Galapagos National Park, 60 years of science and preservation

8/07/19 On July 4th, The Galapagos archipelago will mark its 60th anniversary since being declared Ecuador’s first protected area in 1959, as the island still faces continuing challenges to remain a standard bearer of world conservation. Ecuador’s government recognized the great efforts made toward the conservation of the island complex located in the Pacific, about… View Article

Via Natura celebrates world environment day

10/06/2019 Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits as well as… View Article

What everyone should know before traveling to Galapagos

6/06/2019 Galapagos is not just a regular beach, before traveling, inform yourself and remember that you will visit a natural destination, where learning and preservation of its biodiversity and endemism are its main attraction. Galápagos is a globally acclaimed site and is considered the Best Sustainable Destination in the Americas, for the actions taken to… View Article

GALAPAGOS: LISTED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AS ONE OF THE BEST DIVE SITES AROUND THE WORLD.

16/05/2019 “Where can you dive with marine iguanas, sea lions, whale sharks, and hammerheads in the same day? It’s got to be the Galápagos.” – As written in National’s Geographic 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations book, the Galapagos is one of the most beautiful and exciting places to go looking… View Article

MACHU PICCHU: ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

9/05/2019 Peru is a sum of traditions, cultures, and languages, in the Peruvians blood, flows indigenous, European, African and Eastern folklore. This miscegenation is its strength and pride. The most famous attraction in Peru is the Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical… View Article

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: PLASTIC FREE ENVIRONMENT

With more than two thousand registered native species, Galápagos is a worldwide reference on the importance of conserving most of the archipelago in its most pure state. Hence the initiative “Archipelago free of plastics” seeks just to prevent the seabed and the coasts of the islands are contaminated with waste from this material, whose decomposition… View Article

THE 2000 YEARS OLD UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: “THE NAZCA LINES “.

Located in the Peruvian coastal plain about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Lima. Created by the ancient Nazca culture in South America, and depicting various plants, animals, and shapes, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. The lines are known as geoglyphs, drawings… View Article

4 categories that led Peru as the winner of the World Travel Awards

16/01/2019 The twenty-fifth edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA). Considered the tourism industry’s most prestigious awards programme, were held this year at Lisbon, Portugal. Peru received the honors for the following categories: World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2018 The wealth of its lands and cultural diversity give Peru an exquisite and tremendously varied gastronomy. Each… View Article

Tourist agencies and operators in Santa Cruz, Galápagos are trained in business management

22/11/2018 The improvement of the current model of business management handled by tourism agencies and tour operators of Santa Cruz – Galapagos, was the objective of the workshop called “Management of Travel Agencies in the current global tourism scenario”. Jointly, the training was carried out between the Insular Zonal Coordination of the Ministry of Tourism… View Article

Ecuador at the World Travel Awards

18/10/2018 Ecuador was the winner of 25 awards in the twenty-fifth edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA). Different institutions recognized for the quality of their services. The event was held at the Palacio de Cristal in Guayaquil, which was the setting for the awards ceremony “Turism Óscar”, South America edition. Ecuador was nominated in… View Article

New private health insurance and hotel reservation will be required to enter the Galapagos, starting in November 2018

24/09/2018 Since November of this year, national and foreign tourists traveling to the Enchanted Islands, must have a private health insurance authorized by the Galapagos Government Council. Passengers will also be required to present Galapagos hotel or cruise boat reservations in order to enter the islands. The request of the health insurance is a measure… View Article

Galapagos in the Top 10 of the most spectacular places in the world

13/08/2018 The Galapagos Islands are in the top ten of the 25 most spectacular national parks in the world, according to an article published by the magazine “Viajar” of the newspaper “El País de España”. With stunning landscapes and unparalleled flora and fauna tourists, the enchanted islands should be your next travel destination. Among the… View Article

MACHU PICCHU CELEBRATES 11 YEARS AS A WONDER OF THE MODERN WORLD

In Via Natura and in the whole of Peru we are celebrating! Eleven years ago, the Historical Sanctuary and National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. We are proud to be part of the anniversary celebration of the Incan citadel! Since its designation… View Article

Between dances and songs the whales arrive at the Ecuadorian coasts

From June to October, the humpback whales travel more than 8000 kilometers to reach the Ecuadorian coasts, in order to find the appropriate conditions to bring their small offspring to the world, these great cetaceans find the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean as the propitious site to perform their mating rituals. The Ecuadorian coasts… View Article

CUSCO KICK STARTS ITS ANNUAL FESTIVITIES

Via Natura is pleased to announce that the yearly Cusco festivities have started! The celebrations in honor to this ancient city and capital of tourism in Peru were officially announced on the night of May 17th. The inaugural event took place in the esplanade of the ancient Inka temple of Qorikancha, located in the touristic… View Article

Tren de la Dulzura

After 20 years of long silence, Milagro and its inhabitants welcomed the arrival of the Dulzura Train. Milagro is the second largest city in the Guayas Province in Ecuador after Guayaquil. The areas is famous for its pineapple and sugar cane plantations. The Milagro station is located between the streets 9 de Octubre and Pedro… View Article

LAND OF CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCES

Ecuador’s chocolate is renowned as being one of the best in the world. The country’s chocolate-makers have won growing recognition over the last years with their bars, prized for their amazing flavours and aromas. And, it turns out, the source of the cacao plant is not Mexico, as is commonly believed. It’s in fact the… View Article

