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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2017
PETITION TO SAVE VT - Please, if you have found VT helpful, sign

Found this petition that is going around on line asking for 96 more signatures. I've signed it and hope any other member that is also on fb will sign it and share it on fb as well. When signed, it will be forwarded to Kaufer:

Petition here: 

In short it reads: For nearly 18 years VirtualTourist.com has served as our home for sharing our travel adventures and advice, and for connecting with other travelers. TripAdvisor, which owns the website, has said it will close the doors on VT in February and delete millions of tips, reviews, photos and videos from the site. Many of us have used VT as a way to preserve our experiences to share with our friends, our children, our grandchildren and other travelers. We believe there is a way for Trip Advisor to keep our content. Simply keep the member pages, which we know are not indexed by google, turn off the travel guides and forums, and freeze new postings and new memberships but please let us keep and preserve our memories…many of which have been well over a decade in the making! We would even be open to paying a small fee to have our pages saved as part of this library! Steve Kaufer, we implore you to please reconsider deleting decades of memories from existence and keeping our pages intact!! Thank you for your consideration! This petition will be delivered to: Tripadvisor Steve Kaufer



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2016
Route for Brazil  (1 Answer)

Hello travel friends,
I just decided to go to Brazil after Argentina. I will cross the border at the Iguazu Falls. I think I have like 3-4 weeks for travelling up to Rio for catching a flight there.
I dont know much about things in Brazil, because its a spontanious decision now. So it would be really great if you could help me with my travel route and things to do in Brazil.
I'm on a tight budget and I really want beach time.
Any ideas are welcome, thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2016
Ports recommendations  (7 Answers)

Hi everybody!!
I hope you can help us with the you-can't-miss things of the trip my son and I are about to begin.
We sail in a cruise on March 27th, but it's the first time we go under the Ecuador!, but our main problem is that we have already reviewed the ports' must-see but most or all of them are about ecotourism, but most of the things we like to do are cultural stuff, e.g. museums, theaters monuments, etc.
We visit:
Buzios, Ilha Grande, Ushuaia, Stanley, Punta arenas, Puerto Chacabucho, Puerto Madryn, Punta del Este, Puerto Montt & Valparaíso, also we are staying two nights in Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago, and we are docking in Santos, so It´s with a visit to Sao Paulo??

Please help us, because we literally have no clue what to do!!

Thanks SOO much!!!

Victoria


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2016
What Can I do???  (21 Answers)

Hi everybody!!
I hope you can help us with the you-can't-miss things of the trip my son and I are about to begin.
We sail in a cruise on March 27th, but it's the first time we go under the Ecuador!, so we have absolutely no idea what airline should we book, So please help us!!
But our main problem is that we have already reviewed the ports' must-see but most or all of them are about ecotourism, but most of the things we like to do are cultural stuff, e.g. museums, theaters monuments, etc.
We visit:
Buzios, Ilha Grande, Ushuaia, Stanley, Punta arenas, Puerto Chacabucho, Puerto Madryn, Punta del Este, Puerto Montt & Valparaíso, also we are staying two nights in Rio, Buenos Aires and Santiago, and we are docking in Santos, so It´s with a visit to Sao Paulo??

Please help us, because we literally have no clue what to do!!

Thanks SOO much!!!

Victoria


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2016
6 months is south america  (11 Answers)

Hey all,

I am currently looking into spending 6 months or more in South America hopefully starting in Columbia Woking my way down and back up to Brazil, I want to do as much as I can.

I would be flying out of Sydney. Where would be the easiest and cheapest place to fly to?. I have Been looking at all the different things there is to do in each country and there's so much to do and I want to try and get as much as I can done can anyone tell me of what they have done and point me in the right direction of what to do.

I would like to do a fair bit of surfing whilst I was over there aswell. Want to go to the Amazon. It's endless haha

Looking at leaving September time and would love to make it to carnivale
Thank you as much input would be greatly appreciated. On what to do and what not to do thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2016
Best Amazon Jungle Trek  (2 Answers)

My wife and I and our 3 boys (12yrs & 14yrs) will be in South America in January. We are looking to experience an authentic jungle trek, away from inhabitants. We did a camping trek way back in the 90's in Peru. Looking to replicate this but in a bit more comfort this time. Doesnt matter which country can anyone advise on what they consider the best jungle / Amazon experience.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2016
Chile, Bolivia, Peru  (1 Answer)

Hi Planning a trip from Santiago, Chile through to Bolivia and than onto Peru.

Need to know if I can hire a car from Uyuni, Bolivia and drop off in La Paz on my way through???

