Useful travel info for Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Ceck out all our useful and interesting travel information about traveling in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
No matter if you want to know more about the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, the Salar de Uyuni, altitude sickness, the weather, the safety of buses in Peru, wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest, or even the most important city in the history on South America, below you can find it all!
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Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness while traveling in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador What you need to know while travelling on high altitude locations When you travel to Peru, Bolivia, or Ecuador, you are likely going to travel at an higher altitude than your body is used to. One of the things you have to be prepared for while you travel to higher altitudes and/ or climbing mountains in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia is altitude sickness or “soroche”.  The cause of altitude sickness is because on higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air around us and usually the air is drier. Our body needs to make more red blood cells to compensate the lesser amount of oxygen. For most people the process

Information about Machu Picchu

Information about Machu Picchu and joining Machu Picchu Tours: If you want to visit Machu Picchu, but don’t know yet where to start, we can recommend to read the following information about Machu Picchu, so you will be well prepared. The Machu Picchu ticket price to only enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is at the moment of writing (February 2024) 152 Soles, around 40 US$. This ticket is only valid for max. four hours and to follow one of the 4 designated walking circuits. To climb either the Huayna Picchu, or Machu Picchu Mountain, you need to buy a special ticket for 200 Soles (around 52 US$)! When you hike the Inca Trail it is NOT possible to

The Fairtravel4u Guide to the Galapagos Islands Information

The Fairtravel4u Guide to the Galapagos Islands Information 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

Amazon Jungle Info

Amazon Jungle Info This post provides you with more information about the western Amazon Rainforest, including: Madidi National Park Beni Biosphere Reserve and Serere Sanctuary in Bolivia Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, close to Iquitos, Peru Manu (Biosphere) Reserve Tambopata Candamo Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in Peru Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park in Ecuador Madidi National Park Was created in 1995. Officially The PN (Parque Nacional) and IMNA (Integrated Management Natural Area) Madidi covers 18,957.5 km2 (1,895,740 ha, or 4,5000,000 acres) of which 12,715 km² come under the heading of National Park and 6,242.5 km² are categorized under the Integrated Management Natural Area. This area ranges from the Amazonian lowlands of the rivers Heath and Tuichi, at 200

14 Quick Safety Tips to Travel Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

14 Quick Travel Safety Tips to Travel Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia These safety tips will help you to prevent many potential problems during your travels in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia Our first important travel safety tip is not to worry too much while traveling. A careful but relaxed mindset will already prevent most problems. 1- Make pictures Before you go traveling, it can be very useful to make photos of your most important documents and send them to your mailbox, in case you get stolen from everything. If you arrive in a new country it is also useful to make a copy of the small entrance paper and the entrance stamp you got in your passport. This proves that you

Volunteer Work in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Volunteer Work in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia Recommendations to find Volunteer work If you look on the internet you can see that ‘volunteer work’ is growing fast in popularity and many tour agencies have noticed this. Even big tour operators now offer 3 weeks Peru, during which their customers can see the highlights of the country and do a few days of volunteer work… You can argue that even a few days of help is better than no help, but our experience with sustainable volunteer work is that you already need several days to actually get to know the job. Our biggest complain however is that several travel agencies offer volunteer work to earn more money. Volunteer work is becoming

Information about Machu Picchu

Information about Machu Picchu and joining Machu Picchu Tours: If you want to visit Machu Picchu, but don’t know yet where to start, we can recommend to read the following information about Machu Picchu, so you will be well prepared. The Machu Picchu ticket price to only enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is at the moment of writing (February 2024) 152 Soles, around 40 US$. This ticket is only valid for max. four hours and to follow one of the 4 designated walking circuits. To climb either the Huayna Picchu, or Machu Picchu Mountain, you need to buy a special ticket for 200 Soles (around 52 US$)! When you hike the Inca Trail it is NOT possible to

Travel plugs Peru

Which travel plugs should I use in Peru? It’s a frequently asked question and there are different answers. There are no fewer than four different types of sockets used in Peru! Dutch electrical plugs Electrical appliances in the Netherlands mainly use plugs of types C and F and our sockets are therefore also adapted to this. However, the most common sockets in Peru are made for the so-called American plug model, or plug model A and B. For example, if you bought a telephone and/or photo camera in the Netherlands, the charger usually has a plug of model C. Travel plugs Peru Nowadays you see more and more electrical sockets in Peru that are suitable for plugs A, B and

