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As so often with 'why' questions about prices, it is what the people are preparing to pay and what the companies can offer their services for. Part of the equation will be the taxes. Part lack of competition. And likely there will be no cheaper alternatives by other transport that are enough competition for the airlines to lower their prices. In Europe, ...


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It is more like air kissing than cheek kissing here in South America and pretty much all over Central America too. You basically put your cheek against the one you are greeting and kiss. Only one kiss and we usually go for the left side, meaning each one has their head to the left of the other with the right cheeks touching. In social situations, even if ...


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I'm afraid you can stop hoping, because with current airplane technology, direct flights between East or Southeast Asia and South America are effectively impossible. The maximum practical range of today's best planes hovers around 8,000 nautical miles. The longest flight ever flown commercially anywhere was Singapore Airlines' Singapore-Newark service at ...


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No. Wikipedia has a page on rail transport in Central America with an overview of the situation in each country. The Man in Seat 61 also has a page about Central and South America (though it does look somewhat incomplete, at least for South America). Overall, each country has, or doesn't have, its own network. There is currently no railway crossing any ...


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Besides marinas there are several websites/forums you can search: Sailnet Cruisers Forum There are also “professional” websites that list ads like: Crew Seekers Find a crew Some of the websites require that you pay a fee. Anyway, as I commented before you may be required to have skills. Nevertheless make sure that the crew (and the captain) are also ...


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The precise answer is local law specific, but in general, you cannot work while on a tourist/business visa or visa waiver. There are outlying exceptions, but they wouldn't cover running a business. Enforcement varies by country (and some may be happy to have you there spending money, even if its not entirley within the rules), but you are running the risk of ...


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Although there is such a thing as a cruise ferry, they are not equipped for the rough conditions and long distances of transoceanic voyages. I do not think Cunard is set up to accept your car as checked baggage, though it might be possible to arrange freighter travel with your car, if you are flexible enough. You can ship your car separately, of course. You ...


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I would like to add to @Willeke's answer by questioning your initial premise: This makes the whole trip to these otherwise cheap countries no longer attractive cost-wise, and I feel it is even more expensive than traveling around Western Europe for 3+ months. You presume that being a cheap country means air tickets must also be cheaper. To analyse that, ...


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Is going via Australia or New Zealand not an option? Qantas 27 runs direct from Sydney to Santiago, Chile every other day, while LAN Chile 800 runs the same route daily with an intermediate stop in Auckland, NZ. There's also Air New Zealand 30 that flies from Auckland to Buenos Aires, Argentina, but it's Fri-Sun-Tues only.


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My guess is that you have a mix of two problems: the airline you choose and the prices policy. For me, as a Chilean, a round trip from Santiago (Chile) to Montevideo (Uruguay) cost around USD 130, tax included. Try to use a VPN service, the browser in guest/private mode, and get a quote from a low cost


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First the general route to get to Europe over South America with sails: You start at the East or North Coast, move over the West Indies, go north to the USA, move northeast with the Gulf Stream and if you get far enough to the north, you have wind from the west and you can cross the Atlantic. Now you are in Chile and this is really the absolutely worst ...


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Yes, this is allowed for EU passport holders depending on how long you spend outside of Brazil in between visits, and how long your visits last. Exception: this regulation does not apply to citizens of Croatia, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom and Ireland. As seen on their website Brazil allows: The 90-day period begins on the date of first entry and will ...


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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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It's a valid question (assuming your interest is genuine). South African nationals were non-visa nationals up to 2012, meaning they could arrive and seek leave to enter just like Australians, Canadians, and so on. But starting in about 2006, the Home Office determined that there were grave performance issues and asked Parliament to add South Africa to the ...


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To the best of my knowledge it's not. The passenger train service in Mexico doesn't seem to have long distance trains and in the United States you can get to the Mexican border in El Paso or San Diego but you never actually cross it in a train. So your trip is going to be cut short long before you get to the Darien Gap.


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I don't know if you can get cheaper insurance in Ecuador, but there are many potential problems with this plan. It's very unlikely that travel insurance in Ecuador will pay to fly you back to the USA in the event of you becoming seriously ill, or fly your body back to the USA if you die. Either of those things would be extremely expensive. As I recall, the ...


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It doesn't get much more impartial or authoritative than the World Health Organisation (WHO), and they keep clearly written, regularly updated pages on Zika. For travel, I recommend their excellent Q&A document. In particular, note they don't advise against travel: To protect against Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, everyone should avoid ...


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I would imagine the answer here would be country-specific, but it seems that in most countries the immigration rules are not friendly to remote workers, and you do indeed need a work visa if you want to follow the letter of the law. For example, I know this could be a problem in the USA, Japan and Thailand. In Thailand, I even heard of a co-working space ...


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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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Lock type (3) sounds like a 'deadlocking nightlatch'. Common in Britain, where I live, the one described here costs 20 GB pounds. From the maker's website Advantages: You can lock or disable the handle from working inside, this is useful if nobody is in the property. If someone smashes the glass (if it has glass) they can’t unlock the door. It also ...


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The Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) was created by Article XIII of the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic, signed in 1943 by 21(?) countries in North, Central & South America. As such, it pre-dates both the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic which implemented the more ...


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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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Looking at it the other way around, these are excellent prices and the ones you mention for Asia are insanely cheap! The main guess would be density of population. We have the same issue within Canada flying from one province to the other. It is extremely expensive and frustrating that domestic flights can cost a significant amount more than international ...


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I live here in Bolivia (Tarija). First of all you should never fly into La Paz. Santa Cruz is the better option as they are less likely to steal your stuff when you go through customs. As far as staying in the airport, if you are not waiting for a layover then by all means take a taxi to your hotel. I would suggest that you have your hotel pick you up as ...


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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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