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Jan 5th, 2013, 04:20 PM
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Flying from Bogota to where else in South America?

I am going to Cartagena for a wedding Memorial Day weekend this year. After spending a few days in Bogota before or after, I'd like to fly to somewhere else in South America for about another week. I'm primarily interested in Peru (Macchu Piccu), Brazil (Rio and surrounding beaches) or Buenos Aires... it just seems incredibly expensive to fly to/from Bogota to those places! Any suggestions on how to score cheaper flights or what websites could offer cheaper prices? Or other suggestions which locations would be ideal to go to for that period of time (7-10 days)?

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Jennifer
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Jan 5th, 2013, 05:52 PM
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Try Avianca/Taca. Do you have miles? They should be part of Star Alliance.
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Jan 5th, 2013, 08:21 PM
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Yes I am a star alliance member will check both airlines thanks much

I'm thinking trying to cram macchu piccu/ Lima into a week is too much especially since I want to trek up... Anyone else second that?
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Jan 5th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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If you don't trek it's definitely doable. Unless you have already been at altitude and don't need to acclimate.

but you can also see it at leisure and perhaps do walks up to the Sun Gate, or to Huayna Picchu, or the two day trek (which is really a one day trek). And there are other day walks around the area such as down from Pisac or around Ollantaytambo, as well as other treks that don't require all the permits.
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Jan 5th, 2013, 09:33 PM
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Oh that is very very helpful thank you!
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Jan 5th, 2013, 09:36 PM
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One more: is it possible to do these other treks without paying out of the ass then? One poster who wrote about her trek in may last year said it could USD 515 each to do their trek. Could we do half that?
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Jan 5th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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The day treks you don't need a guide but there is an admission ticket (eg Pisac Ruins). Anything around Cusco tends to be expensive.

Don't know the cost of these other multi day treks such as Salkatanay or Lares, but surely the two day on part of the Inca Trail is less.

There are other parts of Peru worth exploring as well, I recently went to Chachapoyas and the Kuelap ruins are every bit as good as Machu Picchu. There are other day and multiday hikes in that area but it takes a bit more planning and travel time.
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Jan 6th, 2013, 01:04 AM
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We did the Lares to Ollantaytambo trek in 2008, the cost was around $250 pp for two of us on a private trek (although I am sure that prices will have risen since then) our guide was Miguel Jovens whom we met at the SA Explorers Club in Cusco and who comes highly recommended. The he was self employed and not attached to a trekking company so his rates were a lot more reasonable than other operators we tried in Cusco. More details and photos of our trek are on our blog ( entries # 58 & 59)

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...ai/1/tpod.html

The trek is reasonably strenuous and as mlgb points out acclimatisation is essential. If you have 10 days you could easily fit in a few days acclimatisation in say Ollantaytambo and the trek. If you are really into trekking go for it, if not, then as mlgb says there are loads of day walks and sights to visit in the SV which are within easy reach of one another.

www.andeantravelweb.com is a non profit organisation and has a lot of useful info on sights, tours, treks etc.
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Jan 6th, 2013, 02:18 AM
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This is incredibly helpful. Thanks very much everyone and especially with the website suggestions. I was just overwhelmed with how to find trek information online.
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