Traveling in South America? How to communicate for free

We're all about travel in South America and one of the most important questions we get is how to communicate while on the go. I use T-mobile phone service including an optional international plan that gives me free unlimited texting and phone calls for .20 cents per minute. But what I have found is that I rarely use my T-mobile service because What's…

Machu Picchu Hourly Entry Tickets: it's not What You Think

It seems there is a misunderstanding of the purpose of the new hourly entry tickets for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. Peru launched a new website with a new system for selecting entry tickets by the hour effective on January 1, 2019.  Entry tickets are sold for entry on the hour beginning at 6 am and every hour until 2 pm. Hours of operation are…

Hidden Benefit of Perurail Bimodal Service to Machu Picchu

Hidden in plain view. This secret benefit on Perurail can save you money and add convenience to your trip to Machu Picchu. How? During the rainy season in Peru, PeruRail shuts down the train station in Poroy from January 2- April 30, because weather is more likely to interrupt train service on that leg of the journey to Machu Picchu. Poroy is a small…

Travel to Machu Picchu: How to choose the best water bottle

Although it was announced to tour operators that starting in January 2019, single-use plastic water bottles and other plastic waste is banned from Machu Picchu, so far the new rule is not being enforced. For more information about the ban on water bottles click here. Adios Adventure Travel supports the ban on single use plastics and even if not being…

Plastic Water Bottles Banned in Machu Picchu

The ban on plastic should be making it's way to the land of the Inca. But it's not being enforced. Recent reports in June 2019 indicate that the plan to ban plastic is not being enforced at this time! Adios Adventure Travel still plans to support the effort to reduce single-use plastic bottles in Machu Picchu as well as Cusco. We are providing resusable…

2019 Machu Picchu Tickets: New Website Launched

Peru government launched new website for booking Machu Picchu entry tickets in 2019. They eliminated the morning and afternoon ticket option and replaced with tickets for entry on the hour.  Get ready. All of this info could change in 2020. Click here to see the latest info about changes to Machu Picchu entry tickets next year. Vidal tells me that…

Machu Picchu Entry Ticket Data and Statistics 2018

For entertainment I like to track stats and compare tickets sold. Unfortunately the government website no longer shows tickets sold for past years. I don't know if that is deliberate or just due to the changes in how tickets are sold now.  Nevertheless I was able to cull data for the total tickets sold per month for 2018.  I believe that overall annual…

Machu Picchu Overtourism Update - It's Better Than You Think

Finally some good news. If you follow my blog you know I'm a straight shooter. I say it like I see it. And I double check my facts with my local contacts. I've been reporting on the travel trends and changes at Machu Picchu even before 2016, when the Peru government initiated the first big change to visitor access. They began the first of several steps…

What Happens if You Book an Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu and You Can't do it?

After months of planning and organizing your Inca Trail adventure, you arrive in Cusco, then calamity strikes. Maybe you get a sudden gastro-intestinal bug or slip in the shower and break your arm. (it's happened!) Or you don't realize how out of shape you are until you walk around Cusco or the Sacred Valley.  What You Need to Know About Your Inca…

Why you Can't Hike to Rainbow Mountain in late 2018

On September 16, 2018, the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism in Cusco, Peru, issued a public announcement asking all tour operators to refrain from organizing trips to the Rainbow Mountain. The reason is that two communities bordering the Winincunca Mountain are having conflicts that may affect the safety of tourists. Update Sept…