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How to get to Machu Picchu: for visual learners

Check out this infographic to find out how to get to Machu Picchu.  If you prefer to read the words, here they are: Step 1: fly from your home to Lima, Peru.  (usually day 1) Flights from US often arrive evening.  There is one hotel at the airport connected by skybridge for an easy walk.  Step 2: fly from Lima to Cusco.  (usually day 2) Adios Adventure Travel guide will be waiting at the airport to…

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On the way to Machu Picchu? What to do if your luggage gets lost

Finally, you're on the way to Machu Picchu.  You board your international flight and arrive in Lima, but your checked luggage does not show up. What can you do?  Adios Adventure Travel offers strategies to help prevent your luggage from being lost, and instructions on what to do when it happens.   For travelers going by train to Machu Picchu: pack light and carry everything on board your flight…

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Sample South America: how to eat like a local

"If it looks good, eat it," works great for TV shows about offbeat foods.  But ordinary travelers should have some standards when it comes to making choices about where and how to sample local cuisine when traveling.  From plucking fresh coffee beans off the bushes in Bolivia, to samping manioc chica in the Amazon rain forest, I highlight the "do's & don'ts" of dining on the roads and paths of South…

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Changes to Machu Picchu entrance rules in 2015: it's not what you think

Are changes happening to entrance fees at Machu Picchu?  Yes. The office of Ministerio de Cultura in Peru has made changes to entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.  They are now offering an "afternoon" ticket which allows entry daily at 1300 for a reduced rate.  This offer is only for Peruvian nationals and foreigners living in Peru.  (on the official government website they refer to the ticket as the…

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The Back Door to Machu Picchu: what you need to know

Avoid the crowds and enjoy the best of Peruvian nature: high altitude pass, hot springs, small coffee plantations, and views of  Machu Picchu from the secluded valley behind the ruins.   Here's what you need to know: trip can be done in 3 days/2 nights or longer or shorter.  We adjust the ratio of hiking to driving depending on the number of days you have involves a combination of driving in a…

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Should Kids Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Parent Checklist

Yes!  Kids should hike the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  But like adults, there are some instances where they should not.  We provide a checklist for parents to determine if their child is ready.  Use the list of questions below to help decide if your child should do the 4 Day hike. Does your child participate in regular physical activity?   Does your child like, or seek out his/her own opportunities…

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Our Top 10 "Sticks & Stones" Adventure Destinations for Families

Check out these adventure travel destinations for families. Awaken your child's awareness and appreciation for nature.  Let them play in the sand or skip pebbles in the creek. Adventure trips like these may revive your kids interest in "playing."  Your kids will thank you.  Eventually.  If you're brave, leave all the devices, car games and board games at home (or hide them in the trunk & only use…

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How to prepare for travel in Bolivia (part II)

Bolivia abounds with mini-adventures reachable by car.  You can divide the country into 3 zones if you like.  The highlands, which includes La Paz, Potosi, Uyuni and the Salt Flats.  The semi-tropical areas which include, Coroico, Sucre and the thriving Santa Cruz.  Then the low-lying Bolivian Amazon.  According to the Bolivians, it's one of the last places on earth to experience authentic and pristeen…

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Travel to Machu Picchu: what could possibly go wrong?

Being aware of the many things that can happen along the way is the best way to prepare for your trip to Machu Picchu.  This collection of information comes from real events from Adios Adventure Travel tour groups.   Top 5 areas areas where last minute changes are most likely to impact your plans to visit Machu Picchu 1) International flights:The definition of "international" flight is any flight…

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Necropolis: the coolest place you never heard of in Bolivia

What do you know about Bolivia?  You may be familiar with the Uyuni Salt Flats and the silver mines in Potosi.  Many people have heard of the Sun and Moon Islands on Lake Titicaca.  But very few have heard of the high desert coral funerary towers of Necropolis found near the village of San Juan in the high desert.  These bubbles were once part of a high altitude body of water that is now long gone. What…

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