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  As a travel expert, it's my job to book Inca Trail hikes to Machu Picchu for other people. This is my description of the 1 day hike based on my experience.   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…

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 were first implemented in 2016. Then tickets were changed to half day entry in 2017.  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. All people will follow paths in one-way…

Chile: Affordable 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 to justify having infrastructure like plumbing and electricity in the occupied regions, it has plenty of wild. This is the kind of place where…

When Machu Picchu Entry Tickets Are Sold Out

In August 2018, an unprecedented situation occurred at Machu Picchu. There were several days where all tickets (and permits) were sold out! Morning shift, afternoon shift, 4 Day Inca Trail Permits, 1 Day Inca Trail Permits, and tickets for both hikes to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. In this case there is no other way to get entry to Machu…

Machu Picchu Airbnb and Vacation Rentals: what you need to know

Vacation rentals are hot and it's quite common for people to browse listings for private homes, apartments and Airbnb properties, as well as hotels, when making pre-travel arrangements anywhere in the world.  Short term rentals may offer privacy, flexibility and value for many kinds of travelers including families, couples and groups of friends.  We've…

The Secret to Hiking the Inca Trail when Permits are Sold Out

Most people are now aware that if you want to hike the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you need to book your hike with a licensed operator at least 6 months before you travel.  And that is still the case. However, like most tour operators, we still get requests for 4-day Inca Trail permits sometimes less than 2 months before travel. For some people, booking…