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 we have 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…

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…

Inti Raymi Festival Entry Tickets 2017

Update June 15, 2017:  we are no longer selling tickets for the Inti-Raymi festival.  Tickets may still be available from other operators but be aware that seats are assigned and the remaining available seats may not be together, depending on the size of your group.  Get your entry tickets now for one of the most impressive outdoor theatrical performances…

World Orchid Conference 2017: Travel to Ecuador

Book your trip now for the 22nd Annual World Orchid Conference in 2017. Travel to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador in South America. Conference Dates: begins Wednesday, November 8 at 9 am through Sunday, November 12 at 5 pm.Location:  Guayaquil Convention Center  Flights depart daily from the US including Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington…

Machu Picchu: The Story of the Lost Toy on the Way to the Lost City

Written by:  Heather Corona / Adios Adventure Travel Trip Consultant What is the absolute worst thing that could happen to a young autistic boy on his journey through South America?  And what is the best thing that can happen to a busy tour operator who is willing to work out solutions to any problems that land in her email inbox? Travel Companions For…

Machu Picchu Trains: Virtual Tour and Information

Everyone who goes to Machu Picchu, must take a train at some point.  Even hikers take the train for the return journey to Cusco because the Inca Trail hike is one direction only. And it's not surprising that there's confusion about train service to Machu Picchu. The internet is not always your friend. Apparently, neither is the Perurail website which…

Hike Classic 4 Day Inca Trail in Only 3 Days

For experienced hikers and people who are really fit, it is possible to hike the entire 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 3 day trek. You hike the same distance as people who hike for 4 days.  But you do it in 3 days. Total distance 43 Km / 27 miles in 3 days, hiking in to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  Whether you're short on time or just enjoy hiking at…

Amazon Jungle: Why You need to Travel to the Most Biologically Diverse Place on Earth

"This is not a zoo" our capable Bolivian guide spouted.  "We know where the animals live and we know their seasonal habits, but we can never guarantee sightings."  Then he scooped an 8-foot long anaconda from under the water and handed it to me.   The first thing to understand about visiting the rain forest, is that even when standing in the center…

How to Spot The Hidden Value of Professional Travel Services

How do you measure value?  Especially when it involves experiences like travel? The obvious worth is what you see on the surface.  This may include tours with small groups, hotels with amenities or enhanced activities. What you see is the advertised cost for a trip.  And then it's up to you to determine if the value of those costs are justified.  Does…

How to Choose Between the Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are short hikes that begin inside Machu Picchu National Park.  We offer a description and comparison of the two hikes. (Huayna is sometimes seen spelled "Wayna" because that's how it's pronounced. Wayna and Huayna are the same place) Click here to go to Machu Picchu News for up to date information on tickets…