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

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

Travelling to South America with Disabilities If you love to travel, but have a disability and/or special medical condition, then we can highly recommend having a look at the following website: More info about travelling with a Disability/ Medical condition On this website you can find information about: –    Travelling with a wheelchair –    Travelling with Cancer –    Travelling with a heart condition –    Travelling with someone with dementia –    Travelling with high blood pressure / hypertension –    Travelling abroad after a stroke –    Taking medical supplies through customs –    Special insurances that pay for part of your travel expenses –    and much more info: With great thanks to Carson Carter who allows us to share his recent article about traveling with