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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

Do I need to book internal flights (specifically VivaColombia) well in advance or is it enough to book them 2 to 5 days before departure? Do the prices become more expensive the later you leave it or do they stay the same or even come down?
I would like to know so I can make my traveling in Colombia a little more flexible instead of sticking to a rigid plan.
I will be traveling in August and September with routes: Bogota-Medellin, Medellin-Santa Marta, Cartegana-San Andres, San Andres-Bogota.

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Los Roques

Has anyone ever been? Any advice on getting to/from?

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I have read many posts on TRIP-ADVISOR** regarding Buses Natal-Fortaleza, but we want to go the other way the first week of July. All the Bus websites show no availability Fortelaza-Natal, but then again, I read that Bus schedules are not posted until 30 days before departure...

Would we have any trouble booking a bus Fortaleza-Natal the first week of July? Should we wait and book on the ground when we get to Fortaleza?

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Hi,

Long time lurker, first time poster. My boyfriend and I (both 20) are planning on travelling to Southern Peru for 3-4 weeks this December. I have an intermediate level of Spanish, however I have only travelled in Spain solo. (My boyfriend speaks no Spanish nor has he travelled)

I was wondering if it was better to plan it ourselves and do our own thing (mostly along the touristy path not too off track) or just book a guided tour throughout?

Thoughts appreciated! :)

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I found some terrific reviews of this agency but they are all several years old. Other recommendations for agencies to do various 2-4 day tours in various parts of Bolivia? I don't want an end-to-end experience, but will be traveling on my own and don't want to have to look after everything on the ground by myself. Thanks

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Hi, Im currently in colombia and messed up with my visa extension and have overstayed. I was told i have to pay a fine before I leave, I have booked two appointments for this and apparently there is one woman that does this in medellin where I am currently and twice she has not been there. Is it possible to just do this once im in the airport, yeah i messed up but its a joke that the woman just isnt there when I scheduled the appointment. If it is possible at the airport is it a 24 hour service…