2016 Permits for 2-day Inca Trail Hike: website not open to the Public

The good news is that in 2016, the Peruvian government added 250 more permits for the 2-day Inca Trail hike.  The bad news is that the website that shows availability is not open to the public.  Before 2016 you may have heard about the limit of 500 people per day allowed on the Inca Trail, including porters and guides.  The 500 places were available…

Peru is Not Launching a New Route to Machu Picchu

Beginning with the new year January 1, 2016, came the news that the Peruvian office of The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) was launching a new route for hikers to Machu Picchu.  It is called "Route 5."  And is labeled a "new route and a whole new experience."  It further states that 250 people per day can buy permits (from a licensed…

Perurail: what you need to know about train station changes

Beginning January 2, 2017 until April 30, 2017, all trains from Poroy station will depart from/arrive at the station in Ollantaytambo. There will be no train service to/from Poroy. Train service from the Urubamba station at Tambo del Inka hotel will not be affected.  And for travelers booking Hiram Bingham luxury train, Perurail will provide bus service…

The least visited place in Peru: we can take you there Part 1

It's called Manu Biosphere Reserve.  It's part of the Amazon rainforest basin on the "other" side of the Andes Mountains in Peru.  It might as well be the dark side of the moon.  Inaccessability has been the key to survival of this jungle.  You can't drive or fly there.   This is the place where National Geographic might send a journalist and an anthropologist…

How to Handle Money while Traveling in Peru

We travel from US to Peru several times every year.  We've used all the options available for accessing cash, paying with credit cards and  with money while traveling.  It's as safe to carry cash in Peru as it is to carry cash anywhere.  We provide detailed guidelines to help you prepare to travel with cash or credit cards. What currency is accepted…

US Passport Renewal: Surge expected in 2017

Get ready!  Here it comes and it's out of anyone's control.  The US State Department is preparing for a tidal wave of passport renewals beginning in 2017 and early 2018.  The reason?   In 2007, new laws required everyone who crossed over any US border, even Canada and Mexico, to have a passport.  This led to a rush of new applications.  More than 18…

Best Family Friendly Tour Company

Traveling with kids can be the most meaningful way for a family to share memorable experiences.  Finding the best adventure tour company for your family vacation is perhaps the most important decision you will make.  Adios Adventure Travel has been organizing family adventure trips and vacations for many years.  Here is our list of tips from the best…

Real Feedback About Hiking the 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Should you or shouldn't you?  The decision to hike the 1-Day Inca Trail hike is difficult to make when you're sitting in the comfort of your sea level, climate-controlled home, viewing pictures on a computer.  We provide feedback from hikers as well as things you need to know, including what to do if you must cancel your 1-Day Inca Trail hike.  Reasons…

Reasons you might want to revisit Machu Picchu. Really

You scratched it off your bucket list.  But what if you have the chance to go back to Machu Picchu?  Should you do it?   Most people visit  a site recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World only once.  It takes alot of effort to make a "trip-of-a-lifetime" happen.  There is the planning, the expense and the worry.  As much as we anticpate…

Guide to Cusco Restaurants & Cooking Classes

Whether you want to dine in exquisite restaurants, or explore the culture of the Andes by creating your own dishes, Cusco has many choices to enhance your gastronimic experiences on the way to Machu Picchu.  Here is a list of favorites along with our tips to help you choose the right one for the right occasion.   Cusco Cooking Class:11:30-1:30 pm Daily…