Americas - South America
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I am hoping to get some feedback on an itinerary decision I am trying to make. My husband and I are planning on spending 4-5 weeks in Peru/ Bolivia this summer. Originally, I had just planned on doing the Gringo Trail, with a dip into Bolivia up in Lake Titicaca and the Inca Trail at the end.
Now, the more I research, I am thinking about canning the Inca Trail, going to see Machu Picchu by train, flying back to Lima and heading up to Huarez for some trekking. Most likely the Santa Cruz Trek (we hike at home, but not lengthy hikes and not at higher altitudes- this one sounds easiest).
I would love some feedback from people who have been to this region. Is it a good idea to extend the trip a bit to fit in trekking up in Huarez? Will I regret not doing the Inca Trail instead? It seems a bit touristy to me...
It is still so early, that I would have time to book th... more »
I posted a couple of months ago regarding a tentative itinerary my partner and I had made for our trip to Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. The bulk of our time will be spread across all of Argentina and Southern Peru, with a short stay in Bolivia (as we make our way up to Peru). Any advice on getting to and from places, or general information would be appreciated. This is just an outline in which we have included everywhere we want to see, our time in some places maybe shortened or sacrificed entirely if we are enjoying ourselves in certain place (I hope I am making sense).
14/2 - 18/2: Buenos Aires
18/2 - 20/2: Iguazu Falls
20/2 - 27/2: Ushuaia
Bus (18 Hours)
27/2 - 2/3: El Calafate
Bus (4 Hours)
2/3 - 7/3: El Chalten
7/3 - 14/3: Bariloche
Bus or Flight?
14/3 - 17/3: Cordoba
17/3 - 23/3: Salta - Bus to Tu... more »
I have extremely limited time and wanted to know if the following would be possible 5/6 days. I want to travel from La Paz and see lake titicaca and anything else possible to see and then to cusco where I do Machhu Pichhu by train.
Would someone be able to suggest whether this realistically possible given the distances and my best options.
Able to leave La Paz evening of 26th January 2013 (if there are night buses?) / first thing 27th Jan
I need leave to Cusco by 1 Feb 2013.
I understand the Inka Express bus takes 10 hours leaves at 7am for the leg between Puno and Cusco.
27 Jan 2013 - La Paz to Puno
28 Jan 2013 - Lake Titicaca?
29 Jan 2013 -Puno to Cusco 10 hour bus ride.
30 Jan 2013 - Day in Cusco
31 Cusco - MP by train
Any comments would be much appreciated.
Will be there for 5 days/nights mid-January. What is an appropriate itinerary (we are not climbers or aggressive trekkers) and hotels recommendations?
There are a few related posts on this out there, but I can't quite find the info I'm looking for..
I'm planning a trip to Argentina and want to head down to Patagonia, are there trails, treks, places where I will be able to find trees to put up a Henessey hammock?
Any recommendations on treks that can be done solo in those conditions? I've read a few posts that some areas you're not allowed to hike solo... Anything from a night to a week.
I will be spending a few days in Guayaquil in february and I am a solo traveller. Is guayaquil a good place to meet other solo travellers or should I make my way to another town?
Are there ferrys to cross from french guyana to Brasil and from Macapa to Belem?
I know this is a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone knows about or is involved in architecture community work in south America. I am in the continent at the moment and am looking for some volunteer work for a couple of weeks to a month in January 2013, preferbally in Brazil or Uruguay.
I have completed my first year of Interior Architecture in Melboure, Australia and took this year off to travel South America. I will return next year to complete my studies. I understand I am relatively inexperienced but would love to do anything to further my knowledge and experience in an area I ultimately want to end up doing.
Please let me know if you know of anything.
I'm trying to figure out whether to bring a tent to Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru for 5 months. My trip is starting with about a month in Patagonia in January and February, going North through Barioloche, Mendoza, WWOOF'ing somewhere, going to Bolivia for a few weeks, then to Peru. I don't have any plans for Bolivia. In Peru I will do some trek to Machu Picchu (Salkantay maybe), Colca Canyon, some stuff in Huaraz like the Santa Cruz trek.
The problem is I don't know how much I would use the tent, and if it's worth carrying it in my pack for the rest of the time. If I took a tent then I'd also have a sleeping mat, stove and pot.
I don't even have a tent but am considering the Tarptent Scarp 1, which only ways 48 oz.
I can do the TDP full circuit instead of the W
Much more flexible, don't have to worry about booking refugios (going to be there in peak season)
S... more »
Hello I'm planning to go to Inírida - Mavicure from 20 of january on! Idea is to get there from Puerto Ayacucho, to stay there for some days, discovering the mavicure hills and forest.
we will be to german travellers. boats on the river are best for 4 persons to share experience and costs ;-)
Who wants to join us????!?!?
Hi, For those of you interested in visiting, it's a worthwhile trip. Here's a bit about it: http://tradingvoyageur.com/travel-blog/buenos-aires-mosque-the-largest-mosque-in-latin-america/ The tours are at nonn on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays in Spanish, and free.
I'd like to take a break and spend a few months (3 months is my max, per visa rules) in either Spain or Argentina next spring. I have in mind to rent an apartment. Which country, Spain or Argentina, would you say would be less expensive to live in overall?
I have been to both countries. I visited Buenos Aires last month and the prices there seemed the same as in the U.S. It was expensive. Inflation! I know Spain is having economic problems too, and super high unemployment. However, I'm not sure about the prices of things there...
At the moment, I don't have a specific city in mind, but I want avoid staying in the big, noisy center of a city. (If I stayed in Buenos Aires, I'd look for something in the outer neighborhoods...) And I don't want to be in a remote or rural area.
Thanks for any advice you may have.
(I have posted this in the Spain branch too...) more »
i am travelling with children and am looking for private transport from otavalo to mindo.
can anyone recommend a private driver or private transport company that could take 2 adults and 3 children from otavalo to mindo?
I'm planning on doing some hiking in Chalten for a couple days, but my flight time into Calafate might be too tight to catch the bus to Chalten. I have a question about the bus, but mostly I have questions about hiring a driver. I do not want to rent a car.
- Is the bus to Chalten in a location right off the airport? I'm just wondering about timing, incase I am able to make the connection and if it's relatively close by, or if I need to plan for extra amount of time to get to the bus.
* Is this something I need to reserve ahead of time, or are they readily available upon arrival at the airport?
* Typically how much does hiring a driver cost for this trip?
* Does anyone have recommendations on a driver if they've done this in the past?
*Is the process the same if I want to hire a driver from Chalten to Calafate?
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I just bought the airplanes tickets to Rio for May 2013. First I wanted to go in February for my birthday (but not for the carnival beacuase it's so much expensive), but then I realized that the surf competition Billabong Pro ( http://wctbrasil.com/rio12 ). Finally my 8 years old son and I are going to Rio. I prefered to stay in Ipanema, because I find it more paceful for me and my child.
I've looking for information and I found this Ceh Lagarto Hostel. Have you been there? What kind of things should I do with my son there?
I don't know anything for sure (besides we already have the tickets), would you be that kind to tell me something for our trip?
I will keep reading the thorn tree to see what else I can find.
Wendy more »
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