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      what to do travelling with a 2 year old

      Concepción Apr 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Hi, I just booked a trip to Concepcion (friday afternoon to sunday afternoon) and i'm travelling with wife and 2 year old son. i've seen that there is a big park with waterfalls within the city, the famous ship Huascar and the university area to visit.
      would you recommend any other place in the city or around that would be worth a visit (with a 2 year old)?
      i can see that the best recommendation to eat is in the marlet or around it.
      any bad areas in concepcion to avoid? any nice areas to book the hotel?
      Thanks!

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    • Buses from Salta to San Pedro

      San Pedro de Atacama Apr 11, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Are there any comfortable air conditioned buses with leg room travelling from Salta to San Pedro? I know there is 1 restroom on the bus, but do they make frequent stops to stretch your legs and stop for a bite to eat and use their restrooms? It looks like it take 12- 14 hours? How much do the buses cost and which one would you recommend? Thanks.

      Larra

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      local jewellery shop, artist?

      Punta Arenas Apr 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      Hola,
      Is there any special, nice local jeweller, jewelry shop in Punta arenas?

      Please recommend me, I would like to visit and buy something.

      Gracias.

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    • Trekking the W route in late April

      Torres del Paine Apr 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Hi,
      I am a solo traveller looking to trek the W route from 24-28th April and wanted to ask if it is best to book refugios in advance? Many of them seem to have finished for the season (or floes on the 30April) and it's hard to see what I will need to book. Do you think it is possible to book everything in Puerto Natales? Or is it better to book some in advance and risk only a few? I am happy to camp if that is the only option but would prefer a basic bed if possible.

      Also this is at the beginning of a three moth trip and I will have a very large travel ruck sack. Is there somewhere where you can store bags before entering the park?

      Help and tips much appreciated especially from anyone who has done this trip solo.
      Thanks! Vicky

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    • resturants

      Arica Mar 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      what are some names of restaurants in Arica Chile?

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    • Is isla herschel sefty !?

      Isla Herschel Apr 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Hello everyone :)
      Just I want to ask if its sefty ?
      And is there good places to visit?

      Thank you ..

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      Accesibility

      Torres del Paine Mar 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Hi
      We are going to spend 3-4 Easter days in TDP (18 - 20/21 April). Is it possible to see best places (glacier, Torres etc. ) without long hiking (driving a car), in such short time. We would like to stay in the Puerto Natales, rent a car and jump to the Park every day. Does it make sense?

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    • Earthquake info

      Iquique Apr 1, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      M8.0 earthquake- 83km NW of Iquique,
      What is happening there? Are things ok?
      Can info from here in Canada be of any help?

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    • Self-Drive to Uyuni?

      San Pedro de Atacama Mar 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Hi, my friend and I will be in San Pedro de Atacama for only four days. We would like to make a trip to the Salar de Uyuni and to stay in the Palacio de Sal, but we don't have time to take the usual 3 day tour. We will have a rental car while in Atacama. Is it possible for us to drive ourselves to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro or Calama? (Assuming we can sort out the legal details with the rental company.) Meaning can the drive be reasonably done in one day and back the next day? Are the roads relatively passable? If we don't have a satellite phone, are we likely to die a slow and painful death?

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    • 24 hours in santiago

      Santiago Apr 4, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      We arrive from Sydney into Santiago for just 24 hours before be catch a connecting flight to Peru. Where is bets to stay that is near the airport but still near the city that we can enjoy and explore for the day ?

      Would downtown be a good idea ?

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      Hotel and tours for on budget couple in San Pedro

      Región de Atacama Apr 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      I'll be staying for 8 days with my girlfriend in Chile.

      We'll be arriving at Santiago November the 13rd and will be taking a plane to Calama the 16th by the morning. From there we'll be going to San Pedro where we expect to stay until the 20th.

      I'm trying to plan our stay in San Pedro but I'm finding it very dificult

      First thing: would you guys recommend us an hotel?

      We're a little bit on a budget, but anything around US$100/day would be fine. Only things I want is private room and shower and it to be as close to the village as possible.

      About the tours: should I look for any agency in particular?

      Thanks a lot guys

      2 Answers May 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM
    • Busing from La Paz to Iquique

      Región de Atacama Mar 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      I am trying to find a bus from La Paz Bolivia to Iquique CHile but I am having lots of troubles, does anybody know of any?

      3 Answers Mar 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM
    • Atacama

      Región de Atacama Mar 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      What areas of the Atacama would be of most interest to a backpacker with seven to ten days to spend in the Atacama and Patagonia? Will not have a car.

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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      Sculpture of a big hand in the desert

      Región de Atacama Jan 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Who can tell me more about the sculpture of the big hand in Atacama desert.
      For instance who has made it, when was it placed there. Size?, etc.
      May be a link to local website with more information or a nice picture.

