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

The Fairtravel4u Guide to the Galapagos Islands Lying 970 km (600 miles) west of the Ecuadorian coast on the equator, the Galapagos Islands consist of 6 main islands, 12 smaller islands and over 40 small islets. The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands that originated about 10 million years ago. Since their formation 10 million years ago, to their discovery in 1535 by Thomas de Berlanga, the Spanish Bishop of Panama, the Galapagos Islands were completely isolated from the mainland. Throughout the millennia, a large number of birds, reptiles, insects, and plants drifted or flew to its shores, creating the unique flora and fauna found in the Galapagos today. The Islands have never been connected to a continent,

The Origin of Pisco and Pisco Sour For many years there have been discussions between Peruvians and Chileans about the origin of the alcoholic drink Pisco. With this article I would like to proof to you that Pisco and Pisco Sour were invented in Peru, but that the origin of Pisco is actually Europe. The history of Pisco can be traced back to the days when the Spanish Conquistadores arrived to Peru. Looking for gold they confronted misery, fought bloody battles and feared arrows and bludgeons. Through this process, the colonists brought with them products from Europe to improve their quality of life so far from home. Among these were cattle, olive oil, limes, grapes and wine. Once Lima was

About Bolivia The most indigenous country in South America Bolivia: now officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country in central South America. Capital: Sucre (official), La Paz (administrative) Largest city: Santa Cruz Area: 1.1 million sq km (424,164 sq miles), 98.7% land and 1.3% water President (2013): Evo Morales Population: 10,088,108 (2011) World Bank Government: Presidential system, unitary state, Republic 34 Official languages including: Spanish Language, Quechua, Aymara language, Leco language, Puquina Language, Mòoré Language, Chiquitano language, Baure Language, Sirionó language, Kallawaya, Movima language, Canichana language, Itonama Language, Cayubaba language, Uru language, Araona Language, Ayoreo language, Tacana language, Pacahuara language, Chácobo language, Reyesano language, Tapieté Language, Cavineña Language, Wichí Lhamtés Nocten Major religion: Christianity Ethnic

About Peru Peru, is known for it’s: Incas, Amazon, Nasca, Moche, Chavin, Huaraz and Chachapoyas are only the top of all the highlights this unique South American country has to offer. Official national name: República del Perú Capital city: Lima, 10 million + President: Martin Vizkarra (2018) Land area: 494,208 sq mi (1,279,999 sq km); total area: 496,223 sq mi (1,285,220 sq km) (37.7 times the size of the Netherlands) Population (2017 est.): 32,170,000 (growth rate: 1.02%); birth rate: 19.13/1000; infant Mortality rate: 21.5/1000; life expectancy: 72.73 years Monetary unit: Sol (1991/ 2017) Languages: Spanish, Quéchua (both official); Aymara; many minor Amazonian languages Ethnicity/race: Amerindian 45%, Mestizo 37%, White 15%, Black, Japanese, Chinese, and other 3% Religion: Roman Catholic 81.3%,

About Ecuador Ecuador – Highlights include: Galapagos, the Equator, local traditions, the Amazon and the Andean Mountain range with 7 mountains and volcano’s higher than 5000 m. Official Name: Republica de Ecuador Area: 256.370 KM2 (about 7x the size of the Netherlands) Amount of inhabitants: 16.6 million (2017) Capital: Quito Form of Government: Democratic President: Lenín Moreno (2017) Language: The official main language is Spanish, but regional the indigenous Kichwa and Shuar are also accepted as official languages in Ecuador. Currency: US Dollars Religion: Freedom of religion, but Catholic is the dominant religion A website for tourism by the Ecuadorian government. Geography Straddling the equator in western South America, Ecuador has territories in both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres.