Montag, Juli 28, 2014 - 18:38 | Thorn Tree

Can't decide between Miraflores, Barranco or the old historic district? Love to walk but also like to be close by the major attractions so that we can go back and forth to the hotel. Suggestions? Also what to see in addition to eating, the Lorca museum and Mistura. Thanks for any's been great reading the forum for the last hour!!

Last post at: 2014-07-28 23:06:06 UTC
Montag, Juli 28, 2014 - 13:44 | Thorn Tree

I love culture, anthropology, and adventure. I'm considering a 5-6 week trip to South America but I don't know where to begin.
I want something that gets me out of the cities and in with the rural life. Adventure. I would be interested in hiring a guide for an Amazon trek/river canoe. (something not too incredibly touristic) Where to start?

Last post at: 2014-07-29 00:52:07 UTC
Montag, Juli 28, 2014 - 08:09 | Thorn Tree

Hi, we are a couple of friends planning to do a tour in the Amazon region around Manaus, on the 9th of August. We will be staying in Pousada Bela Vista, in Novo Airao. Unfortunately tour rates are strictly for 4 persons, and as such are quite expensive: 980 reais for one day tour, which includes visit to Jau National Park and Anavilhanas National Park, which are two of the most important and amazing national parks in Brasil.

Anyone interested in joining us in this tour? If in four the...

Montag, Juli 28, 2014 - 07:08 | Thorn Tree

Hi all!
We will be arriving by bus from Lima to Huancayo at 6am. Do you think is it possible to look for accommodation at that time of the day? We would simply like to leave our backpacks and come back to the hotel later (check in time). Does anyone have similar experience? I know most of the buses coming from Lima travel over night and arrive in Huancayo early in the morning..


Last post at: 2014-07-28 19:46:36 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 22:49 | Thorn Tree

Hi All,

I'm getting a few different responses from different websites so thought I would try here. Travelling on a NZ passport & wanting to enter Bolivia for about 7-10 days in 2015. Do I need a minimum 6 months validity on my passport to enter?? Some sites say Yes & some say No...

Last post at: 2014-07-28 20:59:43 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 19:41 | Thorn Tree

Hi Everyone,

I'm planning a 3-month trip to South America early next year.

I am particularly fascinated by culture and anthropology, and one of my ambitions for a long time has been to see one of the few remaining primitive tribes. I am aware that several exist in South America, especially in...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 17:46 | Thorn Tree

Is Puerto Madryn worth the time? Have only 31/2 weeks and want to do: Iguazu, salta, Calafate and Bariloche... can I make Madryn's Right Whales? I will do planes and buses. Please help.

Last post at: 2014-07-27 21:46:42 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 17:14 | Thorn Tree

HI and greetings to everybody, going to Colombia in a week. Has anybody been to San Andres/ Pasto /Mocoa lately and can tell me whether it's safe and worth going ? Are the roads "sort of safe" ? Would appreciate any current news and report, also on means of transport, trips to take in Mocoa etc. Thanks for any help in advance, Willi

Last post at: 2014-07-28 13:31:34 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 15:42 | Thorn Tree


We are heading to South America for NYE 2015, starting in Rio and then we have 3 months to travel as much of south America as we can. We are starting in Rio for the NYE white beach party but we also want to go to the Rio Carnival which is in February obviously we don't want to spend over a month in Brazil alone as we want to see as much as we...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 15:17 | Thorn Tree

I have roughly about 3 more weeks left in brazil before heading to Bolivia and within that time I want to do a tour of the pantanal. I'm wondering if anyone has any company's they would recommend for either north or about(I'm 90% sure I will stick to the south). Price does matter since I am backpacking until December so spending thousands isn't an option. Also how much time should I set aside? I know that depends on tours but...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 14:49 | Thorn Tree

Hi , me and my 2 friends are looking to get to la paz, cheaply and as quick as possible as we have a bar/hostel job we need to get to by 4 august. In cali (col) at the moment, exploring flights - which are too expensive and buses from quito - which are cheaper but sound horrific and take around a week from what ive heard. Has anyone got any good sugested routes or budget airlines i have not discovered yet that would get us to la paz in fair comfort, a reasonable time and for under $200USD?...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 13:23 | Thorn Tree

Hi Guys,

I am currently in Cusco and there are many interesting treks to be done around here. From my experience most of them can be done without any agency. A couple of years ago I went to Choquequirao by myself and it was awesome. If anyone is interested just contact me. Here in Cusco is very easy to rent some equipment in case you need something.

Best Regards.


Last post at: 2014-07-28 20:51:05 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 13:01 | Thorn Tree

I am looing for an inexpensive hotel near the airport Mariscal (max 50 $) . I will arrive late and on the following day early in the morning I will be leaving for Galapagos. Any advice?
Are taxis at the airport safe?
It will be my first time in Quito and arriving late may not make things easy.

Last post at: 2014-07-28 17:59:18 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 12:57 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,

Can anyone recommend local travel agents in Peru? We will be there staying with family for about 3 months early next year and want to do all sorts of trips in and around the country, as well as possibly heading out of Peru and into other parts of SA.

Are there any agents you'd recommend that can book us trips and experiences we are interested...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 12:38 | Thorn Tree

Ok, I've posted a few times and done some research so I'm going to put out my potential itinerary - even though this usually gets thrown away as I hit the ground, start talking to people, face challenges, etc, but its good to get an idea of what to miss / not to miss.

As some background - male, travelling solo, always easily meets people and makes friends, want some relaxation after a busy year of work and some adventure..

Cartagena - 5 days
Palomino - 3 days (Christmas)

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 12:27 | Thorn Tree

Hello all

I am traveling to Brazil throughout the month of August and was wondering where the best weather would be found? I am arriving in Rio and have the next 2 weeks to travel. I was thinking of going up to Salvador and traveling around Bahia but it seems mostly clouds and rain every this true for places like Morro de Sao Pualo and...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 11:44 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,
in one month we will be travelling in the north of Argentina for 3weeks (Aug 26 til Sep 12).
We are 4people: myself, my wife and our 2daughters (3y & 1y).
We are going to rent a car and we will be driving for about 3400km (~2000miles) from Cordoba to Salta.
On one of last days in Salta we would like to visit for one day the Parque Nacional el Rey.
We can do that with the rental car or take...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 11:25 | Thorn Tree


I am trying to rent a car in Arequipa with a drop-off in Juliaca/Puno. I cannot find a company that offers this option. Does anybody have a suggestion?
Thank you!

Last post at: 2014-07-27 15:25:08 UTC
Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 10:36 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,
in one month we will be travelling in the north of Argentina for 3weeks (Aug 26 til Sep 12).
We are 4people: myself, my wife and our 2daughters (3y & 1y).
We are going to rent a car and we will be driving for about 3400km (~2000miles).
This is more or less the itinerary:
Cordoba - Estancia Santa Catalina - Praque Nacional Talampaya - Quebrada di Cafayate - Molinos - Parque Nacional Los...

Sonntag, Juli 27, 2014 - 09:18 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys! Does anyone know how and where could I get tickets for a football match taking place on 7th Sept @ Estadio Huancayo?

Last post at: 2014-07-27 13:18:56 UTC
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