213 Kms from Loja
It feels very different from Mexico or Guatemala here. Downtown Guayaquil is a lively place. The "malecon" is a walkway along the river. It is a haven in the city. The gardens along the "malecon" have a wide variety of exotic trees. From this point on the Malecon 2000, it takes only 5-10minutes to walk to the cathedral: There is the statue of Simon Bolivar in front of the cathedral. The "parque de iguanas" is by the cathedral with the statue of Bolicar. They are fed lettuce, cabbage and banana peels. Right on the plaza is a mall. We went to the terminal terrestre to get our bus tickets to Loja tomorrow. It's 10 USD per person and it will take 8-9 hours. This bus station is immense and modern.The bus ride ended up being gruelling. Next time, we'll chose another option for travel.
291 Kms from Loja
Discover the Chachapoyas fortress: Peruvian history is full of secrets waiting to be discovered. About 1200 kms north of Lima, is a place called Chachapoyas, which once hosted a civilization of the same name. This beautiful little town is overlooked by an ancient fortress: no swarming tourists, no long waiting lines, no crazy-high entrance fee. If you are coming here after visiting Machu Pichu, you will be able to identify the differences and similarities between the two cultures.