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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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Hey there guys,

Haven't posted in a while but am in need of help from you thorny guys and gals :)

Having been travelling through Venezuela and Colombia, I had to cut my trip short due to illness before reaching Ecuador. Long story short, since returning home I have acquired a job working in Quito! I'll be moving in the next couple of months and need some help!

The main things I'd like to know are:

Location: What are the best areas to live in the capital? I know living can be relatively…

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Amazon or Banos

I am traveling from Chicago to Ecuador 6/30-7/9. I am flying into the Galapagos Islands and from there I will fly to Quito. I am trying to decide if I should go to the Amazon Rainforest, Banos, or try to do both. I am looking for an adventure which is why Banos was on the top of my list with the zip lining, bungee jumping, rafting, etc. However the trips to the Amazon from Lago Agrio staying in lodges and seeing indigenous communities also look amazing. If it matters, I’m a young female from US…

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My man and I are Flying into Bogota June 15th and want to buy motorcycles and tour the continent and then sell them at the end of our trip. 2-3 months. We bought one way tickets so our trip is entirely flexible. We want to buy used bikes, maybe dualsport for touring. Any suggestion of where to go? I am already aware of mercadolibre.com

Also what is the process for registering there? And moto licenses? Is that such a thing there? I only have car drivers license here in the US. Can we sell them…

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Hi there
I have 6 months travel planned in South America and wondered what others thought of this with suggestions of more detailed itinerary. I'm a British passport holder

June 2nd arrive in Salvador, explore Bahia area, Manaus
June 27th - have workaway in Cunha, Sao Paolo state, for 2 weeks until July 10th
July 12th - fly to Santa Cruz - Bolivia from Sao Paolo GRH
Between July and September 5th explore Bolivia, 2weeks max. Peru and Chile after Bolivia. Will this be long enough overland?
September…

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Hi lonely planet experts!! I am planning to travel just me (female 25) and my soon to be 8 year old daughter to central and south America this summer. Flying into Costa Rica and will be traveling for approx. 9-10 weeks. I am struggling finding the best routes. I know I want to cover a lot in very little time but its so hard not to want to.
- Costa Rica (2 weeks)
- Panama (1 week)
unsure if to go to Columbia or Ecuador?
- Peru (2 weeks)
-Bolivia (1 week)
-Argentina ** (Last stop)
So as you can see I…

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Hi All,

Thinking about swapping up Mexico for Colombia and although I have been there before I have not seen much of the country. Currently I am in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, and I love it.

What I am looking for is a place to spend the next 3-6 months. Would prefer to be in a large town / small city. Somewhere in the 100k - 500k range in terms of population. Where is there is enough to do after dark were you don't feel like nighttime = bedtime but definitely outside of the…