Regards
Max


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2016
Zika Virus  (8 Answers)

We are travelling to South America soon, I've done my research about the zika virus and can't find more informations about it. I know we have to protect ourselves from mosquito, so mosquito repellent is essential. I always carrying repellent in my bag wherever I go. Has anyone been to South America recently like Ecuador or Chile, how is the zika virus over there? Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2016
rio dijanero  (2 Answers)

Staying in Rio during the 2016 Olympics can you please advise what areas to stay in?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2016
Two weeks in SA  (1 Answer)

Hey folks. Booked rewards travel for the end of May. The only thing certain is that i'm flying into Rio de Janeiro and leaving from Lima two weeks later. I don't really feel like spending too much time in airports or in transit for that matter. So I'm thinking about 4 or so days in Brazil, maybe Buenos Aires or Santiago, then Cusco (maybe hike Inca Trail) and a couple days in Lima before returning home.

I know there's a ton of things to do and there was a time when I'd hope from city to city every couple of days but I feel like I'd like to savor my surroundings even more. Does Rio, BA, Cusco, Lima sound like a good plan?

Cheers!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2016
Santiago - Lima - Machu Picchu - Iguazu Falls - Manaus/Amazon - Rio  (2 Answers)

Hi,

I am currently looking at an itinerary to tick off these major stops in South America, flying in and out of Santiago to Sydney.

They don't have to be in any particular order, the most trouble I seem to be having is finding the best way to include Manaus/Amazon rainforest/river experience.

Any tips?

Thanks, Glen!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2015
connection times  (10 Answers)

I'm sure this has been asked a few times, but anyway...

I want to book flights from Ushuaia, Argentina to Marrakech, Morocco which will involve at least three flights or more and it seems far cheaper to book independantly flight-by-flight than the entire route through one agent. Of course, this means if I miss a flight it will be no one's fault but mine. How much time would you consider as a safe buffer between flights to allow for possible delays etc if it were you? I know there's no right or wrong answer to this, but an opinion would be very helpful

Many thanks
Chris


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2015
Packing tips

Will be heading there in March next year and will be spending 3 nights and 4 days in the Amazon so if you've been there and done that I'd be very interested in some feedback - especially when it comes to clothing (female). Don't want to take too much but don't want to be unprepared. Thank you kindly. Brenda


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2015
Best way to travel by bus from Santiago to Argentina east coast

I want to discover the southern part of South America and would like to both see the big cities Santiago and Buenos Aires.

My plan is to fly to Santiago (from Sweden) and then take the bus south and make a few stops and then continue to Puerto Madryn at the east coast of Argentina, with a sleepover in the central parts of Argentina. Where in Chile is the best way to make a stop and change bus to go east in to Argentina? I'm thinking somwhere nere Pucón or mabye a bigger city where you can stay a few days and explore the culture and nature. I will travel for two or threee weeks in January. 

My plan is: Santiago/Valparaiso - going south in Chile - going east to Puerto Madryn/Valdes for a few days - going north to Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.

Any suggestions is helpful! Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2015
Private adventure, expedition or non profit roadtrips  (3 Answers)

I prefer not to travel solo, but the options are few - if you don't want to travel with a mainstream tour operator and pay a fortune. Or travel with Geckos, Gadventures or Intrepid and get stuck with 20 year old party animals :)

I'm 36 and I like roadtrips or roundtrips - where the journey itself is the goal. I want to get to know a country in depth and experience the local culture, rather than laying on a beach. Which part of the world is almost irrelevant, I live in Sweden and want to see most of the world. Especially small and unknown countries and places.

Do you know any similar private travel operators like /mongol-rally ?
Or similar to the Swedish expeditions: or /expeditionsforum/forum.ph

The three Swedish examples I posted above is private journeys by jeeps or military jeeps through different countries. Every one can pay a resonable fee and join the trip as a passenger or a driver. They live in tents on the jeep (!) and inside the vehichles, cook their own food outside and don't have an exact schedule except start date and date of arrival. It's an adventure!

Do you know anything similar? Or just a website where I can find organized private journeys. There are a lot of websites where I can find single travel buddy, but that is not what I'm looking for.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2015
Any cheaper means of air-ticket booking for Chile and Bolivia  (3 Answers)

May I know if there is any means have a cheaper/ discount prices for air-tickets for the following, I can book them in one go (e.g. any agents or web codes etc), I have checked on the official page of LAN, the price is the same whether I book them together or separately. Thanks a lot!
1. Santiago to La Paz

2. Calama to Santiago
3. Santiago > Easter Island


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2015
Cloth to pack  (1 Answer)

What cloth to bring on Dec 4-16/15 to Brazil, Chile and Argentina

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2015
Hiking group to Patagonia

