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Earthquake in Ecuador

There was a large earthquake (7.8) tonight near Cojimies (between Mompiche and Pedernales). It was shallow and it was felt right through the country. It was 6.4 in Quito, but no major damage was reported other than some power outages. Guyaquil was hit hard, there's a lot of damage reported, at least one overpass collapsed and so far one death officially. Manta has suffered too, the airport is closed, the control tower collapsed, 10 deaths reported in the city. Portoviejo too, with 18 deaths…

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Hi there
We are an Australian family heading to Rio and Brazil in July /August for the Olympics.
It has been organised for over a year now but am just revisiting some aspects.
We are experienced travellers but have not travelled to South America before. We speak no Portuguese.

Rio
We are staying in the Lagao area ( Fonte de Saudade)for 21 days and have tickets for events at the Deodoro zone .
Does anyone know transport options to get to that zone. We understand transport is not as far advanced as it…

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Currently driving south and want to knock it over in the low season, and just wondering if anyone has any tips/tricks/recommendations etc. I'm thinking of taking 6 or 7 days for it as I have plenty of time and as a photographer want to be able to stick around in case of bad weather as well, have all the gear so can be completely self-sufficient,an experienced multi-day hiker from Australia. Also, would it be safe to park my van in the park while I'm out on the walk? Open to any and all…

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Hi! My daughter and I are going to Bolivia in August. We're flying into Chile and am hoping to get an internal return flight to la paz. I decided on Bolivia because I'm interested in the culture and nature. I'd love to see patagonia but I think she is too young for hiking etc. My idea is to stay about 4-5 days in a main town/city and do day trips from that base. I'm a bit concerned about the altitude so will spend maybe a week in la paz to acclimatize. My daughter has done small treks before -…

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Hey guys, I am backpacking 2 month in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia between September-November. What do you think about my rough itinerary? I plan to fly into Cartagena, Colombia and out of Bogota to Lima, Peru, then fly home out of La Paz, Bolivia. Is there a cheaper way to fly in, out and around South America? I plan to bus through towns, how much time and money should I budget for?
Fly into Cartagena, Colombia (I will be in Colombia about 2 ½ - 3 weeks)
Taganga (party-2 days)
Minca (Sierra Nevada…

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Hey guys, I am backpacking 2 month in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia between September-November. What do you think about my rough itinerary? I plan to fly into Cartagena, Colombia and out of Bogota to Lima, Peru, then fly home out of La Paz, Bolivia. Is there a cheaper way to fly in, out and around South America? I plan to bus through towns, how much time and money should I budget for?
Fly into Cartagena, Colombia (I will be in Colombia about 2 ½ - 3 weeks)
Taganga (party-2 days)
Minca (Sierra Nevada…

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Hey guys, I am backpacking 2 month in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia between September-November. What do you think about my rough itinerary? I plan to fly into Cartagena, Colombia and out of Bogota to Lima, Peru, then fly home out of La Paz, Bolivia. Is there a cheaper way to fly in, out and around South America? I plan to bus through towns, how much time and money should I budget for?
Fly into Cartagena, Colombia (I will be in Colombia about 2 ½ - 3 weeks)
Taganga (party-2 days)
Minca (Sierra Nevada…