RSS Feed en 120 Machu Picchu Entry Ticket Data and Statistics 2018 For entertainment I like to track stats and compare tickets sold. Unfortunately the government website no longer shows tickets sold for past years. I don't know if that is deliberate or just due to the changes in how tickets are sold now.  Nevertheless I was able to cull data for the total tickets sold per month for 2018.  (I will add October, November and December after the stats are available.)

I believe that overall annual ticket sales have grown, given that the daily limit went from 2500 to 6534 visitors per day. But I think the changes in the park have finally settled in, and the…

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:30:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Overtourism Update - It's Better Than You Think Finally some good news. If you follow my blog you know I'm a straight shooter. I say it like I see it. And I double check my facts with my local contacts. I've been reporting on the travel trends and changes at Machu Picchu even before 2016, when the Peru government initiated the first big change to visitor access. They began the first of several steps to shrink and restrict access for visitors. The news has been negative for a couple of years. Worried travelers wonder what will happen next? What could they possibly do now? Finally, I get to share a positive update about Machu Picchu. Here's…

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 01:10:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
What Happens if You Book an Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu and You Can't do it? After months of planning and organizing your Inca Trail adventure, you arrive in Cusco, then calamity strikes. Maybe you get a sudden gastro-intestinal bug or slip in the shower and break your arm. (it's happened!) Or you don't realize how out of shape you are until you walk around Cusco or the Sacred Valley. 

What You Need to Know About Your Inca Trail Hike

First thing to know is that there are 2 Inca Trail hikes. One is the…

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:16:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Why you Can't Hike to Rainbow Mountain in late 2018 On September 16, 2018, the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism in Cusco, Peru, issued a public announcement asking all tour operators to refrain from organizing trips to the Rainbow Mountain. The reason is that two communities bordering the Winincunca Mountain are having conflicts that may affect the safety of tourists.

Update Sept 27, 2018

Rainbow hike is reopened and the dispute is settled for…

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 12:38:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
How to Travel to Machu Picchu and the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019 Get ready everyone! One of the busiest travel destinations in the world is about to share the summer spotlight in 2019 with The Pan American Games XVIII. If you were to combine a tsunami sporting event with a hurricane travel season, you get an idea of what is about to happen. The Pan Am games will be the largest sporting event ever hosted by the country of Peru. And the event is timed during the busiest travel season at Machu Picchu. The games take place in the coastal city of Lima, the main gateway to Peru, and the first portal for travelers going to the Inca citadel. Machu Picchu is one of…

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:57:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu - Print Kid's Games for the Car Ride Link to Printer-Friendly Version!


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:32:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Adventures in Flying to Machu Picchu: Avoid These Mistakes Which airlines are the best? When is the best time to fly? Can you get a direct flight to Machu Picchu? Are there alternative modes of transport? Can you bypass traveling through Lima? And possibly one of the most important questions, "Does it matter what flight I book?" 

What's the worst that can happen? (real life stories) 

  • one group of 14 people booked last flight of the day from Lima to Cusco, and when they arrived for…
Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:47:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
5 Pro Tips for Organizing the Perfect Trip to Machu Picchu Don't let tight connections and poor planning ruin your trip to Machu Picchu. We're Machu Picchu travel experts and here's our list of top tips to help you make the most of your trip to the famous citadel. 

#1 - Be Flexible.  

About everything. Aim for your target dates, hotels and ideal train departures. But give yourself permission to choose alternatives in case your 1st choice is not available. Bottom line is that even the…

Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:44:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
Machu Picchu Update: One Ticket One Entry "One and done." That's the latest change at Machu Picchu. Each entry ticket entitles the holder to enter one time.  

About the new rule:

  • effective July 1, 2018
  • it will affect both morning and afternoon ticket holders
  • morning ticket holders can enter up to about 11am (ish) and stay beyond 12N.  They will not be asked to leave.
  • there is no advantage to rushing to enter at 6 am. Mornings…
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:08:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
My Machu Picchu Reading List for Travelers Whether you're anticipating a trip to Machu Picchu, or fueling your armchair wanderlust, these books are my favorites. I'm attracted to adventure mixed with a little science and historical facts. For ten years I've been traveling, reading and dare I say studying the Incas.  There are no travel guides on this list because I wanted to share interesting literature.  

Conquest of the Incas / by John Hemming  

Could be…

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:05:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt