Behind-the-scenes: what you don't see on your way to Machu Picchu

It's June.  One of the busiest travel months of the year.  Thanks to everyone who told their friends and wrote about us on Trip Advisor, Fodor's and other online travel forums, Adios Adventure Travel bookings doubled in one year.  We're grateful. Don't get me wrong.  And here's a glimpse of the sizzle behind the scenes. In the US office, Jacquie Whitt…

Tips for Families Traveling Abroad

Tip #1 - If only 1 parent or no parents are traveling with children under the age of 18, the parent (or guardian) traveling with child(ren) should have a notorized Permission to Travel letter from the parent not traveling.  There is no standardized single form.  You can find templates online or create your own.    Tip #2 -  Carry more than 1 kind…

Cusco hotels & toilets: what to expect when traveling in Peru

This post will focus on the common characteristics of 3 star hotels in Cuzco and what to expect. There's nothing wrong with most of the hotels in Cusco. But judging by the negative comments written by travelers on Trip Advisor, most of the issues are due to traveler expectations. There are a few things that, if prepared for in advance, will make your…

Virginia Beach Travel Company has Best Tours to Machu Picchu

It helps that Adios Adventure Travel has an office in Virginia, US. In Virginia Beach, the office is organized and run by Jacquie Whitt. It also helps that Adios has an office in Cuzco, Peru, run by Adios Adventure Travel co-founder, Vidal Jaquehua.  Both partners share responsibilities and equity.  We do not subcontract.  Contacting the US office is…

Packing for the Amazon Jungle

Ten months of travel preparations and today we are poised on the eve of departure for the Amazon Jungle in Peru. We've had to overcome a few glitches during that time. We've had our flights changed once, our lodges cancelled once and within 2 weeks of departure, two of the trip participants informed us that their departure dates were 1 day earlier than…

How to travel to Machu Picchu before your cruise around South America

Can you do a 3-day quickie shore excursion to Machu Picchu from your cruise ship? Yes, there's just enough time if your ship docks in Port Callao in Lima and you return to Lima or to Port Pisco (4 hours drive south of Lima). Keep in mind that you are going from sea level to 11,000 ft altitude in 1 hour and 20 minutes.  There are several transitions…

Traveling to Machu Picchu with Mom

She's a very young seventy-seven years old, lives alone and stays fit by keeping her villa in immaculate condition. Mom is active, engaged and busy. When she's not cleaning, she's rearranging the neighbor's furniture, hosing down their patios or planting flowers in the big pots by their front door. So when she said she wanted to go to Machu Picchu,…

Need tickets to hike Huayna Picchu?

Peru government launches new website for booking Machu Picchu tickets in January 2019. If you're having trouble navigating the Peru government website to get your entry tickets to Machu Picchu, we can help. This is one situation where travel arrangements need to be certain. If you're not sure how to confirm your reservations and make payments, we can…

Adventures in South America: why I miss my Osprey luggage!

Lifetime warranty. I didn't really pay attention to that at the time we purchased our Osprey luggage. I did pay attention to the high quality wheels and the comfortable shoulder straps on the Sojourner bag. My 16 year old son bought the Osprey backpack without wheels. When you're young, you can get away with that. Mature folks need to have a backup…

Did you buy a Groupon for a Peruvian Resort, Hotel or Spa?

If you have booked your hotels in Peru, then you are halfway to organizing your Machu Picchu trip of a lifetime. Groupons, AirBnB and websites like booking.com or hotels.com are very popular and useful for securing your own affordable accommodations. Adios Adventure Travel can arrange the other half of your trip, including airport transfers, sightseeing…