Adios Adventure Travel is a licensed tour operator with an office in the U.S. and one in Peru. The company is owned by Jacquie Whitt of Virginia Beach, Va., and Vidal Jaquehua of Cusco, Peru. We specialize in small-group adventure travel to Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. Our clients come from around the world and range in age from youth to elder seniors. We often tailor trips to the needs and interests of particular groups, such as students, photographers, volunteers and hikers
Our company believes that the heart of sustainable tourism is recognizing and appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of a destination, its people, and its culture, as well as acting to help preserve and appropriately enhance life for the local population by one’s presence as a visitor. This is who we are, who we’ve always been and precisely what drives Adios Adventure Travel.
Our administrative personnel have traveled to all our destinations and are familiar with the local lifestyles, logistics, and practices. We provide access to high-profile destinations like Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rain Forest, Bolivia Salt Flats, Patagonia in Chile and Easter Island. The insight our staff shares with our travelers comes from experience and relationships. Equally as important is that we have established relationships with communities and places that are ‘off the beaten path’.
We recruit and train our own guides who make it possible for travelers to visit places such as Quechua farms, weaving co-ops, tribal-run camps, rural villages and indigenous home stays. Guides accompany every group that interacts with local residents outside routine tourists destinations. All our groups are small. We guarantee it.
Companies like ours play a critical role in creating a life-changing positive impact on economic outlooks of the communities where we operate. While our reach may appear limited, the impact of our relationships with indigenous citizens is profound.The key to successful and meaningful outcomes is to develop ongoing relationships within these communities. Once locals are aware that we value their traditional lifestyles, inappropriate development can be slowed or halted.
Adios Adventure Travel is owned by an American citizen and a native Peruvian. Both share in decision-making and control of equity. Since our 2009 inception, we have nurtured relationships with residents and locally-owned businesses who share our values. We venture to: “ditch the tourism,” pay fair wages, advocate for indigenous industries, be patrons of local culture and traditions, arrange volunteering activities, partner in local economic improvements and remain affordable.
Adios Adventure Travel has launched several initiatives that promote environmental protection and awareness among local residents as well as the groups for whom we arrange travel. Our “Backpacks for Trash Project” is a simple initiative that offers students in small, rural villages in Peru a new backpack in exchange for a bag full of trash collected from the ground. Secondly, refuse is a big problem in most destinations, with plastic bottles being at the top of the list for most-disposed-of trash items. In 2015 we joined Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) movement. We prepare our groups for travel to countries where drinking tap water is not recommended. We educate travelers about the importance of using water purification devices for their own health as well as to minimize purchases and disposal of single-use water bottles.