RSS Feed en 120 What You Need to Know about Traveling to Patagonia Chile After the Pandemic While we have all been looking under the bed for our dusty suitcases and outdated passports, the country of Chile throttled their post-pandemic reopening in a single action. Chile skipped the gradual steps of reopening that I've seen other countries take.  What exactly did Chile do and how does this affect foreigners? They did it all baby. I'm happy to report that as of October 1, 2022, all covid requrements have been suspended. Chile dropped the axe on vax cards, covid tests, mobility passes and face masks. Don't get me wrong. If you show up with noticeable symptoms of upper respiratory infection,…

Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:55:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Choose the Most Handy Luggage for your Trip to Machu Picchu Eventually every one who is planning a trip to Machu Picchu will learn that there is a size limit for bags on the train to Machu Picchu. That is just the beginning of the information you need to know about the most practical kind of luggage to bring on your excursion to Machu Picchu. And there's more. I'm going to explain what you don't know yet. Whether you're traveling to Peru with carry-on luggage or checked bags, there are things you should know about the segment of your trip between Cusco (or Sacred Valley), and Machu Picchu. Literally every single person who goes to Machu Picchu will need…

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 18:27:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Why You Can't Resell Your Machu Picchu Entry Tickets Recently I saw people trying to sell their Machu Picchu tickets on social media platforms. Surely people must realize that the tickets have their names and passport information printed on them. This information is to help Machu Picchu ticket holders and those people looking to buy Machu Picchu tickets, to understand the basic rules for buying tickets. Unfortunately, there's no Stubhub for Machu Picchu tickets. So here's some Pachamama wisdom to shed some light.

These policies apply to all entry tickets to Machu Picchu including the Wayna Picchu hike. Here's what you need to…]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2022 18:13:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt Which Circuit is the Best For the Classic Photo of Machu Picchu? The fact that I'm asking this question should be an indication that not all of the 4 circuits at Machu Picchu are equal when it comes to photographing Machu Picchu ruins. Let me explain the situation. Machu Picchu visitors are traveling thousands of miles to the middle of the Andes Mountains, and investing heaps of dinero to arrive at their lifelong dream destination only to discover that they may not have access to see or photograph the iconic image of the ancient Inca city. Don't all entry tickets to Machu Picchu include access to this view of the city? No is the short answer. Read on for…

Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:17:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How The Inca Trail Hike Permits and Machu Picchu Tickets Changed in 2022 Over the last 2 months, the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism and park authorities have been playing around with the tickets and permits at Machu Picchu. They whittled a little rule here, and carved out a chunk of regulation there, and now the procedures for using the Machu Picchu entry tickets that come with your Inca Trail permits are entirely different than they were evan 1 year ago. 

I'm writing this only for those folks who care about tiny details. Honestly, if you just book your hike or your trip with a trustworthy operator, most of you will enjoy the many choices for traditional and…

Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:26:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu for Stargazers and Dark Sky Enthusiasts When the sun goes down in Peru, the sky comes alive with celestrial bodies that twinkle and even shoot across the sky. I'm not an expert astronomer, but I have personally experienced the eye-opening wonders of the night sky in Peru. And I learned that you don't have to be a pro to enjoy the show  Even beginners who know nothing about planets, galaxies, constellations and even the International Space Station will appreciate the visibility of this nighttime wonder. It's like another world up there!  You don't need to "go" anywhere to stargaze in Peru. Just look up from outside your hotel wherever…

Tue, 07 Jun 2022 13:52:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Dr: "All Tourists Need A Health Check Before Hiking Wayna Picchu" On March 4, 2022, a 50 year old American tourist died after experiencing health problems while hiking up the famous Huayna Picchu Mountain inside the Machu Picchu national park. 

A team of security guards and the national police were dispatched to provide first aid and coordinate the rescue. Dr. Sajjad Haider, was carried out on a stretcher and transported to Machu Picchu Puerblo. Health professionals from a local clinic in the village of Aguas Calientes administered medical care but were not able revive Dr.Haider, and sadly he passed away. (one of his co-workers contacted me to provide…

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How Many People Visited Machu Picchu in 2021? Numbers don't lie (unless someone fiddles with the raw data!) According to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, in the year 2021, about 447,500 people flew to the Andes Mountains and jumped through all the logistical hoops of fire required to get to Machu Picchu, the capital of the ancient kingdom of the Inca. Compared to the record attendance in 2019 before the corona virus pandemic, this was less than one third. Peru's President closed Machu Picchu and most tourist destinations the entire month of February 2021, in spite of the tears shed publicly by Machu Picchu's desperate Mayor Darwin Baca.…

Thu, 13 Jan 2022 17:40:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Why is There a Japanese Santa Clause in Machu Picchu? Remember the lockdowns? You know what I'm talking about. When literally the entire world stopped functioning for weeks, and in some places, months. Machu Picchu closed in March 2020 and many tourists were stranded until they could be evacuated and return to their home countries, either on last minute, or humanitarian flights. But one young Japanese tourist decided to stay in Peru, spending 7 months in the small village of Aguas Calientes. He was so close to the majestic ancient city of Machu Picchu that he was willing to hold out for the chance to visit the ancient Inca wonder. Eventually, Jesse…

Thu, 30 Dec 2021 17:52:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Best Gifts for Eco-Groovy Travelers Seasoned travelers know the importance of having 1 item that has multiple uses when traveling. I just realized that when I travel, I always take this bag and end up using it for much more than its intended purpose. The "Scrubba" is a waterproof bag designed for people who want to hand-wash a few things. (Do people do laundry on their vacation? Just asking!) I accidentally discovered a plethora of uses for the versatile Scrubba bag on one of my long haul trips to South America. I was in the jungle and continued to the mountains and then probably hopped over to Bolivia or something. Who knows.…

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 03:23:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt