This tour operator is another Internet Con Artist, NEVER ever arrange for and pay deposits online to these operators in Latin America. There are NO guarantees. Try and search out others who have taken their tours by Googling. Anyone can hire people to give "testimonials".
Again, my advice, join the Hospex Portal, Couch Surfing (Google it), thousands of local bi lingual members in each or your target countries that will point you in the right direction. Many will host you a day or two in their homes.
Also I know of a Latin American Flight and Tour Consolidator, based in USA, you are able to phone them business hours, Travel Agencies and Tour Operators in Central America work with them all the time, the consolidator will work out multiple country trips along with adventure tours if you desire for one price. They are specialists, when you are "travel sick" go to the "travel doctors" no one on these forums could ever plan your trip for you!! Use common sense.
Will message you the consolidator info. now. Buena Suerte.
I saw that you were interested in going to the Galapagos Islands, but that it might be a little costly for you? Understandable. I actually traveled there last year, and it wasnt as expensive as I originally expected. I used www.galapagos-inc.com to plan and book my trip. Contact them, and maybe they can work with your budget.
I hope this helps,
I totally agree! I actually used your reference, and booked my trip to Galapagos for July 2010! I spoke with a gentleman named Jonathan, and he was extremely hospitable and understanding of my needs. Ill update you all on my trip once i get back!
Update on my trip:
I am leaving May 17th and arriving at Lima, Peru. I am leaving July 12th from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and coming home. The tickets were bought a month ago. I’m going to start packing soon. Please let me know if you think something is unnecessary, and more importantly, if I am omitting anything. Also please let me know if I’m not allowed to bring these things on the plane, cause I have no idea. Keep in mind I haven’t bought some of these things yet, although I must do that soon. Thanks!
In no particular order, here is what I have decided to pack so far:
• Mp3 player, charger, 2 sets of headphones
• Lots of 50+% DEET of insect repellant.
• Some sort of travelers backpack
• SD Card Reader + SD cards + 8 GB flash drive
• Electrolyte powder
• Mosquito Net
• A few sets of clothes (how many sets should I bring? Will I be cold?)
• Spanish – English dictionary + Portuguese – English Dictionary
• Travel pouch, two wallets
• 2 pairs of shoes, one for dry land and one for water
• Hand sanitizer/wet wipes
• Alcohol rub, malarial medication, cipro, pepto-bismol, Imodium, Tylenol
• Travel pillow, towel, razor
• Flash light, batteries, adapters and converters for electronics
• Sun hat, sunscreen, umbrella
That’s all I can think of right now. Is all of this necessary? I don’t know how I would fit all this into one backpack. Should I have a second bag and just leave it at the hostel?
Here is my schedule for the actual trip:
May 17th – May 21st – Lima
May 22nd – June 7th – Cusco (Machu Picchu, Manu, Lake Titicaca, Paragliding)
June 8th – July 12th – Brazil (Pantanal in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, and possibly Iguazu Falls)
Things I have done:
• Shots / malaria medication (doxycycline).
• ISIC card/travel insurance.
• Brazilian Visa
• Hostel reservations for the hostel in Lima.
Things I still have to do:
• Register with the embassies in both countries.
• Make copies of my passport.
• Carefully read the lonely planet guidebook.
• Finalize the date for the Pantanal.
• Figure out how to get from Peru to Brazil
• Learn more Spanish and Portuguese (haha I am so screwed)
• Buy foreign SIM card for phone (will do this in airport at Lima/Brazil)
I think the main thing I need help with right now is how to get from Peru to Campo Grande. I’m hearing that direct flights from Lima to Campo Grande can cost $1000. I do not want to pay that much. I’m hearing cheaper alternatives if I go through Bolivia (i.e. Cusco > Santa Cruz and then bus it to Campo Grande). Can anyone help me out with more information on this? Also, if I do this, will I have to obtain a Bolivian visa?
Thanks for the help everyone – this trip will be a memorable experience!
A suggestion on your most recent post...homework well done..make a bloq out of it and share with other novice travelers..buen hecho.