RSS Feed en 120 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 DC, Houston, Los Angeles and other hub cities.

What can you see and do in Ecuador:

We help you combine your visit to the conference with travel around Ecuador, including trips to…

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:09:24 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 most of us, the best thing about traveling are the companions with whom we make the journey! I…
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:52:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 displays conflicting information! Here's what you need to know about the service, the cost and the benefits of each level of train service. I've also included links to a virtual tour for each of the 3 levels of service.

How to Get…

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:06:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 a fast pace doesn't matter.  It's your choice if you want to trek to Machu Picchu in only 3 days.

Day 1 - 13 KM / 8 MI  

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:55:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 used to chisel and shape multi-sided blocks that interlocked like puzzle pieces. But the modern brain can't grasp how the Inca could have achieved the level of precision that they did with the tools we have found. What are we missing? I found clues…

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Amazon Jungle: Why You need to Travel to the Most Biologically Diverse Place on Earth "This is not a zoo" our capable Bolivian guide spouted.  "We know where the animals live and we know their seasonal habits, but we can never guarantee sightings."  Then he scooped an 8-foot long anaconda from under the water and handed it to me.  

The first thing to understand about visiting the rain forest, is that even when standing in the center of an animal's native habitat, visibility may be limited. You may see and hear evidence of the animal's presence, but that doesn't mean you can get that shot or capture their activities on video.  Being in the presence of…

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:50:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Spot The Hidden Value of Professional Travel Services How do you measure value?  Especially when it involves experiences like travel? The obvious worth is what you see on the surface.  This may include tours with small groups, hotels with amenities or enhanced activities. What you see is the advertised cost for a trip.  And then it's up to you to determine if the value of those costs are justified.  Does that trip meet your budget as well as your interests?

Jacquie Whitt and Vidal Jaquehua, the co-founders of Adios Adventure Travel believe that value begins with 3 simple ideas:

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:41:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Choose Between the Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are short hikes that begin inside Machu Picchu National Park.  We offer a description and comparison of the two hikes.

Tickets are required and hikers must sign in and out at the checkpoints. There are separate checkpoints for each hike. Tickets for Huayna Picchu hike are the most popular and always sell out in advance.  Sometimes several months in advance during the busy season. (Easter to October) Some people buy tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain as a fallback if Huayna Picchu tickets are sold out. 

People who are fearful of heights, drop-offs,…

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:29:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
More Chinese Travelers will be "Peking" at Machu Picchu Machu Picchu lays down the welcome mat for Chinese citizens.  Visas are no longer required to enter Peru for Chinese citizens who meet the entry requirements. In addition to a valid passport, Chinese citizens must also possess valid permanent residence, or a visa, for any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, UK, United States or Schengen zone.  The…

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:14:25 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
2017 Rate Increase for Entry to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Hikes Effective January 1, 2017, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture has increased rates for entry to all ticketed museums, historical sights and archaeological parks in most of Peru.  Including an increase in the cost of permits for Inca Trail hikes as well as the cost of permits for each porter. 

Adult entry tickets to Machu Picchu will increase from 128/s. pp to 152/s. pp.  (about $7.50 USD pp increase)  And the cost to add the hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain will set you back 48/s. (about $15 USD pp)

The old cost of combined Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets were…

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:03:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt