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13 Days | 12 Nights
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Hoshang Mulla Oct 29, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Thinking of going in January 2015, but I understand that is the rainy season. Anybody with experience taking this trip in January? Also anybody else planning to go same time?
Peggy Fischel Nov 02, 2014 at 02:13 PM

Hi, I'm going on the January 2015 trip. I didn't realize until after I made airline reservations that it was the rainy season. If you have a choice, you might want to consider March. I Googled the subject, and it sounds like it is likely to rain but not all day. Though a few years ago the rain was so torrential that roads were washed out. Anyway, I figure it is likely to be less crowded in late January. The Inca Trail is closed the entire month of February. I plan to get a ticket for the second morning to increase the odds of getting a non-rainy window.
Hoshang Mulla Nov 02, 2014 at 08:19 PM

Thanks Peggy, I decided to take the January trip anyway. I'm sure I can handle a few raindrops ;-) See you in Peru!
Peggy Fischel Nov 03, 2014 at 07:56 PM

Great, I look forward to meeting you, Hoshang.

Marina LaPalma Sep 15, 2014 at 09:52 PM

great, we had a wonderful time!

Mary Camarillo Aug 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Any last minute instructions for the trip starting September 4th?

Mary Camarillo Aug 05, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Is the one day enough time in Machu Picchu or is it worth opting for a second visit the next morning?
Wesley Clark Aug 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM

When I went in January we went as a group to the Machu Picchu site and had all afternoon to go back by ourselves. I found that to be quite adequate. I hiked up to the so-called "guard tower" - with frequent rest stops along the way, I might add! :-)
Mary Camarillo Aug 05, 2014 at 02:21 PM

Thanks Wesley! Did you bring a walking stick?
Sharon H Aug 05, 2014 at 02:57 PM

We went in March. The afternoon was adequate, but as we'd come so far to see the place, we wanted to experience it at sunrise, which was magical. The birds were far more active, clouds drifted through, and a heavy dew made everything sparkle. We were the only ones in our group to choose the second day trip, but it was wonderful! Walking sticks were helpful on the stairs, there am
Sharon H Aug 05, 2014 at 02:58 PM

...and at Ollantaytambo, but you will need rubber end caps. We picked them up cheaply at Ollantaytambo market.
Wendy Wartes Aug 05, 2014 at 07:10 PM

So did you sign up from home to get tickets for the second day?
Wesley Clark Aug 05, 2014 at 08:31 PM

I went twice in one day - first time was in the morning with the group then you could return in the afternoon on the same ticket for a second entrance.
Sharon H Aug 05, 2014 at 09:39 PM

As the tour was set up in March, we took the morning train and spent late morning at MP, then had the lunch and the option to return for the afternoon, which we did. We had already decided to go back the second day, and got tickets through Holbrook. For the bus and the park, it was about $97 each, so definitely not cheap, but as it was the prime reason we went to Peru, we felt it was worth it. Other tour members had the option of some mini tours in town, birding for instance, but we're still happy with our choice to return. It'd have been nice to do it all in one day, on one ticket , though .
Sharon H Aug 05, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Wendy, we purchased tickets through Holbrook. They were sent directly to our guide, Victor, who gave them to us when we reached Aguas Calientes. We did get a confirmation from Holbrook, which I printed and took along, just in case. We were at the bus stop at 5:30 am, and were met by a long line, but there was a slew if buses. Don't let that bother you, though. Most are people who plan to climb Huayna Picchu, and they head straight to it. We had plenty of time to enjoy the ruins, much of it on our own. We revisited spots that were crowded the day before and took time to just enjoy where we were.
Sharon H Aug 05, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The crowds thinned out after three, when many take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. They start picking up again after the morning train arrives.

Wendy Wartes Jul 01, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Just signed up for the July 23, 2015 trip. Would love to connect with those going or who have been. What weather can we expect?
Ed Zawacki Jul 01, 2014 at 01:35 PM

I was on the June 5 -7 trip. It was great andfar exceeded my expectations. We basically had very good weather no rain. Lima seemed like a broken forcast to and cloudy. No sun in Lima. I the North warmer and sun. Cusco and the Sacred Valley get very cold at night and mornings ut warm up (wear layers).
Ed Zawacki Jul 01, 2014 at 01:35 PM

Lima 70 and cloudy

Ralph McCallum Apr 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

My wife and I are participating in the June 5, 2014 trip and would be interested in any other participants
Ed Zawacki Apr 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

My wife and I are also participating inthe June 5- June 17 trip. We live in the Atlanta, GA area. Our son who lives in Costa rica will also be participting and meeting us in Lima.

Stephen Yee Mar 05, 2014 at 12:06 PM

We just sign up for trip leaving April 24. Anyone else on this trip? We are ready for an amazing trip. From SFO connecting to DFW arriving at midnight.

Isabel Cole Feb 25, 2014 at 06:20 PM

Do we need hiking poles/sticks for this trip? thanks looking forward to a march

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