Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 20:00 | Thorn Tree

Naturally trying to cram too much into a 2 week trip … in tossing up the various options it's occurred to me that Lima might be the one to miss in favor of Arequipa. I can fly to Cusco with a short 2 hour pause in Lima.

Day 1 - arrive Cusco from US in the afternoon
Days 2-4 - Cusco & surrounds
Days 5-8 - Lares Trek/MP
Days 9 - Fly to Puerto Maldonado
Days 10-12 Amazon Basin/Manu
Days 13 Fly to Puerto Maldonado to Arequipa (via Lima or Cusco I'm sure)...

Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 19:52 | Thorn Tree

I studied Spanish at Centro Catalina in Cartagena from December 7th until the end of January, 8 weeks.
It is a well run school with good teachers. They can also set you up with a homestay. I did this and it worked
out well. During the time I was at the school, the # of students per week was a low of 18 to a high of 41. There are two other schools in Cartagena that I am aware of and they are both located in Getsamani. Mark (USA)

Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 17:53 | Thorn Tree

My original question was going to be, which are the most affordable beaches to visit in Uruguay, which still stands I guess, but then I realised it might actually be cold when we are there in June. Is this the case, will it be too cold to be hanging around on the beach in June? Will this also be the case for Southern Brazil?

We complete our loop of South America coming from the bottom of Bolivia, through the top of Aregntina and planned to maybe go to Uruguay to get some beach time...

Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 14:18 | Thorn Tree

Hey! We're two swedish girls on our way to Bolivia and we are looking for traveling company! We're currently in Argentina and heading up north next week, starting in uyuni to see the salt desert, then copacabana and Peru. So if you want to get to know two funny, active and easy going girls just let us know! Hope to hear from you!
Ha det så bra! :)

Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 03:15 | Thorn Tree

I'm spending a week in the north west in November - solo traveller. I've seen loads of packages but would like to organise it independently. Particularly want to see the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca, Tilcara and Salinas Grandes. Any advice from anyone who's been there? Is it easy to find local drivers to take you around? Am I better off on a tour?

Samstag, April 19, 2014 - 02:30 | Thorn Tree


Has anyone traveled overland from Colombia to Central America? My husband and I are looking for a cheaper alternative to the $700 flight. Any tips welcome.


Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 21:47 | Thorn Tree


I definitely want to hit up the Rosario Islands and check out the beach/ aquarium they got there. Plus I love boat rides. Viator has a tour for like 90 usd. Anyone know if I could get something a little cheaper? Looking to book it in advance.

Also, do you have any other recommendations for a day excursion from Cartagena? FYI Santa Marta seems like too much driving for a day trip and Totumo volcano appears to be too touristy and I don't fancy mud baths. I don't...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 18:44 | Thorn Tree

The intercity bus station was adjacent to the Guayaquil airport (about a $3 taxi trip).
Bus to Playas cost about $2.50 and frequency was every 10-15 minutes during the day.
I stayed at the Hosteria Puerta Faro rather than the LP listed Hotel Ana and I believe it was a good choice (better pool, friendlier staff, and cozier generally). The Hosteria is located about a 15 minute walk along the beach or the main road from a mall with a hypermarket where food and drinks are relatively...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 18:26 | Thorn Tree


We are a group of 5 traveling to Brazil for the World Cup and passing through Cuiaba to see the Pantanal after hearing about its wonderful wildlife. We are flying into Cuiaba and have 5 days to explore the area.

We wanted to tap the wisdom of the Thorn Tree to understand a little more about the best way to see the Pantanal. We are a pretty adventurous group and have a lot experience camping, hiking, canyoneering, and kayaking. We want the unique, less touristy, rustic,...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 15:22 | Thorn Tree

....especially for Canadians, from April 16, 2014. Marginal changes for the others affected, Australians and USAers only.

Rather than repeat it here, go to page 15 of the Reciprocity fee sticky, here.....

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 15:18 | Thorn Tree

Hello! I will be traveling with my husband come June and have been reading all sorts of things regarding what can and cannot be brought into Machu Picchu, mainly concerning camera equipment. I'm by no means a professional, however I'm afraid my equipment may seem like it even though it's just a DSLR and I plan on having a couple of lens with me. I have also heard that backpacks are not allowed but day packs are. Does anyone know of a great daypack/camera bag that wouldn't...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 14:59 | Thorn Tree

We're two guys with the idea to do the 6-7 days el Cocuy trek on our own around the 4-5 may but I heard it was closed. Is the park completly closed or there is still the possibility to do something nice? Or can we just go even if it is closed (just like here in Canada)? Otherwise is there any other trek in Colombia that looks like the pnn el Cocuy?

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 14:49 | Thorn Tree

Can anyone tell me exactly how to get to Copacabanna from Puno. I know about some busses, but at what time do they leave and which company is the best? We will be arriving in Puno at around 1:30, so we were gonna take the bus that´s been quoted as going at 2:00 as well as 2:30. Thanks!

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 14:03 | Thorn Tree

Hey guys!
I plan on travelling South America on my way home from Australia after doing 2 years on a working holiday visa in Australia.
I'd like to start in Argentina then work my way to Chilli, Bolivia,Peru,Brazil and Columbia and finish things off with a nice relaxing holiday in Cancun Mexico Central America. I've only this week decided to do this so I need to do my research on Visas, Budgets and time scales. If anyone could give me any information then that...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 13:57 | Thorn Tree

Hey guys,
I heard that Peru is one of the most dangerous country in the world to travel by bus.
Do you know on which routes are the most accidents, so should be avoided?

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 13:47 | Thorn Tree

Travelling by bus in Bolivia can be quite adventurous sometimes! For example on my trip from Uyuni to Tupiza with Autotransporte Tupiza we lost 2 back tires! After some time we had to stop again to change again one of the tires because it was flat. At least the drivers were good mechanists on the whole we came just 3 hours ;)
Another thing you have to be aware is that say sell sometimes tickets twice!
We had to change night bus (Emperador) from Uyuni to Sucre in Potosi and my seat...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 13:26 | Thorn Tree

I did my Uyuni trip with YourTravel and wouldn't recommend it. They mixed the group I travelling with several times and seem to cooperate with other agencies to fill the cars. The jeep we used had partly no seat belts and was quite shitty. The last day we had to stop several times to repair the motor. It was just a wonder that we came back in time to Uyuni! At least the driver was quite a good mechanist ;). Most disappointing for me, we came to Laguna Verde in the morning when it's...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 12:30 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,

Me and 2 of my mates are planing on going to south and central america for 3 months come the end of September and would just like some advice on journey times etc.

The things i really want to do are Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu falls, Salt flats & Death road in Bolivia, Machu pichu in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia including San Andreas, Panama and Costa Rica, So basically we want to go from Costa Rica to Rio or vice versa.

I understand this is a huge list of...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 12:06 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody!
Again a question from me. Im leaving next week for a 6 week trip to Peru and Bolivia.
Im packing my stuff, but Im a little unsure what I should pack.
The route is: Cusco, Puno, Uros, Copacabana, Isla del Sol, La Paz, Coroico, Uyuni, Rurrenabaque, Arequipa, Nazca, Huacachina, Lima.
Does it get really cold in the evenings in Cusco and Arequipa? Besides the summer stuff I was thinking about 2 zip off pants, 1 jeans, 2 thin vests, a fleece, thermal underwear and a...

Freitag, April 18, 2014 - 09:11 | Thorn Tree

I have 2 days in Lima before joining a tour group in May. I am travelling on my own and looking for a decent hotel for two nights in Miraflores, in or near tourist / backpacker areas. If anyone has any recommendations?

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