What is Hiking the Inca Trail Like?

So you’ve dreamed of going to Machu Picchu… and you’ve thought about hiking the Inca Trail… and you’re curious what it’s like? The Inca Trail is one of the world’s classic treks, and it is a fantastic experience for anyone willing to take the effort to make the trek. The traditional Inca Trail trek was […]

What Is The Difference Between the 4 and 5 Day Inca Trail Treks?

Inca Trail Trek

The Inca Trail is one of the world’s classic treks, and it is a fantastic experience for anyone willing to take the effort to make the trek. Entering Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun as Inca Royalty once did is an unforgettable experience. The traditional Inca Trail trek was usually done in 4 […]

Cusco’s Top 10 List: What to Do and What to Avoid

For More Information on Planning Your Peru Trip, View This Peru Travel Planning Guide At the two-month anniversary of my arrival in Peru, I feel ready to offer a little unsolicited advice about what I recommend as do’s and don’ts before and during your trip to Cusco, Peru, and the surrounding area. Listed in no […]

Act Now to Get Your 2017 Inca Trail Trip – Permits Available Week Of December 19, 2016!

Always wanted to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Of course you have. We all have too (luckily we have already done the trek, but we still want to do it again). Well, you better act fast before permits sell out, likely before January 1, 2017 for premium dates. But did you know that only […]

How To Pack for Traveling in Peru

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirts (quick dry) A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco) Underwear and socks (non-cotton) Warm hat, gloves, & scarf Water proof jacket & pants and/or rain poncho Comfortable clothes for after the day’s activities Good, […]

Should You Hike Huayna Picchu Mountain Or Machu Picchu Mountain?

Before you confirm your trip to Machu Picchu, consider whether or not you want to do one of the two permitted hikes that start in the Machu Picchu complex. These optional, challenging hikes are rewarding for fit travelers, but are definitely not suitable for everyone. If you’re going to Machu Picchu and want to challenge […]

How To Pack for Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek

This information is specifically for trekking the Inca Trail with the trip operators Amazonas Explorer. Other trip operators may have information that varies slightly. SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirts (quick dry) A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco) Thermal […]

Inter-Island Flights in the Galapagos

Here’s the nitty gritty on flights within the Galapagos. Emetebe is the airline of the Galapagos and your only choice for flying between islands. Their fleet of Britten Norman Islanders have room for 8 in the main cabin. Because of their low carrying capacity, it is a good idea to pre-arrange your flights prior to […]

Which Peru Trek is Right For You?

Inca Trail

Peru is trekking heaven, and there are so many options out there! The five most popular areas to trek around Cusco and Machu Picchu are the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares Valley, Choquequirao, and Ausangate. Each of these areas provide a different experience. Which trek is right for you?

Going to the Galapagos, Should I Fly Into Quito or Guayaquil?

To get to the Galapagos Islands you must first travel to Ecuador, as flights to the Galapagos originate either from Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. When looking into which city to fly into consider how much time you have. GUAYAQUIL (coastal) If you are just laying over briefly the night before/after your Galapagos trip, then Guayaquil […]

You CAN still hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this summer 2016!

Machu Picchu Windows to the World

Thinking of traveling to Peru this summer? Always wanted to hike the world famous Inca Trail so you arrive at Machu Picchu on foot? Too late! Permits to trek the regular Inca Trail are already sold out from April until the latter part of August. And once permits are gone there is no chance to […]

Short Galapagos Cruises to the Western Islands of Isabela and Fernandina

on the Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise

So you’ve done a ton of research, and you know that you want to go to the far western part of at the Galapagos Islands: Isabela and Fernandina Islands. But you’ve run into a problem! Most cruises that go to Isabela and Fernandina Islands are 8 day cruises, and you just don’t have the time […]

Extra Costs for a Galapagos Trip

on the Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise

You’ve paid for Galapagos trip and booked your hotel in mainland Ecuador, but there are a few more costs you’ll need to plan on paying once in Ecuador for your Galapagos trip.  Below you will find a list of typical extra costs for any Galapagos trip.  Keep in mind that your trip may differ a […]

What is the Difference Between the Classes of Boats in the Galapagos Islands?

There are four classes of boats in the Galapagos Islands: Luxury Class First Class Tourist Superior Class Tourist or Economy Class These classes vary by price, amenities on board, level of comfort, size of the cabins, and sometimes even by the quality of naturalist guide and itinerary.

