RSS Feed en 120 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, buses and flights to a remote spot in the middle of the Andes Mountains, but they have to add symptoms of altitude sickness to the list of "things to know before you go." 

For 10 years, I have been going to Cusco, Peru, La Paz, Bolivia,…

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:12:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 to Cusco as soon as possible.  

You would think that finding and arranging local taxis and transportation would be low on the list of important things to do to prepare for your…

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:06:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 to let someone else arrange their all-inclusive tours with guides, hotels and tickets, it's available through personal travel agents or online from companies…

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:01:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Foodie Vacations in South America

Here are 2 trips to South America you can take with culinary experts!

Eat. Drink. Be merry, on your next vacation. Foodie vacations in South America are one of the best ways to explore local culture.  You don't need experience. We combine just enough adventure to explore everything from the origins of exotic and indigenous food, to the fun of creating dishes with your own hands.  Everything is included except…

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:30:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 Peru requires that every hiker provide proof of coverage in order to book the hike.  The Peruvian government doesn't require insurance…

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:17:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Peru has it all: World's Best Cuisine & Machu Picchu Peru has done it again. For the 6th year in a row, this little "developing country that could" has topped the list of leading culinary destinations at the World Travel Awards (WTA). By an online voting process, people from around the world selected Peru for the best culinary hospitality in addition to Machu Picchu, chosen as the world's leading tourist attraction.

In the world of tourism, it doesn't get any better than this. With Machu Picchu being on the bucket list for most travelers, and everyone who travels being an eater, visitors can chow down…

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:01:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Best Machu Picchu Adventure Trips for Millennials Millennial travelers may be defined by a certain date range, but these trips are perfect for energetic, adventure-seeking travelers of all ages.

Adios Adventure Travel is the real deal. A small operator who organizes hands-on adventures to all the big places. And all the unknown places. We selected our best adventure trips for small groups. Listed below, each trip includes a visit to a high-profile destination with elements of exclusive, off-the-beaten path activities. Camping is optional and you can choose to stay in small family-run hotels and basic lodges. Local English-speaking guides…

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:25:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu: guide to Mosquitoes and Biting Insects What should Travelers going to Machu Picchu know about biting insects? Although Machu Picchu (8000 ft) is well above the 6500 foot altitude boundary for exposure to mosquitoes, it's still possible for a few of the little buggers to pop up and annoy you. But possibly more bothersome are the midges that can't be seen until it's too late. I have seen people in shorts with their legs covered in tiny bumps from these invisible, undetectable devils. Although they are not poisonous or vectors of disease, you don't want your most noteworthy memory of your amazing trip to be the itchy…

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:06:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Important Update: 2018 Inca Trail Permit Availability The Peruvian Ministry of Culture announced that Inca Trail permits for the 2018 hiking season will be released for sale beginning the week of October 2, 2017.  

In previous years, permits went on sale in early January, although last year, they were released in mid-December 2016, for the 2017 hiking season.  Groups planning to hike in April, May and June 2018 can expect those permits to sell out quickly.  In recent years, permits for the month of May were depleted in a few hours on opening day.  The number of available permits in 2018 remains the same as years past:  500 per day.  Including…

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:49:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Dreaming of A Trip to Machu Picchu? 6 Strategies to Make it Happen You want it. But that trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu seems out of your grasp.  Are you overwhelmed by the obstacles?  Not enough time or money, and maybe you're out of shape.  The worries will be there no matter what. Here are 6 simple strategies to make your vacation to Machu Picchu happen. You can do this.  

1. Invite a friend. Or 8.  

Reach out to a friend or loved one and invite them to join your vacation to Machu Picchu.…

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 18:49:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt