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For the benefit of everyone dropping by the Brazil branch for the first time, please read this FAQ first. And I hope there can be some sort of way to moderate the thread to keep it updated and clean. I know there are some AWESOME regular contributors here who enjoy giving advice; I feel this thread can really help to condense the information available.

I'll go first, with some general thoughts from the South America FAQ. Many thank to Apollo for starting that thread and for a great idea…

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Hello!
I'm a student, and by the end of July, I'll have about 3-4 months to travel.
Through a bit of online searching, I've figured the best place would be South America, partly due to the weather but mostly as it'll have the(possibly) best mix of culture, history, sightings, general tourism and trekking!
I'm a big fun of hiking, and spent months on domestic thru hikes on many terrains and conditions.
But this time, I'd rather mix as much as possible and experience the most(visit and see as much as…

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Staying put vs being a tourist

I will travel to one city for a month . I plan to rent an apartment to write away from tourists. I have altitude sickness (above 4,000 feet) and don't like cold weather. My Spanish sucks.Where should I go inland? Loja? Cuenca? Zamora?
I don't want to spend days getting to my destination but I'm open to bus travel. Thanks for input.

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“Crime on the High Seas”
The Archipelago de San Bernardo is a beautiful place with aquamarine waters and brilliant coral reefs… but please do not let yourself become prisoner to the “viejo uruguayo” and his Colombian wife…. When the children asked for a hook and a line to fish off the dock or even an old mask and a snorkel… no is all he said…. Our “paseo” was to a dead reef just 5 minutes off shore… just so the old gremlin could save money on gas… the Colombians grumbled among themselves… too…

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I have a friend currently in Medellin who is wanting to fly to Asia. He intends to get to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala lumpur etc and wants to find the cheapest route.

What are the cheapest routes, airlines and methods from getting from SA to SEA?

He said Bogota, Santiago, Lima may be the easiest from where he is based but just wants the cheapest option.

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I'll be travelling south America for three months in August and will be going onwards then to New Zealand. The problem is i can't specify an exact date as to when my travels will be over and when I'll be ready to fly to New Zealand. Is there any company that can offer a booking on a flexible ticket where I can book my flight on a week or two notice?

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Hi All,

Will be traveling to Cartagena in two weeks; went to Colombia two years ago, and loved it.
We went to Santa Marta and Tayrona before returning to Cartagena.

Travel between cities in the north is difficult and time consuming. I'm looking for suggestions for some EASY and interesting places to go, possibility to spend a night or two outside of Cartagena not a problem…Not so interested in the Islands, tho my wife loves the beach….and has no desire to jump on a plane to Medellin or Bogota…

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Hello all you LPers . . . Some advise on the following itinerary:

I am hoping to go the following route and I wondered if I could do this by bus or if there is a bus tour company so that I can take advantage of the magnificent Chilean landscape along the way. The route is:

Tacna, Peru -> Arica
Arica -> Altiplano / Park Lauca back to Arica
Arica -> San Pedro De Atacama to see the Hot springs, geysers, Atacama desert and the village of San Pedro
San Pedro -> Calama to see the El Elqui
Calama -> La…