Machu Picchu Certified as First Carbon-Neutral Wonder of the World

Machu Picchu Certified as First Carbon-Neutral Wonder of the World

On September 2, 2021, the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was recognized by the Green Initiative organization as the first carbon-neutral tourist destination in the world. This is a pretty big deal. Just to be clear, it…

How to Make Last Minute Reservations For Your Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

How to Make Last Minute Reservations For Your Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

In case you didn't hear, the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu reopened on July 15, 2021. The 4 day hike was shut down in March 2020 when the world stopped everything for covid-19. Since then, it's been two steps forward,…

Travel to Machu Picchu for Age 50+

Travel to Machu Picchu for Age 50+

As a 65 year old tour operator who has visited Machu Picchu more times than I can count, I feel uniqely qualified to advise people age 50 and older about how to set up their trips to Peru. I've had the privilege of staying in…

When to Use a Travel Agent for Your Trip to Machu Picchu

When to Use a Travel Agent for Your Trip to Machu Picchu

Anyone can set up a trip to Peru, but not everyone can organize it well. The internet swarms with stories about people who didn't understand the extent of the planning it takes to get to and from the remotely located Machu Picchu.…

One Day Hike to Hidden Waterfalls and Unknown Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley

One Day Hike to Hidden Waterfalls and Unknown Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley

When covid closed down all the archaeological sites in Peru, including Machu Picchu, for almost a year, our local, nature-loving tour guides headed to the mountains every chance they could. This is how they stumbled on this amazing…

REI Ending International Adventure Trips In May 2021

REI Ending International Adventure Trips In May 2021

This story about REI hit me as a glaring reminder of how significantly covid has affected the adventure travel industry, and that changes to the industry are still evolving. I know of several travel companies who decided to call…

A Taste of Corn Beer in Cusco, Peru: the Ultimate Foodie Adventure

A Taste of Corn Beer in Cusco, Peru: the Ultimate Foodie Adventure

It's called Chicha de Jora, and consumption of authentic Inca corn beer is on the rise as foodies of all ages seek out hidden gastronomic experiences still available in Peru today. The production of home-made small batches of…

The Hidden Costs of Traveling to Machu Picchu and Peru During Covid-19

The Hidden Costs of Traveling to Machu Picchu and Peru During Covid-19

With everything pretty much mostly reopened in the Cusco to Machu Picchu corridor, eyeballs are starting to gaze once again on the once-in-a-lifetime dream of traveling to the epic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu before the crowds…

Shining Path Murders 16 Peruvians in Amazon Jungle Village

Shining Path Murders 16 Peruvians in Amazon Jungle Village

On Sunday May 23, 2021, the murder of 16 people including 2 children was reported in a bar in the town of San Miguel del Ene, capital of the district of Vizcatán del Ene, located on the border between Junín and Ayacucho, in the…

Can Vaccinated Americans Travel to Machu Picchu?

Can Vaccinated Americans Travel to Machu Picchu?

The answer is yes. But the real truth is that any healthy person can travel to Machu Picchu. All visitors, even those who have had the covid vaccination, must show either a negatice covid test taken within 72 hours of their flight…