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A friend and I are considering spending 1 month in Peru in October. We want to see lots- touristy and non touristy areas. Basic-midrange accomodation (not dorms sharing with lots of people) and food
Is a month enough, too much? Any highlights?
The Inca trail seems really expensive from what I ve seen online, would a 4 day trek be cheaper to buy when we get there? How much should we expect to pay? Is there a route you can recommend?
Finally, how much should we budget for everything for a month?
Anything else you can tell us would be really helpful!
We are travelling to Rio on March 1 and I would like to ask for your advice regarding the below itinerary:
Day 1 - evening arrival to Rio
Day 2 – Rio
Day 3 – morning bus to São João del Rei
Day 4 - São João del Rei + Tiradentes
Day 5 – morning bus to Ouro Preto
Day 6 – Ouro Preto & around (Mariana + Lavras Novas)
Day 7 – bus to Belo Horizonte
Day 8 – flight to Salvador
Day 9 - Salvador
Day 10- Salvador & around
Day 11 – Salvador & around
Day 12 – afternoon flight Salvador - Rio
Day 13 – Rio
Day 14 – afternoon flight to Europe
For those who know Brazil and have traveled a similar route – is it a good plan? Would you suggest any modifications? Should we stay somewhere more / less days?
Is Belo Horizonte worth visiting? We would ideally skip it, but are not sure how to get from Ouro Preto to Salvador?
Any advice more than welcome! Thank you in advance!... more »
I know there are dozens of threads moaning about this, but hopefully I have some new information. I used the online live chat help on the VoeGol website yesterday, and basically the representative told me that a person holding a Brazilian CPF can buy the ticket on my behalf.
I haven't bought my tickets yet, but I tried a dummy run on both Webjet and Gol yesterday, and right at the payment screen it gives an option to check a box that says something along the lines of "I am not the traveller".
I did double check this a couple of times with the Gol rep and he replied saying an account holder can buy tickets for themselves or others.
Not sure how many people have the luxury of having Brazilian friends, but if you do, this is a possible alternative.
Would also appreciate if anyone who has regularly bought tickets on either airline could confirm the same.
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After reading everything I could find about this (including the daily fire updates), I'm still unsure of the best plan. We are two reasonably fit women who hike regularly, albeit not in the Andes. We have 4 days and want to stay in refugios, which I assume we need to book soon for mid-March. Problem is, the point-to-point trekking times listed in LP guide and by various posters vary dramatically making it hard to plan. I know some people walk faster than others, but times seem more like crawling vs. sprinting.
Does this sound reasonable?:
Day 1: Check in to Refugio Las Torres, dump stuff, then hike to mirador and back. (Or stay at Refugio Chileno instead?)
Day 2: Las Torres to Refugio Cuernos. (varies from 3 hours to 7 hours depending on source)
Day 3: Cuernos to Valle Frances (dumping packs at Italian Camp?) then on to Refugio Paine Grande. (Too far?)
Day 4: Paine Gra... more »
I just got back from an amazon adventure at the Amazon Tupana Lodge www.amazontupana.com and in my opinion was the best choice we have done. The location is lovely, the lodge has a nice and family atmosfere and the food is so, so good. The must was the tour in the canoe by the “igapos” and the sunset with plenty of dolphins jumping beside the canoe, I will never forget. Price is good and beside they gave us some discount for students.
searched the forums for info, but couldn't find a clear answer regarding the following:
1) is it possible to just reserve hot meals (e.g. lunch or dinner) at the refugios without staying there? and are they only served at specific times?
2) is it possible to rent camping gear from a refugio but use it at a non-refugio camping site? for example, can i rent a tent from el chileno and use it a campamento torres, or can i use it only at the chileno camp sites?
Hello my fellow travelers,
I am planning on embarking on a trip from Dakar to Quito at the end of this month, I am Sierra Leone passport holder with Sierra citizenship, I do not have a Schengen visa making it difficult for me to transit Spain, US and Portugal.
Even if not the capital city Quito if the flight can connect to neighboring cities i an also make do with them.
I will like to know if any experienced traveller could advise me on any good route for my journey that would not require any transit visas.
Your urgent assistance will be greatly appreciated.
thanks to all.
Hola. Im working on an itinerary for a 13 day trek around Huayhuash. One question I have is would you reccomend starting in LLamac and hiking to Laguna Yahuacocha and then continuing by heading over the Punta Rondoy? If youve done this stretch how is the scenery on the way to Matancocha? Is it worth the time to trek this part? I also have the option to start in Matancancha and finish at Yahuacocha spending a rest day there at the end with a vist to the Minapata viewpont. I like the idea of starting and ending by passing thorugh Yahuacocha since its so beautiful and if weather was bad there would be an opportunity to see it again. Ive also heard that the hike up from LLamac is pretty tough, best left as a descent at the end. Id welcome any advice.. thx.....
Flying into Rio on March 31st with 4 companions and I am looking for some advice on things to do in SA while we are there from you lovely people that may have done it before.
We have a budget of about 10,000 US dollars and a timeframe of 4-6 months(as long as money lasts really)
We are all very easy going and carefree. We are open to any and all of your suggestions.
We enjoy big cities, nature, party buzz, hiking buzz, beach buzz, mountain buzz, tribal buzz.....All that kind of jazz!
Planning on spending about 3 weeks in Rio, Sao Paolo and Iguazu falls and then onto Buenos Aires............Thats as far as we can definately plan ahead because that is our nature. We dont like to be tied down with itinery and dates and all that planning buzz.
So I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on things to do in the continent of South America.
I apolagise if I may come acro... more »
I will be traveling to from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in early March midday and was hoping to be able to enter Machu Picchu for part of the afternoon, and then get up early the next morning to climb Huayna Picchu and see MP again. This will help me to see everything, especially in case of adverse weather.
I can't seem to find a way to purchase a 1.5 or 2-day ticket to Machu Picchu/Huanya Picchu on the government site and yet tour agents seem to think it is possible? I would rather book independently to save $$.
If I am not able to go 2 days, can anyone recommend whether I should stay in Ollantaytambo for the morning and head up to Aguas Calientes by train in the afternoon or if there is enough to see and do in Aguas Calientes that it is worth spending the day there?
My family is nearing the end of one year of traveling. We are in Peru and will be heading home to the States in late April. We'd like to finish our trip with one or two weeks of mellow beach time. We have two young children so we are looking for a place with nice, mellow beaches, calm water and good snorkeling. Thinking about either Cartegena area in Colombia or Isla Mujeres in Mexico.
Thoughts on which is better for a nice, mellow beach scene with good snorkeling?
I have been looking at this hotels website (Antu Suites in Barranco) and it appears to be a good alternative to hotels in Miraflores. Has anyone out there stayed at Antu Suites? If so how are the rooms compared say to Hotel Maria Luisa in Miraflores? What is the neighborhood like? Also anything else that might be of interest about the hotel or area.
Im looking to travel with my partner next year to brazil, im looking for any help and suggestions on planning an itinerary some hot spots like machu pitch, seeing the statue etc, also id like to plan to go for approx 3 weeks, any rough ideas how much id need in australian dollars, not looking to stay in the best of the best but in safe areas and not to slumy, thanks in advance for any help :)
Lima - April 8th to 12th
Cusco, Machu Picchu hike, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Arequipa, and possible Puno. - April 12th through 30th
Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Piura and Mancora from April 30th through May 20th.
Most excited about the northern beaches, Machu Picchu hike, and this witch doctor market in Chiclayo I read about.
What are some of your experiences from in or around these places? Is it feasible to spend $10 to $20 a night on hostel accommodations? Things I cannot miss? Things I should avoid? Tips? Advice? Only taking 3 sets of clothes, hiking boots, swim trunks and a pair of sandals..... and an adventurous attitude.
Hello to everyone my name´s Charles, I´m new in this and I wanna go to peru, my friend recommended this agency Taitalindo Peru Tours, please i need references to this agency , someone could help me please?.
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