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Over the past few days, I have eaten at many great vegetarian places in Cuenca. All located in the downtown area, they are beautiful and mostly cheap especially compared to USA prices. Here they are:
Govindas: They serve a killer lentil burger, great pineapple juice and the whole meal for two with a pizza which we split was around $15. We ate a ton.
Cafe Eucalyptos: It isn't a vegetarian restaurant but it has great vegetarian in either the thai or indian style. It wasn't as cheap as the other restaurants but the place is beautiful and the service was great too. I had a veggie masala which was tasty and spicy but not necessarily filling. However, it was only $7 so we were able to also get sides and appetizers.
Cafe Nectar: Incredible service and a beautiful restaurant, at Cafe Nectar we ate the "Menu" deal, its soup, a maize and spinach fried arepa like meal with vegetables ... more »
This past weekend, I went on an excursion into El Cajas national park just outside of Cuenca in the Azuay region of Ecuador. The ride to the park took a total of 30 to 45 minutes maximum and was a breathtaking drive itself, however, I had no idea what a day I was in store for.
Looking from my cousins apartment window, I had seen the Cajas the first few days I was in Cuenca. I watched them dwarf the town and its sister mountains, however, the view from within was truly incredible. The drive is a relatively easy drive as the roads are well paved due to their use as a passage from Cuenca to Guyaquil, but you might wanna be careful that you don't get distracted from the mountains. We stopped at Don Guevaras place, you can't miss it. It is right before the police stop, if you can even call it that, and is on the right side of the road. Don Guevara and his family run a restaurant there ... more »
Hola Fellow Travelers,
I know this is a worn out question,,but has anyone current info. for the absolute requirments and cost of an American entering Bolivia from Peru and the difficulty ?/ Thanks
Hola Fellow Travelers, Does anyone have information on the possibilty and difficulty in a river route from Ecuador to Iquitos in Peru. I will be landing in Quito June 5th and would be starting South for Peru shortly there after ( I have done the river trip to Iquitos from Peru in the past). Thanks for the information
I fly in august to Lima for a 3 week travel in Peru and Bolivia.
The last week i want to use for Cuzco, MP and Lima.
Things i would love to see in the first 2 weeks.
- Lago Titicaca
- The smartest travel route
- Should i fly from Lima to Arequipa or to La Paz?
- Decent airliners for those city's?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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I'm flying out to Rio in just over aweek - and just double checked space in my passport - and there is less than I realised!!
I have 2 full blank pages (facing each other), another almost blank page (just half a stamp encroaching onto it), and another half page.
My trip is starting in Brazil, I plan to to cross the Arg border at Iguazu and back again, then more Brazil, and then Bolivia and Argentina (potentially may enter Paraguay....), I then fly from Buenos Aires to Ecuador, and am volunteering on the Galapagos, so we are arranging a volunteer visa for there (allows me to have national park fees waiver etc)
So I'm guessing 12-14 normal stamps? Anyone know if the Ecuador volunteer visa needs bigger stamps/whole page? If not it seems the stamps should fit, but just, has anyone had problems with having few blank pages in S America? Am I best off getting a new passport (here in ... more »
Hello ! Planning my first trip to Peru and would really like to see some of the sites North of Lima before going to Machu Picchu, specifically Sechin, Chan Chan, and Sipan. I would like to know if anyone knows of a tour operator operating such a tour or if I'll have to wing it. If so, would such a tour be do-able by bus in four days. Any other note worthy archaeological sites of interest along this route anyone can recommend would be greatly appreciated. Love to see Kuelap, but I'm afraid it's a little too far off the route to squeeze in to my itinerary. Thank you all so much !
Hi - I'll be in Peru for about 2.5 weeks with my wife later this month. We have six full days in the Cuzco area. The only thing I have booked so far based on Thorntree suggestions is the entry for Machu Pichu + Huayna Picchu 7am access for day 5 of 6 in order to acclimatize and end our trip to the area on a high note.
I read several older posts that answered broader itinerary questions for all of Peru, but with less focus on the Cuzco area. My wife and I enjoy hiking, exploring archeological sites, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. We're looking to experience little adventures on our own rather than going with a large organized tour group. We're still tourists like everyone else of course, but we enjoy a little more control of our schedules. We speak Spanish decently so we're not afraid of leaving more well-worn paths.
Does anyone have suggestions on day t... more »
We are 4 people looking to do two separate 4- to 5-day treks in the Cusco region in late May/early June.
Researching in advance on the internet, all I can find are the fully outfitted treks. However, a dining tent, army of mules, etc. seems quite excessive for our style. We would prefer to bring (and carry) our own gear but hire a guide in Cusco for peace of mind. We might even consider a mule to lighten the loads if costs are reasonable, and if the guide could provide food I'll admit it would be nice not to have to think about those logistics as well - is that possible? Two of us are very experienced backpackers in wilderness areas throughout the Western US, the other two have more modest experience but everyone in the group is physically fit.
My main question is, how feasible is it to arrive in Cusco and make such arrangements for a trek starting one or two days lat... more »
I am thinking about going to the Caribbean coast in Colombia at the end of June to early July. Tayrona National Park sounds beautiful, but I've read that it can be fairly crowded during that time of year. Are there any parts of the park that are less busy and/or more remote? Are there other places in Northern Colombia that may be a better choice as far as scenic beaches? What about Rosario Islands, Gulf of Morrosquillo, or San Bernardo Islands? Thanks.
I'm hoping to do a 3D/2N trek through Colca Canyon beginning July 20th. I've been in contact with Vlado Soto (who was recommended in the book), but his price - at least at this point - is $300 per person. I don't think that I can pay that.
Anybody know whether I'd be able to book a decent 3/2 group trip for a better price if I hold out until getting to Arequipa, which coincidentally will be the day before I want to start the trek?
Much appreciated, cheers!
I spent 3 months traveling Colombia two years ago and really loved the country. I hit most of the spots on the standard tourist trail: Pasto, Popayan, Salento and surroundings, Manizales, Medellin, Bogota, Villa de Leyva, San Gil, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Tayrona.
I have about a month to travel, and I'm wondering if there are worthwhile places to visit that I haven't already. I'm not real interested in San Agustin, Cali, or the Amazon (already been). Are there other places or a region that you'd recommend to me?
Hi team. I will arrive into Lima at 11:00 am from Chile and depart again at 19:45 for Madrid. Do you think I have enough time to take a trip into Lima Center to get something to eat and so I can say I was there ?
I've paid the reciprocity fee as an American national entering Chile in 2010 for $140. Since the fee has now increased to $160, do I have to pay the difference at the cashier before queueing at passport control? My old receipt is still attached to my passport.
In July, a friend and I are taking a 2-week adventure through northern Chile (San Pedro de Atacama), Bolivia (Uyuni & La Paz) and then to Peru (Cusco/Machu Picchu). We have a round-trip flight booked from Santiago (where we're currently studying) to Calama so we need to find a way back from Cusco to Calama. We have two days to do this. Is it possible to do this by bus in that amount of time? Any tips are appreciated! Thanks :)
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