Machu Picchu travel disruptions: what to expect

Whether it's a local strike, bad weather, unexpected illness or other random misfortune, interruptions can occur on any trip to Machu Picchu at any time during the year.   Due to the remote location, getting to Machu Picchu from Cusco requires a 2 hour transfer by car/bus through the Sacred Valley, 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes and 30 minute…

1-Day Guide Service to Machu Picchu

Click Here to go to information about new rules 1 ticket, 1 entry to Machu Picchu As of July 1, 2019, the regulation that requires a guide for entry to Machu Picchu is not being enforced.  There are simply not enough guides available. Don't worry about hiring a guide.  Just go.  There would be an uproar of momentous proportions if people showed up…

How Many Days Should You Spend in Machu Picchu?

After traveling sometimes several days by air, train, bus and even on foot to get to Machu Picchu, you want to make sure you have enough time to visit and explore the ruins. Most visitors exert a great deal of effort, not to mention expense, to get to the middle of nowhere in the Andes Mountains.  How much time should you spend inside the ruins?  Should…

Adventure Travel Job Opening: Work in Cusco, Peru

Are you passionate about travel and tourism? Do you want to learn about the hospitality industry? Are you looking for practical experience in tourism?  Adios Adventure Travel is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic administrative assistant in Cusco, Peru. This employment opportunity can begin immediately.   Most travelers coming to Cusco are on…

How Many Miles will an Airline Compensate You for Fainting on a Flight?

It was never my intention to find out the answer to that question. But if you guessed 20,000 miles, you are correct.   Let me make it clear that Delta Airlines in no way caused me to faint on my flight from Lima, Peru to Atlanta.  But what happened after I fainted, is why they compensated me with 20,000 frequent flyer miles.  The story began after…

Machu Picchu Ticket Changes: Half Day is Still Better than None

All entry tickets to Machu Picchu are for half-day. Tickets can be purchased on the official Peruvian government website and as of July 1, 2019 are valid for one entry, unless you have tickets to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In this case you can re-enter again for the hike. (This page was updated August 4, 2019) 2 Entry Tickets to…

Mudslide Leads to Temporary Detour of 1-Day Inca Trail Hike

On Friday March 24, 2017, a mudslide occurred on the 1 day Inca Trail.  The location of the falling earth was just below the waterfall which is between Chachabamba and Winay Wayna ruins. That portion of the trail has been temporarily closed.  Machu Picchu has not been affected.  UPDATE: As of June 15, 2017, the original path from Km104 has been re-opened…

Peru Floods and Travel to Machu Picchu 2017

For anyone planning an upcoming trip to Machu Picchu, all eyes have been on the news about flooding in Peru.  This year, the rainy season, from late November to late March, has been particularly severe along the coastal regions of Peru.  Deaths have been reported in small communities to the north and south of Lima.  May 28 Update: At this time, aid…

Machu Picchu Weather: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The most frequently asked questions about traveling to Machu Picchu are regarding the weather.  We've collected the best intel, along with a few other facts to help you determine when to travel. The good news about Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is open every day of the year from 6 am to 5:30 pm.   there are 2 seasons:  WET from late November to early…

The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Enter Machu Picchu

It's not altitude meds, drinking water or sturdy, flat-soled shoes.  All of which are recommended.  (Although altitude meds are optional. Machu Picchu tops out around 8000 ft. / 2438 m. Which is not much compared to Cusco at 11000 ft / 3350 m.) By the time you go through Cusco and the Sacred Valley, which will squander about 5 hours of travel time to…