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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Marjorie Larragoite Apr 01, 2015 at 10:12 AM

I wore my hiking boots the whole time, as they work best for me for going up and down all the steps, etc. I also had sturdy walking shoes in my bag but didn't use them. I wear Lowa boots, but whatever fits you best is good. I have a tendency to turn my ankle, so the boots work best. enjoy!
Karen Radtke Apr 01, 2015 at 04:00 PM

Thanks, Marjorie, for the insight.
Animesh Apr 01, 2015 at 05:23 PM

I agree with Marge--hiking boots would be a good idea. I took a pair for the mountains and a pair of athletic shoes for Lima, Trujillo, etc. As for ATMs, they are readily available in Lima--that was the only place where I withdrew sols, since dollars are widely accepted. A caution: one person from our group had his ATM card swallowed by the machine--I think it was in Chiclayo or Trujillo.
Karen Radtke Apr 01, 2015 at 06:22 PM

Thanks for the caution regarding the ATM card. I'll notify my bank that I'll be using my card for this trip.
Marjorie Larragoite Apr 01, 2015 at 07:08 PM

You may get money exchanged at the hotels...from dollars to Solars; however, if you have any left, they won't change it back. But you can do so at the airport.

Karen Radtke Mar 31, 2015 at 08:05 PM

Hi, Karen Radtke, here again with some questions:
Are wearing athletic shoes sufficient for this trip or would hiking boots work better?
And, are ATM machines fairly available? Thanks for any information.
Russell Green Mar 31, 2015 at 08:20 PM

The recommendation is for well worn walking shoes with one pair having knobby soles. Clarkes and Merrell are good brands I think.

Ellin Ifft Mar 25, 2015 at 07:30 PM

I'm coming from Montana and will be on the June 4 trip. Has anyone read anything about the area of our trip that they would recommend? RS usually has a reading list but I don't see it.
Animesh Mar 27, 2015 at 04:37 PM

I read a book by Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel Prize winning novelist, called "Death in the Andes", just before our trip in January. It is very well written, with some "magical realism", but gives the impresson of Peru being a dangerous and violent place. It may have been that way in the 1970s and 80s, but certainly not what we encountered.
Russell Green Mar 31, 2015 at 08:17 PM

I have Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams which is an enjoyable read. It doesn't cover the sites in the north, only the Inca region.
Ellin Ifft Apr 01, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Thanks for the book suggestions! I found the trip book list but it is more interesting to get personal recommendations.

Laura & Keith Noyes Mar 23, 2015 at 03:27 PM

We're heading out on the April trip is it safe to pack aerosol insect repellent and sunscreen on the plane or do we need liquids or creams. We wouldn't have them in the carryon.
Russell Green Mar 23, 2015 at 03:33 PM

I took lotions. The leader told us that the insect repellent wasn't necessary and we never encountered insects.

Karen Radtke Mar 09, 2015 at 12:51 PM

My husband and I are attending the April 16th-28th trip and are wondering if anyone has gotten any immunizations for Hepatitis A , typhoid or preventive Malarial meds. My doctor told me to check the CDC travel website and two of the cities we're going to are shown on a map to be in areas with malaria--Chiclayo and Trujillo. Karen Radtke
Russell Green Mar 09, 2015 at 01:01 PM

I attended the January tour and I was told that no immunizations were needed. That is generally only needed in Peru if you are traveling to the Amazon region. I am leaving for China next month and have had the shots for that. Hepatitis A and typhoid.
Russell Green Mar 09, 2015 at 01:01 PM

I attended the January tour and I was told that no immunizations were needed. That is generally only needed in Peru if you are traveling to the Amazon region. I am leaving for China next month and have had the shots for that. Hepatitis A and typhoid.
Karen Radtke Mar 09, 2015 at 01:05 PM

Thanks for the info, Russell. Did you take the medicine for altitude sickness?
Russell Green Mar 09, 2015 at 01:10 PM

I did because I knew that the altitude would affect me. It affected maybe a quarter or a third of the group to some extent but we gradually got acclimated to the altitude by touring the Sacred Valley before staying in Cusco. The medication does not cure altitude sickness, it only relieves the pressure of water build up on the brain. It acts as a diuretic.
Karen Radtke Mar 09, 2015 at 01:13 PM

OK, thanks again for the information. Karen
Animesh Mar 09, 2015 at 05:23 PM

My wife and I were on the same trip as Russell, and we did not get immunizations either. And as for altitude sickness, coca tea (readily available) worked well for us. Enjoy the trip--it's a great program!
Karen Radtke Mar 09, 2015 at 05:48 PM

Thanks so much for responding to my queries, Animesh. We're very excited about the trip!

Marjorie Larragoite Jan 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM

I, too, am interested in an extra day at Machu Picchu, depending on the weather, so I guess I will just wait and see.
Russell Green Jan 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM

You know that the ticket has to be purchased in advance and not at the site.

Russell Green Jan 17, 2015 at 01:22 PM

I went to Google and Huayna Picchu has an 1180 ft rise from Machu Picchu and they allow 400/day to do the climb and it is not done when raining. I also looked at the weather and every day in the foreseeable future includes rain in the forcast. We all hope for the best though.

Hoshang Mulla Jan 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM

I would like to buy a ticket for the second day at Machu Picchu. I understand that you can't buy them at the site, and there is a limit of 400 passes issued on any single day. Anyone know the best way to do this? I tried to do it online but the website is confusing and mostly in Spanish even though I clicked the icon to translate into english.
Sharon H Jan 16, 2015 at 01:37 PM

Contact Holbrook travel. If you booked your airfare through them you can use the same agent. They will reserve the tickets, and your guide will give them to you when you reach Aguas Calientes. I think we sent payment to Holbrook as well.
Russell Green Jan 16, 2015 at 04:59 PM

I spoke to Holbrook about the extra day and the points that they raised convinced me that the second day was not necessary. There is time to see Machu Picchu and time the next day (limited) to see all the other things in the immediate area
Hoshang Mulla Jan 16, 2015 at 06:30 PM

Thanks Sharon and Russell. The reason I was trying to get tickets for the second day is that I would like to climb Huayna Picchu . Don't know if there would be enough time on the first day to do that. In any case I'll talk to Holbrook and see what they say.
Sharon H Jan 16, 2015 at 09:01 PM

Personally, we were glad that we went back. Aguas Calientes isn't all that large and the activities that were offered for the rest of the group were fine, but compared to spending more time in the ruins, we were happy with our choice. Yes, there's ample time to see the site on your first day and it's less crowdedif you stay on your own after lunch, but having time to contemplate the structures and surrounding mountains deepens the experience. Enjoy the climb up Huayna Picchu!
Russell Green Jan 17, 2015 at 12:53 PM

That looks like it would be a pretty good climb..Good luck with that!

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