The Truth About Overcrowding and the New Rules for Machu Picchu Entry Tickets

In case anyone is under the impression that the "New Rules" for half day entry tickets to Machu Picchu have anything to do with limiting the number of visitors to the citadel, there is no connection. The Peruvian government has not taken any steps to reduce the number of visitors to Machu Picchu. As a matter of fact, on July 1, 2017, they more than…

What You Need to Know About Travel to High-Altitude Destinations

Eventually, everyone who plans a trip to Machu Picchu finds out that their genetic pre-disposition to adjust to high altitude may be the biggest factor affecting the amount of suffering they may have to endure on their vacation. Everyone reacts differently to the realization that not only do they have to figure out how to book hotels, trains, tickets,…

Guide to Arranging Taxis in Cusco and Lima Peru

Thanks to Machu Picchu, Lima, Peru is home to one of the busiest airports in South America.  Visitors from Europe, United States, Australasia, and all corners of the planet flock to Lima by air on their way to the Andes Mountains.  Some visitors will stopover in Lima, the foodie capital of South America, while others will scurry on to their flights…

Machu Picchu Concierge-Level Service for All Budgets

Let's say you are DIY traveler.  There's nothing wrong with that.  Lots of people enjoy the process of researching, selecting and reserving flights, hotels, lodges and other services on their way to destinations in South America, including Galapagos Islands and the mysterious and amazing ruins of Machu Picchu.  Or both. And for travelers who prefer…

Foodie Vacations in South America

Explore Peru and Ecuador with your tastebuds  Eat. Drink. Be merry. On your next vacation. Food adventures in South America are hot! Peru has emerged as one of the most world-renowned destinations for travelers who enjoy exploring local culture with their tastebuds, while on the way to Machu Picchu! And Ecuador is not far behind with their mix of micro-climates…

Travel Insurance for US residents: What you need to know

Do you have to buy travel insurance? Unless you're traveling to a country that requires foreigners to show proof of medical insurance when entering, most independent travelers are not required to buy insurance. Some tour operators require medical and evacuation insurance as a prerequisite for participation.  For instance, the lodge-to-lodge trek in…

Peru has it all: World's Best Cuisine & Machu Picchu

Peru has done it again. For the 6th year in a row, this little "developing country that could" has topped the list of leading culinary destinations at the World Travel Awards (WTA). By an online voting process, people from around the world selected Peru for the best culinary hospitality in addition to Machu Picchu, chosen as the world's leading tourist…

Best Machu Picchu Adventure Trips for Millennials

Millennial travelers may be defined by a certain date range, but these trips are perfect for energetic, adventure-seeking travelers of all ages. Adios Adventure Travel is the real deal. A small operator who organizes hands-on adventures to all the big places. And all the unknown places. We selected our best adventure trips for small groups. Listed…

Machu Picchu: guide to Mosquitoes and Biting Insects

What should Travelers going to Machu Picchu know about biting insects? Although Machu Picchu (8000 ft) is well above the 6500 foot altitude boundary for exposure to mosquitoes, it's still possible for a few of the little buggers to pop up and annoy you. But possibly more bothersome are the midges that can't be seen until it's too late. I have seen people…

Important Update: 2018 Inca Trail Permit Availability

Inca Trail permits were released beginning the week of October 2, 2017.   In previous years, permits went on sale in early January, although last year, they were released in mid-December 2016, for the 2017 hiking season.  Groups planning to hike in April, May and June 2018 can expect those permits to sell out quickly.  In recent years, permits for…