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.  Hikers with permits for the 1-day hike will be rerouted by train to KM…

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.  March 26 Update: We got this first-hand…

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

Get your entry tickets now for one of the most impressive outdoor theatrical performances in South America. Our office in Cusco is ready to help you arrange everything needed for your trip to the Inca Empire. Inca culture comes alive when Inti-Raymi celebrations descend on the Peruvian city of Cusco.  Contact our US office with questions or to make…

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…

Machu Picchu: The Story of the Lost Toy on the Way to the Lost City

Written by:  Heather Corona / Adios Adventure Travel Trip Consultant What is the absolute worst thing that could happen to a young autistic boy on his journey through South America?  And what is the best thing that can happen to a busy tour operator who is willing to work out solutions to any problems that land in her email inbox? Travel Companions For…

Machu Picchu Trains: Virtual Tour and Information

Everyone who goes to Machu Picchu, must take a train at some point.  Even hikers take the train for the return journey to Cusco because the Inca Trail hike is one direction only. And it's not surprising that there's confusion about train service to Machu Picchu. The internet is not always your friend. Apparently, neither is the Perurail website which…

Hike Classic 4 Day Inca Trail in Only 3 Days

For experienced hikers and people who are really fit, it is possible to hike the entire 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 3 day trek. You hike the same distance as people who hike for 4 days.  But you do it in 3 days. Total distance 43 Km / 27 miles in 3 days, hiking in to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  Whether you're short on time or just enjoy hiking at…

Alice in Jungleland: How I Chased an Inca Legend

It sounds more like a plot for an Indiana Jones movie, than a viable technique employed by an ancient civilization. The Inca constructed cities of hand-cut stone that are now famous destinations for travelers from around the world.  Machu Picchu is one of the most well known. We know the Inca had tools made from stone and rudimentary bronze and copper…