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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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Hey, looking for travel companions! Possibly looking at going to Peru for about 5 weeks from late december to late january. Im looking for a person or people who like to travel simple and roll with the punches. i like to travel light and hope to do some trekking in the quieter parts of the country but im super flexible. Im just looking to hang with like minded people. I usually travel alone but trying something different this time, so who is out there! talk soon, Chris-canada

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Hey familia,
Im off to Argentina in a couple weeks taking US with me. Whats the best way to carry cash around apart from in my sock or my culo. Is a money belt actually that practical? Any other ideas...

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Hello all,

I am Jay, a male in my 30s from London and a British passport holder. I will be travelling around Argentina (Iguazu falls both sides, Buenos Aires and Patagonia) from 28th Nov 2016 then going to see the Salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) in Bolivia.

I wanted to seek your advice whether it is recommended I book tours in advance online or is it possible to just arrive at each location then negotiate with the local for cheaper deals?

I have a very tight schedule to cover a lot of places.

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I plan to do a road trip via route 40(in argentina) and carretera austral. My plan is to rent a car in Bariloche and go south to Esquel. Then cross the border to Futaleufu(chile) and do the carretera austral(CA).After the road trip of middle part of CA, I wanna go out from Chile Chico- Los Antiguos and then head down to El Calafate. At the last step, return this car in El Calafate. My question is that the rental shop and Chile-Argentina border allow crossing the border?

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"CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.
Amid complaints about the electricity crisis, opposition members began a previously planned signature gathering campaign aimed at recalling President…

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Hey,

I have drawn up a rough itinerary for my time in Peru and Bolivia and would massively appreciate any advice. I know it's not a lot of time and I am wondering whether my friends and I are trying to pack too much into 2.5 weeks. The only things we have penciled in on our calendars are the Machu Pichu on the 6th and Uyuni Salt flat tours on the 12th. Everything else can be changed around.

June 1: Arrive in Lima 19:45
June 2: Lima, see the city, etc..
June 3: Lima (overnight bus is 20 hours…