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Montag, September 29, 2014 - 18:39 | Thorn Tree

Has anybody been to Chivay / Colca Canyon Area in December?

  1. How was the weather? Since December is the first month of the rainy season, did it affect your activities there? I realize it's difficult to be specific about weather.
  2. Do things like tour operators and bus companies shut down as it gets close to December 25?
  3. Are there any safety considerations, in terms of, is more vigilance required in Chivay / Colca Canyon Area than for, say,...
Montag, September 29, 2014 - 18:29 | Thorn Tree

Help, do any of you helpful folks know an easy way to get to Pucusana from Miraflores please?
Hoping to go there for the day tomorrow.
Thanks
Bill

Last post at: 2014-09-29 23:14:19 UTC
Montag, September 29, 2014 - 18:13 | Thorn Tree

Hi,

I am very keen on one of the Antarctica deals but obviously cannot afford it. I plan to go to Ushuaia first week of Jan 2015, 6th Jan to be exact and stroll around to find a last minute deal that is probably cheaper than the original price.

Is this a good idea? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you

Last post at: 2014-09-29 22:13:03 UTC
Montag, September 29, 2014 - 17:13 | Thorn Tree

Seems there are a lot of bus robberies at the moment in Peru.
Any advice which companies/routes are less dangerous? Peru seems to suck at the moment with its numerous quakes, robberies and fatal bus accidents. I think we quit our plans to go there :(

Last post at: 2014-09-29 23:20:41 UTC
Montag, September 29, 2014 - 16:16 | Thorn Tree

What are the road conditions once the asphalt ends? Is it very unwise to attempt to drive to Atjoni? There seems to be no information on this at all. I know Bradt has a guide coming out next year, but I will be there next week. How long does the drive take? Will it be fine in a rental 4x4? I have driven on lots of dirt roads all over the world in rentals (usually not 4x4s). Any info greatly appreciated.

Last post at: 2014-09-29 20:16:50 UTC
Montag, September 29, 2014 - 15:39 | Thorn Tree

I can book my return flight home from Ushuaia so that I have an 18 hour layover in either Lima or Buenos Aires. Can anyone suggest which would be more interesting, and what to do there in those 18...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 15:38 | Thorn Tree

I can book my return flight home from Ushuaia so that I have an 18 hour layover in either Lima or Buenos Aires. Can anyone suggest which would be more interesting, and what to do there in those 18...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 15:36 | Thorn Tree

I can book my return flight home from Ushuaia so that I have an 18 hour layover in either Lima or Buenos Aires. Can anyone suggest which would be more interesting, and what to do there in those 18...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 12:06 | Thorn Tree

Hi to you expats in La Paz on here, as my question is mainly directed to you.

Would any of you know a good dentist, preferrably a patient, friendly and gentle one, in La Paz? It's to have my 3-year old's teeth checked, and I'd like not leave her with a lifelong fear of dentists from her first...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 10:43 | Thorn Tree

Hello, I was wondering if I could get some advice on South America. My boyfriend and I (27 and 23 respectively) are travelling South America and we're wondering what route would be best to take. We land in Rio on 13th January but want to be in Rio for Carnaval (which I believe starts on 15th Feb). We were thinking to travel some of...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 09:46 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone used Maigon Travel who operate Patagonia Escapes? They are travel agents based in Buenas Aires and they have what looks like a very attractively priced tour of Patagonia. I would like to know if anyone has used them or had any dealings with them before we go ahead.

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Montag, September 29, 2014 - 08:32 | Thorn Tree

we have the 2012 LP argentina. in purmamarca, we found places listed at 140 pesos going for over 300.
we're now in salta, nice-ish place with private bath for 300/night.

money is a headache--we've used pounds to buy dollars and are now converting those slowly to pesos, so it's hard to keep track of what things cost, and we just left bolivia, so can't really compare the two sets of prices. places on booking.com are generally more expensive than those who don't...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 06:41 | Thorn Tree

We are visiting Northern Argentina - February 2015. We are considering travelling by the overnight bus from Mendoza to Salta, as opposed to flying. Having travelled in...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 05:34 | Thorn Tree

I don't hear many folk praising Guayaquil but surely every city has interesting people and places? I particularly enjoy looking at interesting buildings, urban landscapes, wandering around parks and trying out cool bars or food places. I realise safety is something to consider, are there good (and fairly safe) places to go for a stroll? I'm visiting next week...

Montag, September 29, 2014 - 01:26 | Thorn Tree

Is Cuzco still reachable after the earthquake? Read something about roads destroyed...

Last post at: 2014-09-29 05:26:49 UTC
Sonntag, September 28, 2014 - 21:57 | Thorn Tree

Hello guys,

I am coming with strong altitude problems (lung problems) from Huaraz to get away from the altitude. If I am lucky, the problems will be gone just by going down.

But maybe I will have to visit a clinic/hospital in Trujillo. Which one is good/recommendable? The price doesn't matter as I have a good travel health insurance.

Would be great to get fast replys! Thank you very much!

Greets

Last post at: 2014-09-29 01:57:04 UTC
Sonntag, September 28, 2014 - 20:12 | Thorn Tree

Hi

I am planning to spend a day in El Chaltén on Oct 25 or 26. LP says everything in El Chaltén is closed from April to October. Is it true ?

Tks

Last post at: 2014-09-30 00:52:50 UTC
Sonntag, September 28, 2014 - 13:47 | Thorn Tree

Hi,

On a tight schedule, my plan is to arrive at Laguna Amarga from El Calafate on a day tour. Spend the night at refugio Torres. Go and back to the...

Sonntag, September 28, 2014 - 12:47 | Thorn Tree

Hi,
Does anyone know affordable agencies that can arrange multiday horseback rides in Patagonia? We're looking for destinations South of Bariloche, probably February.

It seems that when you contact an agency through the internet, prices are way inflated. So any quotes...

Sonntag, September 28, 2014 - 12:26 | Thorn Tree

El Monte-
Where to start with this place !!?? It is a true model of sustainability, from the waste water treatment, to making their own electricity, to growing their own food, to the natural beauty of the original land, all done with complete comfort and style. We were met on one side of the Rio Mindo from the lodge by our El Monte guide, Lucia. We shuttled our luggage and ourselves over the river with...

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