Control Over Control
Is there the possibility to have or own control over the control? Can we be capable of controlling our sensations when a record emits distracting but bounding sensations into our most internal spiritual being? Can we have the power to control the internal needs for love or the dark rising wave of fears? Is there a sort of 10 step method to achieve the almighty control over control? and block all our sensations from the outer world?
You know..I wondered about that idea when I was 12 and for some reason I used to wake up every morning before the sun came up to see it from my window. I was not feeling tired, and I didn’t even felt the lazyness od waking up to go to school. No, this was different , maybe my inka inside was gently unraveling at the very first rays of sun springing from the upper area of the building right in front of my house. This ceremony of worshipping the sunrise was carried by inkas every day from the Regocijo square in the city of Cusco long before colonization… nowdays it’s another part of our ancient heritage that has been taken away and has hopped against its will onto the bus of progression and mindless evolution.
So…was I in power or control of the satisfaction that the sunshyne was giving me? No, the same way I couldn’t wait until school finished every day to run back home and play my drumset to the beat of Guns n Roses or Pearl Jam. But in one way or another my nomad inside was early claiming that piece of heaven, that remedy that every Non-citizen feels by being dragged into society and thrown away into a ditch of chores and duties that has nothing to do with their personal evolution and comprehension of the shadowboxer situation surrounding (them).
Same with traveling…the first time I hopped onto a bus was because Red Hot Chilli Peppers were going to gig in Santiago de Chile. My country was out of the radar of many producers of famous bands back in 2002, but it didn’t scare me away from my dream. I wanted to see the lights, I wanted to shout the songs and give it away to the stars, so I went far across the limits of what professors told me was everything I could long for in my life ajajaja. The gig was amazing; I saw the stars, I saw the lightning, I felt the burning flame of rock inside of me, and I survived the mosh, until nowdays when I discovered what Anthony Kiedis meant by the warning about the motherfucking girls from California. Ever since that year I couldn’t stop thinking of going somewhere else to fill my guts with the same uncontrollable sensations that the lights of the sun used to fuel me up with when I was a child.
Traveling is perhaps not well seen by the humans that unwillingly were made to support the system made from the man to the man. For others traveling is a waste of time, an escape from reality. But I wonder, if reality is what the books tell you, remember that the writers from the 1700s were driven by thier hearts, and the thirst of freedom and liberty whose hearttaken battlecries used to spread like fire over the fields of France during the revolution… the same fuel has been injected using a different dialect into other materials that nowdays rule heads in many famous educational institutions around the globe.
I say what about let loose on that, let’s write our own history. Perhaps we will never change anything other than our dry eyes into shiny eyes, our empty guts into fearless ones, and our clean feet into powerful crawls. No seriously, after all, who can control the power of curiosity? Who can hold the torch that lights the sun? Who can resist the power of music and who the fuck is ever gonna make me stop traveling these lands?
Thanks for reading and enjoy your tour.
Yonathan Guillinta A.
Traveler, CEO and founder.
Free Walking Tour Peru
Yes, is it a reality now! Here in Peru since the 2010, I have been in charge introducing the European idea that revolutionized the tourism industry in Berlin, Germany. In 1995, Chris Sandeman unknowingly invented the first Free Walking Tour in this world. As the story goes, he lost his job at a tour agency, and the only thing he could do was talk about the history of Berlin. He had no better idea than to come out to the main square with a little banner that said ‘free tour’. Days went by and nothing happened, until destiny hit him with grace and wealth. Now he has established his brand Sandeman’s New Europe in over 18 countries, including New York, California, and Israel.
What about Peru?
In Peru the idea came about in a very different way, not only because Peru owns one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world (ie. Machupicchu), but also because our culture is no longer simply identified by its Inka roots.
