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Vanessa Daniel - that's an awesome trip! I went to Central Asia in 2008 for 2 months and Tajikistan was my favourite place (Kyrgyzstan was close second!). You can find local guides in the Fan Mountains and Pamirs to take you over some of the mountain passes. Although you need a bit of Russian, tajik or pomiri to get by - we found out our poor grasp of Russian meant we'd agreed to scale down the other side of a pass on scree rock / cliff without ropes! It's a popular place for cyclists, although when we were in in Tajikistan most of the roads were unsealed or in really bad condition - except for in the Pamirs because of the trade route (they were in the middle of building sealed roads when we were there, so it's probably fine now). I'll keep an eye on your trip - I'd love to join, but not sure if the dates suit me. :) Vanessa
Some quick tips though:
- I'd stay in San Telmo over Palermo in Buenos aires if you plan to stay for a few days or weeks; it's just a little more traditional and less commercial. You'll love the jazz played on the terraces into the early morning.
- If you're a meat-eater and plan to try the steak, go for the Bife de Lomo if you like a lean cut, or the Bife de Chorizo for a tasty cut (nothing to do with chorizo sausages)
- Bolivia is awesome. The landscapes are gorgeous, the people are friendly, it's a touristy enough that you'll get by with just English, but best of all is the unofficial prison tour!
- See this post for more info on the prison tour: http://globetrooper.com/notes/how-to-get-into-san-pedro-prison-bolivia
- Peru is nice and varied and the people are friendly and of course there's Macchu Picchu. If you want to do the classic trek up and down all of the stairs for 3 days, you should try to book 6 months ahead
- We've written lots about Peru on the blog :)
Anyway, hope it all goes well and let us know if you have any questions.
Rich_Biker hey guys, change of plan, im leaving in 3 weeks!! ferry to hook of holland booked for the 3rd of June. The route has changed a little, mostly the same but its 6000 miles in 2 months, averageing 100miles per day, some big days, some days off.
Really sorry ive been offline for a while, finalists exams and all that jaaaazz. The link belows a long one, takes a few secs to load....