What is “The Inca Trail” and why is it so popular to hike this trail? At the peak of their existence (1430 AD – 1530 AD), the Quechua civilization were called Inkas, in honor of their Royalty. According to their belief they were the sons of the sun and the Inka was their king. Under the rule of the famous Inka Pachacuti or Pachacútec, the Inka/ Inca Civilization quickly started to expand and conquer other civilizations. They called their new empire “Tawantinsuyu”, after the four different points of the compass. The Tawantinsuyu Empire covered a huge part west of the Andean Mountain Range, roughly in what are now called Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. To facilitate transport, control and administration

Vilcabamba, Ecuador to Chachapoyas, Peru The most scenic way to travel from Ecuador to Peru is without doubt the eastern route from Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas, which passes through the Podocarpus National Park and crosses the border at La Balsa. Until March 2003 it was still only possible to cross this border by boat over the Canchis River. The small local boats were also called “Balsas”, hence the name La Balsa. On March 8, 2003 both, the presidents from Ecuador and Peru where present when a new international bridge between the two countries was opened. Now, 15 years later, the first direct bus crosses this bridge from Ecuador into Peru and back. Although this direct bus takes away a bit of

The introduction of Potosí Historical seen the Bolivian city of Potosí and its Cerro Rico Silver Mines are without doubt the most important influences in South America history. But the mines and city of Potosí are now almost like a forgotten movie star, famous in its own time, but forgotten by new generations… Hopefully this article can help Potosí and its mines to gain back some of their fame. History of Potosí and its silver mines In pre-Hispanic times the current province of Potosí was mainly inhabited by ethnic groups called Charcas, Chullpas and Aymara. These cultures lived from agriculture and selling ceramic pottery and jewelry made from silver. When the ethnic group of Quechuas, better known as Inca’s, invaded

The pretty Oasis of Huacachina is located in the desert, about 4 km outside the town of Ica. It is only a small village with maybe about 100 inhabitants living around a natural lake and surrounded by high sand dunes. The history of Huacachina The origin of the name Huacachina seems to come from the words “waqay china”, which means “crying woman” in the local language Quechua. There are different local legends about the emergence of the lake. But in general storyline talks about a beautiful princes, with a beautiful voice who fell in love with a brave warrior. The warrior died in a battle and the sad princes looked for a quite spot to cry. She kept crying until

New regulations for tourists who visit Peru Since the beginning of 2018 the Peruvian Government has changed the immigration rules for tourists who want to stay longer in Peru. All regular foreign tourists who enter Peru have the right to receive a tourist visa, which allows them to stay a maximum of 183 days within a period of 365 days in Peru. However, if tourists were also receiving these 183 days was/ is depending on the person in the immigration office who puts the stamp in your passport. ‘Tourists’ from Ecuador for example often just receive just 2 till 5 days. They use those days to go shopping in Piura (cheaper) and travel then back to their homes in Ecuador.

Important visa travel information for tourists who want to stay longer in Ecuador: Since December 2017 the Ecuadorian government has adapted a new extension of the immigration law (acuerdo N° 907). According to this new agreement each regular foreign tourist who arrives in Ecuador has the right to stay 90 days for free as a tourist in Ecuador. Tourists who want to stay longer in Ecuador can apply once for an extra of 90 days extension on their tourist visa. This visa extension cost at the moment of writing exact 129.63 US$. South American tourists with the following nationalities: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela (all countries that belong to UNASUR), do not have

What makes Huanchaco a popular tourist attraction? Huanchaco is just a small fishermen and surfers town north/west of Trujillo, in the north of Peru, but in this article I would like to explain what’s so special about this coastal town. To be realistic, Huanchaco isn’t a pretty town. There is hardly any maintenance on the streets and older buildings from Colonial times are falling apart. The beach is not very clean and gets smaller every year. A few years ago high water even destroyed part of the boulevard, which is still (early 2108) not fixed, despite many promises… No, the attraction of Huanchaco is not really visual. But still, its location, history, culture, peacefulness, fresh seafood and some of the

Information and Tours to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia With 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi), this Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat! It is located in the southwest Altiplano (High Plain) of Bolivia at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 feet) above sea level. Scientific history: The Salar de Uyuni is part of the Altiplano a high plateau, with an average altitude higher than most peaks in the Alps and Rockies. The Altiplano formed when the tectonic plates of Nasca and the Antarctic moved underneath the South American continental plate, creating in the North the Andes Mountain Range and in the South two Andean ridges flanking a mostly flat, high basin. The plateau includes fresh and saltwater

The history of Machu Picchu Machu Picchu was likely build around the year 1450, during the glory years of the Inca Empire. In this period the Empire was ruled by the Inca’s Pachacutec Yupanqui (1438-1471) and Tupac Yupanqui (1472-1493). Although the archeological site of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu tours are very famous, about the original name and purpose of this Inca city scientists are still not sure. Because the city wasn’t easy to reach and is surrounded by sacred mountains, the most accepted theory about Machu Picchu is that it was used as a holiday resort for Kings and other very important people. From the style of the rooms, it seems that there were more rooms for the royal

Touristic Information about Cuenca, Ecuador Traveling in Ecuador isn’t complete without a tour through Cuenca. On this page you can find more information and tips about tours, activities, sightseeing, restaurants and nightlife in this impressive cultural city! Cuenca, The Blue Pearl, or Athena of Ecuador! The city Cuenca has about 350.000 inhabitants, which makes it the 3rd city of Ecuador. However walking through the city center, it doesn’t feel at all like you’re walking through a big city. The picturesque city is located at an altitude of 2530 m above sea level and is crossed by 4 small rivers, the Tomebamba, Tarqui, Yanuncay and Macháncara Rivers. Its official name is “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca” (The 4