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.…

How to Book Roundtrip Flight from Lima to Cusco for $15 USD

If you're planning a trip to Machu Picchu, all international flights arrive in Lima, Peru. Travelers then fly to Cusco. Here's the step-by-step instructions showing how we booked our roundtrip flight on LAN AIRLINES (AKA Latam) between Lima and Cusco for $15 USD + 9000 points. To book this flight requires 3 things: British Airways Membership (free. …

Go Little. Or Go Home. The Smallest Adventure Travel Company in the World

The email landed in my inbox like a gift box being dropped on my desk. And there in front of my eyes, as beautiful as any hand-made bow I'd ever seen, was the headline for a new review just posted on Trip Advisor. "A Life-Changing Adventure with Adios Adventure Travel." Contained in the review was the most benevolent comment anyone could make about…

South America Travel Trends: Why the Best Adventures are Soft

It's the latest trend to hit the travel industry since the rolling luggage movement landed on the tarmac.  Adventure travel is accepted as one of the many modes that travelers now have when choosing trips.  In the past, adventure travel was relegated to those bold explorers who organized legendary expeditions, not sissy trips with tourist buses, hotels…

Machu Picchu for Nature Lovers

Living in the comfort of tyvek-sealed and sanitized structures makes for a comfy life, except for one pretty significant drawback. Nature deprivation. Unlike our ancestors who lived as nomadic gatherers, then settled down as farmers, who spent much of their day interacting (if not battling) the elements, modern homo sapiens have evolved into indoor-dwelling,…