When to travel to Peru

When to travel to Peru? Customers often ask when is the best time to travel to Peru. Although Peru is located in the Southern Hemisphere and its summer falls in our winter, it is often not the best time to travel. This is because summer in Peru corresponds to the rainy season. Especially in the highlands and in the Amazon rainforest. This means that there is a high chance of rain every day. Now a real Dutchman is of course not afraid of a little rain. But when he goes on holiday to Peru, he prefers as little rain as possible. Few people will enjoy navigating the whole day around on Lake Titicaca in the pouring rain. A visit to

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness while traveling in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador What you need to know while travelling on high altitude locations When you travel to Peru, Bolivia, or Ecuador, you are likely going to travel at an higher altitude than your body is used to. One of the things you have to be prepared for while you travel to higher altitudes and/ or climbing mountains in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia is altitude sickness or “soroche”.  The cause of altitude sickness is because on higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air around us and usually the air is drier. Our body needs to make more red blood cells to compensate the lesser amount of oxygen. For most people the process

Hiking in Ecuador

Hiking in Ecuador Ecuador is a versatile country and is ideal for beautiful hiking trips. The varied landscapes provide a special experience while hiking. In addition to the beautiful hiking trails that Ecuador offers, the country is also known for its large number of mountains. This makes Ecuador very suitable for mountaineers. But what are the best tours for hiking in Ecuador? Hiking Ecuador and mountaineering in Ecuador Ecuador is about 7 times the size of the Netherlands. It is a fertile country with large differences in height on a relatively small surface. This ensures a wide variety of landscapes, which makes hiking in Ecuador attractive. Those who prefer to climb a mountain can also indulge themselves in Ecuador. There

Car Rental Ecuador

Car Rental in Ecuador This article will soon also be in English Een auto huren in Ecuador? Waar moet je rekening mee houden? Na de Corona Crisis is er meer vraag naar rondreizen door Ecuador met een huurauto. Dit is begrijpelijk, want een huurauto biedt meer vrijheid om te reizen waar en wanneer je maar wilt. Maar wat doe je als je de weg kwijtraakt, als er wegblokkades of kleine aardverschuivingen zijn, als je autopech hebt, of nog erger, een ongeluk krijgt? Spreek je Spaans? In dit artikel Auto huren Ecuador zal ik proberen om enkele van deze vragen te beantwoorden. Het verzekeren van een huurauto in Ecuador Om maar meteen met de belangrijkste waarschuwing te beginnen: Ecuador kent (nog)

Flying in Corona Crisis

Flying in Corona Crisis “Is it worth it to fly from A to B during the Corona Crisis?” I’m sure many people have been asking and are asking themselves this question in this current Covid-19 pandemic. I did the same when I got a job offer in Ecuador, which meant that I had to fly from Peru into Ecuador. I’m in a decent spot with good company and a job that’s just about sustainable, so why would I travel by plane to Ecuador? First of all there was no guarantee that I would be able to keep my job in Peru for the next few months, while the job in Ecuador will be for 6 months. Second, I needed the

Sustainable Tourism vs Climate Change

Sustainable Tourism vs Climate Change Tourism to restore economies and slow down climate change Before the Covid-19 Crisis tourism received a lot of critic. Many people think that it isn’t sustainable and ethical to travel for fun, while our carbon footprint might cause the temperature on earth to rise with dangerous consequences. Especially flying as a leisure activity is heavily criticized. So what options does the environmentally concerned tourist have to enjoy a sustainable vacation? Is sustainable tourism possible, or is the only responsible action to restrict holidays to places that can be reached by foot, bike, or sailing boat? But what consequences will this have on our society? What if the overall benefits of tourism are bigger than the

Rabies vaccination in Ecuador

Do I need a rabies vaccination before traveling to Ecuador? If you come from a western country, like myself. And if you asked your countries Health Department about the recommended vaccinations before your travels to a developing country, there is a good chance that they recommended you to take an anti-rabies vaccination. Years ago my own Dutch Health Department (GGD) recommended me for my travels to Latin America to also have 3 preventive vaccinations against rabies. These would be about 100 Euro each plus consultation costs. These three injections would then give me 24 hours extra in case I got bitten by a suspicious animal. Normally if you get bitten by a suspicious animal you have 24 hours to start

The best time to travel in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

The best time to travel in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia Weather and climate zones in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia At Fairtravel4u we often get the question: “What is the best time of the year to travel to Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador?” However, to be able to answer this question correctly we need to know what type of holiday you’re looking for and where exactly you want to go? In general the raining season in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia is considered to run between December and May. But because of the extreme differences in altitude (between sea level and 6768 m at the top of the Huascarán Mountain) and geological differences in these countries, they consist of many different climate zones.

