Friday, August 22, 2014 - 20:33 | Thorn Tree

For all animal lovers out there,

I've recently spent a month working with monkeys and a gorgeous ocelot (wild cat) at Parque Machia (3 hours from Cochabamba), for an organisation called CIWY (, who cares for abused or injured wild animals.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be close to these beautiful animals, and support the local environment.
A shorter period of...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 20:13 | Thorn Tree

Hi friends,
I'm planning a (somewhat) backpacking trip for my wife and I for next summer. The portion of the trip that I have a question about is the transit form Cuzco - Uyuni - Rio de Janiero.

I am having trouble finding cheap transportation (even after extensive internet research). I was wondering if I might hear from some seasoned travelers what modes of transportation they chose. I have looked into buses and flights, but nothing seems to be too cost effect (and fast).

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:59 | Thorn Tree

We're planning a trip to Ecuador in January. We'll be spending most of our time in the Galapagos, but we want to spend a few days exploring a different part of the country also. We're thinking of staying at the Sani Lodge for 4 days at the end of January, but I've seen some trip reports where people saw less wildlife at that time since it's the drier season.

Is it worth spending that amount of money to travel there at...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:19 | Thorn Tree


Can anyone recommend how to get to Zona Cafetera from Cartagena or Santa Marta? Is it possible to fly there directly, ie not via Bogota or Medellin? I assume it's way too far for an overnight bus....

The other option is that we might go there straight from Bogota - are there any good bus connections on this route?

Thanks so much!


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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 04:17 | Thorn Tree

I just downloaded the chapter of the lonley planet galapagos and I got inspired by the idea of doing the galapagos on my "own". What I would like to do for sure is to book a Dive Liveaboard as well. What do you think, would it be possible to see enought if I had enough time? Something like 6 Weeks. 3 Weeks stay on Galapagos and make daytrips/two daytrips or whatever, from the different Islands and then maybe one or two week Liveaboard and one week as puffer. What do you think would that be...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:17 | Thorn Tree

Could anyone please advise the best PT route from the end of the Quilotoa loop (which I gather would be Latacunga), onto Banos.
Can this be done in one day or should we should overnight somewhere?
What's the best route/bus change locations?

Many Thanks

Last post at: 2014-08-22 12:27:12 UTC
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:43 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

My boyfriend and I are planning 10 days in Peru for late Dec/early Jan. We're hoping to spend a few days outside Lima to enjoy the sun before flying to Cuzco. May stay a couple nights in Urubamba to train to MP (don't plan on trekking) and also stay a couple nights in Cuzco. A couple questions for the experienced Peruvian traveler:

  1. Does...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 21:29 | Thorn Tree

Can anyone suggest a location in Uruguay that is suitable to rent a house / apartment for 2-3 months from January - March? Looking for a tropical and cultural get-away from the long Canadian winter. We will have a 3 mth old baby with us. Any advice is welcome!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 19:38 | Thorn Tree

Hola everyone!

I'll be spending 8 days in Colombia total - flying into Cartagena and wanted to get some advice and must-dos.

It's myself and another friend and we were definitely interested in visiting Parque Nacional Tayrona. Can anyone rec the quickest way to get there and the minimum on number of days to spend there. I wanted to try kite-surfing in Cartagena as well but this may be too ambitious.


Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 18:33 | Thorn Tree

It's that time of the year when I have to book my annual month-long holiday. This year I'm finding it even more difficult than usual to pick a destination. So I thought I'd try to narrow down my options by eliminating the destinations that won't fit my budget. Brazil is on my shortlist

I will be travelling solo, sleeping in private rooms (not necessarily ensuite) and taking internal flights for very long journeys. I am...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 13:43 | Thorn Tree

Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere but I just wanted to update some information from the guidebook. It suggests that the trip between Huancavelica and Ayacucho is a bit of a pain in the butt. In the book it says you have to catch a 4:30am 6 hour minibus to Rumichaca and wait for about 4 hours for the Ayacucho-bound bus from Lima. This is no longer the case.

While I did have to get to the Plaza Tupac Amara in Huancavelica at 4am, I was met by a man with a car who shepards you to...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:31 | Thorn Tree

My boyfriend and I are researching taking a 2-3 month trip through South America starting in mid-January 2015. We don't feel the need to see EVERY site, or even every country, in South America along the way. I prefer to really get to know 2-3 places rather than rushing through 20+ places. Can anyone offer advice on a possible itinerary?


Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:57 | Thorn Tree

hi i am trying to find a cheep option to send a small packet more letter lees then 50g from Peru to USA and to Europe . Does anybody know an cheep option some currier or local post, because all what i find in Internet is so expansive !!

thanks Domiii

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 09:03 | Thorn Tree

I did a search of the forum but could not find anything related to this.

A few days ago we departed Bogota for Ecuador departing from the airport. Before we left the hotel we asked our hotel about departure tax. It's usually included in the ticket. They said there is an office in the airport directly across from the Avianca check in counter that will refund the tax. The trick is to go there first, present your...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:34 | Thorn Tree

Hola everyone!

My boyfriend and I will be soon travelling throughout Argentina (flying into BA on the 11th of octobe)r. We are very flexible in time and places so that we are making a rough itinerary but for sure we want to head south from BA. probably shoot down to puerto madryn (where we'll explore Peninslula Valdes and the coast) with a bus or maybe taking a stop half way on the coast. From there we'd like to go...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:12 | Thorn Tree

Hi all

I will be traveling around Argentina at the beginning of November for 3 weeks.
At the moment I have a rough schedule of the trip:
B.A. > Puerto Madryn > Ushuaia > El Calafate/El Chalten > Iguazu

and I have few questions:
1) if the itinerary remains unchanged, which segment is better by night bus and which by plane? I am looking for a good compromise here, not really willing to...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:00 | Thorn Tree

I've just read the Lonely Planet guide to Colombia and there is no mention of Puerto Carreno. Can anyone help with information on how to get there safely, buses or flights, and can I cross the border to Venezuala from here.

Last post at: 2014-08-22 04:10:39 UTC
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:16 | Thorn Tree

Hello - My husband and I will be travelling in Colombia for about 7 weeks in December/January with our two small children and need recommendations for places to base ourselves for about one week at a time. We will be flying into Cartagena and are interested in visiting Santa Marta area (Tayrona), Medellin, Zona Cafatera, and perhaps some of the Pacific region. If anyone knows of any decent budget accommodations (flats or...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:13 | Thorn Tree

hello, I plan to travel 2 months in Colombia. I will start with Medellin on sept.3rd and travel by bus to other locations. I do not like to fly missing to see the country side. I can endure long bus rides. i plan to use hostels and backpackers while I travel. I speak Spanish and other languages.
I am senior, active and in good health. I enjoy hiking (moderately), swimming, cooking and I wash my own clothes.
If you...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:35 | Thorn Tree


I planned a trip to go to Colombia and Ecuador for 18 days with a friend. She just told me that she's not able to go due to new job not letting her take vacation for the first six months, total bummer. But, I'm going to go anyways on the trip and likely will be traveling solo. I read reviews that the Lonely Planet travel guide for...

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