Go Pure Pod: The Best Water Filter for Travelers

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…

How to Avoid Crowds and Explore Real Peru on Your Trip to Machu Picchu

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…

What You Need to Know about Traveling to Patagonia Chile After the Pandemic

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While we have all been looking under the bed for our dusty suitcases and outdated passports, the country of Chile throttled their post-pandemic reopening in a single action.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…

How to Choose the Most Handy Luggage for your Trip to Machu Picchu

How to Choose the Most Handy Luggage for your Trip to Machu Picchu

Eventually every one who is planning a trip to Machu Picchu will learn that there is a size limit for bags on the train to Machu Picchu. That is just the beginning of the information you need to know about the most practical kind…

Why You Can't Resell Your Machu Picchu Entry Tickets

Why You Can't Resell Your Machu Picchu Entry Tickets

Recently I saw people trying to sell their Machu Picchu tickets on social media platforms. Surely people must realize that the tickets have their names and passport information printed on them. This information is to help Machu…

Which Circuit is the Best For the Classic Photo of Machu Picchu?

Which Circuit is the Best For the Classic Photo of Machu Picchu?

The fact that I'm asking this question should be an indication that not all of the 4 circuits at Machu Picchu are equal when it comes to photographing Machu Picchu ruins. Let me explain the situation. Machu Picchu visitors are…

How The Inca Trail Hike Permits and Machu Picchu Tickets Changed in 2022

How The Inca Trail Hike Permits and Machu Picchu Tickets Changed in 2022

Over the last few months, the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism and park authorities have been playing around with the tickets and permits at Machu Picchu. They whittled a little rule here, and carved out a chunk of regulation there,…

Machu Picchu for Stargazers and Dark Sky Enthusiasts

Machu Picchu for Stargazers and Dark Sky Enthusiasts

When the sun goes down in Peru, the sky comes alive with celestrial bodies that twinkle and even shoot across the sky. I'm not an expert astronomer, but I have personally experienced the eye-opening wonders of the night sky in…

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Machu Picchu Dr: "All Tourists Need A Health Check Before Hiking Wayna Picchu"

On March 4, 2022, a 50 year old American tourist died after experiencing health problems while hiking up the famous Huayna Picchu Mountain inside the Machu Picchu national park.  A team of security guards and the national police…

How Many People Visited Machu Picchu in 2021?

How Many People Visited Machu Picchu in 2021?

Numbers don't lie (unless someone fiddles with the raw data!) According to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, in the year 2021, about 447,500 people flew to the Andes Mountains and jumped through all the logistical hoops of fire…