Quito to Rio!

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Quito to Rio!

Postby ellen.kristine.9 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:10 pm

Hello!

Me and my boyfriend are super excited to be going on the Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio :D I was wondering if anyone has done this tour and could share some tips / suggestions / things you wish you had known before leaving etc?

Thanks for any help :)
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby TravelFun » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:46 pm

WOW...you will love this adventure. Here are some pointers worth considering:

1. Vaccinations - make sure they're up-to-date and please check current requirements with your doctor/nurse and not google.
2. Altitude sickness tablets - everyone is impacted differently therefore keep these and take them a couple of days before reaching altitude if you think you maybe affected. I suffered it for 24hrs at the start of crossing the salt flats and thereafter was fine (I travelled south to north so luckily was fine for the inca trek).
3. Water - the higher you get the more water you should drink and alot when you're above 3,000m.
4. Clothing - layers, layers and layers. The temperatures will vary so having layers makes it much easier to add or take off. Don't under estimate the cold so be prepared.
5. The buses have a tendency to blast the air conditioning and so can get cold...keep a sleeping bag or a silk liner with you on the bus and some layers, just in case.
6. Treks - don't rush the treks/walking as it's not a competetion. Go at your own pace and you'll enjoy it more plus there'll always be a guide at the front and back of the group so you'll never be left behind.
7. Nature break - Always keep a roll of toilet paper on you as the nature breaks could be anywhere.
8. Head torch - make sure you have this as it will make it so much easier to have that nature break in the dark.
9. Photos - do not take photos of locals without taking permission as they do not like it.

Be ready to rough it, embrace whatever the continent offers, have alot of patience and just go with the flow...enjoy the experience.

Let us know if you have anything particular in mind.

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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby ellen.kristine.9 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:06 am

Hey,

Thanks for the tips, i really appreciate it! I am from Norway so i know all about how cold it can get and how layers are important! We are not leaving before next year so we have plently of time to plan and have everything sorted before we go!

Thanks again :D
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby jtextiles » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:52 pm

Hi,

I am doing that trip too, so just wondered what dates you were going on?


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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby chloehall777 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:39 pm

Hey!!

I'm doing the trip as well, i can't wait!!
What dates are people going?
I'm going on the 18th Feb and returning home on 25th April. Anyone else doing the same?

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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby ballu » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:34 am

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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby mrdavo85 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:20 pm

I'm doing this trip on those dates :) a 30th birthday gift to myself woo
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby noelfosgnik » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:52 am

Does anyone know anyone who has done a trip like this with G Adventures? I was thinking about booking this trip with my girlfriend and we cannot decide should we this tour or go it alone ourselves.
There is no real information around what hotels/hostels we will be staying in during the tour. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appretiated.
Thanks.
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby sinecure » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:09 am

The hotels are in my experience are 3 star middle of the road locally run places.
One of the major advantages is G takes care of your accommodations so you can concentrate more on having a great time.

Let us know if you have more questions.
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby ballu » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:06 pm

They generally just tell you the joining hotel and the departure hotel, others are subject to change.
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby lwurmser » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:04 pm

Im going on the 11th of february - who else?
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby ballu » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:22 pm

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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby kevinreid89 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:56 am

Hey I'll be doing this trip in July. This might be a silly question but I just wanna know what kind of luggage to take. I know the recommended is a travel backpack. But I'd much prefer living out of suitcase. Would I manage on this trip rolling round a suitcase or that just not a option?
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby jh2010 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:16 pm

I'm doing this trip on the 24th March!
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Re: Quito to Rio!

Postby TravelFun » Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:46 pm

kevinreid89 wrote:Hey I'll be doing this trip in July. This might be a silly question but I just wanna know what kind of luggage to take. I know the recommended is a travel backpack. But I'd much prefer living out of suitcase. Would I manage on this trip rolling round a suitcase or that just not a option?


As long as the suitcase is light and you're able to carry it as there's alot of use of local buses and sometimes you may have to put (throw) your luggage on top of the bus. Be able to carry it from/to accomodation when it's not best to roll (cobbled stones) and up flights of stairs when there's no lifts. I test it by packing and check if I can lift it above my head with no trouble...mind you I do that with backpacks too.

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