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    Tips for travelling to varadero

    Well my thoughts on Cuba are the opposite of the other poster! We thought the country was amazing, probably our favourite country in the world - we would definitely move there if they could improve the internet so we could work and the people are amazing! Varadero beach is amazingly gorgeous although the town is the only somewhat soulless place we went to, due to the fact that it is all set up for tourists. It was easy to get a bus to and from Varadero from Havana and we ended up staying longer than we expected as the beach is soooo nice! Every other town/city in Cuba has passion and life and culture and music so it is worth exploring, we spent a month in Cuba total and easily could have stayed longer. almost 7 years ago

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    Hostel in Santa Marta/Tanganga

    We went to the Dreamer one night and it has a pool, the hostels in general are not very cheap in Santa Marta, but those ones are well set up. Also make sure you go to Costeno Beach - it's only 40 minutes away by bus, but such a gorgeous spot! almost 7 years ago

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    The border crossing from Coata Rica to Granada, Nicaragus - is it difficult for non-spanish speakers and is it safe?Thanks,Peter

    We had no problems with any border crossings in Central America. They were all easy, well organised and seemingly safe. almost 7 years ago

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    Do you need a visa to enter Tijuana Mexico from San Diego as a UK visitor?

    You shouldn't need a visa, but you need to make sure you have a US one, if you are heading back to the the US afterwards. Here is a handy website http://www.projectvisa.com/ about 7 years ago

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    In Venezuela, If I buy bolivars in the black market can I exchange those bolivars back to dolars through the legal channel at the airport?

    I would suggest planning your money well so that you don't have much left! You can change Bolivars to USD in banks I believe but you have to prove that you bought them legally. We wrote a post about money for travel in Venezuela: http://fivepointfive.org/venezuela-currency-the-thing-you-must-know-about-money-and-travel-in-venezuela/ As far as the black market is concerned, ask your hostel to recommend someone. We got 1-7 from one guy and 1-9 from another. It pays to know what you should get before you buy them about 7 years ago

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    Party and beaches in Venezuela?

    We stayed in Puerto Colombia (Chorini) for a week and the beaches are lovely although they had a fair bit of rubbish where people camp. We didn't go to any parties in Merida or Caracas but I sure you will find them! Merida is a gorgeous place to visit in the Andes, fantastic adventure sports and is supposed to be the safest city in Venezuela. We stayed in Merida for 3 weeks - a very nice place :) about 7 years ago

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    Is there a trail or road you can take to Machu Picchu instead of Inca Trail or the train?

    The jungle trek includes a day of excellent downhill biking from the snow to the jungle. But the other two days are trekking. about 7 years ago

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    Regarding Lima Peru to Cuzco. Planning on using credit card for hostel/hotel, bus/airfare, train to macchu pichu...

    If you are planning to use your credit card I suggest booking ahead - you will probably pay more and will have far fewer choices than if you use cash, but at least you can ensure that you will get places to stay! Most budget places accept cash only in South America, however Cusco is more suited to short term travellers and more places will accept credit cards there, than anywhere else. You can pay for long distance buses by credit card, if you are planning to go from Lima to Cusco - the fancy buses like Cruz Del Sur will let you buy from their website. I find it pays to have at least two credit cards and cards from two different banks. Because sometimes things just don't work! This goes for cash cards as well. But again the leg you are doing is the most commercial and set up for tourists. about 7 years ago