Hi all, I am planning a trip to hike The 'Big W' Trek (west to east) Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile. I am looking for like minded people who'd possibly want to meet up and go. I am planning on leaving at the end of february 2016. Please let me know if you're interested.
Thank you,
Stephen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2015
Best Monts to Visit South America - Weather

Looking at taking a 18 day South America tour during 2016. Destinations included:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5 or 6 nights ( includes 2 days pre tour)
Iguazu Falls, Argentina 2 nights (arrive by air)
Buenos Aires 3 nights (arrive by air)
Lima, Peru 3 nights (arrive by air)
Cuzco 3 nights (arrive by air)
Puno 2 nights

June or July or early August would suit us best, however we can travel any month either side. Will have a round the world ticket (from Perth Australia) and intend to also visit Europe & UK which we have visited many times. The important thing is to visit South America during the better weather


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2015
Salt Lake Tour: San Pedro Atacama (Chile) to Uyuni (Bolivia) - 3D/2N 4WD tour  (3 Answers)

Need a reliable Tour company with 4 Wheel drive with driver / English guide
Four of us (family) are planning to book a tour of the salt lakes early November 2015. There a large number of warnings about bad 4 wheel drivers that break down, drunk drivers on Trip advisor. Does anyone know of reliable tour companies that start from San Pedro A. , Chile ending in Uyuni, Bolivia (the other end of the salt lake)?

Also any suggestions for a nights accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama (the night before we start the trip).
Almost all on Trip Advisor advise this is a 'must do' trip!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2015
whats the best way to get to bariloche, patagonia from sao paulo?  (1 Answer)

I fly to sao paulo at the end of august and want to get straight down to Patagonia. I'm on no time schedule.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2015
What Western items to bring on 1+ year backpacking  (11 Answers)

Hi all. Feedback wanted.

I'm getting readying to head off travelling for a few years and would really value feedback / suggestions on what to pack. I'm going to use a single thread with 2 posts, the 2nd of which contains actual draft.

Everybody's reasons for travelling are different so I would asked you to be mindful of this while also been mindful of the fact that while I will be travelling for a few years I feel that I need to get the basic things (items not always available in 3rd world countries) I am likely to need say 12 months down the line (I'm not planning to return home on vacation). For example I'm likely to be in very remote and 3rd world places.

I've also given some thought to postponing getting 'western' items until I get to Colombia were I could them order them online. However many of the things on my list I feel I'd like to see in person before buying them. But feel free to put a comment beside any such as 'could be postponed till later'.

I'm starting my travels with a 10 silent mediation retreat. So nothing needed for this apart from changes of cloths.
Then going to Houston for 3 days to do the tourist thing. Again nothing needed except cloths.
Then on to Belize for 40 days for a proper holiday.
First 10 days will be doing tourist things so only need sun cloths, etc.
Next 10 days will be spent on a remote paradise Island. Food will be provided. Will stock up on toilet roll, sun creams, etc before going.
Then 10 days in the remote jungle i.e. living with local inhabitants - very basic living. This will include a 5 day trek/sleeping on the jungle floor. So clean water and bug protection will be key.
Then approx 10 days in hostel's seeing other sights, sleeping in caves, jumping into river pools, etc. So nothing excessive needed.

After that I plan to spend 4-6 months learning Spanish in a very modern city in Colombia. So nothing needed here.

After this my travelling proper will start. I will take one of two routes. Either backpack Central and South America OR spend 1/2/3 years in Very remote parts of the Amazon rain forest working with plant medicine. I'm leaning towards the latter.

I can assure you that I am not approaching this lightly. For 2 years now I've been working my way thoroughly threw detailed preparations such as having a FULL medical examination as well as interlocking with some trusted psychologists and psychotherapists re alone ness, been away from family, what if my backpack got lost, etc.

So if your still with me! I'm looking for feedback / help on what to pack. Of course my needs and circumstances will change during this time e.g. I will no longer need stuff e.g. English books, etc.

The only electronic's I will bring are my small USB chargeable mp3 player, a compact USB chargeable camera and a wind up radio/torch which can also be used to charge USB devices. Not bringing phone, laptop, tablet, go-pro, etc. To be honest I can even do with these and after a while I probably will. e.g. replace this will learning guitar while in Colombia, etc.

Please see next post for actual draft.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2015
What are the best nightlife spots in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 2015?

What are the best nightlife spots in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 2015?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2015
Guide Book Recomendations  (9 Answers)

Hey Guys,
I will Be travelling to the above countries late August for 2 months. Curious to know What preference people have for a guide book.I have always used lonely Planet in the past. I see there is South America On a shoe String in both "Rough Guides" And "Lonely Planet" but Would I be better off Getting Separate books for each country.

