My budget is around 5 grande, but if I could go lower then that would be most excellent. I would be leaving late June and would want to come back in early August or so. I want to see as much of the country as possible, and be immersed in it as much as possible (not just the typical tour guide stuff with old ladies) in that time period.
I am looking for the most economical way to tour but also with the most possibility for adventure and fun times. I've been looking into group tours - the hop on and hop off bus tours - which seem alright, but I just want to know all of my options before I decide on anything. I was even thinking of working out a plan to get a car and a tent down there and just explore things on my own or something, which could be awesome but then I think that may be a bit too crazy right now - I've never even been on a plane!
Advice? Help? Resource suggestions?
crossposted to ljtravel.