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Going to Machu Picchu? Our tours and prices are guaranteed

The last thing anyone booking a trip to South America needs to worry about is having their guided tour or Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu cancelled by the operator.  But there are circumstances in which a tour operator may cancel your trip.  Reasons may include insufficient bookings which make it unprofitable to run a trip.   Operators may confirm your reservation and take your deposit payment months…

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Why you can't drive a rental car to Machu Picchu

Every year someone asks me about renting a car during their trip to Machu Picchu in Peru.  Americans are hopeless addicts to self-driven, gasoline-powered vehicles.  We think it will give us freedom, flexibility & independence on our trips.  Like it does at home.  Although I'm an avid proponent of independent travel, there are places where you should hang up the keys.  Peru is be one of them.  Here's…

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Vidal Jaquehua's adventure on the lost path to Machu Picchu (part 2)

So I went back to the mountains whit Marcos, my best friend. And we thought that we can do anything and that we could get anywhere.   Both of us whit a lot of experience, but that is how confusing those small trails are. We start looking for alternative trails to get to Machupicchu. Well happen that the Machu Picchu National Park has some limit on the number of clients that they allowed to the park…

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Vidal Jaquehua: the lost jungle trail to Machu Picchu (part 1)

All the other groups that were there this day went back, but we just pack our staff and we keep going. That time was the first time that I seen it, this long jungle trail to Machupicchu.

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Which countries need a visa to enter Peru?

Going to Machu Picchu?  Find out if you need a visa.  How long is it valid?  And where do you go to get it?  Check below and see if your country is on the list of those required to obtain a visa.  Then view the list of Peru embassies around the world to find the closest one to you. Freqently asked questions: Q:  Can I get my visa when I arrive in Peru?A: No, visas must be obtained before you travel.…

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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands: comprehensive packing guide

The climate of the Andes Mountains is very different from the Galapagos islands.  One is warm and temperate.  The other is a high-altitude mountain ecosystem with mini micro-climates. Activities on the islands may include swimming, snorkeling, boating and beach combing. Whereas, in the mountains, you may hike, explore ruins and participate in cultural activities.   One thing to note about Machu Picchu…

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Infographic: how to pack for your trip to Machu Picchu

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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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