Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 18:30 | Thorn Tree

My husband and I have 2 months next July/August, and we'd like to go to a small city/large town where there is lots to do (nature, hiking, seeing birds and wildlife, history, music) and where we can enroll the kids in a Spanish school, maybe for 4 hours each morning, which would leave us the rest of the day to explore, meet other families with kids, play football/soccer, etc. They will be 12 and 9 years old. My husband and I already speak Spanish, and have taught the kids some, but we...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 17:56 | Thorn Tree

Does anyone know what the current value of the gold beads that are sold in the Otavalo market is? I bought some years ago, and I'm curious to know what they are currently worth. They look like these:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 17:05 | Thorn Tree

There is a new web site for "Biocultural Tourism" in the Apolobamba area at:
The site was still a bit clunky when I first looked but has probably improved now.
The routes include Curva-Pelechuco and the (shorter and much easier) Pacha Trek.
It's a community-based operation, with help from COSUDE (the Swiss aid programme)and the Wildlife Conservation Society (...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 16:31 | Thorn Tree

I am thinking about planning a trip to Chiloe in December and I read in Lonely Planet that there is a good place to see them at 'Monumento Natural Islotes Punihuil.' I was wandering if anyone knew about this place? I know it isn't guaranteed to see them any day but would it be a high chance? If not are there any other places in...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 15:54 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

I'm planning to be in Bolivia in November and I wanted to book my Salar de Uyuni tour in advance. I want to do the 3 day/2night tour which ends in San Pedro de Atacama. The main reason I want to book early is because I'm on a tight schedule. I'm taking a flight from...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:35 | Thorn Tree

I am preparing a trip to Argentina in October, and wondering about current price tags down there...
I already found out, that a pizza at Ugi's in Buenos Aires (good inflation indicator) is more than 40 Pesos now (in 2002 it was 4,20). Costs of bus tickets can be found on...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:51 | Thorn Tree

Hey all,

can anyone recommend a place to rent a car? I want to go by car to visit Salto Cristal, because friends told me going there by bus is a little bit of a hassle....
Also: what prices should I expect for car rentals?



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 05:43 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,
I'm going to Rio for a work trip and have 6 days free afterwards (including the day I fly home). I am couchsurfing with someone for 2 days over the weekend in Pavuna (but I'm sure we'll go out in Rio central) and then I've been offered a place to stay in Campo Grande. I'm not sure whether to go for 1 or 2 nights. I want to stay there as the hosts seem really cool and its a non-touristy part of Rio that I think will be an experience to stay. Its 1 hour on the...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 00:26 | Thorn Tree

I’ve made a tentative itinerary and would appreciate input. My main concern is to keep it simple and low-cost. (I plan to stay in hostels rather than hotels, but will opt for a private room w/shared bath.) I’ve got just over two weeks, and some flexibility. For the Pantanal portion I originally liked the idea of Cuiaba as my base because it seems there are more opportunities to...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:51 | Thorn Tree

Hi people,
Could I ask some questions regarding Uruguay.
1. Anyone heard of the Summer on off bus in Uruguay?Any details?
2. Best border crossing from Brazil to Uruguay.
3. Can you follow the coast road north to south?


Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:33 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

My husband and I are meeting another couple to travel to the Galapagos at the end of October and we're planning on doing it ourselves, without a cruise. I'd appreciate it if other forum readers can help with the following questions:

  1. Which is the best airport to fly into? Does it make a difference? We'd like to stay in an area where there's access to tours, shops, restaurants, etc (though not too touristy) and wondering if...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:09 | Thorn Tree

Oi gente,
If anyone has flown Azul lately, please tell me if they truly enforce the 5 kilo limit for carry-on baggage. I have checked their website closely, but cannot find an answer to whether or not I can ONLY take ONE carry-on with 115 cms., or ONE, plus a smaller bag without being charged for it. It looks like I might be a little over-weight (well, not ME, but my bag!), and would like to avoid paying extra if I can. (OK, to tell the truth, I MAY be a little heavier today than a...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:04 | Thorn Tree

Want to make sure I have this right. It will cost USD 160.00 for a US citizen to visit the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls for one day? Free if on tour? (What tours?). I fly into IGU (Brazil side) 18 Sep 2014 and want to spend one day on Argentine side, but if it costs me $160 just to cross the border then maybe not. Have been here twice before 96 and 01. Will also visit wonderful Parque Das Aves. Good bus...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:40 | Thorn Tree

Hola a todos!

My boyfriend and I are going be spending 3 weeks in October going from Bogota, to the Caribbean Coast and then finishing in Medellin.

Whilst on the coast...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:42 | Thorn Tree

Need some help/adivce/tips for this: My whole travelplan goes like this: Fly Lima to Cuzco, visit Cuzco and around (PM)5d, bus or train to Puno 1d, visit Titicaca 2d, on to...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:41 | Thorn Tree

Need some help/adivce/tips for this: My whole travelplan goes like this: Fly Lima to Cuzco, visit Cuzco and around (PM)5d, bus or train to Puno 1d, visit Titicaca 2d, on to...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:10 | Thorn Tree

Hi! Im travelling from Europe to Ecuador, then to Chile and Argentina. I wonder if I will get problem if I dont have the yellow fever certificate? I get allergic...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:32 | Thorn Tree


I will be in SA for 4 months from early February to early June. We are looking at roughly (but open to change) 1 country per month. As a result we will likely be in:

Ecuador early February - early March
Peru early March - early April

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:03 | Thorn Tree


I will be travelling to SA (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia & Chile) with a friend in February for 4/5 months. We are hoping to enter...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:27 | Thorn Tree

Apparently the yellow line will be inaugarated (sp?) by the president today, and rides will be free today and tomorrow.

we got a combi back from tiwanaku yesterday which dropped us in Ceja, so we walked 15 minutes and got the red line back down--much nicer than a second combi. half La Paz was there, good atmosphere. also the cafe upstairs uses a real espresso machine for coffee, and does a mean...

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