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Hi, Just booked a 1 week extension to a business trip to lima. Seems like the 6 days we have available would be tight for some of the inca trail alternatives, allowing for some time to acclimatize. I wondered if there might be some other 3-4 day treks that would provide great scenery, cultural exposure and some good exercise? Many thanks
My girlfriend and I are travelling to Peru in May 2013 between the 13th and 27th. Lovers of outdoors and sports, we found a package for a 4 days / 3 nights expedition combining biking, hiking and rafting. It starts off in Cusco and progressively reaches the Apurimac River, to then go back to Cusco. Details are to be found on the following web page:
Though the prices are not displayed on the website, I asked the organizers, who quoted me the following prices (all-inclusive):
- For 2 people, the price per person is: $1,494
- For 4 to 6 people, the price per person is: $837
Please let me know if you're interested to get together for this expedition so that we could benefit from lower prices. The package looks amazing and the organizers have been recommended to me by... more »
we would like to visit authentic markets in Ecuador. We are intersting in the culture and the indigenous markets. Is it worth to go to Otavalo or is it only a touristic place ? Your recommendation, please.
I can find loads of reviews for the Skykitchen cooking class but have also found the above experience. Apparently after the market the group go to 2 local restaurants (1 for starters, 1 for the main course) order different dishes and sample the whole range. Has anyone tried this and if so how did you get on?
My father and I will be travelling to the Salar in August, 2013. We would like to go from Tupiza to San Pedro de Atacama via the Salar de Uyuni. So far my research has come up with various tour operators that can do this in 4 days and 3 nights, but we were hoping to do it in 3 days and 2 nights.
Can anyone recommend a good tour operator that would be able to do this or any other information that you feel I might be missing?
Thank you so much in advance for your help!
We are a couple with two small kids, 4 and 2 year old by the time of the trip.
We are considering to spend 12 days in Buenos aires. Last week of august and first of september.
We realize it is still winter but due to their school is impossible to go later than this.
1) Is this end of winter bearable? I've seen in weather webs a 17 / 7 degrees average but it seems quite optimistic in the sense that in june it also says 15 / 5 which doesn't seem winter at all...
2) Concerning these 12 days. Is it ok? Not too much I guess. We usually go at a slow pace because of the children.
3) Are there any extra point relatively close to Baires? Even with plane. We have discarded Iguazu because of yellow fever vaccine and I'm afraid that the southern part of the country will be too coldy.
Thanks a lot for all your comments. more »
I'm looking for some one with travel-experience in South America. :)
Our goal is to travel from Buenos Aires to La Paz (Bolivia). We'll be traveling from 5th of July till 16th of August, so almost one and a half month.
I assume we'll be traveling through Paraguay or may be even through Uruguay.
Now we are looking for some advices where to go through to reach La Paz in time and not to miss something ;-)
We have two routes in mind, either we travel through Paraguay and miss the northern part of Argentina or we miss Paraguay and Iguazu Falls and travel through northern Argentina.
We already got some things in mind like which we would like to see:
- Reserva Provincial Esteros del Iberà
- Iguazu Falls (Depends what we would miss in argentina...)
- Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
What do you guys would recommend? Which route would you take? I know my question is quite imprecis... more »
Thanks to those who responded to my earlier post about one way car rentals......we've now had a chance to chat to someone who has competed in the Dakar (last year - didn't finish unfortunately) and he says there are a range of companies that run tours following the Dakar.
Rather than hiring cars and dropping them off in other locations - this could be an ideal way to go!
Only problem is, when I try looking on the internet, I get very little coming up - which could be because I don't (yet!) speak any Spanish!
Anyone know of any locally based companies who've provided tours to follow the Dakar Rally?
We have several days to go from Quito to Cuenca. We were thinking of taking the train to Latacunga and then the bus from there to Cuenca, stopping off for a day or two at towns along the way.
1. Is the road extremely windy most of the way -- to the point of being frightening or causing motion sickness? (We've taken the "barf bus" across Java, Indonesia and didn't get sick -- but think we might have just been lucky and really don't want to do that again.)
2. Does anyone have recommendations for which towns to stop and stay for a day or two along the way?
I'll be in Peru soon, with one full day in Lima between flights. I'm not really too excited about Lima, so I was thinking of taking a day flight up to Trujillo to see Chan Chan. The way the flights work, this would give me about 5.5 hours in Trujillo.
I can afford this if it would be a great experience -- but my concerns are:
(1) Would we have enough time? Obviously, this isn't enough for the in-depth experience that a scholar would seek -- but would it even be enough to see some highlights, bask in the beauty of the place, and be able to contextualize what I know of Chan Chan now and may learn of it later?
(2) ... And, how much of that 5.5-hour block would be taken away by travel to and from Chan Chan as well as waiting in the airport for the return flight? My understanding is that the ruins are close to town, so the taxi part may not be an issue. But LAN Airlines encourages... more »
I'm staying in Miraflores for a few days and am curious about night entertainment. Interested in any of the following:
-Music (small concert, live music at bar, etc.)
-Burlesque/sex show (of the classier sort, not just a strip club..)
Any suggestions for this week would be much appreciated.
I am hoping that some of you may have some advice on getting to the Pantanal from north western Argentina.
My girlfriend and i are currently in Mendoza, after 7 weeks in Argentina and intending to make our way north through the continent over a number of months. The next stop would be Salta and the surrounding area.
The problem that i currently have is that i would like to visit the Pantanal by eof May (and we have not done igauzu yet).
It seems a little crazy that as we are so close to the Bolivian Salt flats that we do not push into that area from Salta/Jujuy. But that means that we would need to traverse across Bolivia to the east to cross into Brazil to visit the Pantanal.
Or would we be better getting bus from Salta to Iguazu, from there to the Pantanal and then into Bolivia?
It seems that some backtracking with either option is inevitable.
Apprecia... more »
Subway in Santiago is a very cheap and efficient way to get around but BE CAREFUL. The Metro is rife with pickpockets who are very quick at taking your wallet, purse, jewellery or anything of value. I was very much on guard but took my hand off my pocket for about 30 seconds on a crowded train and my wallet was gone. Don't take too much in the way of money and valuables and be very careful in crowds as these people are very quick and you don't even realise it.
I'm going to be in Bolivia the whole month of May and I'm wondering wether it's going to be sunny and cold, should I expect rain, can I hope to walk around in t-shirts? In places like La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Tupiza. I know altitude can be a factor too. Any feedback welcomed!
We are going the be in Peru for a couple of weeks, and while we are there we would like to take a trip to see the jungle. we don't really want to do a huge amount of hiking (we will be doing Machu Picchu shortly beforehand), though a bit is fine.
Does anyone have any advice for exactly where to go, or if there is a particularly recommended tour operator or lodge? We'll be on a bit of a tight budget, so luxury options aren't really doable.
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