Add Colca Canyon to the list of Peruvian destinations

The rich & famous, and not-so-rich, not-famous-at-all, go there. The ancient abandoned city of Machu Picchu attracts many kinds of travelers from around the world. Luxury travelers ride the Perurail 1st class Hiram Bingham train and backpackers hike the Inca Trail. They go by the thousands. Up to 2500 people per day will explore the Machu Picchu ruins.…

Should Kids Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Parent Checklist

Yes!  Kids should hike the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  But like adults, there are some instances where they should not.  We provide a checklist for parents to determine if your child is ready.   Use the list of questions below to help decide if your child should do the 4 Day hike. Does your child participate in regular physical activity?…

Why you can't drive a rental car to Machu Picchu

Every year someone asks me about renting a car during their trip to Machu Picchu in Peru.  Americans are hopeless addicts to self-driven, gasoline-powered vehicles.  We think it will give us freedom, flexibility & independence on our trips.  Like it does at home.  Although I'm an avid proponent of independent travel, there are places where you should…

Going to Machu Picchu? Our tours and prices are guaranteed

The last thing anyone booking a trip to South America needs to worry about is having their guided tour or Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu cancelled by the operator.  But there are circumstances in which a tour operator may cancel your trip.  Reasons may include insufficient bookings which make it unprofitable to run a trip.   Operators may confirm…

Vidal Jaquehua's adventure on the lost path to Machu Picchu (part 2)

So I went back to the mountains whit Marcos, my best friend. And we thought that we can do anything and that we could get anywhere.   Both of us whit a lot of experience, but that is how confusing those small trails are. We start looking for alternative trails to get to Machupicchu. Well happen that the Machu Picchu National Park has some limit on…

Vidal Jaquehua: the lost jungle trail to Machu Picchu (part 1)

On those mountains in Peru, a lot of people get lost easily. I was one of them.  I grow up in Cusco and as a child, I played on the trails and in the mountains where I now guide the people.  But I did get lost one time. I think the first year that I was working as a guide, one company ask me to take a group to Machupicchu on the 4-day Inca trail hike.…

Which countries need a visa to enter Peru?

Going to Machu Picchu?  Find out if you need a visa.  How long is it valid?  And where do you go to get it?  Check below and see if your country is on the list of those required to obtain a visa.  Then view the list of Peru embassies around the world to find the closest one to you. We provide this information as a courtesy, and accuracy is not guaranteed…

Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands: comprehensive packing guide

The climate of the Andes Mountains is very different from the Galapagos islands.  One is warm and temperate.  The other is a high-altitude mountain ecosystem with mini micro-climates. Activities on the islands may include swimming, snorkeling, boating and beach combing. Whereas, in the mountains, you may hike, explore ruins and participate in cultural…

How to get to Machu Picchu: for visual learners

Check out this infographic to find out how to get to Machu Picchu.  If you prefer to read the words, here they are: Step 1: fly from your home to Lima, Peru.  (usually day 1) Flights from US often arrive evening.  There is one hotel at the airport connected by skybridge for an easy walk.  Step 2: fly from Lima to Cusco.  (usually day 2) Adios Adventure…