RSS Feed en 120 The Best Machu Picchu Black Friday Travel Deals Machu Picchu, Inca Trail and Galapagos Islands travel discounts are available every day from now through December 3, 2023 including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Deal Tuesday. We're offering bargains for active travelers of all abilities looking to save a few bucks on their dream trips to South America. Individuals, micro-groups, and couples can choose to join any of several selected departure dates with a maximum group size of 7-10 people.
Note: Groups of 5 or more can book private departures on travel dates of their choosing only for trips in Peru, by contacting our US office…

Sun, 19 Nov 2023 17:49:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Are Parts of Machu Picchu Closing? It's Not What You Think No. Ain't happening. Here we go again. It's not what everyone thinks it is. It appears that a couple of publications, whose editors possibly translated an article from Spanish, or who are trying to get clicks, ran across a story which originates from October 2020. (Here's the link to the blog I wrote then)  The recent eadlines would lead you to believe that 3 historical monuments in Machu Picchu are supposedly closing to tourists due to erosion. Wow. The articles grabbed my attention immediately. It just didn't…

Sat, 30 Sep 2023 15:41:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Confused about Machu Picchu Entry Times? You're Not Alone Why do some Machu Picchu tickets show earlier entry times than the times published on the website when you bought your tickets? What time should visitors enter Machu Picchu? You're not the only one trying to make sense of a complex ticketing system. So! Let me splain you how it works. 

For all you visual learners, look at the image at the top of this post. The ticket you see is for one of the 4 hikes inside the park combined with one of the 4 circuits. In this case it's Montana hike + Circuit 3. When you buy a ticket for any hike you'll see two entry times. (Inca Trail Hikes are not…

Tue, 26 Sep 2023 16:33:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Where are Most Visitors to Machu Picchu Coming From in 2023? In spite of the rough start in 2023, tourism in Peru is up a whopping 38.5% over the same 7 month period last year (Jan 1-July 30, 2022), Over the same period in 2023, North American travelers made up 24.5% while Europeans lagged behind at 14.5%. Asian tourists accounted for 3.2% and visitors from Central America made up 2.7%. Total number of just these visitors (excluding places like Africa and the Middle East) comes to 1,316,000 over the last 7 months. If you consider that Machu Picchu was closed for 3 weeks last February and the protests in January pretty much shut down the tourism industry…

Wed, 23 Aug 2023 16:20:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Avoid These Mistakes When Buying Tickets to Machu Picchu Can travelers buy their own tickets to Machu Picchu? Should they? What are the risks for making a mistake? Do people actually go to Machu Picchu and get turned away if there's an issue with their ticket or document? It's my intention to explain the details and share a couple of stories, not to twist your gut into knots, (which it might!) but to learn from mistakes made by real people. These are legitimate tales told to me from Vidal, our manager in Cusco and a few of our tour guides that I know really well. Grab a cup of something depending on what time of day it is, then listen up!


Fri, 28 Jul 2023 20:21:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Why Tickets to Hike Wayna Picchu at Machu Picchu are Not Selling Glory Be! We never thought we'd see the day that tickets for the Wayna Picchu hike would be available in August when tickets for Machu Picchu Llaqta are sold out. You heard me right. Demand for Machu Picchu General Entry (Llaqta) tickets has flipped this year and visitors are buying them first. Can you guess which tickets are selling out in second place? 

You're not going to believe it. It's Inca Bridge tickets. This trend is unprecedented and we believe it's due to recent changes in how the hikes are combined with the circuits. The first thing you need to know is that Machu Picchu has…

Sun, 09 Jul 2023 15:40:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What is the Difference Between Machu Picchu Upper Terrace and Upper Circuit? Based on the trend in ticket sales in 2023, visitors are buying more tickets that include access to the upper circuits of Machu Picchu, rather than the previously coveted tickets to hike Wayna Picchu. Tickets that include access to the upper circuits are selling like hot cakes, while tickets to hike Wayna Picchu are getting sidelined. This has never happened before. Wayna Picchu tickets always sold out first, often weeks if not months in advance. Why is this happening in 2023? We believe it is because the Wayna Picchu tickets do not include access to Machu Picchu upper terraces, or upper circuits.…

Sat, 08 Jul 2023 17:59:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
The One Experience That Every Traveler Can Expect on Their Trip to Machu Picchu What "experience" am I talking about? Every single traveler regardless of your age, income or occupation can expect daily interactions with street vendors and micro-business enterprises everywhere you go in Peru. I do mean everywhere. The Peru economy is made up of a plethora of industrious citizens who support themselves by selling something they make or do. While there are a few restrictions, they are free to sell their wares and services any place they choose. Vending is not restricted to places where you would expect to find goods and services for sale, like shops, markets, trasnportation…

Fri, 23 Jun 2023 20:59:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Miraculous Availability for Inca Trail Hiking Permits in Summer 2023 When I say miraculous, here's what I mean. We haven't seen anything like this, in forever! Probably at least since hikers have been required to get permits. Here it is the month of June and permits to hike the 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are still available in August! This is not normal. We have a pretty good idea about what is going on.    

Why are Inca Trail Hiking Permits still available for the summer of 2023?

We believe that foreigners are seeing widely publicized government travel directives warning them "not to travel to Cusco." These warnings are referring to VRAEM…

Wed, 14 Jun 2023 15:05:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Are Tour Guides Required to Enter Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu is a huge ancient city in an outdoor setting with upper and lower one-way circuits spanning 34 acres. There are hikes to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. Which circuit or hike should you choose? Can you buy more than one ticket? Can you explore everything in one day? How long does it take to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco? Are you required to hire a tour guide? 

Whether or not you need a tour guide to enter Machu Picchu varies from person to person. Officially, tour guides are required for entry to Machu Picchu. But the rule is not being enforced. Yet! Vidal, in…

Thu, 11 May 2023 15:11:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt