Much like this young man, several hundred years ago, I flew to Bogota, Colombia and set out 'on foot' to see Latin America. I hitch hiked, took buses, trains and walked...Sometimes riding literally on the tops whatever was available. I was in no hurry and months later found myself homesick and in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Faced with the option of going further south or heading back to the north, I decided to make a quick pit stop in Florida before flying back to Merida, Mexico where I set out once again using my thumb, my feet and available transport to tour the more remote areas in the Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.
Some months later, I returned to America to seek honest and gainful employment. In all, I had been lost in Central and South America for over six months. The experiences I had and the people I met in my travels are still some of my most cherished memories.
Traveling light with little money, 'on-foot' and without a schedule, timetable or itinerary is not for everyone, but it can be a memorable and liberating experience.
A Word of Caution: When traveling in countries having a much lower standard of living, driving a private vehicle, wearing nice clothes, expensive boots, a wrist watch, jewelry, flashing money or staying in expensive places can draw unwanted attention and lessen your ability to move about in relative safety.
Last edited by x32792; 12-07-2010 at 03:08 PM.
It's all fun and games until the flying monkeys attack.