Essential passport advice for travelers to Machu Picchu

Why is a valid passport needed to make reservations for your trip to Machu Picchu, your Inca Trail hike, 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…

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…

Move Over Machu Picchu & Make Room for Choquequirao

If you knew Machu Picchu was about to be unveiled to the world, what would you tell people?  The well-known explorer Hiram Bingham, who is responsible for the Machu Picchu shout out, had no idea how the impact of his disclosure would forever affect future generations.  Yet here we are, called in from every corner of the planet, treading in Bingham's…

10 tips to help you book a first-rate Inca Trail hike

Hiking the Inca Trail is a trip of a lifetime.  Usually a one-time thing, it better be good! Right? Our behind-the-scenes details will help you organize the best Inca Trail hike ever.  We explain what factors are completely out of your control, (just about everything!) and the control of Inca Trail operators.  And we tell you what you can, and can't…

Peru medical mission trip: why I chose to lend a hand

Sister Lucia leaned in close and spoke loudly, but calmly, into Aurelia's deafened ear.  The Catholic Nun asked the elderly, blind woman, in her native Qechua language, if she had chronic pain or discomfort.   Aurelia touched her upper abdomen and pointed to her pain hidden by layers of worn clothing. Our team of 3, accompanied by 2 local nuns, visited…

Did you see the Peace Pole on your trip to Machu Picchu?

There it was.  Standing alone, tucked away in a shady corner at the main entrance to Machu Picchu.  A Peace Pole.  I recognized the white pole with dark lettering right away because there is one at my children's school.  Virginia Beach Friends School. Although not prominently displayed at Machu Picchu, it's not hard to find if you are looking. When…

Adios Adventure Travel Launches New Website: Travel to Machu Picchu & More

Adios Adventure Travel webmaster outdid himself this time.  The overall design of the new website is simple, but colorful and easy to navigate.  But don't take our word for it.  See for yourself.  The new website is fresh and updated with ideas to inspire your dreams to visit Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands and other…

What to do if natural disaster strikes on your vacation

So you're ready for that trip-of-a-lifetime to your dream destination.  Perhaps a few days before you depart, you hear a report that of a threatening natural disaster. You picture yourself  clinging to a guy in a hard hat, feet dangling in mid air while suspended from a helicopter as CNN camera crews capture your rescue for all to see!  NOT the vacation…

Less than world-class hotels at world-class Machu Picchu. Why?

Why are there so many complaints about the hotels in Aguas Calientes that serve travelers going to Machu Picchu?  It's the only town close enough to Machu Picchu to offer services for the thousands of tourists who make the trip to the mysterious & magical Incan ruins.  Over 6000 people can enter the ruins each day.  Many will stay in the town of Aguas…