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…

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…

Changes to Machu Picchu entrance rules in 2015: it's not what you think

Are changes happening to entrance fees at Machu Picchu?  Yes. The office of Ministerio de Cultura in Peru has made changes to entrance tickets to Machu Picchu. They offer an "afternoon" ticket which allows entry daily at 1300 for a reduced rate.  This offer is for Peruvian nationals and foreigners.  (on the official government website they refer to…

The Back Door to Machu Picchu: what you need to know

Avoid the crowds and enjoy the best of Peruvian nature: high altitude pass, hot springs, small coffee plantations, and views of  Machu Picchu from the secluded valley behind the ruins.   Here's what you need to know: trip can be done in 3 days/2 nights or longer or shorter.  We adjust the ratio of hiking to driving depending on the number of days…

Our Top 10 "Sticks & Stones" Adventure Destinations for Families

Check out these adventure travel destinations for families. Awaken your child's awareness and appreciation for nature.  Let them play in the sand or skip pebbles in the creek. Adventure trips like these may revive your kids interest in "playing."  Your kids will thank you.  Eventually.  If you're brave, leave all the devices, car games and board games…

How to prepare for travel in Bolivia (part II)

Bolivia abounds with mini-adventures reachable by car.  You can divide the country into 3 zones if you like.  The highlands, which includes La Paz, Potosi, Uyuni and the Salt Flats.  The semi-tropical areas which include, Coroico, Sucre and the thriving Santa Cruz.  Then the low-lying Bolivian Amazon.  According to the Bolivians, it's one of the last…

Travel to Machu Picchu: what could possibly go wrong?

Being aware of the many things that can happen along the way is the best way to prepare for your trip to Machu Picchu.  This collection of information comes from real events from Adios Adventure Travel tour groups.   Top 5 areas areas where last minute changes are most likely to impact your plans to visit Machu Picchu 1) International flights:The…

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…