Vidal Jaquehua's adventure on the lost path to Machu Picchu (part 2)

So I went back to the mountains whit Marcos, my best friend. And we thought that we can do anything and that we could get anywhere.   Both of us whit a lot of experience, but that is how confusing those small trails are. We start looking for alternative trails to get to Machupicchu. Well happen that the Machu Picchu National Park has some limit on…

Vidal Jaquehua: the lost jungle trail to Machu Picchu (part 1)

On those mountains in Peru, a lot of people get lost easily. I was one of them.  I grow up in Cusco and as a child, I played on the trails and in the mountains where I now guide the people.  But I did get lost one time. I think the first year that I was working as a guide, one company ask me to take a group to Machupicchu on the 4-day Inca trail hike.…

Which countries need a visa to enter Peru?

Going to Machu Picchu?  Find out if you need a visa.  How long is it valid?  And where do you go to get it?  Check below and see if your country is on the list of those required to obtain a visa.  Then view the list of Peru embassies around the world to find the closest one to you. We provide this information as a courtesy, and accuracy is not guaranteed…

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands: comprehensive packing guide

The climate of the Andes Mountains is very different from the Galapagos islands.  One is warm and temperate.  The other is a high-altitude mountain ecosystem with mini micro-climates. Activities on the islands may include swimming, snorkeling, boating and beach combing. Whereas, in the mountains, you may hike, explore ruins and participate in cultural…

How to get to Machu Picchu: for visual learners

Check out this infographic to find out how to get to Machu Picchu.  If you prefer to read the words, here they are: Step 1: fly from your home to Lima, Peru.  (usually day 1) Flights from US often arrive evening.  There is one hotel at the airport connected by skybridge for an easy walk.  Step 2: fly from Lima to Cusco.  (usually day 2) Adios Adventure…

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…