Inca Trail By Alexei Dmitriev

Retracing the Steps of the Royal Road

Last April, Zephyr hosted journalist Alexei Dmitriev on the Peru: Classic Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Trek Adventure. He has since written about his experience in frankly, one of the most eloquent travel stories we have read about the Inca Trail and Peru. Here is an excerpt of his writing: “Moss-fringed tree… Continue reading “Retracing the Steps of the Royal Road”

UW Stout Alumni Program Travel Scholarship

Paying It Forward: Traveling to Support Study Abroad

Travel is essential to being a well-rounded and conscious citizen of our world. Even if you just drive a few hours away from your home, there are a limitless number benefits to getting out of your comfort zone and exploring somewhere new. Over the past few years, Zephyr has been working with the… Continue reading “Paying It Forward: Traveling to Support Study Abroad”

Peru Inca Trail Hiking

4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail Revisited

If you’re a Zephyr alumni, you know that we thrive on your input! We survey our travelers after every trip in order to continuously improve our tours year after year. We also conduct other surveys to help us understand your wants, needs, and goals. In the past, we conducted a survey asking… Continue reading “4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail Revisited”

Inca Trail Earth Day at Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views

Hiking the Inca Trail is on many people’s bucket lists – and for good reason! The scenery, culture, and altitude make the journey on the trail a memorable experience. This past April, Jack Witt, our friend and fitness, wellness, and life coach, led a group of adventurers across the Classic Inca Trail. “This really… Continue reading “Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views”

Ready To Get (or Stay) in Shape for the Holidays? Head to Peru!

We don’t mean you should sequester yourself in Peru now to avoid the high-calorie period from Thanksgiving’s feast through New Years’ chips-and-dip bowl games. Or that you should head there because of some ancient, long-lost fitness regime the Incas discovered. No, we mean you should sign up now for our April 16-24… Continue reading “Ready To Get (or Stay) in Shape for the Holidays? Head to Peru!”

Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail: Google Hangout Video

I recorded a live video the other day on Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail, including such items as how to book an Inca Trail trip, how difficult the hike is, altitude and acclimatization, etc. Have you ever used Google Hangout? We at Zephyr Adventures have been using the free video conference… Continue reading “Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail: Google Hangout Video”

When is the Best Time to Hike the Inca Trail?

This is one of the first questions potential travelers to Peru ask who want to hike the Inca Trail. Although there are a number of considerations as to when one should hike from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, two are most important: weather and the availability of trail passes. Weather is… Continue reading “When is the Best Time to Hike the Inca Trail?”

Come Rico, Come Sano, Come Peruano

“Eat well, eat healthy, eat Peruvian” is a theme of the Mistura food festival in Peru held every year in September.  Latin America’s largest fête of the gastronomic world, la Mistura (“mixture” in English) is a cultural celebration that honors a country rich in biodiversity, sophisticated in temperament, and embracing of bold… Continue reading “Come Rico, Come Sano, Come Peruano”

The Easier Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Please note: The Royal Inca Trail is currently closed. Trail repairs have not been made after the latest round of landslides and it is unclear if/when they will reopen. Most people think there is just one Inca Trail that takes hikers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu — the “Classic” Inca… Continue reading “The Easier Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”

How Difficult is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail, which takes hikers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu in Peru, is difficult for most people. There is no denying it. To start with, most people are simply not accustomed to hiking for four days and sleeping in a tent for three nights. While the daily hiking… Continue reading “How Difficult is the Inca Trail?”

3 Misconceptions about Group Travel

NOTE: Though this post was originally written several years ago, the most common misconceptions certainly still ring true! Zephyr Adventures has been in the group travel business for 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the… Continue reading “3 Misconceptions about Group Travel”

4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail

We conducted a “Two-Minute Survey” and asked potential travelers for their opinions about traveling to Peru.  Our intent was to not only find out how and where people were interested in traveling to and in Peru but also to find out if we had the information on our Inca Trail Hiking website… Continue reading “4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

Want to Hike the Inca Trail? Better Hurry!

Hiking the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picchu in Peru is on many an adventure traveler’s bucket list, and for good reason.  Trekking the Classic Inca Trail is not easy, but is within reach of even casual athletes who take the time to mentally and physically prepare themselves. And the rewards?  Astounding!… Continue reading “Want to Hike the Inca Trail? Better Hurry!”

Two Tragedies: Peru and Chile

Two of my favorite countries suffered tragedies within the last month. Peru was struck by massive flooding in the beginning of February and Chile just experienced a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami. The flooding in Peru was in the news mostly because almost 1000 travelers were stranded at Machu Picchu due… Continue reading “Two Tragedies: Peru and Chile”