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so dodgy hostel keyboard has no question mark among other missing keys. trying to figure out the best way from the falls at iguazu to southern Uruguay (would make my way up to BA so ideally wouldnt go thru on way down. ) any suggestions appreciated. happy st patricks day as well
apologies but dodgy hostel keyboard is missing a few keys, such as question mark. trying to figure out a reasonable route from the iguazu falls to southern Uruguay. from there would eventually go to argentina so trying not to go thru BA if possible. has any done this recently any suggessions (looooong bus rides no problem with posh buses in this part of world) any ideas appreciated. happy st patrick[s day as well
I leave for Peru in ten days, and am trying to figure out my itinerary. We are going to be in Cusco the week prior to Easter, which from what I understand is a pretty big deal in any Catholic country. However I have also heard that Ayacucho is one of the best places in South America to experience Easter; with several ceremonies, festivals, and events.
However, with our current itinerary, we will have to choose between only spending a two days in Cusco (and none in the Sacred Valley) and going to Ayacucho for the few days prior to Easter, or skipping Ayaucho and staying in Cusco longer (and hopefully seeing parts of the Sacred Valley and other sites in that area).
A third option is to spend 5 or 6 days in Cusco/MP/Sacred Valley, and then fly to Arequipa for Good Friday - Easter in Arequipa.
My friend and I are really into photography and "experiencing" cultures, so A... more »
We are looking for places to rent backpacks in Puerto Natales --so that we can hike in Tdel P --we will be travelling by bike until then. Also looking for recommendations of accommodation in Puerto Natales or anywhere we can store the bikes for a week
A friend and I will be traveling to Peru and Bolivia in April/May and upon doing some research on this yellow fever business, I'm getting some conflicting information. I have been told getting shots in Peru is quite easy and cheap. Here in the US, shots cost $200.
We will be spending a few days in Lima, then traveling south toward Bolivia over the course of 1.5-2 weeks. I have read that the lowlands areas are risky, such as the Amazon, which we will be visiting (but will make sure we do at least 10 days after a shot). However, I also read on the CDC website that coastal areas of Peru are risky. My main concern: is getting a shot in Lima, Peru a safe and viable option?
If so, does anyone have any recommendations?
Thanks so much in advance....
Anyone know what the nighttime temperature is like in TDP and the El Chalten region out in the backcountry (the W hike, for example) in mid to late April? Anyone have advice for a warmth rating on a sleeping bag that would be adequate? I have the popular North Face Cat's Meow, rated to 20F, -7C, but I know that this rating is not really accurate, it definitely is not comfortable below 32F, 0C.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
I have just returned from a trip to Colombia.I am just writing a quick report about a place called Ralles Hostel that i visited in a place called San Francisco(San Pacho) near the Panamanian border.
I had done research before i went but did not find much.The hostel is run by a friendly German called Ralf and is in a very relaxing place with nice beaches close to the hostel.You can use the kitchen or eat very nice meals provided by Ralf.The hostel is located half way between Capcurgna and Turbo.The hostel has rooms with private bathrooms(20 000 per person,approx $10) or with shared bathroom(15 000 per person,approx $7.50).
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get away from all the busy places that are listed in the guide books as this place is not listed yet so gets fewer people.
Hope you enjoy this place as much as we did.
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Greetings Thorn Tree community! My husband and I are looking for some good hiking options in Argentina for mid-September. We'd love to hit Patagonia somewhere, but are wondering about iffy weather in late winter/early Spring. We're hoping to stay cheap and experience vast amounts of beauty.
Second half of the trip is wine country, and we're willing to stay in a nicer place. My husband would still like access to some good trails while we're in wine country.
Any recommendations for hiking locations/ places to stay?
will be in arequipa on the 22nd of march. need someplace to watch the syracuse orange win their next game in the ncaa tournament...oh yeah and watch some of the LESSER teams. anyone know of a good sports bar in arequipa, maybe with broadcasts in english since my spanish is so poor?
