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We're thinking of hiking to the historic site of Choquequirau near Cuzco.
I'm hoping to get some input from people who've been there recently so we can make a decision to do so ourselves yes or no :)
We'll have 5 days between the end of the inca trail, and our plane leaving from Cuzco to Lima. Is the trek doable in this timespan? How hard is the trek?
And what about security? How safe is it to do this trek? we heard about some nasty experiences on the trek some time ago, so we'd like to know what the current situation is.
thanks in advance,
Im planning a trip to Ecuador and Peru in March 2014.
Anybody know of a trustworthy, local agent in Ecuador that can arrange a trip including
Quito, the Galapagos, Cusco and Machu Picchu for about 3 weeks.
What would you say is the best time to visit the Galapagos? I read that March have calmer water compared to July...
I'm planning my trip to Peru next August. Roughly I will be arriving in Lima and travelling north all the way to Chachapoyas. I will most likely work out the itinerary as I go. No need to visit Machu Picchu, Cusco, Titicaca as I've been there on a previous trip and mostly wanting to focus on off the beaten track destinations. Basically the only fixed appointment I have is a few days in Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon with some friends working there on a conservation project (http://arbioperu.org/) at the end of August. From Puerto I will need to flight out to Lima to catch my flight back to Europe and was looking for the cheapest option.
So far I found Star Peru is at around 120 USD online.
I also found this website http://www.peruflights.net/ they offer 2 flights at 177USD (second flight could come in useful once I'm up north and need to ... more »
I livein Antofagasta and will have 8-9 days free and I'd like to head to Salta to do some trekking, if possible. I am wondering what are the best 2-3 days hikes one can do in the region (Jujuy/Salta/others). I will be with a buddy, we are experienced trekkers and would like to not have to rely on a guide. What resources are available to people like us (maps, transportation options)?
I am also looking into climbing the Nevado de Chañi, though information as to how to get to it and back seem quite scarce. Does anyone have any information about the climb? We are going in August and I understand it will be very cold, but hopefully dry. Is Chañi snowcapped at this time?
My girlfriend and I will be spending about 3 weeks (maybe a bit more or a bit less) in Ecuador. Here is a tentative itinerary. We do not know yet how much time we will spend in each destination, and do not know if we will go to every place mentioned. Thus, we would like your comments on the time we should spend in each place, and if we should skip a place entirely.
Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome, even if you suggest destinations that I have not included, or that I should not have included. Also, what should we make sure not to miss in every place I've mentioned.
Riobamba and Chimborazo
Alausi and Nariz del Diablo
Camino del Inca and Ingapirca
Parque Nacional Cajas
What is the best way to travell with money in Columbia are the ATM's easily available do they except dollars or do i need to bring columbian cash with me
any answers would be appreciated thanks
I am going to Colombia in July. I should arrive to Bogota on 13 July and I would like to do some trekking in the NPP El Cocuy. I am looking for someone who has similar plans - in order to split costs for a guide. Ideally, I would stay one day in Bogota and take the night bus to Cocuy, in order to start trekking on 15 July.
Alternatively, I could go to Cartagena, Tayrona and Ciudad Perdida first and then do the trek in El Cocuy some 9-10 days later.
hola my friends, I am updating the places where I have been, in case you like to check them and go on by yourself. Most of them are paradise, if you need any information on how to get there, transportation, accommodation, local guides, things to do, ... you can let me know i will be very happy to advice you.
my next post will be my plan for this year. if you wanna join me also you can do it. I speak english and of course spanish ejjeje.
center-north: chia, guasca, suesca, zipaquira, ubate, chiquinquira, florian, velez, Barbosa, puente nacional, raquira, villa de Leyva, socorro, san gil, barichara, guarne, pinchote, Bucaramanga, giron, Lebrija, Barrancabermeja, cucuta, san Alberto, aguachica, curumani, lpaz, Valledupar, uribia, Riohacha, cabo de la vela, santamarta, Aracataca, barranquilla, Cartagena,
center-west: Madrid, la vega, facatativa, villeta, honda, la dorada, mariq... more »
I am planning my trip to South America. I plan to go to Caracas and work my way down to Buenos Aires and fly home to london from there. The problem is that I dont want to set a date for my return flight home in case my plans change. Does anyone know of any good (cheap) airlines which would offer a flexible ticket??
Thanks for any help!
My plan is to take a flight from Santiago de Chile to Cuzco (via Lima). I have 2 weeks time, and I am interest of titicaca and Machu Picchu. Plan is to go with busfrom cuzco to La Paz, Bolivia.
Can you help me with itinenary?
How many days need to spend Cuzco and Puno?
Is there something interesting places nearby I should maybe visit?
Is machu picchu a day trip from Cuzco, or how many days I need for that?
I planned to stay at La Paz maybe only 3 days, just wanted to visit salt desert.
This is not easy job for me, thanks in advance.
Im planning to go to South America and probably first to Bolivia, to learn spanish. I googled a little bit and found a place called Sucre. So if anybody can recommend good but cheap places to learn spanish there then I would be grateful. Also if somebody knows some other good place in Bolivia or anywhere else in South America where I could learn good spanish and stay in the family at the same time then please let me know.
Most places that I have found ask for 20 hours per week about 150-200 USD which is too much i think, but there was one place that offered one hour in 3 people group for 2.20 USD, (that makes one week then less than 50 USD) so my question is that is this too good to be true or does anybody know more places in the same price range.
In January, issues to use credit cards in Ecuador were reported. ATMs seemed not to recognize cards, and the only bank that accepted credit cards is Banco Boliviano.
I found this information also on the page of the German foreign office.
Is this information still correct? In which banks can I get cash with maestro/VISA/MC? Where can I pay with a cc then?
Thanks a lot
We will be taking the route from Rioja to San Ignacio to Zumba to Villcabamba, leaving Rioja to San Ignacio about June 15. Any advice on this route would be appreciated, especiailly how long the bus trips are and where to stay. Thanks,
Anyone know if they sell a product like Gold Bond Medicated 'Foot' Powder down in Santiago. It's a 'foot' powder, but it's no secret that it's magical.
Heading to Africa soon and the thought Africa with no Gold Bond is a bit scary :)
I'm having problems with the main website for booking Machu Picchu tickets
I can normally get as far as step 2, entering name passport number etc. However step 3 rarely works either does not display or when i can get it working claims there is already another reservation under my passport (although i have never managed to complete it or pay).
Anyone have any tips for the site or know an alternative way of booking?
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