Americas - South America
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I'm starting a route through South America starting in September 2013 in Buenos Aires.
My initial ideas are to see some of Argentina and head west towards Chile and then zig-zag up the west coast taking in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia by which point I'll see how I feel and either head to Venezuela or north through Central America.
My issue is I've heard so many good things about hiking in Patagonia, in particular Los Glaciares, that I really want to include it but it seems miles from my main loop west of Buenos Aires and north.
1. Is it worth flying down somewhere near Los Glaciares, spending some time there and then flying out again?
2. Would you suggest slowing working down towards it through Argentina and then north through Chile? (The reason I'm a little hesitant of this is I want make sure I give myself plenty of time to explore the whole of th... more »
I am looking for the name of a street band that I saw performing on Florida Street in BA a while ago. They had some pretty nice songs and I really liked their style.
Tried to Google a bit, but the only thing I found was this picture:
Anyone recognize them? :)
What are the chances.. I stumbled on them on youtube just a few minutes after posting this!
Here they are: http://elmetodoweb.com/
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I’m looking for things to do in Peru other than Machu Picchu, I don’t really want to visit the same tourist spots that everyone else visits, does anyone know of some interesting places to visit that aren’t swamped with tourists?
Anybody WWOOF around South America?
I'm looking to know some specifics about the experience:
Did you stay in one place, or transition from farm-to-farm?
How hard/expensive was it transitioning?
How much did you set up in advance as opposed to letting it work itself out?
And, most importantly haha, how costly was the trip when your room and board was provided?
Thanks for the help in advance!!
I’m going to be in Buenos Aires for a week or two at the start of my trip, can anyone recommend good places to party?
I'm trying to decide whether I'm going to spend a little time in South America (1-2 months) or if I should settle down in Los Angeles, save up, and plan a better/bigger trip in 6-12 months.
A few questions:
1.) Is it worth it to travel to South America and stay in one city for most of the trip? Due to my budget, I'd be looking at doing workaway/wwoof stays and not moving around a lot. Should I just wait until I have a little more money?
2.) If so, what city is the best/cheapest to stick around in?
3.) Anybody done workaway/wwoof stays in South America? Pleasant experience? Horror stories?
I want to do some volunteering while I’m in South America, does anybody know any good organizations to volunteer with?
There is a severe toilet paper shortage in Venezuela. This sounds like a solidarity with Cuba policy.
A quick question on flight from Lima to Cuzco.
My international flight arrives in Lima about 4.30am and i would ideally like to move straight onto to Cuzco.
Is it the same airport for national flights as international flights, I also noticed that LAN have flights in the early afternoon, how long does it take to get through immigration etc then re-check in? if anyone has done this before
I am going to be visiting Mompos for three days in August and have made a reservation with Richard at La Casa Armarilla.
I will be travelling from Tayrona and Richard has suggested I leave from Santa Marta using this guy Omaira who drives a ten seater van. He has said I should be absolutely fine but just as I'm a female solo traveller I wondered if anyone else had used this service and could clarify that it is safe?
Any reassurance is much appreciated!
So I will do my trip with 2 more people very soon and got some questions:
See http://chrisontour84.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/south-america-in-2013/#more-1944 for a map as well.
1.) What's a good price for climbing [b]Illiniza Norte and Cotopaxi[/b] in Ecuador? I'm in contact with a Couchsurfer who is also offering Tours up there as he is a Mountain guide. How do these prices compete? He is charging $180 for Cotopaxi and $90 for Illiniza Norte if we are 3 or more. He also offered to get down to the bottom of the Cotopaxi crater for $40 in 3 hours. Anyone did that?
2.) We did not book anything besides the Flights for the [b]Galapagos Islands[/b] yet and I was reading on some pages that you can actually save a lot of money by not booking in advance. I'm just not sure if there would really be any free spots for the three of us if we go there in the middle of July?
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Anyone have experience tailor making an extended small group tour of the salt flats and surrounding areas? I did the standard 3 day trip 14yrs ago and it has been with me ever since. I want to charter a private tour for up to a week and would love to hear suggestions of routes, prices etc or experiences form anyone who may have done something along this line. Tnx.
I've done a lot of searching, but haven't seen much in regards to this question - I am coming from Peru and weighing the pros and cons of going to Guayaquil, Quito, or straight to the Galapagos to book a last minute cruise. I understand the risks of booking last minute and can be flexible.
I was thinking I'd fly from Lima straight to the Galapagos and look for a deal once I'm there, with the thinking that I could do day trips if I have time to kill before the cruise. But the flight is expensive and includes a really inconvenient overnight layover in the Quito airport (not enough time to get a hotel, and I've done enough overnights in airports to know that I REALLY will do anything to avoid it)
I also read somewhere that the deals can be better in Quito than on the island themselves, and that you get a better price on the flights if they are included. True? Worth trying this rou... more »
We went to Peru April 20-30 and really enjoyed our time there—the food, scenery, sights, and people all make the country an exceptional place to visit.
Peru Star Hotel- nice rooms and location, helpful staff
Lima tip- bring a notebook for writing down addresses for taxi drivers.
I read a lot before our trip that made me apprehensive about Lima, particularly with regard to taking taxis. We were cautious in Lima (we generally avoided wearing our cameras around our necks) but, generally we felt safe. We found it refreshing to be in a cosmopolitan city in South America with so few visible tourists. We spent three days in Lima and felt like this was a perfect amount of time and, in fact, I recommend spending this amount time in Lima if you’re foodies like us since Lima appears to have many of the country’s best restaurants (for restaurant recommendations, check out m... more »
I know Cartagena-San Blas-Panama is a popular sailing trip, but has anyone been on or know of boats that sail to any Carribean countries? I recall seeing an ad on a noticeboard in Cartagena last year for a boat to Jamaica, but what about Puerto Rico or the Dom Republic? Would Cartagena be the only north coast Colombian port boats would embark from?
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