Driving to the Tambopata, Peru, June, 2000

PERU ADVENTURE by Helen Findley “Tomorrow we hit the mud,” Greg announced as we sat eating our evening meal in the Sandia hotel.  It was June, 2000 and the “we” were myself, my three adult sons, Brian, Keith, and Greg, my 13 year old grandson David (Keith’s son), and Charlie Fox, Brian’s friend and co-worker […]

Choosing an alternative trek to Machu Picchu

For one reason or another, you’re not hiking THE Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; maybe the permits sold out, your travel dates aren’t flexible enough, or you want to do something a little more interesting. While the good news is that there are a lot of options for alternative treks in the area, that’s also […]

5 Awesome Trips in Peru – More Than Just Machu Picchu

Want to get off the beaten-path in Peru? Don’t worry, you can always squeeze in a quick visit to Machu Picchu (really, it can be done in just a day). When there’s so much to see in Peru, you’ll wonder why most people don’t venture stray far from the Inca Trail. Here are five trips […]

Peruvian Amazon spared from environmental destruction

The Peruvian Amazon has been spared this month from massive environmental damage, thanks to the public outcry and protests of brave Peruvians. From the New York Times: “Peru’s Congress on Thursday overturned two decrees by President Alan García that were aimed at opening large areas of the Peruvian Amazon to logging, dams and oil drilling […]

Tips on choosing your South American trek

With summer here, you’re probably breaking in your new hiking boots and dreaming about where to take your next adventure. Of course, planning any international trekking adventure takes a bit of perseverance but it shouldn’t be harder than the hike itself. Make it a bit easier for yourself by following these tips from Detour: 1. […]

Riots in Peru's Amazon

Rioting broke out in northern Peru on Friday after two months of fuel and transport blockades, and at least 30 indigenous protesters and 24 police officers have been killed. The indigenous tribes want to force Congress to repeal laws that encourage foreign mining in the rainforest. According to the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8088350.stm): “The violence erupted on […]

Inca Trail Permits Sold Out Through June 2009

Inca Trail Permits are selling quickly again this year (although a little slower than last year), and permits are now sold out through June 2009. There are still permits available for most any date at the end of the year, September to January. Check out permit availability on our Inca Trail Permits page. July 2009 […]

Multi-Activity Peru Holiday Trip Available!

There is still space available at the holidays on a classic Peruvian multisport adventure, The Multi-Activity Peru, December 21-January 3! The Multi-Activity Peru is an awesome 14-day all inclusive trip that includes horseback riding around the ruins near Cusco, whitewater rafting on the Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, mountain biking through the […]

Inca Trail Permits Sold out for August 2008

Inca Trail trekking permits have sold out incredibly quickly this year, and the trek is now sold out through the end of August. Permits are available on many start dates in September, but permit availability is limited until around September 19. October, November, and December still have good availability, except for the odd day in […]

Inca Trail Permits Selling Fast for 2008

See the latest on Inca Trail Permit availability here: Inca Trail Permits Inca Trail trekking permits are selling exceptionally fast this year. Permits are already sold out through the middle of August, with the first permits available for trips starting on August 23. September and October have plenty of permits available, so if you really […]

Choquequirao: Machu Picchu's Sacred Sister

Best-Kept Secret Destination: Choquequirao It may not be a secret for too long, but Choquequirao is a true hidden gem of the Inca Empire. Just like Machu Picchu, the Choquequirao ruins make-up an ancient, extensive site perched high in the Andes. The site is nicknamed “Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister” because of their similar layout and […]

Inca Trail Permit Availability

UPDATE: For the lastest in Inca Trail Permit Availability, click here: Inca Trail Permits. This page was created 4/23/08 and is updated frequently. Important Notice! Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is great adventures that many travelers dream to take-on. While planning your trip, make sure that you can get your Inca Trail permits […]

Apu Salkantay: The Backdoor to Machu Picchu

If you’ve been trying to book a trek this summer on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you may have been disappointed to find that permits are sold out until August. But there’s good news for all you hopeful trekkers. The famous Inca Trail is only one of thousands of Inca Trails, many of […]

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this Summer

UPDATE 4/24/08: See the latest on Inca Trail Permit availability here: https://www.detourdestinations.com/pages/Inca_Trail_Permits_31.html Before planning your trip to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you need to know about the Inca Trail permitting system. A few years ago, the Peru government established a permitting system for the famous Inca Trail, so that the trail and […]