Hidden international banking fees

Hidden international banking fees How often has it happened to you that you made an international payment outside of the Euro Zone only to find out later that not all of your money arrived? Or suddenly at the end of the month you see some unknown fee on your bank receipt? It makes you wonder what went wrong. You know what your banking fees are, so it must be the fault of the bank which received the payment. Maybe the receiving bank is very expensive, or they just thought that you wouldn’t notice. But you did notice and now you’re wondering Sorry to bring it to you, but if this has happened to you it is actually your own bank

Safety of traveling by bus in Peru

Safety of traveling by bus in Peru When you look online about the safety of traveling in Peru I am sure you will find several horror stories about terrible bus accidents. Reading about these accidents and reading blogs from travelers who want to gain more followers (bad news still attract more attention) almost make you want to avoid traveling by bus in Peru. On top, even the Dutch government (and likely other governments around the world) likes to take as less responsibility as possible. Therefore they state that there are many bus accidents in Peru and recommends travelers not to travel overnight. So if the government says that traveling by public bus in Peru isn’t safe, then this must be

Travel tips from Solo Female Travelers

Travel tips and experiences from solo female travelers who traveled independenty in South America In an age where people stay single longer, it is only logical that there will be more solo travelers, however what surprised me over the years is that I met more solo female travelers than solo male travelers. Research even shows that more than two thirds of the solo travelers are women, which is in contradiction with commonly expected behavior. In general solo male travelers are admired for their bravery and adventurous personality, while solo female travelers are often met with false judgment, concerned tones, and raised eyebrows. Popular questions include: “Are you married? Why not? When are you going to settle down, have a family,

Experiences from Solo Female Travelers

Check out these interesting short stories and tips from more than 34 solo female travelers who travelled alone through South America. The women who wrote their stories below are from various nationalities and were between 19 and 45 years old when they travelled through Latin America. 1- K. a Canadian traveler who’s deaf Travelling solo was an opportunity for me to see and do the things I wanted at my own pace, without having to compromise. Even though I left home solo, I often met other travellers who were going to the same cities and wanted to do the same things so we would become short-term travel buddies. Because of this, I rarely felt lonely. When a fellow traveller and

Travel agency vs online booking

Using a travel agency vs online booking websites In an age where you can buy almost everything online, many thought that travel agencies would soon disappear. Although many travel agencies had to close their doors, studies show that there’s a comeback. The arrival of online booking websites made it much easier for independent travellers to book their own holiday online. But do they also make it easier to travel? In this article we compare the use of travel agencies vs booking online with popular travel booking websites. The advertisement of booking websites like Booking.com and Expedia make you believe that you don’t need any travel agency anymore to plan your holiday and if you use their website it will be

Different Inca Trails

Different Inca Trails 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,

From Vilcabamba Ecuador to Chachapoyas in Peru!

From Vilcabamba, Ecuador to Chachapoyas, Peru The most scenic way to travel from Ecuador to Chachapoyas in Peru is without doubt through Podocarpus. This eastern route starts from Loja/ Vilcabamba. On the way to Chachapoyas it 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. Transporters Nambija Bus Now, 16 years later, there is direct bus from Transportes Nambija that crosses

Ecuador Visa update

Ecuador visa update 8 Dec. 2019 On January 5 in 2017 the Ecuadorian government approved a new immigration law called: “La Nueva Ley de Movilidad Humana”. Part of this law serves to help Ecuadorian migrants who want to come back to Ecuador, but there are also new tourist visa regualtionsis with news for tourists who want to come to Ecuador. The problem with the new law was that many new regulations seemed good ideas, but turned out to be unpractical, or just very difficult to enforce… Official PDF copy of the new law: https://www.aduana.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ley-Organica-de-Movilidad-Humana.pdf On August 21, 2018, most inconclusive details from the new immigration law have finally been sorted out and on the following website you can find more

Potosí, the most important American City!

Potosí, the most important American City! Why was Potosí the most important city 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

Ica, Huacachina Tours

Ica, Huacachina Tours 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

Tourist Visa Peru 2019

Tourist Visa Peru 2019 New regulations for tourists who visit Peru Since 2018 the Peruvian Government has changed some of the immigration rules for tourists who want to stay longer in Peru. Most western and Latin American tourists who enter Peru have the right to receive a tourist visa for free. However if your nationality belongs to one of the counties mentioned in the list below you will have to apply for a tourist visa which will cost around 30 Soles. More information you can find at: Viajara Peru. According to Article 29 of Legislative Decree No. 1350 all tourists are allowed to stay a maximum of 183 days within a period of 365 days in Peru. However, if tourists