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…

Tips for Filling Out Peru Declaration of Health Forms for Entry After Covid

Tips for Filling Out Peru Declaration of Health Forms for Entry After Covid

People planning to travel to Peru have called me to ask about information they've seen indicating that international passengers traveling to Peru must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Lima airport. Do you really need to…

Peru: Are Lake Titicaca and Amazon Jungle Reopen After Covid-19?

Peru: Are Lake Titicaca and Amazon Jungle Reopen After Covid-19?

If you haven't heard by now, Machu Picchu is open for business after covid-19. In spite of a couple of setbacks due to covid restrictions in Peru, it's full steam ahead. At least for now. Every day I get calls and inquiries from…

Travel Guide for Post-Covid Outdoor Vacations to Machu Picchu

Travel Guide for Post-Covid Outdoor Vacations to Machu Picchu

A lot of people are ready to get outside now that we know covid-19 isn't going to magically disappear, and we have developed strategies for learning to live and maybe even travel with it. Is 2021 a good year to go to Machu Picchu…

What Hikes Are Open in Peru After Covid-19?

What Hikes Are Open in Peru After Covid-19?

Effective March 1, 2021, Machu Picchu reopened (again!) and so did Perurail and Inca Rail train service. But what about the hikes? Which hikes in Peru are open? Which hikes in Peru are closed? And for how long? The list of "closed"…

My First Post Covid Trip to Machu Picchu

My First Post Covid Trip to Machu Picchu

The Trip from the US to Cusco There was absolutely no downside to booking business class seats from the US to Peru in December 2020 using my totally refundable points. So I did. However I made the mistake of waiting too long…

Peru Plans First Ever Direct Road to Machu Picchu

Peru Plans First Ever Direct Road to Machu Picchu

The Peru Ministry of Transport and Communications just announced a plan to build a road from Cusco to Machu Picchu using the "back door" route. Hallelujah! A real paved road! Currently, the only way to get to Machu Picchu is by…