RSS Feed en 120 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 booked last flight of the day from Lima to Cusco, and when they arrived for…
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:47:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 in case your 1st choice is not available. Bottom line is that even the…

Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 to rushing to enter at 6 am. Mornings…
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:08:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 literature.  

Conquest of the Incas / by John Hemming  

Could be…

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:05:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 amount of tickets available for purchase. The Peruvian government did change entry tickets to half day. But was it to reduce the steady stream of humanity making their way to the Andes Mountains? I don't think so. I went to the Peru government website…

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:33:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 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 and exotic ingredients. You don't need experience. We curated an abundance of food tasting adventures with just the right amount of comfort needed, while you explore the origins of exotic and indigenous foods…

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