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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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I will be in La Paz for about two weeks. I want a safe AND economical place to stay within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops. I'm thinking about $15 a night for one person. Any ideas? Someone told me the Sopochaci neighborhood is good. I appreciate all suggestions!

Gracias!

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Hello all
I am looking for help on how to get from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. For some reason its been really hard to get any information even from iPeru. I hear from iPeru that buses are on strike in Tacna and so my only option is train. But they state that the bus strike should be over by the time I get to Arequipa.
I also heard there is no direct bus from Arequipa to Arica. That I have to get off at Tacna and take a collective to cross over to Chile.

Being that I am a woman…

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Hello all
I am looking for help on how to get from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. For some reason its been really hard to get any information even from iPeru. I hear from iPeru that buses are on strike in Tacna and so my only option is train. But they state that the bus strike should be over by the time I get to Arequipa.
I also heard there is no direct bus from Arequipa to Arica. That I have to get off at Tacna and take a collective to cross over to Chile.

Being that I am a woman…

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Hey LPers

I will be in Cusco on July 1st and hope to stay there for about 7 to 10 days to include MP and other interesting activities. Any suggestions on good, cheap, clean hostels to stay that are close to plaza de armas town center. I would prefer quite places to noisy places, a little noise is okay. I would also prefer a hostel that has a good hot shower, a good working internet and wifi, most include breakfast so thats fine, and also a hostel that includes linen and towels.

It was…

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Hi....

I'm a pretty savvy traveler and have been to many "hotspots", but the more I'm reading in the news and the more I read online, I'm hearing how downright dangerous it is becoming for traveling into Venezuela. I am staying in Cartagena for a week in late September, and my friend coming with me said...."why not Angel Falls?". Yes, why not? I've looked into some tourgroups. I see the 3 day tours, and I'm thinking that seems so easy. The one tour group which I liked was SaltoTours…

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Hi all,

My daughter (age 14) and I will be traveling to Peru this September for 35 days and the following itinerary has been suggested to us.

Day 01: Fly to Peru / Night in Lima
Day 02: Lima Food Festival & City Tour
Day 03: Ballestas Islands, National Reserve / Evening bus to Nazca
Day 04: Nazca Lines & Chauchilla & Cantalloc & Dune buggy & Sandboarding / Overnight bus to Arequipa
Day 05: Sombra Cave Paintings / Overnight bus to Cotahuasi
Day 06: Cotahuasi Canyon Marpa Ruins Hike (7 days)
Day 13…