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…

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…

Lake Titicaca 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…

How to plan your destination wedding to Machu Picchu

What happens when big life-changing event meets epic, trip of a lifetime?  A destination wedding in Machu Picchu, Peru is born. It's quite easy to arrange. US and Canadian citizens, and people from many other countries, only need a valid passport to enter Peru.  We can help with planning every step of the way. First, here's 2 simple things to know: The…

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…

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,…

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…

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. …

Would your travel agent 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…

Family Adventure Travel: taking Grandma & the kids to Machu Picchu?

Family adventure travel is the new frontier for families seeking to spice up their vacations.  All-inclusive resorts are nice places to relax, but many busy, well-educated families seek more.  They want to learn something meaningful and generate lasting memories.  And they want to do it together. That's why family travel to South America is popular.  All…