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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 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!

Animesh Dec 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Is there good internet access in the hotels on this trip? And would it make sense to bring a laptop?
Russell Green Dec 27, 2014 at 04:46 PM

I believe that some of the hotel websites mention having internet. I am planning to bring a tablet along with my iPhone mainly to take pictures. Don't use the standard camera lately.
Animesh Dec 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Thanks, Russell. I like to travel as light as possible, so I'd bring a laptop only if could use it fairly regularly.
Sharon H Jan 16, 2015 at 01:39 PM

They are pretty good. We used iPhones and had no trouble.
Russell Green Jan 16, 2015 at 05:02 PM

I think that a notebook is not necessary unless you need to manage other things. I wonder if I can send pictures to the cloud or drop box? s

Karen Fisher Dec 23, 2014 at 01:46 PM

For this trip, are immunizations recommended? We will be travelling in March 2015. Thank you.
Russell Green Dec 23, 2014 at 03:52 PM

My understanding is that they are not needed. I did ask my doc for a prescription for altitude sickness medication..just in case it affects me.
Karen Fisher Dec 23, 2014 at 05:09 PM

Thank you.

Hoshang Mulla Dec 19, 2014 at 03:52 PM

I am taking LAN Airlines nonstop flight from JFK to Lima on 1/21 @ 10:45 pm. Anyone else on this flight?

Russell Green Dec 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I am on the Avianca flight from Dulles on 1/22. This is a program flight and they will have someone meet the flight in Lima which I like. I bought the walking stick on Sports Authority online so it is one less thing to do in Peru and allows me to focus on what is there to see and do. I have always used a carry on for flights and it didn't seem like the thing to do in this case and so I am getting a 25 in suitcase for the first time. Hope it is enough since I plan to use it on the China trip in April too.

Lynn Marasco Dec 08, 2014 at 07:24 PM

I bought a cheap collapsable hiking pole at Ollantaytambo. many stall vendors had them but my daughter's broke before she used it. I think it was about 10 us dollars. I don't know if any of the stores had better ones since I didn't look. If you are going to Cusco first, there were lots of hiking outfitter type stores and I'm sure you can find something suitable.The poles were too large to fit in suitcase so we just left them.
Animesh Dec 09, 2014 at 08:01 PM

Thanks, Lynn. From your experience, the poles at the stall vendors don't seem reliable. Our trip does stop at Cusco, but after Machu Pichhu. I guess we should look for poles in Lima, unless we find some here small enough to fit into a suitcase.

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