Americas - South America
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Has anyone taken the local bus to Getsemani from the Cartagena airport? Most information I can find online and in guidebooks indicates that people take taxis. I found some vague allusion to taking a local bus in the Lonely Planet, but I'm looking for something more specific (e.g. is it difficult, do you have to transfer, etc.). Thanks in advance for your help!
Have been to quite a few SA countries and now doing my homework on a trip to Ecuador however after browsing through the 351 pages here one common theme keeps jumping out at me.....muggings, pickpockets etc seem to be talked about alot more on the Ecuador forum than other SA forums.
I maintain all the usual precautions when travelling SA however this forum has really got me thinking...........am i reading too much into it?
Your thoughts most welcome as always :}
Hi LP Family,
I'm new to Lonely Planet (and traveling in general) so this is my first post on this forum.
I'm planning a (mostly) solo trip to South America and wanted some advice on: 1) must-see places/things to do...or cities that aren't worth visiting, 2) how much time to spend in each area, 3) whether or not this trip is even feasible, given my time frame.
I also have my own LP book on South America, and have read that the buses are kinda terrible. I'm a bit apprehensive about that.
Other facts: I will be traveling for two months. I'm all about nature (I do a lot of hiking and camping/backpacking) and culture/history/political issues are very important to me.
- Arrive in Lima, fly in to Cusco for the Machu Picchu trip
- Stay in Cusco for a couple of days
- Go to Manu National Park
- Puno (Lake Titicaca)
- Yunguyo --> Copacabana (visit Isla...
Myself and three other friends (all male) are doing 2 months in South America over the peak season from end of December through to the end of February. We are planning on spending about a month in Brazil and whilst trying not to rush it we are trying to see as much as we can on a budget.
We fly in to Rio after Christmas and spend a few days there including New Years so would love any recommendations of where to go that night or any other considering we are staying in the Botofoga area. We would definitely like to experience some of the amazing Rio nightlife but feel we may be part of a younger crowd at only 21?
After that we've booked accommodation in Ilha Grande for 4 days (is this a a good amount of time?) and after that we haven't booked but plan on going to Paraty for a few days and then on to Sao Paulo for only a day before transit to Florianopolis. I've heard P... more »
I may be accepting a job at a winery in Mendoza come March. I have not done a lot of trawling in South America so I'm not sure what to expect as far as how far my dollar will go for housing, food, cost of living, etc.
Pay is about $1500 US a month, which sounds really cheap coming from LA but wanted to see if anyone could help me gauge what I should expect to be paying to live there.
I am looking to go straight from Guayaquil to Huaraz in a straight shot and as quickly as overland transport allows.
Does anyone have an idea of how long this will take?
I am looking to go straight from Guayaquil to Huaraz in Peru in a straight shot and as quickly as overland transport allows.
Does anyone have an idea of how long this will take?
I'm planning to visit Cusco region during the next 15 or 20 days. I saw that it was possible to make a trek of between 7 and 10 days visiting both Choquiquerao and Machu Picchu. It seems me pretty interesting, but I'm travelling alone and don't want to make such a thing without anybody else. If you don't fear the rain season and agree to share an ariero and burro before leave Cachora, please contact me: I already have the tent and the gas to cook. My Peruvian cell is the +51-990043084.
If you have another plan for Christmas in this region, I'm open to any proposition!
Who has the right away when a car meets truck or a car meets another car. What are the rules? Thanks.
Hi, my fiance and I are traveling from the US (she is US, and I am UK) - in January to Sao Paulo. We have tickets to Sao Paulo one-way on TAM airline. I am trying to find out how we go about getting a visa for at least 90 days each, and how to do this with no ongoing airline ticket (we are traveling overland to Argentina before the 90 days expires).
1. Do we need ongoing tickets plane/bus, etc? Or can we just show bank balance with money in it?
2. Can I (UK citizen) get a visa on arrival?
3. Does she (US citizen) require a visa from a Brazil consulate, and if so, it is better to use a visa service or go to the consulate? We are in Orlando, and the nearest consulate that issues visas is in Miami....
4. How much are the visas?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I'll be in the region of Torres del Paine between next January and February, so right in high season. And the more I read about it, the more I feel like I don't want to be there at that time: I mean, I love natural and remote places, and in that kind of places it is for me a total contradiction to be surrounded by thousands of other people, having to queue e.g. to get camping spot… Honestly, I'm thinking of skipping TdP for a maybe less spectacular but more quiet trek.
So I'd be curious to hear about the opinion of people who have done the W on peak season: doesn't that completely spoil the essence/pleasure of being in that remote area? Or are the people there looking for the company of fellow travellers for bonfire songs and that kind of crap? (no offence intended, but no need to go that far to find bad guitar players imho)
Bogota has a fantastic street art scene. Here's a bit about it: http://tradingvoyageur.com/street-art/bogota-graffiti/
Hi. I posted a few pictures, and wrote a little about the fantastic street art here in Buenos Aires. Check it out here: http://tradingvoyageur.com/street-art/buenos-aires-graffiti/
i would like to spend some time in the lake district maybe a week where i could get better at spanish while im getting some exercise sightseeing preparing for a hike at torres del Paine
Hi all helpful travellers,
From tomorrow, Dec 15th, I have an unexpected 10 days in Chile with my 7 yr old son, after travelling around other L.A. countries for 6 months. I know nothing about Chile. We fly in to Santiago, and I would like to know of anywhere cool, unusual, scenic, interesting and fun to hang out that is no more than say....12 hours bus journey from Santiago. We like small to medium sized towns, beaches, shortish treks, traditional lifestyles, and not St Moritz style bling. Any helpful suggestions are sooo appreciated, as I cannot access my Lonely Planet 'Chile' chapters on internet-cafe computers here in Brazil!! La Serena sounds interesting, but not if it is just a big old city????
Laura and Frano.
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