SIERRA DEL DIVISOR NATIONAL PARK, A GREAT ASSET FOR DEVELOPMENT

El Parque Nacional Sierra del Divisor es un gran activo para el desarrollo peruano y una contribución importante a los esfuerzos nacionales a favor de la reducción de emisiones de carbono y el clima, destacó el ministro de Medio Ambiente de Perú, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. Proteger Sierra del Divisor es una tarea importante dado su vasto… View Article

Temporary suspension of snorkeling in Santa Fe

We share with you that the Galapagos National Park has issued a document, informing the community about the research projects that are being carried out to determine the diversity, abundance and ethology of sharks in the bays of the Ports and tourist anchorage areas. The purpose of this research is to avoid risky encounters between… View Article

Suspensión temporal de snorkeling en Santa Fe

Les compartimos que la Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos ha emitido una circular informando a la comunidad sobre los proyectos de investigación que se están realizando para determinar la diversidad, abundancia y etología de los tiburones en las bahías de los Puertos y zonas de fondeadero turístico. Esta investigación tiene como finalidad evitar encuentros riesgosos… View Article

ANUNCIO DEL SEGURO MÉDICO DEL MINISTERIO DE TURISMO

Les informamos que en Febrero del 2017, la Asamblea Nacional de Ecuador emitió un decreto en la Ley Orgánica de Movilidad Humana, estableciendo como nuevo requisito para todos los visitantes a Ecuador y las Islas Galápagos el contar con un seguro de viajes internacional, sea este público o privado que tenga validez por todo el… View Article

MINISTRY OF TOURISM HEALTH INSURANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

We inform you that in February of 2017, the National Assembly of Ecuador issued a decree in the Organic Law of Human Mobility, establishing as a new requirement for all visitors entering to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to have an international travel insurance, either public or private valid for the entire duration of their… View Article

PERU NOT ZIKA-RISK COUNTRY

Peru has not been included into the World Health Organization (WHO) Zika high-risk countries List; thus, the virus should not have a negative impact on inbound tourism, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva indicated “Thank God, Peru has not been declared one of the high-risk countries, but we continue launching prevention and collaboration campaigns… View Article

ECUADOR, THE PERFECT PLACE FOR BIKING

Passionate persons who have made adventure biking part of their lifestyle and enjoy it to the fullest, have the perfect setting to do so in Ecuador. The Ecuadorian geography offers natural settings that allow the development of the sport with different technical levels, enjoying several drastic changes in climate and vegetation. Biking circuits are integrated… View Article

PERU: 90 ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES FOUND IN AREQUIPA

A total of 90 archaeological sites have been found in Arequipa’s district of Ayo, during the field inspection conducted in late 2015 to verify the cultural and tourism potential of the place. The archaeological inspection identified a terrace area that accounted for 70% of the total, a housing area that represented another 20% and funerary… View Article

ECUADOR: GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION UNRAVELS MYSTERY OF SEAMOUNTS AND FINDS NEW SHARK

The Galápagos archipelago has a unique underwater foundation that is not often studied. Using new high-resolution survey and sampling techniques, researchers led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) conducted the first scientific expedition to explore the deep-water seamounts – or underwater mountains – surrounding the remote Pacific Ocean island chain. “The well-known islands comprise only about… View Article

PERU TO LAUNCH NEW ALTERNATE ROUTE TO MACHU PICCHU

The state-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas—Sernanp stipulated the implementation of Route 5: Chachabamba-Wiñaywayna-Machupicchu, set forth in the Tourism Use Regulation of the Inca Trail Network of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Cusco. A resolution published in El Peruano official gazette allows access to 250 persons per day through the aforementioned route,… View Article

ECUADOR: LAND OF CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCES

Ecuador’s chocolate is renowned as being one of the best in the world. The country’s chocolate-makers have won growing recognition over the last years with their bars, prized for their amazing flavours and aromas. And, it turns out, the source of the cacao plant is not Mexico, as is commonly believed. It’s in fact the… View Article

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK OPEN´S WITH SECURITY MEASURES FOR VISITORS

119 days after the close of the Cotopaxi National Park, government authorities announced on December 11, 2015, the reopening of the protected area for the enjoyment of visitors.   The decision is based on monitoring reports and monitoring of the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School (IGEPN) queindican that the volcano in recent weeks… View Article

PERU: SIERRA DEL DIVISOR NATIONAL PARK, A GREAT ASSET FOR DEVELOPMENT

Sierra del Divisor National Park is a great asset for Peruvian development and an important contribution to national efforts in favor of carbon emissions reduction and climate, Peru’s Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal stressed. Protecting Sierra del Divisor is an important task given its vast territory of 1.3 million hectares — equivalent to 1.5 times the… View Article

WELCOME TO CASA NATURA GALAPAGOS LODGE

CASA NATURA GALAPAGOS LODGE is a small family run lodge on the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, 20 minutes away from Puerto Ayora. It has 14 rooms, a dining area, and several social areas for passengers to experience. All rooms have a balcony that enables guests to enjoy from the lush scenery of the highlands… View Article

RAFTING IN NAPO: ADRENALINE, EMOTION AND ADVENTURE

A rushing river with cold waters that descends from the Andes through an unbelievable array of green and foggy mountains in the higher zone, huge trees on the riversides, mammals, birds and insects that emit their characteristic sounds, a slight drizzle that gently falls on the Amazon jungles and a set of sensorial experiences all… View Article