RSS Feed en 120 Changes Affecting Travelers to Galapagos Islands The following changes in the Galapagos Islands will affect costs for independent travelers and possibly the cost for packaged trips in 2020:

  • Charles Darwin Research Center has always been free. A new pilot program to better control behavior of visitors, will require everyone to hire a guide at the main entrance at the rate of $10 USD per person and enter in groups of 6-8 people. 

Similar pilot programs are planned for…

Sat, 30 Nov 2019 20:25:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Give a Trip to Machu Picchu as a Gift Will Machu Picchu fit under your Christmas Tree? Absolutely! Are you looking for a memorable gift for someone special? Giving the gift of travel is a trend that is becoming more popular, especially during the holidays. Perhaps it's due to the realization that we have accumulated mountains of stuff much of which is not only forgotten but is now part of the useless daily clutter of our modern world.

Giving travel experiences is thoughtful and projects to your recipient that you want them to experience something immeasurably valuable and potentially life-changing. The importance of travel…

Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:11:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Use the Bathroom While Hiking the Inca Trail Here's everything you need to know about using the potty during your Inca Trail hike. This information applies to all genders, but perhaps especially females. Honestly, everyone can benefit from knowing what to expect regarding how and where to use the privy while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

One important thing to note about restrooms in Peru and other places in South America, is that toilet paper is never, ever put in the toilet. Even the crappiest lavatory has a bin for this purpose located near the toilet. This applies to all hotels, restaurants and both men's and women's…

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:28:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What is the Age Limit to Hike the Inca Trail? How old is too old and how young is too young to hike the famous (and strenuous) 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? If you look at the overall distance, it doesn't look that bad. The total distance is around 26 miles / 41 kilometers over the course of 4 days. Even beginner hikers can do that right?

Let's look more closely at the details and break down the components to help you decide if the Inca Trail hike is right for you.

Is there…

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Traveling with Grandchildren Why are grandparents so keen to travel with their grandchildren? With families now living around the country, traveling with grandparents is one way for kids to spend quality time with the older generation. Grandma and Grandpa are more likely than parents to be in a position to foot the bill for educational and experiential travel. While parents take care of the day to day needs, grandparents have the liberty to travel for the right reasons. To generate lasting memories and life-changing experiences with their grandkids. And if you ask the kids? There's something magical about traveling with…

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:42:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
5 Must-Have Items to Pack for your Trip to Machu Picchu Whether you’re preparing for Peru’s various microclimates, or looking for advice about how to pack light, you may be wondering what gear is essential for your trip to South America.

Here are 5 travel essentials. And we included a list of a few other things you might want to leave at home.
(we're assuming you know you have to bring your entry tickets and the same passport you used to buy your entry tickets, to get in to Machu Picchu)

What…]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:18:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt Best Time to Avoid Crowds at Machu Picchu I've traveled to Machu Picchu just about every month of the year. Not to say that travel trends don't change, but I have a pretty good idea how to avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu. My focus here will be on the season, not the time of day, because no matter what season you travel, afternoons are always less crowded.  

I don't include Inca Trail permits because they have limit of 500 per day which includes porters, guides and cooks.  This leaves about 200 spots per day for hikers and this number is stable year round except in February when the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.  


Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:01:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Can You Get Discounts for Travel to Machu Picchu in the Low Season? Personal note: Before you dive into the topic of this post, I want to explain why you don't see ads, popups, tracking codes and requests for your email. It's because we want Adios Adventure Travel website to be a haven for ad-free browsing, not to mention inspiration. We're not beholding to advertisers or investors. We're here for you. If you have any questions, contact us by email by clicking the BOOK NOW hyperlinks which take you to our contact page. To call us, look for a cute graphic image of a puppy with a phone number. We will not contact you unless…

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:28:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
The Future of Machu Picchu Tours For various reasons, there have always been rumors about Machu Picchu "closing shop." The grapevine of unreliable comments ebbs and flows depending on . . . who knows what? It might be confusion about the routine closing of the Inca Trail every February. But once a story lands on the internet, like a raging fire, it can easily blow out of control. People need to understand that unless the Peruvians want to crush the economy and all their hotels, tour operators, airlines, airports, guides, drivers and porters, Machu Picchu is not closing! 

The country depends on revenue from the steady…

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 16:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Should you Travel to Machu Picchu, Chachapoyas and Kuelap Ruins?,-chachapoyas-and-kuelap-ruins/ A new state of the art cable car system has been installed in a small village near Kuelap ruins, with the idea of attracting more visitors to the Chachapoyas Cloud Forest region in northern Peru. The cable car system solves but one of many logistical problems for getting the masses to the ancient fortress of Kuelap. The idea is to spread the wealth of travelers around the country and take some of the heat off Machu Picchu.  Machu Picchu and Kuelap are in the same country. Peru. But that's the only detail they share in common. It's like traveling to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park…

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:14:00 +0000,-chachapoyas-and-kuelap-ruins/ Jacqueline Whitt