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As someone who travelled a lot and stayed in many hostels let me say I also saw similar behaviour in many places, not only hostels but also on buses and at tourist sites. This is not limited to South America, but also happens in South East Asia and India. When speaking to Israelis who travel alone and are usually a little bit older they confirmed my ...


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I am a frequent and addict traveler, I live in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The best, and perhaps the only site that you can search and buy, cheap flight and hotels, is called DESPEGAR (something like Expedía, Orbits etc.). (And if you go to the bottom of the page, you can find the links for other countries in Latin America) In most of them the costs are shown ...


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The safest approach to arrive in any city is to arrange for your hotel to pick up you, meaning there will be a guy with a sign with your name on it waiting for you right outside Customs. Just give them a ring and ask about "airport transfer" or "airport shuttle service". The obvious downside is that this is usually expensive, often 2-4x the cost of a taxi. ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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There a ferry mentioned on the Rome2Rio site which also mentioned that the tickets for the ferry can be bought on Pier1TT, which appears to be in the process of upgrading, so they give a phone number to call.


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From the quick Google search you can buy Antivenom from Red Cross, or you can look at Survivalist Boards thread on the same subject, which lists quite a few others including Emidicinehealth.


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South America is BIG! A generic answer is difficult to give. I have traveled in both Chile and Brazil without any reservations. Having either a hamock and/or tent was sufficient. I tend to travel unprepared by default. That is the fun of traveling in my opinion. But I take the risk that I will have some frustrating days, looking for accommodation. ...


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Yes, it is definitely possible to insure cash theft within a travel insurance policy. I would recommend however that you minimize the cash you have on you, and document clearly your cash flow through receipts from banks, money exchanges and ATMs to prove that you had the cash on you. Regarding the express kidnapping, there are insurance policies existing ...


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You have quite some angles to your question. You can insure cash, but not all of these solutions would cover you in case you are "kidnapped". There are of course the Traveler cheques I used them a lot before internet cafe's started to be default at almost any touristic location. I haven't used them for while due the hefty fees involved using them. A quick ...


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First, I'm going to offer a generic solution that I still think will solve your problem. There are a couple of paid services, Flightfox and Darjeelin (there's a referral link in my profile). You pay a small amount, set a price you want to beat, and their experts will find you something cheaper. If they can't, you lose nothing (I've had them fail once and I ...


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When i flew in, to and from South America to Europe i used a combination of Skyscanner.net and looking up individual airlines. Skyscanner forwards you to the airline's website once you have found the flight that you want to know more details about. Once you visit the airline website, try to view the airline websites in Spanish, sometimes you will get a ...


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Sort of. If you use the multipurpose RometoRio site to search for routes between those two cities, you can see that there's a bus that takes 3 hours, with a link to sol del paraguay to buy it. However, it is in Spanish. If you have Google Chrome, however, there's usually a popup 'translate this page' option which will try and convert it into English onthe ...


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I was able to phone the ferry agency. A one-way ticket is about 6,500 Bolivares Fuertes (including taxes) (USD $1,035, EUR €755). Round-trip has a cost of about 13,000 Bolivares Fuertes. (USD $2,070, EUR €1,515) But a flight (for example from Margarita Island) is much cheaper. A Round-trip from Margarita Island to Port of Spain is about 5,000 Bolivares ...


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I hope someone with direct experience can give you some information. After a quick google, I'd say that I'd feel somewhat comfortable (as a guy) taking a reputable-looking cab from the airport directly to a hotel at 3:30am or whenever your flight lands and you get your stuff. I have a pretty good sense for who to trust and have avoided being robbed a ...


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South America is a vast continent and it would be easier to enumerate the places that are dangerous than those that are safe. It is true that violent crimes are more common than elsewhere but the majority of the continent is safe. Crime rarely occurs in rural areas and so, even in a country like Ecuador where violence is rampant in many areas of Quito and ...


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I've taken a shot by using the intentional homicide rate (insert Wikipedia disclaimer here) as a proxy and sanity checked it to make sure it aligned with what generally people would assume to be the case. It serves as a pretty good guide: High murder rate (> 20 per 100,000 inhabitents): Belize El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Brazil Panama ...



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