Monthly Archives: April 2013

Alausi/Central Ecuador

Central Ecuador in the Andean Highlands is perhaps best known for Baños, a small city with thermal baths (hence the name) and lush surroundings, and the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) train ride through this beautiful landscape. The train ride … Continue reading

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Cuenca

Cuenca, located in the south central part of the country, is Ecuador’s third-largest city. This UNESCO World Heritage Site city is charming with cobblestone streets, a large central plaza and cathedral, and a large expat community. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nohna013l2616oj/8AQ0iwSZQo

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil, in the southwestern part of the country, is Ecuador’s largest city. It is located on the Guayas River (hence its name). This large port city has a few interesting sites beyond the museums, statues, parks, etc., of most large … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu

This main tourist destination of South America is a must-see for good reason: amazing views of the Sacred Valley and the large Incan religious and ceremonial complex. Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards and Pizarro, so the ruins … Continue reading

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Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, otherwise officially known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo”, is the town near Machu Picchu and the place to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a cute town with several bridges across the rivers that flow through … Continue reading

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Pisaq

Pisaq (or Pisac) is a small town in the Sacred Valley of the highlands of Peru in the Andes mountains. It is best known for its Inca ruins and the Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday market, where Peruvians from all over … Continue reading

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Cusco

Cusco, in the south central highlands of Peru, was the capital of the vast Inca empire. Today it’s a major stop on any tourist itinerary, both for its quaint cultural feel with whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets and as a … Continue reading

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Nazca

Nazca, located on the south central coast of Lima, is known for the Nazca lines, the mysterious, geometrical and zoomorphic shapes on the landscape that draw curiosity and tourists from all over the world. German mathematician and archeologist Maria Reiche … Continue reading

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Trujillo

Trujillo is one of Peru’s primary cities located on the northern coast of the country. It is best known as a base for exploring two of Peru’s important archeological sites of the Moche and Chimú cultures—Huaca de la Luna/Huaca del … Continue reading

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Caral

Caral is an archeological site approximately 200 kilometers northeast of Lima, in central Peru, popularized in 1994 by archeologist Ruth Shady. At over 5,000 years old, it is now considered the oldest city in the Americas. There have been six … Continue reading

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