Inca Trail's Best Kept Secret: Availability!

There's good news.  And even unprecedented news.  Permits for 2-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu are plentiful and available almost every day.  The reason for the availability is that the permits for 4-Day & 2-Day hikes have been separated.  Anyone with internet access can go to the government website and check availability for 4-day and 2-day hikes. Permits…

Machu Picchu and the Zika Virus: what you need to know

For travelers seeking Zika-free destinations, it's important to stay up to date because information and locations keep changing.  Brazil was the first to land in the spotlight for Zika virus cases, but what's happening in other countries in South America? And what is the risk of exposure to Zika for travelers to Machu Picchu? Click here: More Machu…

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.  Even when permits for 4 day Inca Trail have sold out, it may still be possible to get permits for the 2-day Inca Trail hike. Update. June 16, 2017:  effective immediately, all permits for both 4-day and 1-day Inca Trail are now viewable to…

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, and paying with credit cards or 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. Click here to see latest news…

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…