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Machu Picchu is NOT Closing for Maintenance in April 2016

The story that Machu Picch is closing for maintenance in April 2016 is not true.  The original story written in Spanish was published on August 11, 2015 in Andina Agencia Peruana de Noticias and announced that Huayna Picchu Mountain would be closed for maintenance from April 1-15, 2016 and Machu Picchu Mountain would be closed for maintenance from April 16-30, 2016. The story was rewritten in English…

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Why We're the Best Dam Machu Picchu Tour Operators in Peru

There are hundreds, if not thousands of choices when it comes to finding a guide or tour operator to help you with your travel arrangements to South America.  Whether you need a little advice, or a lot of help crafting the perfect itinerary, we know it's an important decision.   Adios Adventure Travel is one operator you can count on.  Our team is attentive to your needs and interests, will help you…

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Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu: world's worst places to get sunburned

There are many resources for helping travelers to plan their vacations.  But there is one important detail that only you are completely in charge of.  No travel agent or tour operator can help you prepare and protect your skin from the sun while traveling.  This is your job.   Get educated about the negative side affects of excessive sun exposure.  See these facts about skin cancer. over the past…

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Earthen Ovens & Beehives: Why You Should Ditch Your Bucket List

Eiffel Tower.  Check.  Stone Henge.  Check.  Angkor Wat.  Check.  Easter Island. Check.  Bucket lists vary from person to person, but the idea of a bucket list is universal.  Individuals compile a list of their favorite destinations, checking each place off the list when they visit the destination in person.   Not anymore.  The new trend is consumers who seek unique travel experiences over big name…

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Doing one of life's best things: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Guest post by Sandy Vakos One of my life's best things is the trip I made to Machu Piccu hiking the Inca Trail.  We had porters carrying our stuff:  tents, food, toilet paper, even a little toilet tent.  The Peruvian government requires Inca Trail hikers to use porters.  It provides jobs and keeps the trail clean and controlled.  Our porters blithely slide past us grinning, huge packs on their backs,…

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Please don't write a review of our company on Trip Advisor!

If you don't have an established account on travel forums, including Trip Advisor, Fodor's or Lonely Planet , to name a few, no matter how helpful you are trying to be, it could end up in disaster for the company you're trying to review.  Savvy Trip Advisor travelers are suspicious of first-time reviewers and may reply with comments that are mean and not in the spirit of your intent at all.   Trip…

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Peru: every hike you book supports the best porters ever!

Whether you know it or not, every time you book any hike in Peru, a porter (in some companies, including ours, 2 porters) gets a job.  Porters  come from small, Qechua communities scattered through the Andes mountains near Cusco.  It's the porters who buy the food, carry the loads, set up the camps, prepare the meals, clean up meals and handle all the equipment for all hikes.  And in some cases, donkeys.…

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Best way to explore Cusco: on foot

On the way to Machu Picchu, don't forget to spend at least a couple of days in Cusco.  It's an exotic, high-altitude (11,000 ft / 3430 m) metropolis where venerable Inca civilization collided with "Levi's and cell phones."  You'll see ladies wearing bowler hats with babies swaddled in hand-made textiles on their backs, strolling the streets with llamas as well as fashion-forward hipsters in high heels…

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Why you should travel to Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands on separate trips

Are you considering one big trip to South America?  With stops in Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands?  Before you make your final decision, we offer some alternatives. Travelers planning to visit both Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands can expect to pay upwards of $5000 USD per person including your international flights.  The international flights can be configured as an "open jaw"  (meaning all…

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What is the Cost of a Machu Picchu Trip?

One of many factors that determine where we travel, is cost.  Including flights, hotels, guided tours, ground transportation and meals., we break down the cost of a trip to Machu Picchu based on minimum of 2 people sharing a hotel who self-book everything.  All values are expressed in US dollars. $1819 USD per person total cost (based on double occupancy) Here's what each person can expect to pay…

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