We are the Neo Peruvians, a colorful and multicultural mixture of many communities in one country with over 200000 people that is not 100% Peruvian. Nonetheless, it behaves like and loves the culture anyways. So free walking tour? Yes, but how? How can I run it and include a wide range of cultures in a tour that last from 2.5 to 3 hours? I will not lie here…I never studied tourism, nor did I study business, finance or publicity. All I know is how to speak perfect English, and I’m in love with philosophy, music, theater and of course travelling. I traveled 9 years of my life, and am still going. So what is the best business model or tour that you can give when you don’t know anything about one thing, but a lot about others? Simple: just pour all of your knowledge into something that you don’t know and master it. It might sound disastrous for some people, but come on, I was not going to do brain surgery or fly into space…I simply wanted to make a tour that encompasses our country’s rich history, and to do so in an engaging and comprehensive way! It needed to be interesting, not just another boring city tour that never fits what travellers want.
Since I am a traveller, all I have to do is get to the city where I want to run the tour, breathe the air, feel the vibe, look around, hear the sounds, and ask myself: So Yonathan, what would you like to do here?
Designing the route
It's funny, but I remember when my mother once told me: ‘Yonathan, you need a career… please go and study something, anything! You speak perfect English and know a lot about other cultures! You can study to how to work in commercial airlines, and become an assistant at the airport.’ So I tried it, but dropped it after just 2 months. I didn’t want to be picked out and compared to one of the kids from the movie ''The Wall''...that is just not for me. I would rather be reading of what I want to learn, and then build upon these ideas in order to apply them to a completely new and different context. Moreover, by mixing these traditional perspectives with newer ones, I realized that I could create a new understanding of and view towards a philosophy of life.
f you study tourism in traditional settings, they are going to teach you (in addition to other things) how to make cookie-cutter business models that can be applied in any and all contexts. It is like a scientific method: the equation will be so perfect that the happiness of each individual tourist will be assured no matter what. According to this logic, we could consider the following itinerary:
At 6 am, a bus will arrive to take you to the mountain to for picturesque photographs.
t 7, breakfast with lactose-free milk, bread, and fruit juice will be served to the group.
At 8am you will have some free time, but only until 9am when the birds begin to awaken and distract you with their sporadic flights. By 10am, everyone will return back to the hotel.
Overall, you will earn 10 dollars here and 20 there, and an additional bonus just in case tips are not include. We will finally lunch at 8pm. in the restaurant that we choose.
Well what if I don't wanna wake up at 6am?, let’s just not sleep! The day beforehand we can have a bonfire and stay awake until 5am. Afterwards, we can go to the river, go to the bushes and pick up some fruits , then go for a picnic on the mountain where we can see the birds and talk of theories and listen to music and we can go to the local market too! eat there speak with locals...Why this cannot be possible when one of the main meanings of travelling is discovering? So packaging the tour? Oh why yes, you mean designing the route... alright, let me have a G'NT and I'll tell you...
First, I want feel the vibe I wanna brain away a wish list, and this is the beguinning of the process of bounding connection with the environment, its almost like a psichodelic trip when your forget about structures and methods of particular needs and the rush for satisfiying them. You can invite some people too, but I like to make it alone and then test it, once you have had fun all over the place you will feel hungry and you will ask to your stomack, mate whats your appetite like?, are you thirsty? you want beef or vegetarian?, and then you ask a local whats a good place to eat check it taste it not just read a review on trip advisor and take for granted that its good, remember not all appetites likes Nutella.
In my tours the historical facts cannot be missed but theres another way to create interest on making people know more about the local historical facts, mixing them with modern reality, trying to creat a logical explanation between what happend and the result of these acts in the urban modern metropoly is what makes me feel like an historian, Im fed up with history books they are good but at then end you end up knowing what happend 5000 years ago but if you wanna do something after the tour you really don't know what to do rather than where to eat and how to come back to your hotel so for me: Historical facts equals cause and effect.
For example: Have you ever had a culture shock from seeing so many street vendors , including elderly people and children selling things on the street? Every main square was a sacred temple during the ancient Inka culture. When the Spaniards began the process of colonization, they needed to introduce their new economical system, since Inkas only traded things based on multiple scales of value, rather than strictly monetary price. Spaniards found a main square in every single city, which they took over and turned it into a market to give movement to the new economical system. They allowed everyone to become a vendor and to sell things on the street because they all needed to pay taxes to the Spanish Crown. This is a economical system that has its beginnings in 1532, and which nowdays we Peruvians see as a normal phenomenon. Once again, you can call this every-expanding cycle of cause and effect a unique history if you want, but in reality it has always been the universal law.
And what is the result?
The result is that Peru has finally a free walking tour that is conducted for people who share the same passion for the freedom of what it means to be a traveller with free soul. We focus our daily tours on giving travellers what they really want…giving surveys at the end of the tour is always a good idea because it helps a great deal in designing new routes with new attractions. Still, one of the attractions that will never change is playing with llamas. Travelers were constantly asking for the opportunity to see and take pictures of llamas, and as the CEO I recognized the importance of integrating such interactions into the tour. It took me a while to find places to do so, but when you see our travellers blissfully smiling as they take selfies with passive llamas, this simple pleasure by far exceeds any financial compensation.
The result also is that others have made a starkly similar model to what I did after Chris Sandeman’s. They conceptualized the same ideas but what really pains and shames me to say is that they didnt had a more creative way to do it and copied every single Idea I had develop to create a better experience, Free walking tour shouldnt stay the same for more than 3 months, there is so much to see, share and learn if you ever concieder yourself skilled enough to make a free walking tour keep one thing in mind: You can do whatever your imagination encourages you to do as long as these ideas are keen to what travelers are looking for.
A free walking tour shouldnt be taken as a curtain enterprise to attract travelers and sell them paid tours as a second intention. Although I believe they can sell tours, I don't believe they should misuse the FREE walking tour to do so. This is not a job to make an extra buck--this is a global community. And this global community understood long ago that there is no such thing as THE TOURISTIC INDUSTRY. No, not for us...for us it's a free open world full of marvels, and we all need a guide to show it all to everyone. What meaning will learning have, if you will not selflessly share?
Thanks for reading and enjoy your tour.
Yonathan Guillinta A.
Traveler, CEO and founder.
Hello dear walkers! We would like to introduce our first cartoon, which is designed to represent one of our many aims: to preserve the environment, especially in this part of the world. Peru is a beautiful country with many touristic attractions, but at times it seems that these beautiful attractions are masked by the realities of impoverishment and urban expansion
Take as an example the district of ''EL Rimac'' , which is actually part of our free walking tour in Lima. El Rimac is the core of Lima Culture. But did you know that Lima is a mere mispronounced spanish word? When the spaniards arrived to Lima, the place had a different name--El Rimac. The Spaniards couldn't pronounce the word because there was no word in spanish that finished with the letter C, so little by little they changed RIMAC for LIMA.
Now what is the meaning of RIMAC? It comes from our mother language. No....not Spanish, our mother language is Quechua! Quechua is a language that is vividly alive in the highlands, but in the main capitals of Peru it has lost authority.
RIMAC is the name that the pre - inka civilization named the ICHMAS gave to the river that runs under the bridge between Lima city centre and El Rimac district. It signifies when the tide of the river gets high the sounds of the water represent the voice of our people The richness of the Quechua language can be easily compared to the richness of the German Language, because both languages have synthesized long expressions in only 1 word.
For example, if you want to express in spanish or in english that you feel good because somebody else is having a bad time, you might have to use more than one word. But in german, you only have to say Schadenfreude. Now that we have unpacked a little bit of information related to a non-touristic part of the capital of Peru, imagine how many explanations there are beyond the most popular touristic destinations in this world! We know you would love to hear and discover all these little tips in your everlasting journey, and we are as hungry for it as you are.
o remember when you come to the free walking tour and our guide asked you: what would you do for the betterment of urban culture in Peru? Tell them the things that had worked in your country, how people realized the importance of recycling, and some of the benefits that these actions brought to you, this information might be deeply helpfull for rescuing places like El Rimac..
Thank you and welcome to free Walking tour Peru.
Traveler, CEO and Founder.
Hello my name is Yonathan Guillinta, I am the CEO of Free Walking Tour Peru. In this blog I will try to purge 9 years of constant traveling, provide updated info about the enterprise, and uncover traveling tips for all of you to discover new places in Latin America. Thanks for been there since 2010, we love you all. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of FWT!