Thank You
Ferg


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2015
Couple more Questions before I book :)  (6 Answers)

My Previous Post:

Thank you so much everyone especially “the Dutchman” for replying. The reason I didn’t Respond was I still had to make up my mind up (In particular to the route and the €1400plane tickets) So I put a lot more thought into it and will hold off my trip until August-September for financial reasons also. Would Budgeting at €1500 a month as a backpacker style trip be a reasonable budget?

My Plan Now is still to start in Lima and travel to Bolivia the change being Instead of Chile or Argentina to then cross into western Brazil and to fly out from Rio.Looks Daunting but If I planned it as 3 weeks in Peru and 3 Weeks in Bolivia then Surely I could make it to Rio in 2 weeks and get a very brief glimpse of Brazil on the way.

I know that Brazil is much more expensive. I would be nervous about crime and In Bolivia the Altitude sickness and Bus Journeys.Instinctivley It feels right. I like the idea of Going across the continent. My main Bulk of Money Tour wise I imagine would be in Bolivia where I want to see the salt flats and a couple of other tours. I have not read up to much about Brazil. What do you guys think In terms of is this doable by public transport from Lima to Rio in 2 months or is it too much.

I guess I am looking for that bit of reassurance before I book anything as I don’t know anyone who has been there so I have no one to bounce ideas off. I really like this Idea but am just holding off on the tickets until I know it is realistic if that makes sense also im a but Nervous lmao. Thank You Guys

Ferg


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2015
2 Months (May-June) Peru Bolivia and .....  (5 Answers)

Hey Guys,

This Seems a Ridiculously broad post but I have to get started somewhere.I have been researching and feel completly overwhelmed trying to tackle all the info and would love to hear an experienced travelers point of view regarding in particular a travel route. I really want to do this trip but i have lots of anxieties as it is new for me. I wanted to book my flights in the next week or 2.

Just A few Questions I Hope someone might please be able to point me in the right direction on. I am Planning on Going to South America for 2 months in May 2015.I Will Be travelling on my own and a bit nervous as I have not done much travel before and its quite overwhelming organizing it. I would like to see a mix of things but mainly culture and the people.

I Would Like to Travel Using Public transport rather than flying and also on a budget. I would be flying into Peru and I would Like to see Bolivia and then one more country. It is so hard to choose. It’s a toss up between Argentina Or Chile. Making my way to Either Buenos Aires Or Santiago for the flight home.My Gut is telling me Argentina from Bolivia but again unsure if it is best as I don't know what would be the best destinations to stop off on the route from Bolivia (It's So Big) to Buenos aires.

From what I gather Chile Is Slightly more Expensive and not as many stand out sights north of Santiago asides the Desert (South Would Not have the time I imagine) As for Argentina Again Judging by the sheer size of the country anything south of Buenos Aires wouldn’t be feasible but Iquasu Falls Looks class. Which Of the 2 Would be be easier to travel too from Bolivia

Whats appealing to me most is to see the Salt Flats and Yungus Road and La Paz in Bolivia. Other than that Id settle for just authentic experiences with the people not one for ticking all the boxes and that. In Peru a Few of the main sights But Machu picchu wouldn’t be my cup of tea.

I’m not sure how to budget my time. If you were to Visit these three countries how would you or did you do it. Guys thanks so much for even reading this and any Response would be hugely appreciated.Sorry For the Long Post.

Thanking you
Fergal


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2014
Can help to suggest good local tour operator  (2 Answers)

I am a senior lady travel alone to south America.
I reached Sau Paulo on 1Dec in evening and have a flight out from Sau paulo on 15Dec.
3 places i like to visit
a, Christ the Redemer
b. Iaguza falls
c. Sau Paulo.

I was warned that there are gang robbery and gang rap in South America.
Hence i was thinking of getting a good reliable tour that bring me around the places.

Could anyone suggest a local and reliable tour ,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2014
Advice, tips and guidance  (4 Answers)

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 from anyone who's been travelling in South and Central America. As we're Welsh speakers, we're definitely going to the Welsh colony in Patagonia, so that's a definite. As for everything else...we're free to do whatever!

What routes would you advise or advise against? Which destinations would you recommend? Are there any places to eat, swimming holes, beauty spots? We want memorable places you didn't expect to encounter that were unforgettable. We'd like to know everything that anyone has to recommend - just that you've been there and can share your experience with us. Even if it's advise not to miss a certain city, or to try and go to this one specific town. We want to experience as much culture, nature and as much variation as we can.

Thanks :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2014
How much money  (8 Answers)

If I went for 2 months how much money would I need if I was to stay at youth hostel accommodation?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2014
Buenos Aires and Galopogos Cruise  (3 Answers)

Thinking of taking a two week vacation to these destinations in February from Philadelphia. Would appreciate advice and coments on feasibility, costs and weather.



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