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we're thinking of biking around the coast of venezuela which is easily accessible from the airport. having trouble finding information regarding accommodations. equally having trouble finding relevant info regarding what they mean by a beautiful coast. hopefully not like florida and a very built up coast line with very expensive hotels. hard to imagine! we're thinking of a month and any feedback would be appreciated!
Hello to all of you,
soon I will be traveling in Chile for almost 5 weeks and via this forum wanted to check if there is someone out there who is interested to travel together at least part of the trip.
I will arrive in Arica in the north of Chile on the 21st december, 2011 and I am looking forward to to visit the Atacama as a first destination of the trip. I guess the NP Lauca, Vicunas and Volcan Isluga is good to do so. For now, I have not booked any tour and would like to travel more independently. I will bring my camping gear giving me more independence. However, as I am traveling alone, traveling more independently might be difficult because public transportation is limited in this region. Therefore, I would appreciate to find a person or a group of persons with the same idea in mind. This way it would be much easier, also from an economic point of view, to rent a car or ... more »
I will be in the El Chalten/El Calafate area in early Jan and am interested in visiting Monte Leon. Has anyone been there? Is it possible to get there on public transportation? If not, do you have to rent a car? I am travelling solo and not sure how easy this would be.
I would like to go to Monte Leon mainly to see the ocean and the penguin colonies. I am on a budget and am looking for something close-ish to El Calafate.
Thanks in advance for the advice.
I land into santiago at 1am...what are my options if i need to get to vina del mar? should i wait around the airport during the night and catch a bus in the morning? or are there buses that run throughout the night?
We are headed to Patagonia in the near term and plan 2 days in Calafate for glacier hikes and 3 days in El Chalten.
Are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the time, or if we should be spending more time in either of the above two areas? Were interested in headed to Chile possibly but have heard you have to pay hundreds of dollars to re-enter Argentina. Any advice about other places to stay/see that aren't too far, considering that we have to drive back to El Calafate for our flight back to BA?
Also, we were considering a stay in an estancia. Anyone ever stayed at one or know if they are worthwhile?
For the next week or so LAN is offering discounted tickets to SA. So if you've been thinking about a trip it might be the right time to buy. A got a round trip from SFO to LIM for $600, which is cheaper than it's been running for a while.
What is the best route to get to Santiago from Lima? Would like to go via bus to save on money.
I'm heading down to Colombia on Dec 24. Flying into Bogota and then heading down to Santa Marta on the 26. I would like to go on the Ciudad Perdida hike the following day, the 27. I'm debating whether to stay in Santa Marta or Taganga, and whether I should book the hike ahead of time or just wait until I get down there. Do both towns have tour companies offices that you can visit prior to making a decision? In addition, I understand that while the typical tour is 5 days, some operators also offer the option to do it in 4 days. If choosing to do the shorter hike, will I have to organize my own group (since it's normally done in 5 days) or do they normally have 4 day tours leaving daily?
Thanks in advance for the advice.
I am looking for a double room in an apartment or hostel for a month from the 9th January. It is for my boyfriend and I. Can anyone reccomend hostels or apartments that have cheap monthly rates?
My boyfriend and I are traveling to South America come this December. We're flying into BA then we plan to either take a bus to Mendoza and travel down to Patagonia (is this actually possible? Is it better to fly?)
Is it also possible to travel around patagonia independently or is it prefereble to be part of a tour? Obviously we want to do some treking etc. but we're by no means experienced. Can we just turn up and book tours or should we organise something before we leave? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou!
On our trip through Colombia, we've heard saying that there are road works on a mountain pass between zona cafetera (Pereira) and Bogota so that busses cannot get through and need to follow a larger route (taking about 6h longer).
Can anyone confirm this? If we know this is true (and stays like this for a while), we think of taking a flight to arrive back in Bogota (just before returning home).
Some questions about Montevideo...
How many days would you devote to seeing the city? I'm interested in just hanging about, seeing various main attractions, eating good food, etc.
Are there any interesting day trips or 2 day trips from Montevideo to other parts of Uruguay? National parks or architectural sites or adventure tourism type places?
If Montevideo was your base, how many days would you spend on a hop over to Buenos Aires? 1-2 or 2-3 or more?
As this would be around Christmas, would hostels be booked well in advance? What about midrange hotels?
Oh and will there be any special events going on due to it being around Christmas?
Edited by: kotagiri_tea_planter
So, I've been doing some researching and have seen some mixed reviews.
We're in Bogota right now and will probably make our way to Cocuy in the next week or 2 - hoping to do the 6 day circuit trek without a guide. Is this do-able? I've heard accounts that the path is clearly laid out in some parts, but not others - however, that we can find our way by use of the cairns?
We are 2 males with "good" trekking experience - done a bit in the states and an 18 day trek in nepal (with guide, easily laid out trail and guesthouses along the way...a bit different). We each have a 3-season tent and some cooking supplies.
What do you think??
I know there are a lot of purists out there who swear by buses to see the locals and the locales, (did a lot of that in Peru) but IF we wanted to rent a car or 4 x 4 to see the countryside is it possible? Is there anyone out there who has done this? Do we need 4 X 4, like we were glad to have in Costa Rica for the month we drove around exploring there? Any thoughts...besides "take a bus"? Thanks.
I wanted to take a tour out to the Islas Palomino. I'm going to be in Lima on a Tuesday and Wednesday in late December. I understand a lot of tours only go out on the weekends.
Any recommendations for tour companies that go daily to the Islas?
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