Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 18:33 | Thorn Tree

We're heard it's possible to 'deadhead' on cruise ships from Santos, Brazil, to Barcelona, Spain. Cruise ships, returning to their base (not a cruise) offer passengers discounted fares (extra revenue). From...

Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 16:30 | Thorn Tree

Hello all,

After volunteering and doing some traveling in Peru, I will have about a month to travel around Bolivia (with a quick side trip to Chile). I'm not one to plan every detail of my trip out, but with so much to offer and so little time,...

Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 14:14 | Thorn Tree

Hello all, me and my 2-possibly4 friends are planning a trip mid May or beginning of June to mid June or end of June. So about a month stay in peru. We're flying in and out of of Lima. We would really love to make it to Bolivia and do a circle around southern peru/...

Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 13:44 | Thorn Tree

We are 4 friends in our mid-20s going to Ecuador on Oct 3rd. We'll be landing in Guayaquil at 5pm so first I was wondering if you would suggest any area of the town we could go out to eat-grab a drink that is worth it or if we should just stay at the hostel because there's...

Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 09:55 | Thorn Tree

I am arriving into Arturo Merino Benitez on 31 December at 12:30, and am hoping to then get to Valparaíso for New Years. I have secured accommodation there no problem; the issue is getting there!
Bus would seem the obvious choice, though I am struggling...
• Condor Bus - requires a RUT number;
• Pullman Bus - cannot book that far in advance; and
• Tur-Bus - no availability.

Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 09:32 | Thorn Tree

I'm considering going to Colombia from mid-November till mid-December but am concerned about the weather. I understand that the dry season starts in December. Is the rain likely to ruin the first half of my holiday?

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Sonntag, September 21, 2014 - 06:46 | Thorn Tree

I'm wondering if anyone has had experience hiking in the rainforest without staying in one of the eco-lodges and working to their itineraries? Perhaps with a local guide and a smaller group? I'm really keen to explore a part of it, but would be happy camping and walking - some of the ecolodges sound wonderful but I'd rather do it another way if possible

Would be great to hear back from anyone who's done this - if it is indeed possible.


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Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 21:11 | Thorn Tree

Hello, all.
I'm a longtime Thorn Tree reader but a new poster. A good friend of mine from Colombia just offered me the chance to come visit and work at the bilingual school where he works for two - three weeks in October. I've traveled widely, but I've never been to Colombia (or South...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 19:08 | Thorn Tree


Planning to go to Machu Picchu in around the 20th of October... Would it be a good time for this trek? Anyone done it recently? Any tips any suggestions?

I have been allotted leaves for two weeks and planning this all last minute. I am from India and will be travelling from New...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 18:29 | Thorn Tree

Hi all!,

In February I will be having my reading break (spring break) from university. It is 16 days long this year and I decided to go on a vacation for that period. I am wondering 1. Is that enough time to travel throughout areas of perul? 2. How much should I budget for that amount of time? is it expensive? 3. Is it safe to travel alone in peru? ( I am a 23 year old male) 4. Any recommendations on what to do there and what to look out for?

Any help would be greatly...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 17:56 | Thorn Tree

Hey there,

we are planning a three-week trip for november, starting in BA and ending in Santiago.

Here are some highlights we're considering to visit but of course we know that it's way to much. Maybe someone can add/ cut out certain parts so that the tour becomes feasible:

  • BA
  • Colonia del Scramento
  • ...
Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 16:17 | Thorn Tree

Hello fellow travelers-

Does anyone have any recommendations for fly fishing in Torres del Paine (close to the W trek)? Traveling in Late December early January to the area and wanted to get the low down on fishing spots I can check out (without using a fishing tour company)... Based on what I've seen online, the Serrano river is suppose to be pretty good but would love to...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 13:21 | Thorn Tree


I am looking to book at 10-12 day vacation in Chile, perhaps including Buenos Aires and would appreciate some help on an itinerary. I am looking for 3-5 stops, nothing too complicated and would like to get some decent weather. I'm a guy in his early 40s traveling alone and I'd like to see...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 12:16 | Thorn Tree

Can anyone advise?? I have a flight home from Rio de Janeiro in under 3 weeks and am currently in Quito. Flights are really expensive so I'm trying to figure out another route. Internal flights are usually cheaper so happy to take a couple of those if necessary. Does anyone know the best route? I've assumed probably via Leticia and...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 10:28 | Thorn Tree

Hello hello!

I will be backpacking through Argentina and Chile (with a tent) in November, December and maybe longer as well...
Two questions to start with:
- How cold does it get at night (Tierra del Fuego, Isla...

Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 10:08 | Thorn Tree

Hello - I'm leaving for Peru tomorrow for some trekking. I know in Nepal, for example, I had to provide an extra passport photo. Is this a requirement upon entry to Peru?

Thanks so much!

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Samstag, September 20, 2014 - 02:29 | Thorn Tree

We will be in Rio for 4 nights in March and would love some input as to which area in Rio to stay (mid-range hotels are OK). Our thoughts are for either Copacabana or Ipanema Beach. Could anyone advise which of the two would be best for a 4 day stay and for access to the main sights of Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. As we live on a beach in Australia the location is more about...

Freitag, September 19, 2014 - 15:45 | Thorn Tree

If the long awaited Buenos Aires-Colonia bridge (going across the Rio de la Plata) were completed, would it still be more expensive for an ordinary motorist going from Buenos Aires to Montevideo...

Freitag, September 19, 2014 - 10:37 | Thorn Tree

Riobamba: Tren Dorado. The hotel has nice hot showers. Good hotel.
Museo del Arte Religioso: The masterpiece in the museum has got stolen, but has a more beautiful collection than in Cuenca.
Salinas: Nice chocolates, but hotelservice in El Refugio was bad and shower was cold...

Donnerstag, September 18, 2014 - 22:50 | Thorn Tree

I'm thinking about heading to Salvador for Carnival next year (Feb 13-19, 2015). I've heard Salvador is slightly cheaper and a more authentic (less touristy) feel to Carnival than Rio.

I read on these forums that is a really helpful resource so I...

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