Best Videos About Galapagos Wildlife

Daydreaming about your trip to the Galapagos? Here are some of our favorite videos about the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos. Waved Albatross are large, beautiful birds who mate for life and have endearing interactions with each other. Nearly every waved albatross in the world nests on Española Island in the Galapagos. They are on […]

Are You an Adventure Snob? The Huaorani Can Cure You!

Huaorani Ecolodge

Do you set high expectations for your next travel experience? You should, of course, but if you’re anything like me you’re looking to one-up with an adventure that does more than live up to past experiences. You crave a new experience, one that takes you on a “life changing” or “mind-blowing” adventure. Ideally, both.

How to Pack For the Galápagos Islands

If you’re like me, it’s the night before you fly to Ecuador, and you’re wasting precious sleeping hours agonizing over what to pack for your trip to the Galápagos Islands and what to leave at home. If you’re like my co-worker Katie, you are super organized and have everything laid out and ready to go […]

Best Snorkeling Spots in the Galápagos Islands

Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Awesome snorkeling is enjoyed throughout the Galápagos Islands but these snorkeling spots will blow your fins off!

For the Aggressive Latin American Dog, Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Rock

While I love riding my bicycle in foreign lands for the freedom to soak in the countryside and get to know the locals, somewhere between Cusco and La Paz I changed from free spirit to warrior. Had to. A dog bit my leg. The worst part, I could see it was coming. After months of […]

Piranhas for Breakfast in the Bolivian Amazon?

Piranha teeth, Amazon

As I watched the little girl swimming the black water, a man fishing from the dock spoke to her in soft tones. His line went tight, and with one pull of his hand a fluttering fish hit the dock. Whack! The man’s bucket was filling fast, each fish put still by a club to the […]

Detour’s New Truck Is A Bike

Detour's New Truck is a Yuba Cargo Bike

Here at Detour we are always looking for ways to get outside, get some exercise, and cut our carbon footprint, so you can only imagine how stoked we were to discover Yuba Bikes line of cargo bikes. Yuba bikes are fantastic people and stuff movers, and easily take the place of a car or small truck for running errands around […]

Review of the Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure: Family with 3 Teens

Galapagos Boobie

Wondering if the Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure trip is right for your family?  Our most recent review of the trip is a great description of the experience and evaluation of the tour.  This family of five traveled with their three teenage kids (ages 12, 14, and 16) in April 2014.  They booked a privately guided […]

How to Book Flights for a Galapagos Trip

Giant Tortoise, Santa Cruz Highlands (Galapagos)

Planning your international and domestic flights for a Galapagos trip can seem complicated initially, but they’re actually quite simple to arrange.  Detour’s tips and suggestions below will help you plan exactly the flights you need without the headache.

New Years in Argentina

Argentina loves a good party and it seems this is never more true than on New Years Eve.  My own experience celebrating New Years in Argentina will remain one of my most memorable ever, but I wanted to know how typical Argentinians celebrate as well.  The experts over at Wanderlust Expediciones let me know that […]

Celebrating New Year’s in Ecuador

Ecuadorians really know how to party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.  If you’re in Ecuador for this super fun holiday, you’re going to experience many of the same traditions (like kissing at midnight), and a lot of very traditions you’ve probably never seen before.  We’re here to fill you in on everything you […]

Christmas in Cusco and Machu Picchu

Christmas celebrations everywhere have at least one common thread: a time for family and friends to gather together.   But, the traditions we each have for celebrating can vary greatly (even from town to town).   While shops in our cozy town of Bozeman are closing early, our friends down in Cusco are taking to the Plaza […]

What to do in Ecuador on Christmas

Traveling during the holidays is an amazing way to learn about the culture and traditions of a country, and maybe pick up a few new traditions of your own.  It also means that you have to arrange your trip a bit differently to accommodate the holiday schedule in that country or make special plans to […]

How to Pay Argentina’s Reciprocity Fee

You’re all set to fly to Argentina where you’ll trek Fitzroy, sip wine, and learn to tango . . . but what is up with that reciprocity fee? This very confusing fee is a somewhat new requirement for US, Canadian, and Australian citizen to enter the country. But no worries, we’ve got you covered with […]