Awesome Adventure Trips Without Camping

Love the adrenaline of whitewater rafting, high-altitude trekking, and singletrack mountain biking — but don’t enjoy camping?  These exciting tours all over Latin America bring on the adventure without skimping on creature comforts when it’s time to hit the hay. 1. TORRES DEL PAINE “W” TREK WITH ECOCAMP DOMES By day, you’ll hike the famous […]

RAFT PERU: Rio Tambopata (Sept 20 – 30, 2013)

JOIN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP RAFTING THE RIO TAMBOPATA INTO THE WILD AND SCENIC AMAZON JUNGLE.  Trip Name: Wilderness, Wildlife and Whitewater on the Rio Tambopata Dates: Sept 20 – 30, 2013 Rate: $2,804.00 per person View additional trip details here – https://www.detourdestinations.com/wilderness-wildlife-whitewater-rio-tambopata.html The Tambopata River snakes through the Tambopata-Candamo National Park in […]

The un-Belize-able beauty of this Caribbean paradise

This sparsely populated nation in central America – 334,000 people in a country of just under 23,000 square kilometers – is an alluring wonderland for those busy, hard-pressed city dwellers looking to escape autumn in the northern hemisphere. With its myriad terrestrial and marine species, and the diversity of its eco systems, Belize is a magnet […]

Best Time to get a Galapagos Cruise Deal

Dreaming of a Galapagos cruise at a discount price? In the Galapagos, there is a special, little-known time of the year when you can travel on a top-notch boat and during the best weather/wildlife season at a great discount. So when is this magic, sparkly time? The First Few Weeks of December. Do a cruise on […]

What sort of food should I expect on my trek?

Unless you are overnighting in towns or villages along the way, your operator will arrange for a cook to trek with you. They will typically provide food grown or produced locally. Many travelers are surprised at the quality, freshness and variety of cuisine they experience when trekking in South America. Trekking Tours  

How much should I tip on my Patagonia trekking trip?

All tipping is, of course, at your own discretion and you are under no obligation to tip. In the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with the service you received, your tip (or lack of) will reflect this. Trip members can contribute towards a group tip to be shared among the drivers, assistants, cooks […]

What Kind of Accommodations Should I Expect on a Patagonia Trek?

The accommodations for a typical trekking trip in Patagonia will be camping or hotels. If you are camping, typically, you will have to provide the sleeping bag and pad yourself while the trek operator will provide the tents, cooking equipment, food, and water purifiers. Additionally, many Patagonian treks have the option of staying in either […]

What do I need to do about altitude sickness in Patagonia?

Generally, you should not be overly concerned about altitude sickness in Patagonia because the elevation is not too great for many popular hikes. However, if you are climbing higher than 3,000 meters, then you should take precautions.If you are in generally good health, then you can usually prevent or alleviate altitude sickness fairly easily. The […]

What does Cochabamba feature?

Altitude:    2,570 meters (8,426 feet) Average temperature:    18  ーC Known as the Garden City of Bolivia, Cochabamba has 408,000 inhabitants and a warm temperature year around. It is located in the central valley region and agriculture is the main source of income . The Chapare, one of the agriculturally richest subtropical valleys in Bolivia, and […]

What does Santa Cruz (Bolivia) feature?

Altitude:    437 meters (1,433 feet) Average temperature:    25  ーC Located in the eastern tropical area of Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra has 700,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in the country as well as the industrial center of the lowlands. Its climate shares hot tropical weather with the cool breezes of the […]

What is Bolivia like?

There are few countries in the world quite as fascinating as Bolivia. This marvelous country houses the most diverse geographical environments, beginning with the gigantic Highlands in the eastern part, always protected by their eternal Guards, the majestic Andes Range. There, too, is the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, the center of […]

What are some basic facts about Boliva?

POPULATION:        7,500,000 Inhabitants. AREA:            1,098,581 km2 (424,165 square miles). CAPITAL:            Sucre (La Paz, seat of the Government) FOUNDATION:        August 6, 1825. LANGUAGE:            Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Many languages and dialects survive, including: Tupi-Guaraní;Mataco; and Guarayo. RELIGION:            Catholicism is the official religion. LOCAL TIME:        Official […]

Are there animals or insects that I should know about that might be in the area?

On the Inca Trail, there are over 250 known species of orchids, as well as numerous rare birds, animals, and reptiles including several species considered to be in danger of extinction.  There will of course be insects, especially at lower elevations.  It’s always a good idea to bring insect repellent with you just to be […]

What is the weather like on the Inca Trail?

Considering the very high altitude, the weather on the Inca Trail is relatively mild all year round.  The rainy, cooler season is between November to March; the warmer, dry season is from April to October. The average annual minimum temperature ranges between 5°C and 11°. In the months of June, July and August the temperature […]

What are the toilets like along the trail?

Toilets along the Inca Trail have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water. On the whole they are kept pretty clean. If you do need to go the toilet between campsites then proper “leave no trace” policies should […]

What is the best time of year to do the Inca Trail trek?

The Inca Trail is open 11 months out of the year, closing for the month of February (see below).  The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period to visit the Inca Trail, however there is always a chance of rain throughout the year.  The rainy season is from December to […]

Is it true that the Inca Trail will be closed at some point during the year?

The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year, which is the height of the wet season. The last group will depart on January 31st and the next group will start on March 1st. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to […]

What Can I Do About Altitude Sickness

Peru is famous for its impressive altitude; many of its most popular destinations sit at 8,000 feet above sea level. Cusco, the hub for many treks including the Classic Inca Trail, is 11,600 ft above sea level. Altitude sickness can begin to affect people at 6,500 feet above sea level. Symptoms will usually manifest after […]

What kind of accommodations should I expect while trekking the Inca Trail?

The accommodations for an Inca Trail trek will be camping while on the Trail. With a high quality company, you will usually get higher quality gear. Typically, you will have to provide the sleeping bag and pad yourself while the trek operator will provide the tents, cooking equipment, food, and water purifiers. If you are […]

Where does the Inca Trail start?

The entrances to the Classic Inca Trail are marked according to the kilometers on the railway between Cusco and Aguas Calientes. For example: “km 104” is 104 kilometers from Cusco on the way to Aguas Calientes.If doing the four or five day trek, you will start at km 88 or km 82, which is a […]

How much will I personally carry on my trek?

You will most likely have porters to carry the majority of your gear on the Inca Trail. Any gear you won’t need on your trek should be left at your hotel in their luggage storage or, in some cases, it can be left at your trek operator’s office. Porters are not allowed to carry more […]

When will I receive my permit?

Your tour operator will hold onto your Inca Trail permit.  It will not be given to you before your trek.  With many companies, your guide will carry your permit  for the entire trek so there is no chance that a passenger will lose their permit along the way. Inca Trail Treks

I found a much cheaper Inca Trail Trek, how can trips vary so much in price?

If the price looks too good to be true, it often is. A cheap trip often means that it is the porters and guides who suffer the most. Many of these workers have to sleep in the dining tents, have very little to eat, and are compensated very poorly. The trips featured on Detour have […]