RSS Feed en 120 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 travelers planning to travel to Machu Picchu, who have the time and interest to visit other destinations in Peru. It makes perfect sense to look at spending 3-4 days in the Amazon rainforest and Lake Titicaca because they're both literally 1 day from Cusco.

As of April 2021, here's what you need to know about reopening in Peru and travel to the Amazon…

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 and Peru? For nature lovers, this could be the best year ever, provided you're prepared for the unpredictable and unexpected. 

Good Reasons to Travel to Machu Picchu in 2021:

  • Reduced crowds. 
  • Machu Picchu is outdoors surrouned by fresh air and nature
  • A visit to Machu Picchu is likely to feed your soul…
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 15:35:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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?

I called Vidal in Cusco and he literally gave me the grocery list of hikes that are open and those that are closed. I'll start with the list of "closed" hikes because that's the shortest. Each community has the autonomy to determine if they want to reopen their regions to hikers. So it's their call when and if they choose to reopen.

  • Salkantay Trek 4-5…
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 13:57:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 to book my local flights between Lima and Cusco. Turns out I was traveling to Cusco on the first Sunday after Christmas. And so was everyone else. When I finally got around to booking my flight from Lima to Cusco, Latam flights topped out at $450 USD roundtrip. Or one way. Didnt' matter. The pain to your wallet was real.

Before I even got…

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 train or by hiking the Inca Trail. It's a cumbersome journey from Cusco that takes about 5 hours each way. So the mere mention of a direct route by road is a pretty big deal. Even a game changer.  

But before you break out the champagne, be aware that this is not the first administration to announce plans to build a road directly to Machu Picchu. Members of Garcia's…

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:28:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Mayor of Machu Picchu Threatens Hunger Strike to Protest Government Restrictions Last week, when the story broke that the Mayor of Machu Picchu was threatening a hunger strike, it caught my attention. Dear Lord, what would Inca King Pachacutec say if he were alive today? Just how bad was it down there? Well, think about this. The only village near Machu Picchu is the town of Aguas Calientes. To go to this village is an adventure in itself. It's accessible only by train, unless you want to hike the Inca Trail, or take the jungle route which means walking 2-3 hours from Santa Teresa, after driving from Cusco 8 hours over a 15,000 ft mountain pass. It's called the jungle route…

Mon, 15 Feb 2021 20:06:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Essential Advice about Traveling in 2021 After Covid-19 Everyone thought by the beginning of 2021 we would have a grip on what the best practices are for people who want to travel again. Well good luck with that. The rules for flying and crossing borders changes quicker than Twitter's news feed. But we're learning how to function within the new travel framework. If I had to choose one word to describe how people should approach travel in 2021, I would go with "versatility." Plan your trips in advance, taking advantage of generaous refund policies and low rates, but be prepared to cancel or reschedule at the last minute.

 After months…

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 18:21:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Easy Covid Testing for US-Bound Travelers Going to Machu Picchu With new travel protocols for US-Bound travlers poised to take effect at the end of January 2021, motivated travelers going to Machu Picchu in Peru will find this info useful. The Peruano Suiza Clinic in Cusco offers PCR and Rapid Antigen tests for travelers returning to the US or other countries.

Beginning January 26, 2021, the CDC will require all international travelers to test negative for covid before entering the US. Or they can provide proof that they recovered from Covid-19. I copied the exact content of the new policy from the CDC website below: (here's…

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 15:57:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Get Delta Airlines Benefits on Your Latam Airline Bookings In case you haven't heard, Delta Airlines and Latam Airlines are now good buddies. In other words, they are code share partners. This means they have each other's backs. I recently traveled to Peru and thought I would try to use my Delta miles to book my flights in Peru between Lima and Cusco. I discovered this travelhack which might work for others as well.

Here's what happened when I booked my Latam flight on Delta Airlines.

One thing to be aware of is that code sharing doesn't mean that the airlines partners don't have access to every seat on every flight.…

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:22:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Chile Reopens Border After Covid-19 In early November 2020, it was announced that the Chile border will reopen to foreigners on November 23, 2020. Arrival protocols are a moving target. In January 2021, the policies are as follows:

  • Negatice PCR test shown upon arrival
  • Everyone must quarantine for 10 days
  • On Day 7, they can take another PCR test and if it's negative they don't need to wait until Day 10
  • Foreigners arriving in January 2021 are required to stay in quarantine. Borders are subject to reopen for a while then change their requirements. Please check Santiago Airport Website…
Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt