What vaccinations should I get to travel to Peru?

No vaccinations are required for travel to Peru from the USA. Call the CDC Travelers’ Hot Line at 800-232-4636 or visit the website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel). Most travelers receive inoculations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Tetanus. If traveling to the Amazon region, you should consider Malaria prophylaxis and Yellow fever. Peru Tours

Should I visit Machu Picchu if I Am Afraid Of Heights?

Visiting Machu Picchu shouldn’t be a problem if you are afraid of heights if you take the train to get there.  However if you hike the Inca Trail to get there be aware that there are some steeper areas and some exposed areas on the trail.  This means there are chances of loose rocks and unsure […]

What is the train ride like from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

This service to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu offers a spectacular journey in the Andes region. The just over 3-hour journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the ‘zig-zag’, out of Cusco, before a stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point into the Sacred […]

What is Aguas Calientes like?

Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, is the small village at the base of Machu Picchu, and it is the train depot for Machu Picchu. This tiny town is located 5 miles (8 km) away from of Machu Picchu at 6,500 feet above sea level (2000 meters) and has trains that depart daily […]

What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail, as it’s now known, was the Royal Highway that led pilgrims and officials of the Empire to the Sacred City of the Incas. Although there are thousands of mile of Inca Trail in South America, the trail known as the Inca Trail is the only way to reach Machu Pichu on foot. […]

What is Machu Picchu?

Often called the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is a well-preserved pre-Columbian Inca ruin located on a high mountain ridge in Peru about 44 miles (70 km) northwest of Cusco. Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, although not by locals, it was brought back to international attention by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham […]

Should I get travel insurance when I travel?

YES! Trip insurance does not cost much but can save you a huge loss in case you must cancel your trip for some reason at the last moment. Based on our experience, trip cancellation due to unexpected medical circumstances is quite common. Many trips require that you have insurance and we always recommend it to […]

What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure travel is another of those terms that can mean many things, as there is no official definition for it. We use the term to mean traveling with an adventurous spirit. Basically, if you want to take a trip that is just like being at home, that isn’t an adventure. Having an adventurous spirit means […]

What are the most popular treks in Peru?

By far, the most popular trek in Peru is trekking the classic Inca Trail.  After that, many travelers trek along an Apu Salkantay route and/or in various parts of the Sacred Valley, both of which can bring you very close to Machu Picchu. Check out Peru treks here

What is Choquequirao?

Among the numerous and impressive Incan ruin sites in Peru, the ancient city Choquequirao is one of the most awe-inspiring and mysterious. Today, you can only access the site on foot via a challenging high altitude trek in the remote Andes, not too far from Machu Picchu and Cusco. The trek is a favorite of […]

The 7 Most Amazing Animal Encounters In South America

South America, the home of the world’s largest rainforest, is second to none when it comes to the diversity and intricate beauty of its wildlife. The continent has it all – from glaciers to deserts, from white-sandy beaches to pristine forests, and from hot volcanoes, high up in the sky, to the cold and quiet […]

SUP Love – Stand Up Paddleboard Adventures in Latin America

Stand up paddling in the Galapagos

Spring is here in Montana, and as the weather has warmed up I’ve been stoked to get out and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)! Of course it’s warm somewhere all year long, so we at Detour are developing SUP trips in Latin America you can do any month of the year so you don’t have to […]

Five alternative routes to Machu Picchu in Peru

Rainbow in the Peruvian Andes

The South American gem of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. szeke / People Photos / CC BY-SA Small […]

We have an odd-number group trekking together, what sort of accommodations can we expect?

