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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 there,

I'll be around Copiapó - Atacama area the following two weeks (May 4th to 11th). I've been checking the costs of visiting parque nacional Nevado Tres Cruces by private tour operators, and they're outrageous. Would anyone be interested in teaming up and renting a jeep, to visit it by ourselves?

Cheers

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We are a Canadian couple (55 and 47) and our 15 year old son travelling to Bolivia and Peru for 7 weeks this summer. We have travelled in south east Asia for three months in the past and like backpacking, trekking and staying at youth hostels in private rooms. My husband speaks some Spanish - Been working at it with a tutor for this past year to prepare. Please let me know if this plan looks like it would work and comment on anything you might change, suggest instead etc

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Hi, My friend Sue and I are staying in Recoleta and want to take some Spanish immersion classes. A friend from Uruguay has recommended Ibero Spanish School www.iberospanish.com in Recoleta or barria Norte. Does anyone know of a private tutor as well in the area? My idea is to take group classes here and some private lessons with a private tutor. Any suggestions are highly appreciated.

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Hi there, we are planning to stay some days in Taganda and do some diving but now I'm reading about the safety in the village and making me wonder if it's worth it to stay there, I do not wanna get robbed or any other trouble. Any of you all who have been there recently? I have been in Colombia for 5 years ago and never had any issues.

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I came to an article about visisting the national parks on Easter Island;

"Rano Raraku is one of two national parks in the island (the other being Orongo National Park), so there’s a fee of $60 for both parks. Now, when I went there, Easter of 2015, there was an island-wide protest against the CONAF (Chilean National Parks Agency). Locals “kicked CONAF out” of the island and are now managing the parks. Locals are not asking for the payment of an entrance ticket, but they do ask you pay for a…