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Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 20:30 | Thorn Tree

Big thanks to TTF for the great info available. We completed our 3 day Salt Flat tour from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile through to Uyuni,...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 16:04 | Thorn Tree

Arrived on Buquebus from Colonia Uruguay. Got about $100 of pesos out of the ATM, all new bills.
Taxi to accommodation charged twice the recommended rate but we found him to be so helpful we were not too upset. However when we went to pay he accused us vehemently that we had handed him two false notes of 100 pesos each. He continued to accuse us as we handed over another two. Found out later that he had pocketed the good notes and given us back false 100's. Amazingly skilful,...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 16:01 | Thorn Tree

Just to let people know: we did not read all the warnings re La Boca and jumped on any old bus that said "La Boca"
I believe it was the 130. It took us to a dodgy terminal under a the motorway. From there the driver said we could walk around 5 blocks to the tourist area. But on the way, at 10 in the morning, we were attacked by four guys.
Very quick response from...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 15:17 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone used this tour company before? We are planning a trip to Ecuador and Peru later this year. They have a package tour from Miami that is all-inclusive with air, hotels and transportation, and the price is reasonable.

I am accustomed...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 14:37 | Thorn Tree

Five land border crossings between Chile and Argentina in the Lakes area have been closed as well as the Puerto Montt and Bariloche airports.

The ashes are said to be reaching...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 10:40 | Thorn Tree

A couple of years ago when Canadians entered Bolivia as a tourist they received a 90 day visa upon entry. I am wondering if this has changed. Does anyone know if Canadians still receive the 90 day visa or do they now have to renew the visa every 30 days?

Also, when renewing the tourist visa in La Paz, how many...

Viernes, Abril 24, 2015 - 06:40 | Thorn Tree

Hi Guys!
We are having a slight problem planning my stay at Iguassu. We would love to see both sides of the waterfalls - Brazilian and Argentinian one.
We are arriving at 15:10 on 24/5 (IGU) and leaving at 12:43 (midday) on 27/05 (IGU).
Are the distances far? Where should we get accommodation? We were thinking to stay first night at Brazilian side, second at Argentinian side and third again at Brazilian. How would you do that? And which area should we be staying?

Thank...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 22:25 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys im in Cartagena at the minute and want to do something a bit different. I was thinking of hiking to barrenquilla for a couple of days but I'm travelling solo and I have next to no Spanish. Has anyone got any suggestions of something different to domfor my next move? I've just come for...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 22:21 | Thorn Tree

Is white water rafting worth the time in/around Cusco?

Any advice on white water rafting trips/guides in the area?

thanks in advance!

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Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 20:13 | Thorn Tree

The plan is to fly into Chile and backpack our way to Argentina Fly fishing along the way. I was curious of how hard it is to camp (doesnt matter where) in Chile. Can you just pitch a tent somewhere on the woods? Also if anyone knows any rivers or...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 19:02 | Thorn Tree

Hi I am looking for a recommended boat to sail from Cartagena to Panama in late May. Im in my late 30s and a professional (I work from the road) so Im looking for something more higher end than a rusting party boat completely rammed with twenty year olds- but im totally open to a good party. I will be traveling solo.

I dont mind paying more for more space (my own cabin?!), better food (bring on da...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 17:19 | Thorn Tree

Hello All,

My partner and I are aiming to trek one of the lares routes (instead of the inca trail) around mid May (2015). I have searched loads of blogs and reviews but cannot find any information on how to track the lares with out a guide/agency (we are on a budget). We have done quite a bit of hiking before and will have our own tents etc.

I was wondering if someone has walked lares without a guide and had any advice? (especially practical information such as were to start...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 14:32 | Thorn Tree

What is the policy in Bolivia (I guess the question should be the official policy and the reality) in regards to carrying documents with you at all times?
Would a copy of passport be sufficient, and the original passport safely locked at the hotel's safe.

We plan to do a longer trek in...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 12:39 | Thorn Tree

I am a Sucre right now. I look for people who want to make a trek of two or three days in the community of Jalq'a with Condor Trekkers agency, from tomorrow Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.

The trek to the discovery seems...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 09:37 | Thorn Tree

Hi All,

I was in Uruguay a few years ago and my wife bought me a steak knife and fork set with bone handles in a leather sheath.

Our house was robbed recently and the knife/fork set was taken.

Does anyone know anywhere online I can buy these?

I'm looking for authentic Uruguayan or Argentinian.

Thanks

Phil

Last post at: 2015-04-23 16:23:16 UTC
Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 09:03 | Thorn Tree

I'm planning to spend a month in Patagonia Feb/March time but can't make up my mind whether to book an overland tour or try and do it myself. I'm a reasonably experienced traveller, mid 50 year old woman who can speak some spanish. I would like to incorporate a fair bit of hiking too, is it easy to book hikes once you are there? I plan to fly to Santiago and end up in Ushuaia...

Jueves, Abril 23, 2015 - 01:20 | Thorn Tree

We are going to Colombia in September for almost 3 weeks. We still have only booked the flight to Bogota. We like to visit Bogota and the surrounding, cartagena, Tyrona N.P. and the coffee zone. What other places Do you recommend?...

Miércoles, Abril 22, 2015 - 23:04 | Thorn Tree

I have roughly 2 weeks (maybe 13 days, not sure yet)

I'm planning to:

  1. fly in to Cartagena. spend a day or two checking it out.
  2. Then do the ciudad perdida trek.
  3. then hit up tayrona.
  4. then fly out of cartagena.

does that seem reasonable? too much? too little? Is September an OK time to go? How many days should i...

Miércoles, Abril 22, 2015 - 19:04 | Thorn Tree

This evening Calbuco erupted, sending a massive cloud of ash and smoke into the air to a height of over 20 kms. Flights in/out of Puerto Montt are suspended. Contact your airline if you were planning to fly to PM in the next few days. Also keep an eye on flights into...

Miércoles, Abril 22, 2015 - 18:57 | Thorn Tree

Bus from Otavalo to airport.
Rather than the usual method of bus to Quito , taxi to old airport and airport bus to new airport,catch a Quito bus from Otavalo bus terminal and tell driver to stop at Tababela....

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