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.  And now in 2019 the entry tickets have…

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.  Check Permit AvailabilityThe first thing to do is find out if permits are available for your travel dates. Visit the Machu Picchu government website…

How to Book Your Trip to Machu Picchu: Last Minute

It can be done.  We do it all the time.  Organizing last minute vacations to Machu Picchu during the busy season is an adrenalin-pumping ride on waves of hotel rejections, limited train schedules and precision coordinating that would make a military general weep with pride.  The first step is to get to Cusco, which usually takes at least 2 travel days. …

Can you Enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Without a Passport?

No matter what language you speak, hopefully you will understand that the answer to that question is.  No. Under no circumstance is anyone ever allowed to enter the Classic Inca Trail Hike without checking in with the original copy of his/her valid passport. If you forget your passport in your luggage in Cusco, which happens more than it should, because…