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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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How to prepare for travel in Bolivia (part I)

Your adventure to Bolivia begins with a landing at the airport in El Alto.  A whopping 14,000 ft/4267 m above sea level. Even if you cross at a border town, the altitude is 12,500 ft/3810 m. After you catch your breath, the first thing US citizens do is get the visa.  The only currency accepted is Bolivianos.  But no worries if you don't have any, they'll allow you to walk to the currency exchange…

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Lake Titicaca Overnight Homestays - Amantani or Luqina?

Just one day of travel by bus, train or plane, and travelers from Cusco, Peru can arrive in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. After an overnight in a fairly comfortable hotel, it's possible to spend the next day exploring Lake Titicaca by boat.  The one day exploration includes a stop at the Uros Islands to meet the indigenous inventors of the "floating reed islands."   Totora reed, a naturally…

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How to plan your destination wedding to Machu Picchu

What happens when big life-changing event meets epic, trip of a lifetime?  The result is a destination adventure wedding in Machu Picchu, Peru. And it's not as hard as it sounds.  We can help you every step of the way. First, knowing these 2 simple ground rules will save you a lot of time: The marriage ceremony in Peru is symbolic and will not be recognized by the any state in the US (or other country)…

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Machu Picchu: how to find expert travel advice

The average 7-8 day trip to Machu Picchu from the US costs a minimum of $3000 USD per person, including international flights, 3 star hotels, ground transportation, guided tours & entry tickets.  If you were going to spend that kind of money for legal services, dental services or education, you would seek a trained expert in the field.  You wouldn't want to hire someone to create a legal document if…

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Amazon Rain Forest Adventure Cruise: not just for seasoned travelers

This is the perfect Amazon jungle cruise for most travelers, even beginners.  Goldilocks would love it.  Not too soft.  Not too hard. JUUUUUUSSST right. Comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water, individual air conditioning, on-board laundry service, large glass-enclosed dining room, attractive bar and lounge area, panoramic terrace, delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual…

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After Machu Picchu: your long Lima layover

You're all set for your trip to Machu Picchu. Flights. Check. Hotels. Check. Entry tickets. Check. But there may be one little thing you overlooked.  Your return flight home may include a really looooong layover in Lima, Peru on the last day of your trip.  It's easy to overlook the length of that layover because you've been focused on the important details and the reason for your trip: how to get to…

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Machu Picchu ticket tracking tool: when is the best time to go?

Machu Picchu is open every day of the year from 6 am to 5 pm.  Entry tickets are limited to 2500 per day.  Do Machu Picchu tickets ever sell out?  What months have the fewest visitors?  And what months have the most visitors? Adios Adventure Travel webmaster has set up software that monitors the trends for ticket sales to Machu Picchu.  Data is updated daily and the webpage is available for anyone…

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Essential passport advice for travelers to Machu Picchu

Why is a valid passport needed to make reservations for your trip to Machu Picchu or other destination in South America?  And what are your options if your passport is expired, about to expire, or you haven't applied yet? The simple definition of a valid passport is - a government-issued document that allows you to travel across international borders.  And how can you tell if your passport is valid?…

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Would you trust your travel agent to do this for you?

It was their family trip of a lifetime.  Twelve days in Peru including a 5 day trip to the Amazon jungle, followed by 4-day hike on the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  Steve contacted Adios Adventure Travel and booked the trip for his family of 4 more than 8 months in advance. Vidal and I reserved the hotels & jungle lodges, set up the domestic flights and got the permits for the hike.  Everything…

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