Adventures in Flying to Machu Picchu: Avoid These Mistakes

Which airlines are the best? When is the best time to fly? Can you get a direct flight to Machu Picchu? Are there alternative modes of transport? Can you bypass traveling through Lima? And possibly one of the most important questions, "Does it matter what flight I book?"  What's the worst that can happen? (real life stories)  one group of 14 people…

5 Pro Tips for Organizing the Perfect Trip to Machu Picchu

Don't let tight connections and poor planning ruin your trip to Machu Picchu. We're Machu Picchu travel experts and here's our list of top tips to help you make the most of your trip to the famous citadel.  #1 - Be Flexible.   About everything. Aim for your target dates, hotels and ideal train departures. But give yourself permission to choose alternatives…

Machu Picchu Update: One Ticket One Entry

"One and done." That's the latest change at Machu Picchu. Each entry ticket entitles the holder to enter one time.   About the new rule: effective July 1, 2019 it will affect both morning and afternoon ticket holders morning ticket holders can enter up to about 11am (ish) and stay beyond 12N.  They will not be asked to leave. there is no advantage…

My Machu Picchu Reading List for Travelers

Whether you're anticipating a trip to Machu Picchu, or fueling your armchair wanderlust, these books are my favorites. I'm attracted to adventure mixed with a little science and historical facts. For ten years I've been traveling, reading and dare I say studying the Incas.  There are no travel guides on this list because I wanted to share interesting…

The Truth About Overcrowding and the New Rules for Machu Picchu Entry Tickets

In case anyone is under the impression that the "New Rules" for half day entry tickets to Machu Picchu have anything to do with reducing congestion at the citadel, there is no connection. The Peruvian government has not taken any steps to reduce the number of visitors to Machu Picchu. As a matter of fact, on July 1, 2017, they more than doubled the…

What You Need to Know About Travel to High-Altitude Destinations

Eventually, everyone who plans a trip to Machu Picchu finds out that their genetic pre-disposition to adjust to high altitude may be the biggest factor affecting the amount of suffering they may have to endure on their vacation. Everyone reacts differently to the realization that not only do they have to figure out how to book hotels, trains, tickets,…

Guide to Arranging Taxis in Cusco and Lima Peru

Thanks to Machu Picchu, Lima, Peru is home to one of the busiest airports in South America.  Visitors from Europe, United States, Australasia, and all corners of the planet flock to Lima by air on their way to the Andes Mountains.  Some visitors will stopover in Lima, the foodie capital of South America, while others will scurry on to their flights…

Machu Picchu Concierge-Level Service for All Budgets

Let's say you are DIY traveler.  There's nothing wrong with that.  Lots of people enjoy the process of researching, selecting and reserving flights, hotels, lodges and other services on their way to destinations in South America, including Galapagos Islands and the mysterious and amazing ruins of Machu Picchu.  Or both. And for travelers who prefer…

Foodie Vacations in South America

Explore Peru and Ecuador with your tastebuds  Eat. Drink. Be merry. On your next vacation. Food adventures in South America are hot! Peru has emerged as one of the most world-renowned destinations for travelers who enjoy exploring local culture with their tastebuds, while on the way to Machu Picchu! And Ecuador is not far behind with their mix of micro-climates…

Travel Insurance for US residents: What you need to know

Do you have to buy travel insurance? Unless you're traveling to a country that requires foreigners to show proof of medical insurance when entering, most independent travelers are not required to buy insurance. Some tour operators require medical and evacuation insurance as a prerequisite for participation.  For instance, the lodge-to-lodge trek in…