South America Travel Trends: Why the Best Adventures are Soft

It's the latest trend to hit the travel industry since the rolling luggage movement landed on the tarmac.  Adventure travel is accepted as one of the many modes that travelers now have when choosing trips.  In the past, adventure travel was relegated to those bold explorers who organized legendary expeditions, not sissy trips with tourist buses, hotels…

Machu Picchu for Nature Lovers

Living in the comfort of tyvek-sealed and sanitized structures makes for a comfy life, except for one pretty significant drawback. Nature deprivation. Unlike our ancestors who lived as nomadic gatherers, then settled down as farmers, who spent much of their day interacting (if not battling) the elements, modern homo sapiens have evolved into indoor-dwelling,…

Rainbow Mountain Hike in Peru: what you need to know

It's known as the Rainbow Mountain hike.  But the Qechua people of the Andes call it Vinicunca Mountain. The Rainbow Mountain hike is ranked by National Geographic as one of the top 100 places you should visit before you die. Vinicunca is a Qechua word that means "7 Color Mountain." The colors are caused by mineral deposits that formed in layers over…

Machu Picchu availability: how often do tickets sell out?

Many of us, including tour operators, guides, hotel owners and government officials, speculate about the number of visitors to Machu Picchu.  It seems like the number of visitors increased this year.  Or is it just our imagination? One way to satisfy curiosity is to analyze the actual numbers.  What months sell out?  Do the same months sell out every…

Pisac Archaeological Ruins: re-opened September 2016

One of the most popular tourist sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is now reopened for visitors. As of September 1, 2016, visitors can hike from the upper parking area to the Pisac archaeological complex.  Roundtrip hike takes about 2 hours and as before, requires entry tickets. Sadly, the closure of Pisaq Archaeological Ruins was precipitated…

Inside the 1-Day Inca Trail Hike: A Comprehensive Overview

By Heather Corona  One of the most frequent questions I get from travelers when booking their Easy 1-Day Inca Trail Hike is, "So what do I do on Day 2? Do I get to go back to Machu Picchu again?"   There's a very common misconception that on Day 1 you get to both hike the Inca Trail, and explore the ruins at Machu Picchu. The truth is - that's only…

Machu Picchu: Affordable Boutique Tour Operator

We're delighted to be part of the latest travel trend. Traveling with "Boutique Tour Operators."  Sophisticated consumers of all ages are drifting away from big brands in favor of small companies. This is the case with Adios Adventure Travel, who organizes trips to South America.  Who is best suited to help you find the right local experiences on your…

Mucho Changes at Machu Picchu

Big changes for people visiting Machu Picchu are effective immediately and were implemented on September 1, 2016.  Crowding and congestion near the main entry and other popular spots inside the park have resulted in the following changes to improve the flow of foot traffic once inside the citadel. Visitors are limited to 3 entries per day (previously…

Chile: Travel to Patagonia and Easter Island

If you live in the US, Europe or Asia, it's at the opposite end of the southern hemisphere.  Almost to Antarctica.  Patagonia is located at the southern tip of the South American continent.  Populated just enough that someone thought it was good to have infrastructure like plumbing and electricity in the occupied regions, it has plenty of wild.  This…

3 Ways to Get in to Machu Picchu When Entry Tickets are Sold Out

Machu PIcchu has an official daily limit of 2500 people.  This doesn't include 500 permits for the 4-Day Inca Trail and another 250 for the 2-Day Inca Trail hike.  Nevertheless, access to the ruins sold out for most of the month of August 2016.  And it is possible to sell out at other busy times of year.  In case you're curious, the least visited time…