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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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Hi everyone,

I'm planning a trip to Patagonia for 3 weeks this October and want to try to get to Monte Leon, which I think will involve taking a bus from El Calafate to Rio Gallegos, then renting a car from there. Has anyone been to the park, and if so, where did you stay? It seems fairly off the beaten path and I'm not sure if the Hotel Monte Leon in the park will be open in October (they haven't responded to my email but I think they're closed for the winter). It looks like Santa Cruz is…

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Hey there! So my girlfriend and I are thinking of doing the El Choro trail round La Paz next week. We're thinking of taking a cab to the trail head this Tuesday. It would be awesome to have a hiking buddy to have around. We can speak some Spanish but not a word of Aymara. ;) Let me know if you would be interested in joining us!

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A warning to American travellers crossing the Bolivian border: We were recently nearly denied entry to Bolivia at the San Pedro de Atacama border. This was because the dollars we obtained in San Pedro De Atacama to purchase our visa had a serial number that may have been counterfeit. The money looked legit, and had the appropriate water marks, indicator strip, etc. There is a sign in the immigration office stating that they won't accept US dollars with a serial number ending in B2. We ended up…

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Hi LPers:

Would anyone know if its possible to take a slow boat from Manaus to Tefe so that I can experience the hammock sleeping on the boat and also I belief this part of the boat journey is interesting. And then can I get off at Tefe and take the fast boat onward to Tabatinga?

Many thanks,
Mareena

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hi there LPers:

wondering if anyone can advise if going to Mamiraua is worth the money as it seems rather expensive. I am in two minds as to just do a jungle tour from Manaus and then get back to Manaus and continue on with a river boat to Tabatinga. Or I make my way to Tefe from Manaus and do the Mamiraua jungle tour and then from Tefe take a boat down to Tabatinga?

I have had a lot of feedback on LP chat of people doing the Manaus jungle tour but have not had any feedback from LPers that…

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Hello dear travelers,

Would need some piece of your wisdom to help me make up my mind about this trip. Thank you so much for taking time and much appreciated!!

So, I am planning a trip in Peru (traveling on my own) and I have extended time from 10 days to 2 weeks – at which points got tempted to add Chile in with a highlight in Atacama desert (which looks so amazing – been to desert only to Joshua Tree in CA and loved it!! )
However I wouldn’t want to rush and overdo it (and could do Chile…