Should you Travel to Machu Picchu, Chachapoyas and Kuelap Ruins?

A new state of the art cable car system has been installed in a small village near Kuelap ruins, with the idea of attracting more visitors to the Chachapoyas Cloud Forest region in northern Peru. The cable car system solves but one of many logistical problems for getting the masses to the ancient fortress of Kuelap. The idea is to spread the wealth…

What to Wear? "Machu Picchu Fashion Week"

Technically, the Peruvian government doesn't give a hoot about your haut couture. The only official decree regarding toggery, is that everyone must be togged. Nudity is explicity prohibited. Aside from that, Machu Picchu is your oyster. So what are visitors to Machu Picchu wearing these days? I would describe the average costume for the over 50 crowd,…

Which Amazon Jungle Lodge is Best for You?

For most people, traveling to South America is a pretty big deal. It's a big deal for me and I've been traveling there for more than 13 years. Many people are interested in exploring one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. The Amazon Jungle! But how do you decide where to go with so many variables? One of the questions that comes…

Should You Dine at MIL Restaurant in Sacred Valley Peru?

If you build it in the middle of nowhere, without public transportation, and charge scandalous prices, will they come? Chef and culinary pioneer Virgilio Martinez is confident they will. Why? Because after launching a successful restaurant empire in Lima, he knows foodies. Like sailors beckoned by the seductive song of the siren, gourmet diners will…

What you Need to Know About the Cost of Inca Trail Hikes

This is why it hurts porters when people buy the cheapest Inca Trail hikes. Whether you choose the Classic 4 day Inca Trail hike or the extended 5 day Inca Trail trek, the following policy enforcements may affect rates you pay in 2020. The issue of porter weight limits flares up from time to time and we're pleased to report that park officials have…

Cruise Free Trips to the Galapagos Islands For Seasick Sufferers

According the the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 100% of people are at risk for experiencing some form of motion sickness. This doesn't mean everyone will get seasick on a cruise. It means they're susceptible. Fortunately, everyone responds to stimulus that causes motion sickness differently and plenty of people enjoy boating. But those of us who…

This is What Altitude Sickness Feels Like

The first time I went to Cusco, Peru with a group of high school students, let's say the altitude kicked my butt. I traveled by air from sea level for 1 hour / 20 minutes to 11,000 feet / 3440 meters.  But that was not nearly as bad as the time I flew from sea level to 12,500 ft / 3810 meters in 2 hours to Juliaca, Peru, situated in the highlands not…

How I Tested An Uncommon Mosquito Repellent in the Amazon Jungle

You might know this product, but how many people would run down and buy nutritional yeast flakes to take on their trip to the Amazon rainforest? But that's exactly what I did. I was kind of desperate. After multiple trips to the jungle in Ecuador and Peru, I think the mosquitos know me. And tend to announce my arrival and invite their colleagues to…

Peru Maras Salt Ponds Closed to Pedestrians

Effective June 2019, visitors will not longer be permitted to walk among the Maras Terraced Salt Ponds.  Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the historic canyon has a legacy of being part of the economy since Inca times. Naturally occurring salt drains through the canyon where it's collected in ponds, harvested, and sold by the families…

My Trip to An Inca Rope Bridge: What I Learned About Community

In June 2019 I rode 4 hours by car from Cusco, Peru to a small community called Q'eswachaka with Jorki our driver, Hubert our guide, Beebe my gringa friend, and Mario, one of our company trail cooks. (Who was surely sent from heaven to let earthlings know that when we it's our time to cross into the pearly gates, divine dishes will be waiting. But that's…