How Many Days Should You Spend in Machu Picchu?

After traveling sometimes several days by air, train, bus and even on foot to get to Machu Picchu, you want to make sure you have enough time to visit and explore the ruins. Most visitors exert a great deal of effort, not to mention expense, to get to the middle of nowhere in the Andes Mountains.  How much time should you spend inside the ruins?   How…

Adventure Travel Job Opening: Work in Cusco, Peru

Are you passionate about travel and tourism? Do you want to learn about the hospitality industry? Are you looking for practical experience in tourism?  Adios Adventure Travel is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic administrative assistant in Cusco, Peru. This employment opportunity can begin immediately.   Most travelers coming to Cusco are on…

How Many Miles will an Airline Compensate You for Fainting on a Flight?

It was never my intention to find out the answer to that question. But if you guessed 20,000 miles, you are correct.   Let me make it clear that Delta Airlines in no way caused me to faint on my flight from Lima, Peru to Atlanta.  But what happened after I fainted, is why they compensated me with 20,000 frequent flyer miles.  The story began after…

Machu Picchu Ticket Changes: Half Day is Still Better than None

Half-day entry tickets to Machu Picchu for entry after July 1, 2017 are now available on the official government website.  (This page is updated frequently as we confirm intel from our local sources. Last update: June 18) Machu Picchu (this will be the morning shift from 6 am - 12 Noon) Machu Picchu Segundo Turno (or "2do turno" if you look under…

Mudslide Leads to Temporary Detour of 1-Day Inca Trail Hike

On Friday March 24, 2017, a mudslide occurred on the 1 day Inca Trail.  The location of the falling earth was just below the waterfall which is between Chachabamba and Winay Wayna ruins. That portion of the trail has been temporarily closed.  Machu Picchu has not been affected.  UPDATE: As of June 15, 2017, the original path from Km104 has been re-opened…

Peru Floods and Travel to Machu Picchu 2017

For anyone planning an upcoming trip to Machu Picchu, all eyes have been on the news about flooding in Peru.  This year, the rainy season, from late November to late March, has been particularly severe along the coastal regions of Peru.  Deaths have been reported in small communities to the north and south of Lima.  May 28 Update: At this time, aid…

Machu Picchu Weather: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The most frequently asked questions about traveling to Machu Picchu are regarding the weather.  We've collected the best intel we have along with a few other facts to help you determine when to travel. The good news about Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is open every day of the year from 6 am to 5 pm.   there are 2 seasons:  WET from late November to…

The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Enter Machu Picchu

It's not altitude meds, drinking water or sturdy, flat-soled shoes.  All of which are recommended.  (Although altitude meds are optional. Machu Picchu tops out around 8000 ft. / 2438 m. Which is not much compared to Cusco at 11000 ft / 3350 m.) By the time you go through Cusco and the Sacred Valley, which will squander about 5 hours of travel time to…

Inti Raymi Festival Entry Tickets 2017

Update June 15, 2017:  we are no longer selling tickets for the Inti-Raymi festival.  Tickets may still be available from other operators but be aware that seats are assigned and the remaining available seats may not be together, depending on the size of your group.  Get your entry tickets now for one of the most impressive outdoor theatrical performances…

World Orchid Conference 2017: Travel to Ecuador

Book your trip now for the 22nd Annual World Orchid Conference in 2017. Travel to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador in South America. Conference Dates: begins Wednesday, November 8 at 9 am through Sunday, November 12 at 5 pm.Location:  Guayaquil Convention Center  Flights depart daily from the US including Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington…