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Charlie
Charlie Hey, everyone! I'm planning a early January departure for Buenos Aires followed directly by a bus trip down to Tierra del Fuego. The main goal of this portion of the trip is venture over to Antarctica from Ushuaia. If anyone has completed this trip before, it would be great to hear from them!
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 8 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Charlie, there are lots of trips here going to Argentina in Dec/Jan/Feb. There's a very popular one to Machu Picchu, but I'm interested in the one to climb Aconcagua. Is that you sort of thing?
8 years ago
Charlie
Charlie Hey, Mike....I actually hiked to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass in 2007. A spectacular trek. Right now, I'm focusing more on Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula. If you've been to Antarctica, I would like to hear about your experience.
8 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike No, unfortunately not. But there are a group of crazy girls looking to dive around Antarctica. http://globetrooper.com/antarctica-and-south-georgia-island-2010
8 years ago
Charlie
Charlie Thanks for the tip....I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to plan for getting to the Peninsula.
8 years ago
Sapna
Sapna Hi! I'm planning a trip to Cartegena, Columbia and would love tips, especially regarding safety. Also, check out my travel blog on australia, southeast asia and europe: http://nonutsonmybuns.blogspot.com/
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 8 years ago
Todd
Todd Interesting name Sapna. Did you ever read Shantaram? One of my favourite books. And it has a Sapna in it.
8 years ago
Sapna
Sapna Hi Todd. Sapna is a very common Indian name so not surprised its everywhere. Heard good things about Shantaram but don't have the arm strength to carry it on my next trip :)
8 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike You need an Amazon kindle: a traveller's best friend (especially for large books). :)
8 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Anyone keen to climb Aconcagua or do the Inca Trail early next year? And any other ideas for adventures in South America?
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 8 years ago
Todd
Todd Absolument! Check out this trip... not for the faint-hearted http://globetrooper.com/buenos-aires-to-aconcagua-polish-traverse-route-2011
8 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Go the Galapagos! Best trip I've done in my entire life! Heading back next year if all goes to plan.
8 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey tachyon, why so? Is it more than the unique wildlife? Did you trek much? I suspect it's much less commercial than the Inca Trail.
8 years ago
vagabond
vagabond The machu picchu trail is still quite difficult, no matter how many people do it each year. The elevation really gets to some people.
8 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hello Lauren. I am hopeful to do the Inca Trail in Feb next year. I will need to train a bit, I haven't done any hiking before this and I hear it is very strenuous with a lot of staircases
8 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Todd: there's not much trekking to be done, as you're required to stay on very limited paths around the islands and have a guide with you at all times. But the wildlife is just so...Words can't really describe it. I'm planning to go back next year to do a liveaboard diving trip there (budget pending). It's certainly not cheap to get there or go on a cruise, but for anybody who has even the remotest interest in natural history, it's one of the most amazing places on the planet.
8 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Also, I did the Inca Trail last year. It's not *that* bad. It's the altitude rather than the distance that will get you.
8 years ago
Meg
Meg The Inca Trail really isn't that bad as long as you take a few days to acclimatise to the altitude before you actually start hiking! By biggest tip would be blister plasters though! It doesn't matter how comfy your shoes are for normal hiking, that many staircases means blisters - prevention's better than having to hike 2 more days with blisters...
8 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Great tip! It's these things that turn an "okay" adventure into a "great" adventure.
8 years ago
boncarter
boncarter Hey I'm planning a 10 day trip to central america this august 13th-22nd and am looking for a few travel buddies.
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 8 years ago
Meg
Meg Hey, I'm already in Guatemala but am around for a few months. Not sure exactly where I'll be in Central America, but travelling alone and always good to meet up with new people!
8 years ago
boncarter
boncarter Hey, I will definitely keep that in mind! I'm still deciding whether or not I can afford this trip, but if I do end up going I will contact you!
8 years ago
Mira
Mira Hola, I am planning a trip to Argentina next year starting in Buenos Aires. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has been there or is planning on going. I am learning to speak Spanish which I've been informed is a must. I'm planning to stay for a month. Looking to go during the Argentine spring or fall. Mira
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 8 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Hey Mira, I'm learning French at the moment and just found a site called LiveMocha.com. Looks good. I've done a few courses. But I think the real value with be talking with locals.
8 years ago
mtlmike
mtlmike Argentina is wonderful. Went to Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chalten, Puerto Madryn, Salta, and Mendoza regions. If any of that interests you, let me know and I'll give my thoughts on it concerning what I liked or didn't like. By the way, you'll love it!
8 years ago
Mira

Mira Hello to comehikewithmike and mtlmike.

I appreciate your comments and suggestions.

mtlmike, I am still pouring through lonely planet and other guides mainly focused on areas to stay, how to rent a place, guest houses, etc. Any advise on BA would be helpful. I would prefer a quite barrio to stay in. I am more into cafes, parks, walking, art galleries, tango, plus I am vegetarian. I'd be interested in knowing what you did not like. Did you spend any time in Palermo? I'm not sure of the other places you mentioned although the Mendoza region appeals, as well as El Calafate. Iguazu Falls is also on the list.
I've been told that it is best to go during the Argentine spring or fall and to avoid summer.

8 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Mira. We just arrived in Montreal and were able to rent an apartment within three days. It was good to stay in a hostel and check out the different areas of the city before settling on a place. It turns out our first hostel was in the worst part of town, so it paid to arrive before choosing longer term accomm. Interesting wat you say about summer too, since we were planning to go then. hmmm.
8 years ago
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