RSS Feed en 120 Looking for a Travel Companion to South America? It's not only cheaper to travel with a buddy, it can be safer too. You're not alone. There are thousands of buddies out there searching for people like you. How can travel companions find each other?

Decide what countries you want to visit and the destinations you want to explore. This will narrow the potential pool of chums to those with similar interests. If you want to visit Peru and Bolivia or Ecuador,…

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:36:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Experience Insider Access on Your Trip to Peru What do you value most when you travel? Affordability or unique hands-on experiences? I've always known that the trips we arrange in South America are similar if not the same as the trips offered by well-known companies like Road Scholar, G Adventures, REI, and Intrepid. But it wasn't until an agent from Abercrombie and Kent booked her personal trip with Adios Adventure Travel that the value of what we offer really hit me. 

She and I had exchanged several…

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:45:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What You Need to Know About Changing Your Inca Trail Permits Most people who book their Inca Trail permits in advance are set for their hike into Machu Picchu. But. What happens if you need to change your plans? We have had groups with various situations and real-life scenarios affect their ability to stay on track. Whether you discover you want to make changes weeks before, or after arrival in Cusco, Peru, here's what you need to know.

In consultation with Vidal in Cusco, who has contacted his local resources at the permit office, I'm going to review your options regarding special circumstances that may cause you to want, or need, to change your…

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Say Cheese! For the Cameras at Machu Picchu!-for-the-cameras-at-machu-picchu/ Jose Bastante, head of the Machu Picchu archaeological park has confirmed that due to recent damage caused by 6 foreigners in a restricted area, the Peruvian government is planning to install high-tech cameras around the park.

The equipment will be set up at 3 strategic points as well as points of entry from the adjoining mountains. This will give the officials a means of monitoring visitors over 34 acres of the ancient Inca estate engineered 600 years ago by King Pachacuti. (1438-1471)!-for-the-cameras-at-machu-picchu/ Jacqueline Whitt 6 Tourists Arrested in Machu Picchu January 2020 Six tourists were arrested in Machu Picchu on Sunday January 14, 2020 for allegedly damaging the Temple of the Sun and suspicion of defecating.

One person from France, one from Chile, 2 from Brazil and 2 from Argentina were found by authorities in a restricted area of the national park at the Temple of the Sun, which is closed to visitors for certain times of the day. 

Here's what happened:

  • 6 foreigners were found in a restricted area
  • a section of the stone wall had broken off and was lying broken on the ground
  • human feces were found in the…
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Train for Machu Picchu Treks As the leading provider of Machu Picchu group tours and treks, Adios Adventure Travel understands that while having the proper clothing, equipment and hiking accessories is extremely important for hiking the Inca Trail, the most beneficial thing you can do is to make sure each member of your group is in adequate physical condition. You don't have to be a super athlete, but knowing your limitations is useful. Trekking several hours a day, for multiple days in a row at high altitude is challenging for even the most seasoned hikers. 

We're here to provide information to help you get ready…

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 19:36:00 +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.  


Sat, 21 Dec 2019 19:01:00 +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…

Sat, 21 Dec 2019 10:15:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How Many Days Should You Spend in Machu Picchu? After traveling sometimes several days by air, train, bus and even on foot to get to Machu Picchu, you want to make sure you have enough time to visit and explore the ruins. Most visitors exert a great deal of effort, not to mention expense, to get to the middle of nowhere in the Andes Mountains. How much time should you spend inside the ruins?  Should you go 1 day, 2 days or longer? And what do you get? A traditional guided tour takes about 2 hours to wander along a 1-way circuit of your choice. There are 2 to choose from. (in 2019 the number of circuits was changed from 3)


Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:45:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Best Packing Guide for Travelers to Machu Picchu Are you traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru this year?  The comprehensive Adios Adventure Travel packing list is your best resource for preparing for your trip to Machu Picchu.  Whether you're hiking or traveling by train, we provide detailed information to help you decide how much is too much, and how to choose only the essential items needed for this kind of travel.   Click here to see "Packing Guide for Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island."

Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:00:00 +0000 Keenan