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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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Hello! My husband and I will be making many stops around South America for our honeymoon, and one of the stops is to trek at Torres del Paine. We plan on arriving in Punta Arenas (flying from Santiago, Chile) on December 24th. I saw where you can take buses from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. I have a couple of questions about all of this process:
(1) Are the buses still operating on December 24th and December 25th? I didn't know if they would be or not, since it is Christmas-time. (2) If the…

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Hi! I'm Brazilian, and I'm going to study in Chile (Santiago) next month, until December/2016.

Does anyone have some tips to give me or some acquainted that lives in the town to present me?

Thanks!

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Galapagos Tours

We have been looking at various companies but have not done actual requests.

Does anyone know if SCUBA diving can be included as an add-on with a tour company? Is it unreasonable to consider diving versus snorkeling? If diving is available, are there specific recommended sites?
Seeing the types of boats, is there any advantage to taking one with sailing capability, for more stability in seas? Or is there an advantage with a large power boat to get to the sites faster, avoiding crowds as much as…

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Hello, everyone. I plan on climbing Mt. Aconcagua this coming December. I'm hoping I can receive some suggestions/advice on a good tour company to go with. I'm not looking for anything luxorious, fancy or expensive. I've done a few high altitude treks(kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, etc), but Aconcagua will be the biggest and hardest I've ever trekked. I will be on a budget, so I'm hoping to find a reputable company that won't be too expensive. Any tips and or advice will be greatly appreciated…

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Hello, everyone. I plan on climbing Mt. Aconcagua this coming December. I'm hoping I can receive some suggestions/advice on a good tour company to go with. I'm not looking for anything luxorious, fancy or expensive. I've done a few high altitude treks(kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, etc), but Aconcagua will be the biggest and hardest I've ever trekked. I will be on a budget, so I'm hoping to find a reputable company that won't be too expensive. Any tips and or advice will be greatly appreciated…

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Hi everybody,

I will be travelling to Peru arriving in Lima on September 25 and spending 3 weeks in Peru, flying out again from Lima. I am a single guy aged 40 and will be travelling alone. I do have experience backpacking but mostly in Asia and not yet in South America. As I only have three weeks I want to keep the night buses to a minimum. I have no itinerary yet but off course I want to see Machu Pichu. I like to see some historical sights and some amazing sceneries, I love food so I would…