My First Post Covid Trip to Machu Picchu

My First Post Covid Trip to Machu Picchu

The Trip from the US to Cusco There was absolutely no downside to booking business class seats from the US to Peru in December 2020 using my totally refundable points. So I did. However I made the mistake of waiting too long…

Peru Plans First Ever Direct Road to Machu Picchu

Peru Plans First Ever Direct Road to Machu Picchu

The Peru Ministry of Transport and Communications just announced a plan to build a road from Cusco to Machu Picchu using the "back door" route. Hallelujah! A real paved road! Currently, the only way to get to Machu Picchu is by…

Mayor of Machu Picchu Threatens Hunger Strike to Protest Government Restrictions

Mayor of Machu Picchu Threatens Hunger Strike to Protest Government Restrictions

Last week, when the story broke that the Mayor of Machu Picchu was threatening a hunger strike, it caught my attention. Dear Lord, what would Inca King Pachacutec say if he were alive today? Just how bad was it down there? Well,…

Essential Advice about Traveling in 2021 After Covid-19

Essential Advice about Traveling in 2021 After Covid-19

Everyone thought by the beginning of 2021 we would have a grip on what the best practices are for people who want to travel again. Well good luck with that. The rules for flying and crossing borders changes quicker than Twitter's…

Easy Covid Testing for US-Bound Travelers Going to Machu Picchu

Easy Covid Testing for US-Bound Travelers Going to Machu Picchu

Here's what travelers to Peru need to know about vaccination status.¬†What is the definition of "fully vaccinated" for foreigners heading to Peru? Do vaccinated foreigners need to show a negative covid test to board domestic flights…

How to Get Delta Airlines Benefits on Your Latam Airline Bookings

How to Get Delta Airlines Benefits on Your Latam Airline Bookings

In case you haven't heard, Delta Airlines and Latam Airlines are now good buddies. In other words, they are code share partners. This means they have each other's backs. I recently traveled to Peru and thought I would try to use…

Chile Reopens Border After Covid-19

Chile Reopens Border After Covid-19

In early November 2020, it was announced that the Chile border will reopen to foreigners on November 23, 2020. Arrival protocols are a moving target. In January 2021, the policies are as follows: Negatice PCR test shown upon…

Are Rainbow Mountain Tours in Peru Reopened After Covid?

Are Rainbow Mountain Tours in Peru Reopened After Covid?

It was impossible to see this coming. Who knew that the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Pass) in Peru would become one of most popular destinations in the country? A day trip to see the colors of the Rainbow Mountain migrated like…

Are Children Banned from Entering Machu Picchu?

Are Children Banned from Entering Machu Picchu?

In case you see a headline indicating that children are banned from entering Machu Picchu, it only applies to entry for local tourists in November. As we know from recent history, media headlines can be misleading. And this is…

Machu Picchu and 1-Day Inca Trail Hike Reopen November 1

Machu Picchu and 1-Day Inca Trail Hike Reopen November 1

In November 2020, the Peru government reopened the ancient Inca citadel for local tourism. This was welcome progress for plucky travelers willing to jump through the necessary hoops to see one of the New 7 Wonders of the World,…