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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…