Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

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    Helllllo! I'm planning a trip to South America in May 2014 for 4 months and might work at a hostel along the way. Any suggestions or advice?

    That's going to be a hell of a lot of travelling. Maybe a little too much in my opinion. To get down to Patagonia takes more time than you'd expect. But where there's a will there's a way. I spent 3 weeks in Columbia as well. Think that's a decent amount of time, but if you want to do as much as you are planning, I'd do 2 weeks there and have a week extra at least in Peru. You haven't mentioned Taganga, Columbia. I think that's well worth a visit, probably more so than Cali. One of the best things I did was take a 3 day cruise down the amazon on a cargo ship from Yurimaguas to Iquitos (the largest city in the world that is unreachable by land). This is a good place to experience the amazon. Then maybe fly to Lima or Cuzco from here. Buses in many parts of Peru are unreliable and time consuming. La Paz would be a good place maybe to work in a hostel. Loki or Wild Rover are unreal. They have the same in Cuzo so maybe work here instead. Big party atmosphere! Inca trail needs to be booked at least 3 months in advance and will be one of the best things you ever do. So please book it now!!!!!! San Pedro prison is off limits now, even taking photos from the outside are forbidden. Guards will delete them from your camera. The death road is still there though, and well worth doing. If you chose not to take my advice on Iquitos. Then another way to see the amazon, is to go to Rurrenabaque in Bolivia and do a Pampas Tour. Really good fun and cheaper than a similar tour in Peru or Brazil. It's 3 days 2 nights staying in a lodge and cruising about in a little boat with a local guide in the middle of the Bolivian amazon basin. It includes swimming with dolphins, fishing piranha, searching for anaconda during the day and alligators by night. Epic. Argentina. Buenos Aires in particular is amazing. You could probably spend at least 2 weeks here and do see everything. Patagonia is beautiful but so vast. Maybe consider a few flights in this neck of the woods, coz your going to be running out of time and probably a bit over the buses by this point. I'd give cordoba a miss and do Mendoza instead. Beautiful wine country. Iguana simply breath taking. Argentinian side is better. over 6 years ago

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    Helllllo! I'm planning a trip to South America in May 2014 for 4 months and might work at a hostel along the way. Any suggestions or advice?

    Chile is nice. But I think is a bit overpriced you can do anything there in a neighbouring country for cheaper. Brazil I can't help you with. I was running out of cash so I had to give it a miss. I hope this is of use. Let us know if you need any more advice. over 6 years ago

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    Peru - Machu piccho ticket

    I think you will need to buy an additional ticket. I can't see them allowing you to enter again the following day. If you are trekking the inka trail, then you will be arriving at Machu Picchu on the 4th day, not long after sunrise, so you will have pretty much a full day there anyway. It's an incredibly amazing place, but I dunno if you need to spend 2 days there. about 6 years ago