More Chinese Travelers will be "Peking" at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu lays down the welcome mat for Chinese citizens.  Visas are no longer required to enter Peru for Chinese citizens who meet the entry requirements. In addition to a valid passport, Chinese citizens must also possess valid permanent residence, or a visa, for any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, UK, United States or Schengen zone.  The…

2017 Rate Increase for Entry to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Hikes

Effective January 1, 2017, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture has increased rates for entry to all ticketed museums, historical sights and archaeological parks in most of Peru.  Including an increase in the cost of permits for Inca Trail hikes as well as the cost of permits for each porter.  Adult entry tickets to Machu Picchu will increase from 128/s.…

How to Book Roundtrip Flight from Lima to Cusco for $15 USD

If you're planning a trip to Machu Picchu, all international flights arrive in Lima, Peru. Travelers then fly to Cusco. Here's the step-by-step instructions showing how we booked our roundtrip flight on LAN AIRLINES (AKA Latam) between Lima and Cusco for $15 USD + 9000 points. To book this flight requires 3 things: British Airways Membership (free. …

Go Little. Or Go Home. The Smallest Adventure Travel Company in the World

The email landed in my inbox like a gift box being dropped on my desk. And there in front of my eyes, as beautiful as any hand-made bow I'd ever seen, was the headline for a new review just posted on Trip Advisor. "A Life-Changing Adventure with Adios Adventure Travel." Contained in the review was the most benevolent comment anyone could make about…

South America Travel Trends: Why the Best Adventures are Soft

It's the latest trend to hit the travel industry since the rolling luggage movement landed on the tarmac.  Adventure travel is accepted as one of the many modes that travelers now have when choosing trips.  In the past, adventure travel was relegated to those bold explorers who organized legendary expeditions, not sissy trips with tourist buses, hotels…

Machu Picchu for Nature Lovers

Living in the comfort of tyvek-sealed and sanitized structures makes for a comfy life, except for one pretty significant drawback. Nature deprivation. Unlike our ancestors who lived as nomadic gatherers, then settled down as farmers, who spent much of their day interacting (if not battling) the elements, modern homo sapiens have evolved into indoor-dwelling,…

Rainbow Mountain Hike in Peru: what you need to know

It's known as the Rainbow Mountain hike.  But the Qechua people of the Andes, call it Vinicunca Mountain. The Rainbow Mountain hike is ranked by National Geographic as one of the top 100 places you should visit before you die. Vinicunca is a Qechua word that means "7 Color Mountain." The colors are caused by mineral deposits that formed in layers over…

Machu Picchu availability: how often do tickets sell out?

Many of us, including tour operators, guides, hotel owners and government officials, speculate about the number of visitors to Machu Picchu.  It seems like the number of visitors increased this year.  Or is it just our imagination? One way to satisfy curiosity is to analyze the actual numbers.  What months sell out?  Do the same months sell out every…

Pisac Archaeological Ruins: re-opened September 2016

One of the most popular tourist sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is now reopened for visitors. As of September 1, 2016, visitors can hike from the upper parking area to the Pisac archaeological complex.  Roundtrip hike takes about 2 hours and as before, requires entry tickets. Sadly, the closure of Pisaq Archaeological Ruins was precipitated…

Inside the 1-Day Inca Trail Hike: A Comprehensive Overview

By Heather Corona  One of the most frequent questions I get from travelers when booking their Easy 1-Day Inca Trail Hike is, "So what do I do on Day 2? Do I get to go back to Machu Picchu again?"   There's a very common misconception that on Day 1 you get to both hike the Inca Trail, and explore the ruins at Machu Picchu. The truth is - that's only…