      Thanks and kind regards, Joop

      4 Answers Jan 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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      Planning 5 unforgettable weeks through South America

      Región de Atacama Oct 22, 2009 at 4:50 AM

      Hola ,

      I’ll be in South America in November and have drafted an impossible itinerary and now I can use all of your help to get it right. I do travel at a fast pace and take countries by storm instead of smelling the roses but transport limits anybody’s options

      This is/was my initial plan
      7/nov Flight Bxl - Rio
      8/nov Rio
      9/nov Rio
      10/nov Iguazu BR
      11/nov Iguazu AR
      12/nov Buenos Aires
      13/nov Buenos Aires
      14/nov BA to PM
      15/nov Perito Moreno
      16/nov Perito Moreno
      17/nov Travel to Atacama
      18/nov Atacama Laguna Miscanti y Miniques & Valle de la luna
      19/nov Atacama Chuquicamata & El Tatio Geyser
      20/nov Atacama Buffer day
      21/nov Chile - Bolivia
      22/nov Uyuni
      23/nov Uyuni
      24/nov Uyuni
      25/nov Uyuni or La Paz
      26/nov La Paz
      27/nov Coroico
      28/nov Fly La Paz - Rurrenabaque
      29/nov Rurrenabaque
      30/nov Rurrenabaque
      1/dec Rurrenabaque
      2/dec Lago Titicaca
      3/dec Copacabana & Isla del Sol
      4/dec Arequipa
      5/dec Colca Canyon
      6/dec Colca Canyon
      7/dec Cuzco
      8/dec Machu Picchu sunset
      9/dec Machu Picchu sunrise - fly Cuzco to Lima
      10/dec Lima
      11/dec Flight Lima - Atlanta
      12/dec Atlanta
      Flight Atlanta - Brussel
      13/dec Back Home


      My draft plan is indeed too tightly scheduled as I find out while booking flights/buses/tours..
      My original plan was to fly between these destinations :
      Rio - Iguazu - Buenos Aires - Perito Moreno - Calama/San Pedro de Atacama
      But Perito Moreno is indeed too remote and takes a lot of time and money to reach, then also difficult to continue to Calama as this seems to be a small airport. Besides I prefer nature to cities and as I only planned to spend 2 days in Buenos Aires that is an expensive flight from Iguazu. So in case I skip BA and PM I can continue from Iguazu to Calama, unless the flight from Rio is a lot cheaper but then I should book an all in tour from Rio to Iguazu (return flight + park entrance + hostel).
      Do you know by chance if there are any interesting offers ? I did some research on the internet but most sites are in Portuguese, difficult for me.
      I'll land in Rio on November 8th , where I will spend 1 or 2 days so I can book a tour to Iguazu starting from November 9th or 10th to spend 2days there as I want to see both the Brazilian as the Argentinian side of the falls and preferably also go as close as possible by boat.
      Do you also know which airline proposes a good connection from Rio (or Iguazu) to Calama (Chile) ?

      If rio-iguazu-rio is not worthwhile then I might still fly to BA and continue by bus through North Argentina towards Atacama. How many days should I foresee for this, with stops in Mendoza and Salta? Can I include nightbuses to win some time?
      Which option would you recommend? 1. Rio - Atacama or 2. Iguazu-BA-Mendoza-Salta-Atacama

      I've been told about corrupt customs agents on the CL-BO border, now you tell me it's AR-CL.... it's all part of the fun I guess

      Do tour operators offer to visit the nice places in Atacama and also drop you off at Uyuni? Do you have a website or email of the tour operator that can do all this?
      Can I book the Salar de Uyuni tour towards La Paz, starting from Uyuni ?
      So far I found there are only 2 buses a week from Atacama to Uyuni , but hope that is not true
      sanpedroatacama.com/ingles/i...
      Should I also include a buffer day to cross the Bolivia-Peru border?

      Is it true that the Salar de Uyuni is flooded by rain in nov-dec? Does that not spoil the scenery? Hopefully I can get to see it at sunrise, the best moment of the day to enjoy nature's beauty.

      Can I book an all-in tour from La Paz to Rurrenabaque(flight, safari, accomodation, .. booze?)

      Re Machu Picchu I understood so far that the entrance to the site is unlimited, but they only allow 500p/day on the Inca Trail, which I'm not doing due to lack of time. On the other hand I should be very early there to get a ticket for the Huaynu Picchu on the other side so I can enjoy the sunrise from there. Is all this correct?

      Sorry for this huge bunch of questions, but I'm looking forward to go to South America for the first time and really want to make the best out of it

      feel free to contact me directly on christian.buchheit@gmail.com as I read those emails a few times a day

      Muchas gracias para ayudarme
      hasta luego,
      Christian

      5 Answers Oct 27, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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      Chacabuco Ghost Town from Calama?

      Región de Atacama Oct 10, 2007 at 12:34 PM

      Hi,

      What's the easiest way to get to the Chacabuco Ghost town from Calama? How far is it by taxi? Is there a bus that will take me there?

      Smiles,
      Chryselle

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      How many days for Atacama?

      Región de Atacama Jul 8, 2007 at 3:20 AM

      Hi,

      We are a group of friends visiting Peru, Bolivia and Chile (Atacama) in April 2008. We still don't know if we will have to visit Atacama but we we want to try. We will be doing a 3 day tour in the Uyuni region in Bolivia and if we have time we will head for Atacama. How many days do you recommend for someone visiting the Atacama desert? Is there a lot to see? Is it very different from the Uyuni Region?

      Thanks id advance!

      3 Answers Dec 16, 2007 at 3:02 AM
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      Salta to San Pedro de Atamaca

      Región de Atacama May 19, 2006 at 11:13 AM

      Hello everyone,
      I saw in an earlier forum that there is a bus from Salta to San Pedro de Atamaca, and I was just wondering around how long the trip takes?
      Thanks,
      Jess

      2 Answers May 20, 2006 at 2:32 PM
    • Overland travel between Calama & Salta

      Región de Atacama Nov 15, 2004 at 6:28 PM

      In mid February, 2005 I would like to travel overland between Calama & Salta, or Salta to Calama. How is that done? bus, guided tour, etc?

      2 Answers Nov 28, 2004 at 6:49 PM
    • Atacama

      Región de Atacama Sep 12, 2004 at 10:57 AM

      Does anyone recommend a tour operator in this region?

      3 Answers Feb 18, 2005 at 6:30 PM