RSS Feed en 120 Mudslide Leads to Temporary Detour of 1-Day Inca Trail Hike On Friday March 24, 2017, a mudslide occurred on the 1 day Inca Trail.  The location of the falling earth was just below the waterfall which is between Chachabamba and Winay Wayna ruins. That portion of the trail has been temporarily closed.  Machu Picchu has not been affected. 

Hikers with permits for the 1-day hike will be rerouted by train to KM 106 where they will get off and access a "porter" trail that bypasses the area with the mudslide. The detour goes straight…

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:34:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Peru Floods and Travel to Machu Picchu 2017 For anyone planning an upcoming trip to Machu Picchu, all eyes have been on the news about flooding in Peru.  This year, the rainy season, from late November to late March, has been particularly severe along the coastal regions of Peru.  Deaths have been reported in small communities to the north and south of Lima. 

March 26 Update: We got this first-hand report from one of our guides. 

South of Lima, the coastal region is pretty much normal. Flights in and out of Lima are operating on schedule. A few flights taking supplies to flooded areas north of Lima…

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:28:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Weather: the good, the bad, and the ugly,-the-bad,-and-the-ugly/ The most frequently asked questions about traveling to Machu Picchu are regarding the weather.  We've collected the best intel we have along with a few other facts to help you determine when to travel.

The good news about Machu Picchu:

  • Machu Picchu is open every day of the year from 6 am to 5 pm.  
  • there are 2 seasons:  WET from late November to early April with plenty of sunshine possible. DRY season is perceived as the best time to visit the ruins. Temperatures are slightly cooler in the dry season.  Tickets…
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000,-the-bad,-and-the-ugly/ Jacqueline Whitt
The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Enter Machu Picchu It's not altitude meds, drinking water or sturdy, flat-soled shoes.  All of which are recommended.  (Although altitude meds are optional. Machu Picchu tops out around 8000 ft. / 2438 m. Which is not much compared to Cusco at 11000 ft / 3350 m.) By the time you go through Cusco and the Sacred Valley, which will squander about 5 hours of travel time to get to Machu Picchu, you should feel about as good as you can expect to feel if you're coming from sea level.  If you get addled by the altitude, and forget everything else, try to burn this one important thing into your oxygen-deprived brain.


Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Inti Raymi Festival Entry Tickets 2017 Get your entry tickets now for one of the most impressive outdoor theatrical performances in South America. Our office in Cusco is ready to help you arrange everything needed for your trip to the Inca Empire. Inca culture comes alive when Inti-Raymi celebrations descend on the Peruvian city of Cusco.  Contact our US office with questions or to make reservations.  We accept all major credit cards.  We do not add on hidden fees.  The rate we advertise is the rate you will pay. 757-304-8002

Date:  Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:37:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
World Orchid Conference 2017: Travel to Ecuador Book your trip now for the 22nd Annual World Orchid Conference in 2017. Travel to Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador in South America.

Conference Dates: begins Wednesday, November 8 at 9 am through Sunday, November 12 at 5 pm.
Location:  Guayaquil Convention Center 

Flights depart daily from the US including Miami/Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Los Angeles and other hub cities.

What can you see and do in Ecuador:

We help you combine your visit to the conference with travel around Ecuador, including trips to…

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:09:24 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu: The Story of the Lost Toy on the Way to the Lost City Written by:  Heather Corona / Adios Adventure Travel Trip Consultant

What is the absolute worst thing that could happen to a young autistic boy on his journey through South America?  And what is the best thing that can happen to a busy tour operator who is willing to work out solutions to any problems that land in her email inbox?

Travel Companions
For most of us, the best thing about traveling are the companions with whom we make the journey! I…
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:52:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Trains: Virtual Tour and Information Everyone who goes to Machu Picchu, must take a train at some point.  Even hikers take the train for the return journey to Cusco because the Inca Trail hike is one direction only. And it's not surprising that there's confusion about train service to Machu Picchu. The internet is not always your friend. Apparently, neither is the Perurail website which displays conflicting information! Here's what you need to know about the service, the cost and the benefits of each level of train service. I've also included links to a virtual tour for each of the 3 levels of service.

How to Get…

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:06:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Hike Classic 4 Day Inca Trail in Only 3 Days For experienced hikers and people who are really fit, it is possible to hike the entire 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 3 day trek. You hike the same distance as people who hike for 4 days.  But you do it in 3 days. Total distance 43 Km / 27 miles in 3 days, hiking in to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  

Whether you're short on time or just enjoy hiking at a fast pace doesn't matter.  It's your choice if you want to trek to Machu Picchu in only 3 days.

Day 1 - 13 KM / 8 MI  

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:55:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Alice in Jungleland: How I Chased an Inca Legend It sounds more like a plot for an Indiana Jones movie, than a viable technique employed by an ancient civilization. The Inca constructed cities of hand-cut stone that are now famous destinations for travelers from around the world.  Machu Picchu is one of the most well known. We know the Inca had tools made from stone and rudimentary bronze and copper used to chisel and shape multi-sided blocks that interlocked like puzzle pieces. But the modern brain can't grasp how the Inca could have achieved the level of precision that they did with the tools we have found. What are we missing? I found clues…

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt