RSS Feed en 120 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
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.  

Machu Picchu is open at 100% capacity. 


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