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
This Boston-raised and Chicago-educated journalist never felt so at home as she does in Bogotá. In just over a year, Natalie swam in the jewel-blue Caribbean near Santa Marta, chowed on ceviche in Cartagena, hiked through misty wax palms in Salento, ogled dinosaur fossils in Villa de Leyva and danced salsa into the wee hours in Cali.
Favorite food: Ajíaco
Favorite coffee shop: Juan Valdez Café
Favorite hidden gem: José Celestino Mutis Jardín Botánico in Bogotá
Favorite place to spend all my money: Usaquén Sunday market
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
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
November 2012 Questions
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.
A close alternative to a shuttle bus is a Turbus Aeropuerto or Centropuerto bus to Metro Estación Pajaritos for around US $3 ($1.700 CLP). From there, different bus companies go to Valparaíso for about US $5. As soon as you arrive to the Valparaiso’s bus station you can take a taxi to your apartment or hotel. Coming back, you can take a subway at Metro Estación Pajaritos and drive up to Metro Estación El Golf. W hotel is about six blocks from it. Instead the metro you can choose a taxi service for around US $20 to $30. Another, more expensive option is the private minibus or taxi. It costs around US $180 to $150 ($90,000 – $80,000 CLP).
Can you give us a bit more information please? We´ve done several flight searches on LAN´s site and found many flight options from Iguazu to Lima, Peru, that only require switching planes– not airports– in Buenos Aires. What days and times are you hoping to fly? Please let us know, and hopefully we can find you an option that doesn’t require transferring between Buenos Aires´s two airports. It´s possible to do, but a bit time-consuming, so if we can find you a more direct option, that would be best.
The reciprocity-tax policies in Argentina can be tricky. Officially, according to the U.S. Department of State’s website, only U.S. travelers entering the country at Ezeiza or Jorge Newbery airports (both in Buenos Aires) must pay the entry fee. However, I have heard multiple reports from other travelers who entered by other means — via bus from Chile, for instance — who were charged the tax. I wish I could answer your question with more certainty, but enforcement of the policy here, it seems, is hit and miss.