RSS Feed en 120 Best Gifts for Eco-Groovy Travelers While contemplating this year's roundup of gift ideas, 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. But everytime I needed to solve a problem,…

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 03:23:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
New Hikes & Trails Open in Machu Picchu If you didn't make it to Machu Picchu in 2021, don't worry. Although it was actually a great year to travel because of reduced crowds, (we had a few visitors who had the entire joint to themselves!) the future is looking good my friends. I'm happy to report that the outlook for 2022 is full of more golden opportunities to explore the land of the Inca. If you're looking for signs of what's to come, pull up your nearest throne and let me tell you the news about the hikes reopening in Machu Picchu. You're going to love it.  And I'm throwing in bonus information about how you can wander all over…

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 20:13:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Peru: A Leading Adventure and Nature Lover's Destination It shouldn't surprise anyone that travelers are craving experiences that focus on outdoor adventures and nature-based activities. The experts at Adventure Travel Trade Association report that adventure travel is on the road to recover at a much faster rate than typical mass travel. Adventure-seekers of all ages will find something for everyone in Peru. Here's a spotlight on 5 of our best outdoor experiences in Peru. I included various examples from 1-day excursions to multi-day vacations.

Easy 1-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Fri, 01 Oct 2021 14:15:05 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Certified as First Carbon-Neutral Wonder of the World On September 2, 2021, the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was recognized by the Green Initiative organization as the first carbon-neutral tourist destination in the world. This is a pretty big deal. Just to be clear, it doesn't mean the goal of zero carbon emissions has been achieved. It's like losing weight. You start with a plan in your head and follow with your actions. Then the work begins. Private and public sectors committed to and already implemented changes that have demonstrated success and will result in a 45% reduction in carbon by 2030 and zero carbon emissions by…

Mon, 06 Sep 2021 15:56:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Make Last Minute Reservations For Your Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu In case you didn't hear, the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu reopened on July 15, 2021. The 4 day hike was shut down in March 2020 when the world stopped everything for covid-19. Since then, it's been two steps forward, one step, back as the travel industry attempts to recover from the global economic shutdown. And in my opinion, the adventure travel industry is struggling more than the domestic and mainstream destinations.

Inca Trail Permits in 2021.

Permits for both the 1-day Inca Trail and the 4-day Inca Trail are available through December 31,…

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 15:28:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Travel to Machu Picchu for Age 50+ As a 65 year old tour operator who has visited Machu Picchu more times than I can count, I feel uniqely qualified to advise people age 50 and older about how to set up their trips to Peru. I've had the privilege of staying in a few of the high-end luxury properties when traveling to Machu Picchu by train, as well as the gratification of experiencing the most down-to-earth remote jungle lodges and camps when trekking on foot. Being a lifelong resident of western culture, I understand where people are coming from and make no judgements about how they want to travel. After all it's your trip and…

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 19:19:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
When to Use a Travel Agent for Your Trip to Machu Picchu Anyone can set up a trip to Peru, but not everyone can organize it well. The internet swarms with stories about people who didn't understand the extent of the planning it takes to get to and from the remotely located Machu Picchu. Do you know where the weak links are for planning your trip? And where you should pay special attention? A good travel agent should know how to reduce or avoid certain risks some of which is inherent while traveling. Travel agents hear outregeious stories about airports shutting down unexpectedly, hotels being flooded, trains delayed by strikes and hundreds of other…

Sun, 04 Jul 2021 19:09:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
One Day Hike to Hidden Waterfalls and Unknown Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley When covid closed down all the archaeological sites in Peru, including Machu Picchu, for almost a year, our local, nature-loving tour guides headed to the mountains every chance they could. This is how they stumbled on this amazing hike to hidden waterfalls and a remote complex of ancient Inca ruins. Families and active people of all ages will enjoy this one day hiking adventure to explore lesser known areas in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Start this day hike from any hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

What is it? 1-Day Easy Hike to Perolniyoc Inca Ruins Jacqueline Whitt REI Ending International Adventure Trips In May 2021 This story about REI hit me as a glaring reminder of how significantly covid has affected the adventure travel industry, and that changes to the industry are still evolving. I know of several travel companies who decided to call it quits after the covid-19 lockdowns broke them for various reasons. The shakeup in the international adventure travel community due to a global travel shutdown forced many travel companies of all sizes to permanently close shop. While REI didn't shutter their entire travel operation, they did rethink their strategy for organizing small group outdoor experiences. 


Sun, 27 Jun 2021 11:34:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
A Taste of Corn Beer in Cusco, Peru: the Ultimate Foodie Adventure,-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 chicha beer is one of the most genuine examples of ancient Peruvian culture alive today . Brewed mainly by women, the process begins with selecting the perfect corn. Each brewer fosters her intuition for selecting the best ingredients for her signature brew. After soaking for just the right amount of time, the kernels are buried in layers with andean grass known…

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:56:00 +0000,-peru-the-ultimate-foodie-adventure/ Jacqueline Whitt