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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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Hey friends! Looking for advice re: booking a hike up to Machu Picchu in mid-January. I typically travel and book things as I go, but I recently heard that Machu Picchu can book up months in advance. Is this the case mid-Jan, or is this more of a concern during the busier seasons?

Basically: do I need to worry about booking it now, or can I arrive with 3-4 days of buffer and still do the hike?

Thanks!
L.

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Hi, there:
I will have limited time in Ecuador at the end of Dec. My question is where to go if I have only time for one of these two places, Otavalo or Cotopaxi national park? Which place has better sceneries? I know Otavalo also has a few lakes and nice for hiking, but where I should go if I only have 2 days?
Thanks!

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Ola again :)

I know I set awfully lot of questions, but this one is a must, since on my trips around the world I have experienced very different policies about money.

Do you think I should bring cash (EUR) and exchange in exchange office upon arrival to BA or is it best to just withdraw pesos from ATM (regarding exchange rate)? Are ATMs available in more remote places like Patagonia? How about paying with paycard - is it accepted out of big cities or is it better to carry cash for stuff like…

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Ola!

How far in advance is it advisable to book domestic flights and long haul buses in Argentina? I would like to book as late as possible, so we can change plans due to weather or appeal of certain places and leave some space for spontaneity, but would also like to avoid high prices and possibility of not getting a flight/bus.

What is general practice if the buses are sold out (let's say a week before journey) - do bus companies tend to provide additional buses and keep selling tickets or…

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I'm a solo backpacker who likes to wake up and decide whether to catch the bus to the next city, or stay and enjoy the city I'm in another day. My itinerary changes often and I tend to stay in some places longer than expected and vice versa. Seems Bolivia (and Brazil which I plan to skip) is the only country where I need a visa in advanced as a US citizen, but not only that. Bolivia requires an itinerary, entry and exit dates, and even a flight all the way back home (not just out the country!).

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I am seeking to join a charter flight from Medellin (EOH airport) to Bahia Solano or Nuqui on the pacific coast on Saturday October 22.

Satena and ADA airlines fly to Bahia Solano BUT Satena has no flight on Saturday October 22 and ADA has cancelled all their flights to Bahia Solano on that day! Bummer! I only have the weekend to see the whales and must fly to Bahia Solano or Nuqui on Saturday the 22nd. I can get an ADA airlines flight back to Medellin on Sunday. Getting there on Saturday…

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Hey all!

Me and my boyfriend will be travelling to Argentina in October. We will reach Bariloche around October 20th. As I am getting different info from different people I ask for your advice about the weather conditions around Bariloche in that period. We would like to do Refugio Frey trek - do you think it will be possible or still covered in snow? Do you recommend any other day trek accessible by public transport? Of course nice view is top priority :) we are fit and experienced trekkers…