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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 have read an old blog that talked about being able to get a visa for Paraguay from the Paraguay Consulate in Buenos Aieres. The wait time is only 24 hours. I haven't been able to confirm this with my nearest embassy, which is Australia. Does anyone know if this is still possible?
thank you
Jenny

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Hi guys,

I am planning a trip to Patagonia next year with my wife, and want to check we have our timing for Torres del Paine about right.

We are looking to arrive there in late October, and we would like to do the W trek. What we have provisionally planned is that we will first arrive in Puerto Natales and stay there one night. The next day we will get a bus to the starting point for the W trek on the Glacier Grey side at campsite Paso. From there, we will trek five days and camp four nights…

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Hi everyone,

Next year my wife and I are taking a year out to travel. In October and November 2017, we have a 25-day stretch in Patagonia, starting in Ushuaia and ending back in Buenos Aires. I have been trying to plan our itinerary, and am having problems finding up-to-date information on how to get around.

What we have planned so far leaves us with a five day gap between leaving El Calafate and arriving in Puerto Madryn. We are quite unsure what to do with these days, and how best to travel…

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La Paz

Hi everyone. I am traveling to La Paz next week and need advice on good hostels. Anyone know any cheap hostels relatively close to the city center? Also, do you recommend booking in advance or can I do that when I arrive?

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Best Monday night hang in Cuenca...?

...that is not a craft beer bar...? (sorry too full!) Thanks and cheers!

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Hi there

I'm planning to visit Huaraz mid september (arrival around 12-15 september) to do some day-hikes (Lagunas) and a multi day hike (e.g. SC trek) on my own.

But after randomly checking a weather forecast website I was quite disappointed to see that the weather is bad, like REALLY bad. It's going to be rainy and cloudy throughout the whole month of September..==> http://www.accuweather.com/en/pe/huaraz/256878/september-weather/256878
This would mean that a lot of the beauty I'm hoping to…

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I plan on doing the "O" circuit solo at Torres Del Paine this upcoming January 2017. I know that CONAF has a lot of new restrictions for this coming season and I'm wondering if, other than securing the campsites and booking ahead of time, do I need any special permits to complete the back half of the circuit? Specifically camp Seron to Camp Paso.
I read that they're going to limit the amount of hikers per day that would like to complete the back half of the O.

Also on the sites FAQ they say…