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OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Argentina is Argentinian Pesos (ARS). I will refer to them as A$s. At the time of writing, US$1 = A$36.50 … NOT!!!!!! … Read on! When I first planned my Latin America trip 3-4 years ago, Argentina was too expensive for my GRANDPAcking budget … so, I excluded it. However, over the past 12 months (or so) the A$ has halved in value. This brought Argentina within ‘target range’ and I adjusted my plans accordingly … GETTING THERE: I made my way up from Mendoza to Cafayate then […]

Tilcara – Argentina – Where To Stay



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OCTOBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. The Galapagos Islands were on my ‘Bucket List’. SUGGESTION: I strongly suggest that, if you can, you should bring your own snorkelling equipment. This will give you the freedom to explore on your own … as well as bring down the cost of some of your day trips. Before we continue, let me be clear: The Galapagos Islands are one of the 7 wonders of the modern world They know it They make you pay for it You are a captive market They have you […]

Galapagos – Ecuador – (How To Do) A Cheap Two Week Tour



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SEPTEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 3 nights in Saraguro in a Double Room (single occupancy) at the Hostal Achik Wasi which was up on a hill about 500 metres from the town centre. I paid US$28 / night. My room was an average size and came with problematic in-room WiFi, wardrobe, cable TV (with no English Speaking channels), and a ‘Warm’ Water Ensuite (you need hot water at this time of year!). The only good thing about this place was the view … … and the […]

Vilcabamba – Ecuador – Information



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SEPTEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. In Cuenca, I stayed a total of 5 nights at the Posada Gran Colombia for under US$16 / night … it was on the north-eastern ‘edge’ of the Historical Centre. I was in the wrong location. My room was a good size and came with good in-room WiFi, cable TV (with lots of English Speaking channels), clothes rack, and a Hot Water Ensuite (you need hot water at this time of year!). My room rate included a free (simple) Breakfast. Cuenca didn’t really do much […]

Saraguro – Ecuador – Information



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SEPTEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Olon in a Double Room (single occupancy) at the La Espanola which was about 150 metres from the beach. I paid US$11.25 / night. I booked through AirBnb. My room was a good size and came with in-room WiFi, clothes rack, and a Hot Water Ensuite (you need hot water at this time of year!). Olon is a small, quiet beach town. I good place to relax. But after coming down the coast through Canoa, Puerto Lopez, Ayampe, Montanita, and […]

Cuenca – Ecuador – Information



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SEPTEMBER 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Montanita at the Galeria Hurvinek. Because I use BOOKING.COM frequently, I got a ‘Genius Discount’ and paid US$18 / night (down from US$22) for a Double Room (single occupancy) with a Double Bed, ‘average’ in-room WiFi, and a Cold Water Ensuite (you need hot water at this time of year!). I paid an extra $4 / night to include a very average ‘buffet’ Breakfast that never seemed to have enough food for the number of people […]

Olon – Ecuador – Information