Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 20:13 | Thorn Tree

Hello there,

Without meaning to get into any sort of political debate, I just thought it might be useful information for some of you (at least those with Israeli citizenship) that the Bolivian government has apparently just decided that visitors with the Israeli nationality have been moved...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 17:00 | Thorn Tree

Rather than having to buy a return ticket to Florida, that I do not intend to use, I was wondering about, instead, booking a flight out of Ecuador to a nearby country. That would satisfy the requirement of showing proof that I will be moving on within the 90 day period. My only consideration is whether I could bring the cost down from what it would be if I book a round trip ticket back to FL.

Anyone have any ideas or...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 16:17 | Thorn Tree


I'm visiting Brazil again in September and I'm really looking forward to it. I have almost everything sorted out, but I'm left with one question that I just can't find the answer to: do I need to take malaria pills in São Luis and Lençois Maranhenses? I consulted the website of tropical medicine and it says "only for some parts of Maranhão state". But does that cover the places mentioned above? Thanks a lot, muito...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 16:05 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,

-I will be arriving in Bogota next month, and was wondering if anyone had some recent suggestions for reasonably priced places to stay in the city center.

-Also, I will be arriving quite late, so what is the recommended way to get there safely from the airport? Taxi?

-I will have exactly one week in the country, does anyone have suggestions for itineraries?

-How is security in Bogota in general these days?

-Is it OK to travel by bus to Medellin, Cali...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 15:36 | Thorn Tree

Hello all!

I've been posting a lot, but I trust this forum and I'd like your opinions once again! I'm interested in doing a 2-3 day tour of the Colca Canyon (and surrounding region) in late August, leaving from Arequipa. I'd love to do some trekking, but we aren't able to bring sleeping bags, so a tour that includes hotels (or includes all necessary camping gear) would be best. It can be a private or group tour, no matter. I've been looking at Pablo Tours - any advice on this...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 15:29 | Thorn Tree

I've read that the Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance/repair. I am not actually planning to walk the Inca Trail but still would like to visit Machu Pichu and other nearby sites. Is Machu Pichu open in February to visit? What are the places which are closed and what is possible to visit?

Last post at: 2014-07-30 21:01:31 UTC
Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 13:04 | Thorn Tree

Hello, please can I pick your guys brains with travel advice regarding organising a travel plan / itinerary for 2 and a half months starting in Santiago Chile and getting to Bolivia, Peru and over to Brazil fly out of Rio. I need help...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 10:48 | Thorn Tree

I recently traveled from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas with my own vehicle. I had doubts about it because of the road. However, travel in this area has been made a lot easier recently. The whole trip is now on paved roads.

Cajamarca to Celendin: brand new two way highway. They were still finishing it when we passed in July 2014. Perfectly smooth, but they blocked the road the whole day: we could pass only before seven, during lunch and after six.

Celendin to Chachapoyas: brand new...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 10:14 | Thorn Tree

Hi. I will be visiting South America (Brazil and Peru) soon. I've been to a good number of countries in the past but this is my first time in that part of the world so I am pretty excited (and anxious) about the whole trip as I will be traveling alone. I do have a question about the plane...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 09:00 | Thorn Tree

I am flying into GIG from Europe - so will be pretty tired, but still want to go up Sugar Loaf and Santa Teresa. I've had a look at my Lonely Planet, but and still finding it confusing.

Where should I stay in order to get somewhere fairly cheap (but doesn't have to be hostel cheap), and close enough to one or the other to walk up them - if that is possible.
Also how long will this take? I will arrive 05.00 on a...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 08:49 | Thorn Tree

Hi! Recently found and purchased a deal on tickets to Peru from Aug 7 - 17 for our family of four (our children are 17 and 19). I need to act fast and am about to buy air tickets to Cuzco and we are considering just flying back from there or could overnight bus to Arequipa and fly back from there. Going to purchase tickets to Huayna Pichu and Machu Pichu ASAP and spend some time in the Sacred Valley. Beyond that would love to...

Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 05:45 | Thorn Tree

Hello all
I arrive in Santiago on Saturday morning (in Nov) and later in the afternoon fly to P Arenas arriving at about 630pm. The next day Sunday I go to P Natales and then onward to TDP.
Where can I change money in P Arenas or P Natales?
I intend to change just enough in Santiago airport to tide me over until I am able to change in town but now this doesn't look possible.
Appreciate all advice and comments, many thanks.

Last post at: 2014-07-30 09:45:37 UTC
Miércoles, Julio 30, 2014 - 03:44 | Thorn Tree

I love life in the “Big City”. Rio, Salvador, and Sao Paulo are the most celebrated cities I know of there, so I am digging into them first. I’ve lived and Adventured in well over 15 countries and I still haven’t seen South America. A problem I need to rectify! I picked Brazil because I was first exposed to...

Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 18:00 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,
My friend and I are looking for cheap volunteering in the Galapagos islands. Looking for something in environmental work, maybe construction. We're interested in marine life and organic farming. Hoping to find something with a duration of maybe a month. Looking for something as cheap as possible, I've googled but it's an expensive destination. Also, if anyone has any tips on travelling there cheap from Toronto that would be helpful.

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Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 17:52 | Thorn Tree


For the ones going to Bahia, we recomend the north coast, we stayed at IMBASSAI FLAT located in Imbassai, you can send them an email they answer in english and french, its close to bus station, safe and clean with good price. From here you can go to Praia do forte, even Salvador, white sand dunes at Diogo all in a quiet place.

Good travel

Last post at: 2014-07-29 22:05:41 UTC
Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 17:16 | Thorn Tree

Hello All,

My husband and our 2.5 year old son will be coming to Argentina in early December for 1 month. We are hoping to fly into patagonia (perhaps El Calafate or Ushuaia) and rent a motor home for 10 days or so. I know that the region is huge so we are definitely looking to explore 1 area well. Here are my questions:

  1. Does anyone have a reputable rental company they recommend where we could pick up...

Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 16:16 | Thorn Tree

Hi.....I'm looking for advice, tips and generally any help I can get! I'm planning to visit Argentina for 2 weeks in early October; I'll be travelling on my own and looking for a mix of sightseeing, walking, cultural stuff, bit of nature and some time for watching the world go by. Not asking for much! I'm a 33 year old guy, fit and active and as mentioned will be travelling alone although happy to get involved with tours/...

Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 14:13 | Thorn Tree

I'm a woman traveling to Buenos Aires alone, and I'm currently trying to narrow down accommodation. Several of the places I'm looking to stay are in Palermo, but some are right on the border of Palermo and Almagro. Can anyone tell me if the area centered around, say, Av cordoba and Av Medrano is safe, or point me to a resource for figuring that out? I've read many things saying that Palermo is a generally safe...

Martes, Julio 29, 2014 - 06:11 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys, we will be spending 3 weeks in Chile(coming from the north/Bolivia) before flying to Easter Island .
Patagonia is off limits for us, because of the prices and of the distance. But we would like to visit a National Park in Central Chile. Which one would you suggest?
I've still...

Lunes, Julio 28, 2014 - 23:45 | Thorn Tree

How is the current drought in santa marta affecting the cuidad perdida trek? How are cartagena's budget accommodations affected? I hear its serious....that hotels are turning away guests.

Last post at: 2014-07-30 05:28:10 UTC
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