When it comes to Argentina, Andrea has the answers. While stylish Buenos Aires is her home base, she’s trekked through Patagonia, ridden with gauchos, sipped wine in Mendoza… and everything in between.
Since moving to Santiago eight years ago, Eileen has sat with huasos at a rodeo in Futaleúfu, eaten chancho en piedra near the river in Talca and bought olives in Punta de Choros. As a travel writer, she dispenses advice for a living, so feel free to ask a question!
Favorite beach town: Pichilemu
Best hiking near Santiago: Parque Mahuida, or Aguas de San Ramón
Favorite spot for lunch in the Vega Chica: Tía Ruth’s
Best place to buy souvenirs in Santiago: Pueblo Los Dominicos
A Lima native, Karina eats Peruvian adventure for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A travel guide in the Amazon and elsewhere, she loves helping people discover and appreciate what makes Peru, Peru.
Favorite Amazonian flower: lobster claw (heliconia rostrata)
Favorite type of ceviche: sea urchin
Favorite place to surf: Los Organos
Co-author of Lonely Planet’s Brazil guide and coordinating author of the Brazil section of South America on a Shoestring guide, Kevin has–not surprisingly–traveled extensively across Brazil. He learned to dive in Fernando de Noronha, sought after the perfect moqueca from Espírito Santo to Bahia and swam with pink dolphins in the Amazon.
Favorite São Paulo Restaurant: Maní
Favorite Beach: Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
Favorite Bar Snack: Coxinhas at Bar Veloso, São Paulo
Favorite Ecotourism Destination: Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul
Lance Andrew Brashear
Having lived in Quito since 2003, Lance knows Ecuador inside and out, from the jungle to the coast to the Galapagos. When he’s not out there exploring, he’s relishing the joy of being a husband and dad.
Favorite place to get lost: Quito historical district
Favorite museum: City Museum in old town
Favorite Galapagos animal: Blue-footed boobie
Hi Steve. May is a very good time to visit Peru since it’s not as cold. In August, temperature can fall below zero. Cuzco is very warm and sunny during the day so don’t forget to bring a sunscreen. You can wear a T-shirt and shorts, but I would recommend pants that zip-convert into shorts. At night, temperature can drop down to 7 C (44 degrees F). Machu Picchu is located about four hours away from Cusco in the Cloud Forest (a very humid environment). I suggest you bring plenty of water with you to avoid dehydration.
I recommend you visit Santiago Queirolo winery, located around 30 minutes south of Lima in Pachacamac. Their walking tour includes visit to the winery, where you will see old and new ways of producing wine in pisco. For more info you can call +51.1.4631008 or visit their website. Queirolo also owns a historical bar “Antigua Taberna Queirolo”, located in the traditional district of Lima called Pueblo Libre. There you can try their piscos and have a typical creole lunch. For more info please click here.
Airport Departure Tax is already included in the price of a LAN flight ticket.
You don’t have to go back to Lima. You need to travel to Tacna, a city located on the border with Chile. The only way to get to Tacna is by car. Roads have recently been paved so they are in a really good condition. I recommend you to hire a private car with the driver. Edgar Advantures in Puno is very good. It is more comfortable than taking a bus and you can also take photos along the way. Once you arrive to Tacna, take a public car called “colectivo” to drive you across the border to Arica. The ride will take approx. 1 hour or 56 km.
You have daily flights from Cuzco to Cajamarca with a one stopover in Lima, but if you have bought a ticket from Cuzco to Lima than I to recommend you to buy Cuzco-Lima and Lima-Cajamarca round-trip. One way flights are more expensive than round-trips.
Honestly, I think you need more time. You might be able to make it if the flight from Lima to Arequipa doesn’t have any delays. However, if your flight has a delay because of the bad weather or some other reasons, than you might miss your flight to LA. The recommended arrival time at the airport prior to departure of international flights is 3 hours. I recommend you to find an earlier flight to Lima or fly a day before to avoid any problems.
Hi Cristina! If you like dancing and live music, I recommend you to visit Salsa King. It is located in Barranco District, Lima. They often host Cuban salsa events with live orchestra. The great thing about this club or rumba bar is that it is opened on Sunday, which is not very common in Lima. You can look up their upcoming events here. If you are in Cusco, the best place to dance salsa is Mama Africa located in the Plaza de Armas. You can learn more about it here.
I suggest you go to La Bodega Verde. It is located in the bohemian district of Barranco next to the Pacific Ocean. “La Bodega”, as locals call it, offers a huge variety of teas as well as deserts in a beautiful garden. There is wi-fi, books, and games if you want to spend a nice afternoon. You can find more details on their Facebook page.