As an odd-numbered group, you will have an extra passenger who will have to abide by the single passenger policy for accommodations: You can request private accommodations and you will have to pay a single supplement fee. This applies whether you are camping or using lodges/hotels along the way. Tents and hotel rooms are typically […]

Trip Opening: Wilderness, Wildlife and Whitewater on the Rio Tambopata (Sept 20 – 30, 2013)

JOIN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP RAFTING THE RIO TAMBOPATA WAY OFF THE BEATEN PATH INTO THE WILD AND SCENIC AMAZON JUNGLE.   A great trip for nature lover’s and adventure seekers alike. Trip Name: Wilderness, Wildlife and Whitewater on the Rio Tambopata Dates: Sept 20 – 30, 2013 Rate: $2,804.00 per person View additional […]

When Is the Best Time to Trek the Inca Trail?

Peru’s world famous Inca Trail is open 11 months of the year, allowing trekkers to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot from March 1 – January 31. The Inca Trail is closed during the month of February due to weather and to allow for maintenance. But when is the best time to do the Inca […]

Inca Trail Permits Selling Fast for 2013

Want to trek the Inca Trail in 2013? You’d better get busy and plan your trip! Porters and trekkers along the Inca Trail Inca Trail trekking permits are selling faster and faster each year, and 2013 is no exception. Ever since the permit system was put in place to limit the number of people (tourists, […]

Can My Kids Come? Minimum Age for Hiking the Inca Trail

So you’re looking for the perfect adventure for your active, energetic family . . . is the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu the right choice?  This is an important question because you want to have the best trip possible, but you don’t want to sign your kids up for more than they can reasonably […]

Your Mom Hikes . . . Choquequirao to Machu Picchu

My mom is a better hiker than I am.  This was proved to me when we embarked on the epic Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek together.  I had been traveling all around Latin America, doing adventurous and dumb things, thinking I was kind of a hot-shot traveler.  My mom was totally game to join on […]

New Departure Added for Peru’s Spectacular Ausangate Trek

A new departure has been added to the incredible Ausangate Trek in Peru, September 2-10.  This trek near Cusco is truly spectacular — a circuit around the high, snow-capped peak of Ausangate, the tallest mountain in the Cusco region at 6, 327 meters.  Ausangate is still worshiped by the locals, as is its “Apu” god […]

Peru Adventure Tours

A few of our favorite Peru Adventure Tours operated by Amazonas Explorer FAMILY ADVENTURE PERU https://www.detourdestinations.com/family-adventure-peru.html A trip for those who want to do a little bit of everything in the Machu Picchu and Cusco region (whitewater rafting, hiking the Short Inca Trail, biking and canoeing) while exploring the Ica ruins and colorful Andean culture. […]

Trip Report: Lares Valley Trek (Day 2): Lakes, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

I awoke to the sound of our cook staff offering “Café. Coca tea?” to the others in my group. When they reached my tent I opted for tea. I’m not much of an instant coffee gal. I sipped it in my sleeping bag while I mustered up the courage to bare the bite of morning […]

Lessons from seven months in Peru, and the value of travel

I’ve been back in Montana for a month now, trying to figure out a new routine in a place I’m grateful to call home for its beauty, the chance to ride or hike for hours from my back door, and a great community of people that extends across an entire state. More importantly, I’m trying […]

Days 7-10 of the Huayahuash Circuit: adventure complete…for now

After the soul shaking descent from San Antonio pass, a frigid night sleeping in a cow pasture, and a several hour lost backpack search, the rest of the trek was relatively easy. But, what really comes into focus is the simple fact that you don’t really want it to be easy; you’re in the most […]

New Regulations for Huayna Picchu

As of July 15th 2011, the Peruvian government has started enforcing new rules for those wanting to climb Huayna Picchu (the big sugar loaf mountain behind Machu Picchu).  Many of your guidebooks and online resources probably won’t contain these latest updates, so read up on the newest regulations here before you embark on your Peru […]

Day 6 on the Huayahuash Circuit: a day of (mis)adventure

One really useful tip I can give you if you plan on doing any solo trekking in the Peruvian Andes is if anyone tells you that the trail you’ll be taking isn’t necessarily the most obvious or well-traveled path *STOP* and realize that means: you are going where nobody else wants to, and there’s a […]