RSS Feed en 120 Don't Flip Your Lid Over Missing Toilet Seats in Peru In 2007 when I began traveling in Peru and South America, I noticed that many toilets outside the hotels, did not have seats. I found this to be pretty common all over Peru and other places. For women, especially older women, this can be not just an annoyance but a potential for health problems. I've known some women who will "hold it" until they get to their hotel! 

As soon as we women leave the comfort of our hotels, all of which I'm happy to report, maintain the standard bowl with a hinged seat, if not an additional hinged lid, we have to be prepared for what I call "naked toilet…

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 14:41:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Powder Your Nose at Machu Picchu It's the elephant in the room at Machu Picchu. The one with his legs crossed. The thing that no one dreams they have to put on their list of "essential things to plan when I go to Machu Picchu."  Who could imagine that you need to organize your entire trip to a world-renowned high-profile destination around the availability of the restrooms? Are you prepared to wear a diaper for your visit to Machu Picchu? Let's talk about toilets.

I get emails from savvy travelers who have figured out that there is only one restroom at Machu Picchu and that facility is located outside the main entry,…

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
3 Tips For Finding Your Guide Upon Arrival in a Foreign Airport It's common for people who book guided tours and trips abroad to make their own international flight arrangements to their destinations. Their first contact with the tour company could be at the airport when they arrive. Even if they work through a travel agent, they probably won't know anything about the person who is scheduled to meet them when they arrive in the airport. These tips will help people prepare to locate that one designated person waiting for them in a sea of strangers in a foreign land.

We also use these tips for bus stations and cruise ships.

How to prepare to…

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:56:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Travel Plastic Free: Make your Own Kit Single-use plastic water bottles are just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg of waste generated by humans all over the globe on a daily basis. Every time we consume foods and beverages inside and outside our homes we are making choices way beyond what's on the menu! We're voting with our dollars for food service infrastructure that supports and reinforces systems for growing, processing, handling and marketing consumables. I believe that the issues we now acknowledge with plastic bottles and plastic shopping bags are getting us closer to seeing the hidden scourge of our century: How we handle…

Sun, 10 Mar 2019 12:09:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
New Short Route from Cusco to Ollantaytambo On the map it looks easy to get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo on your way to Machu Picchu. But there are many obstacles to potentially delay the unsuspecting traveler. The average travel time from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is 4.5-5 hours each way by motorized vehicle and train including time for transitions at the stations. From Aguas Calientes it's another 30 minutes by bus to Machu Picchu. 

Here's what you need to know about travel between Cusco and Ollantaytambo:

  • The village of Ollantaytambo is the main train station for Perurail and Incarail service to…
Sun, 27 Jan 2019 17:48:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Map of Sacred Valley Routes and 1 Day Inca Trail Hike Map of Cusco, Sacred Valley Tours (2 options) Ollantaytambo and 1 Day Hike to Machu Picchu.

Click on markers or zoom in or out to see different features.  Includes the new shorter direct route between Cusco and Ollantaytambo.


Sun, 27 Jan 2019 14:09:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Traveling in South America? How to communicate for free We're all about travel in South America and one of the most important questions we get is how to communicate while on the go. I use T-mobile phone service including an optional international plan that gives me free unlimited texting and phone calls for .20 cents per minute. But what I have found is that I rarely use my T-mobile service because What's App has become my go-to app for all my communications while traveling in South America. (and central America) Adios Adventure Travel staff have been using WHAT'S APP for several years.  It's free and it can be set up on any phone. We use it for…

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Hourly Entry Tickets: it's not What You Think It seems there is a misunderstanding of the purpose of the new hourly entry tickets for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. Peru launched a new website with a new system for selecting entry tickets by the hour effective on January 1, 2019.  Entry tickets are sold for entry on the hour beginning at 6 am and every hour until 2 pm. Hours of operation are the same: 6am-5:30pm daily

Why did the Peru government set up another system for entry tickets?
The purpose of the new system is to distribute visitor entry times to reduce congestion with the long wait lines for early…

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Hidden Benefit of Perurail Bimodal Service to Machu Picchu Hidden in plain view. This secret benefit on Perurail can save you money and add convenience to your trip to Machu Picchu. How?

During the rainy season in Peru, PeruRail shuts down the train station in Poroy from January 2- April 30, because weather is more likely to interrupt train service on that leg of the journey to Machu Picchu. Poroy is a small station and is the nearest to the city of Cusco for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. (about 30 minutes drive)

During this period, the railway operator offers bimodal service, which combines bus and train travel beginning in Cusco…

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 23:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Travel to Machu Picchu: How to choose the best water bottle Although it was announced to tour operators that starting in January 2019, single-use plastic water bottles and other plastic waste is banned from Machu Picchu, so far the new rule is not being enforced. For more information about the ban on water bottles click here.

Adios Adventure Travel supports the ban on single use plastics and even if not being enforced, we encourage you to plan ahead. How should you prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu?  I'll describe benefits and limitations of different options for carrying…

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 20:45:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt