RSS Feed en 120 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 not required for entry to Machu Picchu. Why is the Peru government not only recommending…

Thu, 11 May 2023 15:11:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What to Know About Traveling to Machu Picchu After Protests With protests in Peru winding down and the restoration of supply chains well under way, what do travelers need to know about planning trips to Machu Picchu? The first thing to be aware of is that no one can ever guarantee there won't be interruptions during trips to Peru, whether you plan it next week or next year. Here are some practical steps for planning your trip to Peru.

  • Book flights that can be cancelled or rescheduled without penalty. 
  • Look for package…
Sun, 12 Feb 2023 22:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Reopens After Protests - February 15, 2023,-2023/ As of early May, the main "Cusco to Machu Picchu Travel Corridor" is wide open and fully operational. "Come on down y'all! We're sorry we scared you!" Machu Picchu was closed on January 21, 2023, due to the actions of protestors, and also affected by an especially slow, low tourism season. Roads were blocked, supply chains were shut off, sides were taken and it was more than any world-renowned travel destination could endure. The Ministry of Culture and the Headquarters of the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu of the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SEMANP) shut it down.…

Thu, 09 Feb 2023 21:12:00 +0000,-2023/ Jacqueline Whitt
The Questionable Story About The Protests and Closing of Machu Picchu Written by Vidal Jaquehua. Co-founder and co-owner of Adios Adventure Travel.

You won't see this version of what is happening in Peru in social media accounts or newspapers. It's not what you think. Who is Vidal?
Here's a link to read more about his personal background 

Highlights and main topics:

  • Machu Picchu Website now open. You can buy your tickets online for entry beginning on Feb 12, 2023.. What…
Tue, 24 Jan 2023 20:40:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Valicha: And A Tale of My Mother's Famed Chicha Brewery in the Andes Mountains The Qechua Culture Literary Project is a collection of Andean fairy tales from the Qechua culture, which will be translated into Spanish and English for publication. The books will serve two purposes. The primary objective is to capture the verbal stories passed down from generation to generation in Qechua communities. The secondary goal is to draft a picture book of stories told in 3 languages, with original artwork, for children of the indigenous Qechua communities of the Andes. Because Qechua is a spoken language, there is little if any historial record of these stories.…]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:52:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt Should You Buy More Than One Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu? Since the Peru government has tightened the rules for wandering willy-nilly around the Machu Picchu citadel, it's quite common for travelers who are interested in maximizing the enjoyment of their once-in-a-lifetime visit to Machu Picchu, to consider buying more than one entry ticket. What do people need to know about buying more than one ticket for entry to Machu Picchu on the same day? What is the best way to do it? When should you not worry about it? Keep reading while I break down the ins and outs of what you need to know. This post will address the question of buying more than one ticket…

Fri, 09 Dec 2022 19:18:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Links to Essential Gear for your Trip to South America These are products and services that I have used myself and would give to my mother. who is pictured above at Machu Picchu (at age 78.) Each link will take you to a page on the Adios Adventure Travel website where you can read more, buy, or in the case of the travel insurance, get a free quote or a toll-free phone number to talk to an expert. When you buy these products and services, it's like giving us a hug, and you can't imagine how wonderful that makes us feel!

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022 23:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Go Pure Pod: The Best Water Filter for Travelers My quest for the best water filter for travelers is over. Go Pure Pod portable water filter is the winner. To say it was love at first sight is an understatement. Let me explain.

I've been traveling to South America since 2006 and have tried multiple water filtering devices for travelers. Most of them worked "well enough," but there was always a trade-off. I could not get the cost, weight, size, shareability (is that even a word?), shelf life, and performance in the field to integrate with each other. Then I found "the pod."

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022 21:25:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Avoid Crowds and Explore Real Peru on Your Trip to Machu Picchu Here's my take on how to explore the lesser known regions of Peru on your way to Machu Picchu. Everything I listed here is within driving distance from Cusco. I'm sharing my first-hand experience exploring "real" Peru without the crowds. I've been all over the southern desert, the amazon jungle in Tambopata as well as Iquitos, and the amazing Chachapoyas region. Not to mention Lake Titicaca. My adventures would not be possible without my business partner Vidal Jaquehua, in Cusco.  I cook up crazy ideas and Vidal gathers up a few of our guides, off we go! What I'm going to describe places that…

Sun, 09 Oct 2022 16:21:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What You Need to Know about Traveling to Patagonia Chile After the Pandemic While we have all been looking under the bed for our dusty suitcases and outdated passports, the country of Chile throttled their post-pandemic reopening in a single action. Chile skipped the gradual steps of reopening that I've seen other countries take.  What exactly did Chile do and how does this affect foreigners? They did it all baby. I'm happy to report that as of October 1, 2022, all covid requrements have been suspended. Chile dropped the axe on vax cards, covid tests, mobility passes and face masks. Don't get me wrong. If you show up with noticeable symptoms of upper respiratory infection,…

Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:55:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt