Friday, March 27, 2015 - 21:34 | Thorn Tree

Hi, been searching infortmation here about recent tours of the Salt desert in Bolivia. So far I stumbled upon so many heads-ups and warnings about certain tour operators so I figured I phrase the question like this instead:
Anybody got any recommendation/experiences of any tour operators, preferably one that would start in ...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 21:20 | Thorn Tree

Dear Forum, I would appreciate any information about how to manage this trip. First of all, i will travel from Lima to Piura (by bus, via Cruz del Sur) and then my next stop is Cuenca.
Has anyone done it? How much the does the trip take? And well, and most important, which is the safest bus company to do this trip?

I´ve read read Piura-Guayaquil is more common and then from there I´d take a bus to...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 20:05 | Thorn Tree

I will be leaving LA by camper. Going to Ushuaia, Argentina along the panamerican highway. First to Baja, Mexico and then Guatemala, Nicaragua,...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 19:14 | Thorn Tree

I'll be again in Colombia, very into the middle/low budget and would like to know the standard of prices nowadays. Anybody could me some prices of daily costs like a meal, hostels, transports?

About Chikunguña: I'll stay mainly in the area BGT, Tulua, Medellin, Eje cafetero, Pasto...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 19:13 | Thorn Tree

I have 5 full days in Cusco/Sacred Valley/MP and then I have 4 days until I have to head back home...

Some people suggested Arequipa, and although I'm sure it is rich with history and wonderful things to see, I am more drawn toward Huaraz. I can take an evening flight back to...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 16:05 | Thorn Tree

So I am Kind of in a hasse.
My bus from Salta Leaves today to La Quieca at 22pm, should arrive at 5:30
Do they Let anyone over The bolivian border BEFORE 6am? If no, When?

I should be in Tupiza at 8:00 for The Salar de uniya Trip and i am asking Whats The fastest way to make it and am i Gonna make it?

-how long does it take to get stamped?
-how much a Taxi to...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:44 | Thorn Tree

Hello everyone,

I've been trying to find a definitive answer on this, but to no avail. I realise there will be the food and street festivals going on during the day. But will any of the museums / sites be open to visit during the day? I understand that Good Friday is a public holiday so wanted to check, before I turn up in a couple of days!

Thanks in advance.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 00:17 | Thorn Tree

I´m looking for recommendations for a romantic hacienda stay while in Ecuador. It could basically be anywhere in the country but we would like a nice historic hacienda for a maximum of 200US/night/room. Activities are not important but we wouldn´t mind a open fire somewhere (maybe even in the room). We are open to suggestions though. Please give us your recommendations. The only hacienda that turn up...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 19:34 | Thorn Tree

Does anyone have an updated bus schedule of buses of Kourou to Cayenne? Also, where do the buses depart from in Kourou? I've heard there's no bus station or bus stop per se, that they just circle around picking people up?

I asked about transport from Koorou to...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 19:07 | Thorn Tree

Avianca Airlines offers flights from Lima to Cusco operated by Trans American Airlines, has anyone flown with them on this route? Comments? I cannot find anything on Trans American Airlines online, are their planes old/new?
Thank you,

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:22 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone!

So given all the uncertainty regarding Venezuela, and that I really want to go there soon, I decided to visit the Venezuelan consulate to ask some questions directly. Here is what I asked:

  1. How long does it take to get a visa? ----- Typical turnaround is 5-7 business days. You submit your application packet in person, which must include a self-addressed stamped...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:02 | Thorn Tree

Can someone tell me where to go in Huancayo for local train information? I know which days they come and go but not the time the train leaves to come back to Huancayo

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:42 | Thorn Tree

Hello there! I'm in need of some assistance with buses in the Quebrada de Humahuaca region. I'm going to be Salta for about four days and I'd like to make two of those nights stays in different towns of either...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:08 | Thorn Tree

I'm planning a trip to Brazil that will include a trip to Foz do Iguacu and would like to take a short side trip into Paraguay to see the Jesuit Mission in Trindad and Jesus. I've not been able to find a lot of...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 22:48 | Thorn Tree

(I posted this on several travel websites; re-posting here in case of any interest).
I am often asked...
1. Q: Who I am, and how old?
• • • • A: I am now a 66 years old American/Spanish citizen. I was 1 month short of 63 when my trip started (Sept. 2011).
• • • • A: I am a Telecommunications Engineer and Physics Professor, I was invited to teach as ´visiting professor´ (Physics) at the National University of Asunciòn.
• • • • Originally from Spain, I do speak vernacular...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 17:17 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody,

The next month we´re going to visit Bolivia again. I would like to stay in Copacaba a few day (I was there seven years ago and this is amazing place) and in the way, I would like to visit Tiahuanaco. Everybody know if there is public transport between Tiahuanaco to Copacabana or Copacaba to Tiahuanaco.

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 17:10 | Thorn Tree

Does anybody know if Bukima Tours is still in operation? They used to do tours of S. America. If not is there any other company worth looking into. Thanks

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 16:23 | Thorn Tree

Hello Thorn Tree Users. I'll be in Paraguay in a few months and I'm looking to do some in depth exploring of the Gran Chaco. Can anybody recommend a guide for some serious off the beaten path travel into the region? Would it be better to just find one in...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:30 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone been here, is it safe, and if there are safety concerns, what's the best way to get there?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:55 | Thorn Tree

I've seen a lot of great information here! My husband and I are leaving for 7 weeks in Colombia in June. I have a rough itinerary and would appreciate feedback... are we being too ambitious?

Fly into Medellin (debating whether to fly to...


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