Reasons you might want to revisit Machu Picchu. Really

You scratched it off your bucket list.  But what if you have the chance to go back to Machu Picchu?  Should you do it?   Most people visit a site recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World only once.  It takes alot of effort to make a "trip-of-a-lifetime" happen.  There is the planning, the expense and the worry.  As much as we anticpate the…

Guide to Cusco Restaurants & Cooking Classes

Whether you want to dine in exquisite restaurants, or explore the culture of the Andes by creating your own dishes, Cusco has many choices to enhance your gastronimic experiences on the way to Machu Picchu.  Here is a list of favorites along with our tips to help you choose the right one for the right occasion.   Cusco Cooking Class:11:30-1:30 pm Daily…

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…

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…

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.…

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. Driven by limited travel budgets and the desire to…

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…

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

This may sound counter productive to promoting our small business, but please read below to find out why this is important. 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…

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…

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…