Martha's brother guided us through the maze of public transportation in town - in the buses running in the city, there's an automatic cashier, the only the option to buy ticket, so prepare your change - he parted us when we took the bus to Cajas at the city entrance.
So we drove from Banos to Latacunga and from there Zumbahua. The bus, filled with local women in their everyday colorful cloths, brought us to Quilotoa vilage which didn't have any houses, but two hotels, a mini-market, a cashier for the lagoon, and several souvenirs stands.
Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport is Peru's main international and domestic airport. Located in Callao, 11 km from the Historic Centre of Lima, the airport is considered one of the best airports in South America, handling more than 13 million travelers in the past year.
You can get from to and from the airport and city by taxis, tour buses, or vans. For security reasons, tourists are recommended to use only those taxis offered by registered companies at the airport arrivals area.
Another option is to rent a car from one of the four agencies operating in the airport - Avis, Hertz, Budget and Dollar.
The Incas built an elaborate network of paved roads and bridges, that stretched for a length of 22,530 Km (14,000 miles). The roads allowed them to reach and control each corner of their Empire. The Inca engineers used and improved roads left by earlier cultures, such as the Chimu, Wari and Tiwanaku among others tribes.
The Inca road system includes two main roads, both connecting the north to the south – one along the coast and another along the Andes. The two main roads were connected by a shorter network of roads. Along the coast the road connecting the Gulf of Guayaquil in Ecuador to the Maule River in Chile. The Andean royal road extended along the Andes Mountains, from Quito in Ecuador, through Cajamarca and Cusco, ending near Tucuman, Argentina.
3rd day: We drove north to Intra and took the ferry to the other side of the lake (to Laveno). From there we continued driving toward Lake Como (two hours approximately), which included shouts from an old lady at a gas station (we were only looking for toilets), and a lot of driving on roads in 50/70 km/h.
We finished with Verona and it was time to start driving north, toward the Dolomites. The long drive didn't allow stopping on the way for 2-3 hours tours (Rabbi falls where part of the plan), but we did manage to see some views. We left the highway at Trento toward the west to drive between the villages in the Dolomiti di Brenta (Brenta group) area. First in the trip, and not last, we drove down a very pretty road, with villages and lakes on the way. We stopped for a late lunch on Molveno lake.
We took a 20 hour train ride to Lanzhou and from there, a bus to Xiahe (pronounced Shia-che), The second most sacred city for the Tibetan people (after Lhasa). Most of the people prefer to get to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Army instead of Xiahe.
The travel arrangement - after market surveys we reached the conclusion that the cheapest and most comfortable way to get around is to rent a van. You need to find good fellows to share the van with you. It's an intensive experience, and you should have guys you can handle 24/7. Of course you don't have to do all of Mongolia in a row, you can divide it to sections.
We rented the van for 25 days in a row and drove from the north through the center to the south and back to the capital. We rented it through the Golden Gobi (Mistake!) and it cost us around $110-115 for a van per day, including the driver and gasoline (you pay also for days without driving). They brought some pots and two camping cooking gases.
We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel (Kata). It was about 600Bht for the entire family. The taxi driver offered us his business card and offered to drive us back to the airport for the same rate.
The day before out flight, we tried asking some local taxis parked along the street outside our hotel about their rates. The lowest price we got was 1000Bht so eventually we called our original driver, and asked for him to come pick us up.
I recommend you ask the driver picking you up at the airport for his details so you can coordinate a ride back to the airport as well.