Americas - South America
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Hi fellow travellers,
I'm going on my first solo backpacking adventure - 2 months in Peru and Bolivia. Would like your advice on the type of backpack I should get. I'll be mainly travelling overland and doing a bit of hiking (Huaraz, Machu Picchu, 6-7 days in the Amazon via Rurrenabaque) the rest of the time just seeing the sights and lugging a DSLR round in the daypack.
I had this one in mind: http://www.kathmandu.co.nz//40405/Levant-Pack.html#
Main questions are:
- Is it big enough (or too big) for 2 months?
- Will it be suitable for the type of travel I'm doing?
- Any other general pieces of advice you think I should know?
I was planning to go to Iquitos in mid-July, part of a 3 weeks trip to Peru. However, I read about some flooding in Iquitos. How bad is it? I did not book any lodge/expedition yet. But, does anyone know if the flooding impact the different amazon expeditions and the lodges?
Thank you very much!
I am at a very preliminary stage of planning my vacation in South America around June, 10 - August, 10. I am a pretty fast traveler. For example, I did Mexico City - Oaxaca - Palenke - Merida - Chichen Itza - Tulum in 9-10 days. Of course, when traveling for two months I would like to slow down somewhat. So far I'm thinking of the following rough itinerary:
Colombia and Equador - 2 weeks. La cuidad perdida, Cartagena and other Carribean places in Colombia. Mostly skipping Equador.
Peru - at least 3 weeks. Gringo trail plus maybe some of the northern parts of Peru and Iquitos.
Bolivia - 1 week. La Paz and Salar de Uyuni.
Chile - 1 week. Atakama desert. Perhaps, observatory in the desert (my friend works there).
Argentina - 2 weeks. Salta, Cordoba, at least a week in Buenos Aires.
I was wondering if this seems like an approximately reasonable schedule. Also, I'm afraid that Bu... more »
I'm travelling to South America in August to do a conservation internship. I need to be in Quito by the 15th of September for the internship, but I'm flying into Santiago on the 18th of August as I need to be conversational in Spanish by January (big task, I know) - I plan to go to a language school for the three weeks or so before I head to Quito. I'm wondering if anyone has some advice on how I should get from Santiago to Quito. I don't mind whether I go to a language school in Chile or Peru, I just need to settle somewhere for a few weeks and concentrate on learning the language. My main issue is funds. I know flying will be more expensive, and I need to be as thrifty as possible, however I don't think I can allow myself to take the time to bus all the way from Santiago up to Quito. Any ideas about combining bus/air travel? And any tips on where to stay/go to language scho... more »
Peter and James need not apply, they've got me drunk enough times already.
My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Patagonia for about three months or so. Right now, I'm most interested in Bariloche but am open to exploring other cities, too (El Bolson, El Calafate, etc.).
Any recommendations on inexpensive places to stay for that entire time? Cheap hostels that allow people to stay that long? A cabin on the outskirts? We prefer a private room but are not looking for luxury - just a decent and safe place to sleep while we explore the area. A place that allows pets would be even better, but we are not opposed to leaving the pup at home with friends.
Our time frame is October-December. We are looking for lodging under $600 per month. If there's a viable option considerably cheaper than that, I'd love to know!
I am flying to Cartagena and have 12 days in Colombia before I fly to Quito (departure city is still TBD). Ideally, I would like to make it to Tayrona National Park and Medellin, but I was wondering if this is too much? Or if anyone had any suggestions on must-see places in that area. I am on a relatively cheap budget where I will be staying in backpackers hostels and traveling by bus. Any suggestions?
Thanks and any advice would be great!
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I'm trying to get a return flight to Bogota to Sao Paulo in May but they are really expensive. Can you advise of any cheap airlines or alternative flight routes, possibly to somewhere near Sao paulo?
I am going to be traveling from Lima, Peru to Quito, Ecuador. I was wondering what would be the cheapest way to travel from each of these areas. Thanks for any and all help.
So me and a couple of friends are booking our treks for end of August, I am really turned off by the busyness of the inca trail so we are thinking of going the salkantay route to enjoy more and be more alone than the on inca trail. Is it possible to actually hike up to machu picchu on foot on the last day, or do all companies take you there by bus. It seems much more worth it to wake up 3-4 hours earlier to walk to picchu rather than take the bus for that final stretch.
Salkantay to Machu Picchu has anyone done this hike? can it be done solo or will i have to be part of a group? if i have to be part of a group where can i find other travelers to go with?
about me i'm a 42yr old surfer, ex photog and avid cyclist "i don't own a car (:". i am always on my bike cycling around town like a bat out of hell. the bike i own is the TREK 7.7fx the best flat bar road bike made. i love that bike so fast and fun to ride! imho my legs are like iron and should be up to hiking those trails i love a challenge. last summer i spent 6months in ecuador it was a blast. i hiked the sandstone beaches and hills around my villa for miles when the waves were small. this summer i want to hike to machu picchu. my only and very big concern is that i live at sea level here in florida |;
i have sky dived from 13500ft good times. but never have i been hiking at that level or e... more »
I am looking to do a meditation and yoga retreat in Colombia within the next month or so. Does anyone have any advice on any good companies / organisations which offer this sort of thing? Thanks!
I was hoping to get some guidance as far as setting up a plan for Chile and Argentina. I plan on coming from the Salt Flats in Bolivia and will end up San Pedro De Atacama to begin. From there i'm hoping to see quite a bit but am not to sure the best route to take when it comes to crossing the boarder a few times.
(i'm an avid skier so the portillo/bariloche are must stops)
Is this feasible:
San Pedro De Atacama
Portillo / Vina / Valleparaiso
Fly to Buenos Aires
What do the experts on here think? Anything i should skip , or anything you think i must add?
You guys are great, thanks for the help.
I am intending to spend 3 weeks in South America. Its all the time that I can get off work so 3 weeks is all that I have. Here is my idea for an itinerary. Maybe some have ideas whether it is good or not or too much.
Days 1-4 Fly into Buenos Aires and see Buenos Aires. (Have to see a Boca Game)
Days 5-7 Fly into Santiago and see friends.
Day 8 Fly into Lima. Spend the rest of the day in Lima.
Days 9-11 Fly to Cusco. Spend a few days acclimitisng to altitude.and seeing Cusco. Visit friends in Cusco.
Day 12 – Machu Picchu.
Days 13 –15 Travel to Puno and Lake Titicaca. See Lake Titicaca.
Days 16-19 Travel to Arequipa. Visit friends in Arequipa
Day 20-21 Fly back to Buenos Aires Via Lima..Fly Home.
My only optional thought was Iguazu Falls, and whether I have allocated enough time in each place (particularly Buenos Aires) and whether Lake Titicaca is worth it. ... more »
Any advice on short-term (month to month) apartment rentals in Cuenca?
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