Did you see the Peace Pole on your trip to Machu Picchu?

There it was.  Standing alone, tucked away in a shady corner at the main entrance to Machu Picchu.  A Peace Pole.  I recognized the white pole with dark lettering right away because there is one at my children's school.  Virginia Beach Friends School. Although not prominently displayed at Machu Picchu, it's not hard to find if you are looking. When…

Adios Adventure Travel Launches New Website: Travel to Machu Picchu & More

Adios Adventure Travel webmaster outdid himself this time.  The overall design of the new website is simple, but colorful and easy to navigate.  But don't take our word for it.  See for yourself.  The new website is fresh and updated with ideas to inspire your dreams to visit Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands and other…

What to do if natural disaster strikes on your vacation

So you're ready for that trip-of-a-lifetime to your dream destination.  Perhaps a few days before you depart, you hear a report that of a threatening natural disaster. You picture yourself  clinging to a guy in a hard hat, feet dangling in mid air while suspended from a helicopter as CNN camera crews capture your rescue for all to see!  NOT the vacation…

Less than world-class hotels at world-class Machu Picchu. Why?

Why are there so many complaints about the hotels in Aguas Calientes that serve travelers going to Machu Picchu?  It's the only town close enough to Machu Picchu to offer services for the thousands of tourists who make the trip to the mysterious & magical Incan ruins.  Over 6000 people can enter the ruins each day.  Many will stay in the town of Aguas…

Behind-the-scenes: what you don't see on your way to Machu Picchu

It's June.  One of the busiest travel months of the year.  Thanks to everyone who told their friends and wrote about us on Trip Advisor, Fodor's and other online travel forums, Adios Adventure Travel bookings doubled in one year.  We're grateful. Don't get me wrong.  And here's a glimpse of the sizzle behind the scenes. In the US office, Jacquie Whitt…

Tips for Families Traveling Abroad

Tip #1 - If only 1 parent or no parents are traveling with children under the age of 18, the parent (or guardian) traveling with child(ren) should have a notorized Permission to Travel letter from the parent not traveling.  There is no standardized single form.  You can find templates online or create your own.    Tip #2 -  Carry more than 1 kind…

Cusco hotels & toilets: what to expect when traveling in Peru

This post will focus on the common characteristics of 3 star hotels in Cuzco and what to expect. There's nothing wrong with most of the hotels in Cusco. But judging by the negative comments written by travelers on Trip Advisor, most of the issues are due to traveler expectations. There are a few things that, if prepared for in advance, will make your…

Virginia Beach Travel Company has Best Tours to Machu Picchu

It helps that Adios Adventure Travel has an office in Virginia, US. In Virginia Beach, the office is organized and run by Jacquie Whitt. It also helps that Adios has an office in Cuzco, Peru, run by Adios Adventure Travel co-founder, Vidal Jaquehua.  Both partners share responsibilities and equity.  We do not subcontract.  Contacting the US office is…

Packing for the Amazon Jungle

Ten months of travel preparations and today we are poised on the eve of departure for the Amazon Jungle in Peru. We've had to overcome a few glitches during that time. We've had our flights changed once, our lodges cancelled once and within 2 weeks of departure, two of the trip participants informed us that their departure dates were 1 day earlier than…

How to travel to Machu Picchu before your cruise around South America

Can you do a 3-day quickie shore excursion to Machu Picchu from your cruise ship? Yes, there's just enough time if your ship docks in Port Callao in Lima and you return to Lima or to Port Pisco (4 hours drive south of Lima). Keep in mind that you are going from sea level to 11,000 ft altitude in 1 hour and 20 minutes.  There are several transitions…