Me again :)
the replies to my posts are always so good that I take advantage of your kindness once more.
Plan: Bolivia from mid-June to possibly beginning of August. Moving briefly to Chile then head off to Argentina for a couple of months.In Bolivia (mainly Sucre) I will be staying with a host family for the majority of the time then hostels.Although I have a budget, I will not chose for the cheapest options available. Same for the rest of my trip. Definitely not planning camping.
Fact: By being only 4"9 tall - 1.49 cm (the word "tall" here should not be taken literally) and suffering from constant back pain and various "unbalace issues" when I walk, I have trouble carrying big rack sucks on my back and heavy weight in general.
Result: Im travelling with the smallest rucksuck known to human kind. And the very basic I might need.
Question: can I get away without carryi... more »
I have what I feel are rather silly doubts, but I cannot find a confirmation anywhere. I hope somebody here can help.
Money related questions:
- Can I expect to find a casa de cambio open on Sundays at São Paulo Guarulhos airport?
- If so, can I expect to be able to exchange reales for guaranis? (Before somebody replies to simply buy guaranis once in Paraguay, I should add that from Sao Paulo I’ll fly into Foz do Iguaçu (where I’ve read all casas de cambio will be closed on Sundays) and then take the NSA midnight bus from Foz international bus station (rodoviaria) to San Lorenzo (just before Asuncion) where I’m not sure to find an ATM (or one accepting foreign debit cards). This is why I’d like to buy guaranis before arriving in Paraguay.)
- (I know this has been covered before, but just to be sure:) am I right to assume that the internationa...
I have been looking to go to Equador since I am trying to learn Spanish and it seemed like a good place for a 3 week trip, there is lots to
do and its not that large so travel won't take up too much of my 3 weeks.
I was planning to attend a Spanish school for a week then do something else (lots to do Amazon, surfing, Galapagos).
However I am a scardy cat and was wondering if it is a good place to travel knowing that I'm scared.
Recently, a canadian couple was taken hostage which freaked me out a bit. They were captured on a mountain walk and I have heard not to do those in small groups. So is that the idea not to wander the mountains alone and keep my wits about me in the cities and I'll be ok, or is it actually reasonably dangerous?
I have seen a lot of conflicting posts on the safety of Equador but ... more »
I am looking for a university-based Spanish-language program in Bogotá, having studied both in private schools in the U.S. and Mexico and at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. I am currently moving from the upper- intermediate to the lower-advanced level of study.
I have seen some references to a program at UNAL and have gathered some information about another at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Does anyone know of others that I might consider? Or does anyone have experience or an opinion about the UNAL or PUJ program?
I see also many references to the language courses at Nueva Lengua and International House. Opinions or experiences with these programs I also would be very interested in hearing.
Thank you for your kind consideration. Mil gracias por sus consejos.
I'm a 27yo female with plans to do two months volunteer work in Arequipa, Peru from October this year, then onwards v flexible travel down to Buenos Aries.
I am not limited by time, am limited to about 2500 GBP, so about 3500 USD for the entire trip. Accommodation in Peru is already paid for but not food and I have to see Machu Picchu. I am very easy going don't mind cheap options or dodgy hostels, just a bed and a bathroom of some kind! I also don't want to take expensive tours unless absolutely necessary.
My itinerary is looking like this at present!:
Arequipa train to Puno, Lake Titicaca (maybe 3 days here, maybe in homestay if this is available?)
Bus to La Paz
La Paz bus to Oruro, then train to Ayuni.
Ayuni train to Villazon, then bus from Villazon to Salta
Salta to Iguaza Falls
Iguaza falls bus to Buenos Aires taking local buses with stop in Santa Fe or... more »
I'm going to be in El Chalten from abroun the 22nd and TDP for teh 25th, was wondering if anyone else fancies a hiking buddy?
Let me know
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