American students return from "Peru Backpack Project" empty-handed

American high school students traveling in Peru, learned a lesson not taught in any classroom.  How some children in the Andes Mountains may spend up to 2 hours each way getting to and from their local, rural schools.   In spite of the obstacles, rural children make sacrifices to get to their schools.  They carry their small things like pencils or bread…

4th Visit to Machu Picchu & each time feels like the first

It was my 4th visit to Machu Picchu. Someone asked me if I was getting tired of the the place. "No," was my reply. I feel like a virgin visitor every time. The ancient city of the Incas is so vast, that even after 4 visits, I still haven't seen everything. The weather is different each time. The time of day is different. My companions are different.…

How to get from Cruise Ship to Machu Picchu

We love our cruises! With an earth that is made up of roughly 80% water, it's possible to access any continent on the planet in the comfort of a floating bedroom. People who cruise to South America may want to arrange an excursions to popular destinations including Machu Picchu. Built by the ancient Incans, Machu Picchu is a world heritage site of…

How one good deed helped some kids in Peru

The whole thing started with a chair. A run-of-the-mill lazy-boy style lounge chair that my mother-in-law purchased for my father-in-law after he broke his hip. He needed help standing up and the chair had a lift in it. She was barely over 5' tall and he was 6'4" tall, so she was not even going there with him. Before he fell and broke his hip, he would…

Ecuador: Best Adventure Trip Ever!

Somebody has to do it. Take the kids abroad. So I gathered up 10 mothers & girls and took them on an "adventure of sorts" to Ecuador. I promised it wouldn't hurt. They were reluctant. After all, I was known to take students to remote villages and hike trails and, you know, pee in the woods! Stuff like that. I felt a little like Juliette Gordon Low,…

Top 10 list of things I'm thankful for when traveling

I vow never to take toilet paper for granted again.  Or napkins.  I found out the hard way that it's customary in Hong Kong to bring your own napkins to restaurants. My Chinese friends picked me up at the airport after 18 hours of traveling and took me straight to a wonderful little authentic neighborhood restaurant.  I was the only westerner as far…

How to travel to Galapagos Island or hike the Inca Trail for free

by Vidal Jaquehua - Licensed Peruvian Guide / Co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel The fact that we took a group whose leader went there for free, as you know, it was because she has her group. She had a full size group ready to go. And the fact that they choose Adios Adventure Travel, it was because they know that we are very carefull whit their people…

Hike the Inca Trail with 0 impact on your wallet

It's very important that businesses take advantage of seasonal fluctuations in the travel market.   Our company benefits by offering deals on packages that invite people to see our products.  (hopefully, you will go to our website right now and see what we offer) For people who enjoy traveling with friends, this is a great opportunity.  How can you…

Adios Adventure Travel builds relationships with travelers

Still reeling from the high energy of the Adventure Travel Expo, we set about following up with our new potential travelers.  I sent emails to everyone who handed us a business card or email address. People who had plans to travel already in the works, contacted Vidal Jaquehua in Cusco, to get inside details and set up itineraries for their trips. The…

Adios Adventure Travel at the Washington DC Expo

We had no idea what to expect when we drove up up to attend the Adventure Travel Expo at the Washington DC Convention Center.  First, we got lost and Vidal was trying to read the map, but I think his expertise is more with topo maps, not street maps! I drove us around before we stopped and some guy on the street explained that the city was divided…