Viernes, Octubre 24, 2014 - 14:06 | Thorn Tree

I understand from the Argentinian press and official sources that foreigners in Argentina now have to pay for all major services (bus, plane, hotels) in USD not ARS unless they are residents.
In practice are foreigners made to do so?
The implications are obvious. There is no point in obtaining ARS at a good rate in the UK if you cannot use them as extensively as anticipated. On the other hand...

Viernes, Octubre 24, 2014 - 12:33 | Thorn Tree

Hi am currently planning a trip with my Girlfriend that starts at Lima, ending up in Rio. On route we will be using local bus travel between various destinations such as Cusco, La Paz, Tarija,...

Viernes, Octubre 24, 2014 - 06:17 | Thorn Tree

we intend to travel to/in CHILE this Southern Spring/Summer. Mainly in the LAKE DISTRICT but also in PATAGONIA.

Since the main Traffic-Hubs are usually easy reached by public transport, (bus, train, air, ship) places of interest are often
100km and more away from the main-hubs.

Usually (South East Asia,...

Viernes, Octubre 24, 2014 - 06:08 | Thorn Tree

Hey guys,

Just thought I would check with some of you Rio experts about my upcoming trip to Rio and your thoughts on me visiting a baile funk. I have visited Rio countless times, love the natural beauty, people and nightlife. I have always been intrigued by favelas and have been to many, however never for a proper baile. I'm not talking about the old Castelao das Pedras free for all style, I'm talking about a proper local's baile. I will be staying in Cascadura and am...

Viernes, Octubre 24, 2014 - 04:05 | Thorn Tree


I'm planning to do a round trip from Brazil to Argentina then to Chile, back to Argentina,...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 17:22 | Thorn Tree

We've been having an increasing problem with Taxi drivers getting paid my major hotels and hostels to take guests to a certain establishment. If you're arriving and have reservations (or not) at a hostel or a hotel taxi, drivers in Mancora might say the hostel/hotel is full, dirty, closed down etc. None of this is true. These people are only after commissions paid by more expensive...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 13:46 | Thorn Tree

Hello! My name is Francisco, I am from Argentina (From Patagonia) and actually i am searching for people interested in doing business in Patagonia such as Buying Land or making some Turism Development (Hotels,...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 12:32 | Thorn Tree

How safe is Peru e.g. Lima, Cusco and Puno compared to say Thailand, fir instance Bangkok vs...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 10:06 | Thorn Tree

Hi Fellow travelers,

I am honeymooning in Ecuador this coming March. We are looking to take a day-trip to Cotopaxi. I am thinking of booking a tour with Ecos Travel/Cotopaxi Tours. Does anyone have experience with this company? Or are there any other company suggestions? Thank you!

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Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 07:51 | Thorn Tree

Does anyone know whats the bus situation between Villa de Leyva and Barichara, and between Barichara and Bogota'? Are there direct buses on these 2 routes?
From Barichara to Bogota' is it more convenient to bus or fly in terms of flying would include...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 04:25 | Thorn Tree

My girlfriend and I are planning on going to South America in February for three months. We're either going to do a round trip, flying to and from Mexico; or will be flying to New York and flying home from Brazil. We'd like to hear...

Jueves, Octubre 23, 2014 - 00:32 | Thorn Tree

My husband and I will be in Bogota in early December and I'm trying to learn more about the different areas. We are most interested in La Candelaria, Museo del Oro, Plaza Bolivar, etc. And then will likely do some day trips out to the Salt Cathedral and Villa De Levya. Is the area around La Candelaria a...

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 21:01 | Thorn Tree

Dear all,

i have benefited from your advice for travels to South Africa, Senegal, Burma and Cambodia. i am often traveling alone in budget accommodations, hoping to meet like-minded souls along the way. But i'm nearing 40, so i seek some creature comforts -- nicer hostel or single room within a hostel -- within my limited budget. i typically spend time researching trips for long periods before i go...

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 20:14 | Thorn Tree

i never used to have bad knees, but after the Salkantay trek in May, i'm having persistent problems with downhills. today we did the Lagunas loop in Huerquehue (Pucon) and by the end of the two hour descent (not particularly steep) my knees were screaming. i could walk for ages on the flat, uphill...

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 18:10 | Thorn Tree


I'm going to Bolivia in November and was wondering what type of clothing would be best to bring.

I normally pack layers and have some light material hiking type trousers. I've read that it gets cold during the night, so what do I bring with me?

Anything out of the ordinary that I might not think of taking?

For reference I'm going to Salar de...

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 17:47 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,
We are planning 3 weeks trip to Brazil in November this year so in 2 weeks time and we NEED YOUR HELP. This is ours itinerary :
1 flight to Sau Paulo arrive at 7:30 am- flight to Salvador at 14 arriving around 16

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 11:58 | Thorn Tree

I and another nature photographer friend want to experience the Pantanal on a do-it-yourself basis, travelling in our own time, stopping to take photos as we please. We would also like to see a jaguar. Deciding when to go, flying to Cuiaba and hiring a car is easy to organise. Deciding which lodges to book and getting them to answer emails is quite another! Has anybody any tips?

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 11:41 | Thorn Tree


I'm heading down south to climb Aconcagua in January. I would like to bring a bunch of the food I need from home so I don't have to worry about finding and buying stuff in Mendoza.

Does anyone know what I can/can't bring with me in my CHECKED bags?

I'm assuming most prepackaged foods will be fine, but I'm still wondering about some...

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 09:21 | Thorn Tree

Are flight delays to/from Easter Island on LAN airlines common? I am planning a short (2 hour) turn around in Santiago airport before my return flight to the US in Feb 2015. Am I asking for trouble? Any personal experience or helpful websites would be appreciated. I can't wait to visit Chile and Easter Island!

Miércoles, Octubre 22, 2014 - 05:32 | Thorn Tree

Me (English) and my wife (Indonesian) will be travelling around Ecuador for 3 weeks.
December 30-January 4: Quito Area. January 4-13: Galapagos. January 13-20: Andes Mountains & Volcanoes.

During our 9 days in Galapagos we have 3 days in...


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