RSS Feed en 120 What to Wear? "Machu Picchu Fashion Week" Technically, the Peruvian government doesn't give a hoot about your haut couture. The only official decree regarding toggery, is that everyone must be togged. Nudity is explicity prohibited.

Aside from that, Machu Picchu is your oyster. So what are visitors to Machu Picchu wearing these days? I would describe the average costume for the over 50 crowd, as a uniform of earthy tactical pants with lots of pockets and zippers topped with breathable performance Ts, or snazzy button down shirts with sleeves that roll up and button in place with cute tab holders. And maybe a secret pocket with…

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 19:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Which Amazon Jungle Lodge is Best for You? For most people, traveling to South America is a pretty big deal. It's a big deal for me and I've been traveling there for more than 13 years. Many people are interested in exploring one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. The Amazon Jungle! But how do you decide where to go with so many variables? One of the questions that comes up is, "How do I choose a lodge for my trip to the rain forest?" 

Based on people's questions and feedback over the years, and my visits to several lodges, I've created this one-stop…

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 19:38:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Should You Dine at MIL Restaurant in Sacred Valley Peru? If you build it in the middle of nowhere, without public transportation, and charge scandalous prices, will they come? Chef and culinary pioneer Virgilio Martinez is confident they will. Why? Because after launching a successful restaurant empire in Lima, he knows foodies. Like sailors beckoned by the seductive song of the siren, gourmet diners will travel to the ends of the earth for the chance to sample foods that excite their palates. Connoisseurs don't let earthly concerns like money or logistics prevent them from attending a potential gastronomic convergence.

Hubert and I spent…

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 00:36:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What's the Biggest Mistake Travelers Make When Planning A Trip to Machu Picchu? You would think the biggest planning mistake would be something like forgetting to check the expiration date of your passport, which does sometimes happen and is among a list of oversights to be avoided. (follow this link to read more about the most important thing you need to enter Machu Picchu) But the biggest blunder is one that you may not be aware of until you're actually hiking inside Machu Picchu National Park.

Adios guides shared with me what they think is the biggest flaw in planning strategy made by many visitors…

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:11:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What you Need to Know About the Cost of Inca Trail Hikes Whether you choose the Classic 4 day Inca Trail hike or the extended 5 day Inca Trail trek, the following policy enforcements may affect rates you pay in 2020.  The issue of porter weight limits flares up from time to time and we're pleased to report that park officials have recently began enforcing the limits and fining operators who try to circumvent the rules.

Here's what's happening. 


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:30:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Cruise Free Trips to the Galapagos Islands For Seasick Sufferers According the the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 100% of people are at risk for experiencing some form of motion sickness. This doesn't mean everyone will get seasick on a cruise. It means they're susceptible. Fortunately, everyone responds to stimulus that causes motion sickness differently and plenty of people enjoy boating. But those of us who suffer from seasickness know who we are.  And our loved ones know who we are.

The only thing worse than being sick on your vacation is perhaps…

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 17:48:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
This is What Altitude Sickness Feels Like The first time I went to Cusco, Peru with a group of high school students, let's say the altitude kicked my butt. I traveled by air from sea level for 1 hour / 20 minutes to 11,000 feet / 3440 meters. 

But that was not nearly as bad as the time I flew from sea level to 12,500 ft / 3810 meters in 2 hours to Juliaca, Peru, situated in the highlands not far from Lake Titicaca. Just in case I doubted my ability to adjust quickly (or ever) to high altitude, I traveled to an even higher destination. I flew from Miami to Bogota, Colombia and continued immediately to El Alto Airport in La Paz,…

Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How I Tested An Uncommon Mosquito Repellent in the Amazon Jungle You might know this product, but how many people would run down and buy nutritional yeast flakes to take on their trip to the Amazon rainforest?

But that's exactly what I did. I was kind of desperate. After multiple trips to the jungle in Ecuador and Peru, I think the mosquitos know me. And tend to announce my arrival and invite their colleagues to dinner. In Manu Biosphere Reserve, I counted 100 mosquito bites on one arm.  I gave up counting bites on the rest of my body.

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 20:12:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Peru Maras Salt Ponds Closed to Pedestrians Effective June 2019, visitors will not longer be permitted to walk among the Maras Terraced Salt Ponds.  Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the historic canyon has a legacy of being part of the economy since Inca times. Naturally occurring salt drains through the canyon where it's collected in ponds, harvested, and sold by the families who manage their own pools.

Visitors are permitted at the parking lot and the adjoining market where they can view the mines from above. But they can no longer walk among the salty terraced pools. If time permits you can do a short…

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:49:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
My Trip to An Inca Rope Bridge: What I Learned About Community In June 2019 I rode 4 hours by car from Cusco, Peru to a small community called Q'eswachaka with Jorki our driver, Hubert our guide, Beebe my gringa friend, and Mario, one of our company trail cooks. (Who was surely sent from heaven to let earthlings know that when we it's our time to cross into the pearly gates, divine dishes will be waiting. But that's another story for another day!)

We planned to camp for 3 days and observe the once-a-year process of replacing hand-made ropes for the Queswachaca suspension bridge. I wasn't surprised to hear that the 4 communities "coming together"…

Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt