested in those - too touristy I think.
Anyway -- any help in planning, waypoints, etc that you can think of that may be useful would be really gratefully accepted!
Thanks very much in advance.