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Peru: every hike you book supports the best porters ever!

Whether you know it or not, every time you book any hike in Peru, a porter (in some companies, including ours, 2 porters) gets a job.  Porters  come from small, Qechua communities scattered through the Andes mountains near Cusco.  It's the porters who buy the food, carry the loads, set up the camps, prepare the meals, clean up meals and handle all the…

Best way to explore Cusco: on foot

On the way to Machu Picchu, don't forget to spend at least a couple of days in Cusco.  It's an exotic, high-altitude (11,000 ft / 3430 m) metropolis where venerable Inca civilization collided with "Levi's and cell phones."  You'll see ladies wearing bowler hats with babies swaddled in hand-made textiles on their backs, strolling the streets with llamas…

Why you should travel to Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands on separate trips

Are you considering one big trip to South America?  With stops in Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands?  Before you make your final decision, we offer some alternatives. Travelers planning to visit both Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands can expect to pay upwards of $5000 USD per person including your international flights.  The international flights…

What is the Cost of a Trip to Machu Picchu?

If you're contemplating a trip to Machu Picchu, we've listed the real costs,  Including flights, hotels, guided tours, ground transportation and meals. Here is the break down of the cost of a trip to Machu Picchu based on minimum of 2 people sharing a hotel who self-book everything. Followed by a detailed description of each individual expense. Luxury…

Ecuador birdwatching: Maria the Diva

On their quest to find out more about the birds of Ecuador, the Virginia Beach Friends School 4th & 5th grade girls get up at 4 am to arrive at the La Paz reserve, near Mindo, Ecuador, just to see the famous Andean Cock of the Rock. After glimpsing the colorfully red bird, they continued their march through the jungle where they saw an even more rare…

Add Colca Canyon to the list of Peruvian destinations

The rich & famous, and not-so-rich, not-famous-at-all, go there. The ancient abandoned city of Machu Picchu attracts many kinds of travelers from around the world. Luxury travelers ride the Perurail 1st class Hiram Bingham train and backpackers hike the Inca Trail. They go by the thousands. Up to 2500 people per day will explore the Machu Picchu ruins.…

Should Kids Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Parent Checklist

Yes!  Kids should hike the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  But like adults, there are some instances where they should not.  We provide a checklist for parents to determine if your child is ready.   Use the list of questions below to help decide if your child should do the 4 Day hike. Does your child participate in regular physical activity?…

Why you can't drive a rental car to Machu Picchu

Every year someone asks me about renting a car during their trip to Machu Picchu in Peru.  Americans are hopeless addicts to self-driven, gasoline-powered vehicles.  We think it will give us freedom, flexibility & independence on our trips.  Like it does at home.  Although I'm an avid proponent of independent travel, there are places where you should…

Best Packing Guide for Travelers to Machu Picchu

Are you traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru this year?  The comprehensive Adios Adventure Travel packing list is your best resource for preparing for your trip to Machu Picchu.  Whether you're hiking or traveling by train, we provide detailed information to help you decide how much is too much, and how to choose only the essential items needed for this…