Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 18:59 | Thorn Tree

Hola chicos, tenemos dos vuelos económicos de México a Colombia, por si algún viajero está pensando seguir de Sudamérica hacia el norte, les dejo los detalles por si les interesa.

Hi guys,
me and my boyfriend are traveling in South America. When we first arrived to Bogotá they made us buy return tickets for no reason.. therefore we have 2 tickets BOG-MEX for a very good price and we want to sell them cause we are not going to use them. Here the details:


Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 18:19 | Thorn Tree

Is this place worth the time and effort to go from Salvador including stops in Jericoacoara and Praia de Pipa.
And what is the best way to get from Jericoacoara to the Delta (we think there is a boat) and then to Lencois.
How much this trip will cost (approximately).
Thank you.

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 18:19 | Thorn Tree

Is this place worth the time and effort to go from Salvador including stops in Jericoacoara and Praia de Pipa.
And what is the best way to get from Jericoacoara to the Delta (we think there is a boat) and then to Lencois.
How much this trip will cost (approximately).
Thank you.

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 18:00 | Thorn Tree

I'm going from rio to belo horizonte for the semi finals game of the WC. A couple of questions please:

  1. I'm looking into travelling by bus as the distance is not that awful. Which buses run through RIO-BHZ and what are the ~prices? TAM's fare for roundtrip is ~135$, but the hours aren't really comfortable.

  2. What are the main things to do while in Belo?
    Ty! :)

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 17:58 | Thorn Tree

We decided to go to the pantanal to see mammals we don't know where we should go...
can you recommend a travel agency as well.
We still don't know how many days we want.

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 12:31 | Thorn Tree

Hello Fellow Travellers,

My husband and I will be traveling to Argentina next November for 3 weeks and I'm in the midst of laying out a potential itinerary. All suggestions are welcome.

We will be flying in and out of Buenos Aires

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 12:20 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys, i tried a search and could not get much information on the best places to Scuba dive in South America,

I'm currently planning a trip with 2 of my friends and we are all advanced scuba divers, we were wondering what the best spots were to go diving.

Not including Galapagos islands though as we cannot afford, and do not have the time frame to do them :(

Our trip will be from September to December, And i personally would love to see some sharks and turtles...

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 11:08 | Thorn Tree

I booked 2 tours with them, fully paid and confirmed in their office.
I was supposed to be picked up by 5:30 am for my Machupicchu tour. Luckily I had their emergency phone and when they did not come by 6:00 I started calling it. After several calls, someone came after 7:00. I have already missed my train so he stopped an car in the street and payed him to drive me in order to catch the train along the way.
The reason I picked them was they advertised they give the longest free time...

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 10:37 | Thorn Tree

I'll be flying LAN from Santiago to Lima with a 55-minute layover in La Paz and I'm a US citizen. Will I require a Bolivian transit visa? I would generally assume not as I will just be in transfer within the terminal building but I've been unable to find any information as to whether or not transfer passengers are required to pass through immigration before continuing on (presumably causing me to miss my connecting flight anyway).

Thanks for the help!

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 09:50 | Thorn Tree

my friend and i will be hiking the salkantay for 5 days, then we'll go on an amazon jungle tour for 3/4 days in puerto maldonado. from there we'll probably fly back to lima, except he'll fly back earlier than i will, which leaves me a few more days in limal. i've heard that lima is kind of underwhelming, so i was wondering if anyone had any advice on small trips i could make from lima within a time span of 3 days. i'd have already been to ica, paracas, huacachina, and the...

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 08:56 | Thorn Tree

Hey! How much tip would be adequate for a seven night liveaboard trip from the Galapagos Islands? I understand that one gives one amount for all the crew and they split it?
And how much is expected for guided day-tours on land?
I know it always depends on how content I am and so on but a guideline would be helpful. Especially as the usual 10(-15)% rule seems to result in an inappropriately high amount when having paid so much (for this very service).

Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 07:54 | Thorn Tree

I am looking for a small boat (say 16 PAX) which either has specific single berth accommodation or one which does not charge a single supplement for a cruise in August.


Martes, Abril 22, 2014 - 04:03 | Thorn Tree

I've travelled extensively throughout Asia, and have had the chance to experience some of Central America (Guatemala, which I loved), but have never visited South America.
Typically, the sort of things that I enjoy most on the trips is real and alive indigenous culture, colorful festivals or local markets. For instance, Guatemala was a perfect destination for me, especially the highlands.
I typically like to rough it for ~2weeks, then unwind on a beach for another...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 22:59 | Thorn Tree

Hi all!

I have begun to try and plan my two week trip to Peru for the end of August/ beginning of September and could use some help. If anyone can give advice on any of the following that would be very appreciated!

  • Machu Picchu! This is the reason I'm going, so I definitely want to make the most of it. I had hoped to do the Inca trail, but was too late and all the permits are gone. Now we are looking at the Salkantay Trail - anyone have any positive/negative...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 22:18 | Thorn Tree

What are some cheap airlines flying into Ushuaia from some of the major cities in South America?

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 21:50 | Thorn Tree

Some updated info to add to the recent S America shoestring LP book.

Cayenne - buses to St. Laurent and other destinations now leave from Avenue de la Liberte between Rues Prevot and Amusant.
Suriname consulate is now at no. 3, Avenue Leopold Heder (far left on the LP map). I didn't need a photo or passport photocopy to get a tourist card, which was issued within 30mins. A double entry visa would've required me coming back the next day.
Hotel Ket Tai cheapest room is...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 21:21 | Thorn Tree

Thought I'd post some up-to-date info as the stuff in the S America Lp book unhelpfully isn't in the section on Kaieteur Falls (I nearly missed it).
Air Services Ltd (222-4357) fly day trips on Saturday and Sunday for $145USD or G$29000. You get a fly past of the falls for each side of the plane then a 2 hour guided tour on foot to three viewpoints of the falls. Check-in at Ogle airfield was at midday, the flight left at 1pm, took about an hour to reach the falls. The plane held...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 18:23 | Thorn Tree

We are a couple in our 60's, going to Argentina in July, and plan to visit the above mentioned cities for a few days each. What do the seasoned travelers to those cities recommend? Hotel or Vacation rental? The prices seem to be about the same. In my mind, the advantage of a rental is that you typically have more room. On the other hand, a hotel with breakfast included, saves some time and effort... We usually buy groceries to eat picnic lunches wherever we are sightseeing, and then eat...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 16:54 | Thorn Tree

I'm planing to do either 4 day or 6 day Santa Cruz trek in the first week of June this year. I'll be travelling solo and would like to seek advice on what's the best way to find other independent backpackers or guided groups to go with. I reached out to a bunch of tour agencies/guides for scheduled trips but none are matching the dates that I want to go on. Is it advisable to reach Huaraz without a set plan and try to find other groups/backpackers that match your dates and plan?...

Lunes, Abril 21, 2014 - 16:28 | Thorn Tree

Hi ,

My friend and I are planning a month in Peru next year either all March or possible half March/half April. I have begun to look into flights but i am not sure how far in advance it is best to book flights? At the moment return costs are £800 with Iberia. Is this a good price for flights this far in front?
Also is there preferable airlines over others? I like the idea of Iberia as i collect avios points but i have heard mixed reviews.

Any advice would be great! I...

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