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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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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.
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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.

Animesh Dec 07, 2014 at 11:34 PM

My wife Barbara and I are leaving from Chicago, changing planes in Atlanta, and arriving in Lima at 12:10 a.m. on Delta. We would be glad to hear from anyone else who would be on the same flight(s).

This will be our first trip to Peru, so we would appreciate any tips from those who have been there.

Marjorie Larragoite Dec 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I am flying from Albuquerque International Airport on 1/22/14 with a change in Dallas, Fort Worth, arriving in Lima at 1:14 am on Fri, Jan 23. Anyone else going to be on this flight?
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 05, 2014 at 10:09 AM

My mistake: that is 1/22/15.
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 07, 2014 at 09:50 AM

I mordered a folding walking stick from Amazon. It has a wooden or rubber tip and also there is an alternate metal one that I won't use. As for altitude, Albuquerque is at 1 mile and more in elevation, and the mountains here are above 10,000. It does take some time to adjust to it if you are not used to it. Carrying some hard candy and getting sugar in your system if you experience trouble with the elevation helps.
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 07, 2014 at 10:01 AM

We have done about 5 road scholar trips and they have all been great!!! I look forward to meeting everying. And I "ordered" not "mordered" a walking stick that folds from Amazon.

Russell Green Dec 02, 2014 at 07:50 PM

I thought about the heights and ordered a walking stick. I have never given that much thought before but I just bought one and not two. Don't know the relative merits of the choice. Look forward to meeting you Hoshang and Peggy.
Lynn Marasco Dec 02, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I recently did Machu Picchu on my own. They don't allow metal tipped oles so get one that is wood or rubber tipped. I bought a cheap one in Peru at another ruin and it helped me with my soar knee.I would bring quick drying clothing to the site and a rain poncho.
Russell Green Dec 07, 2014 at 08:39 PM

I just got a walking stick and it seems to have both a soft tip and a metal tip. I did this rather then take a chance in Peru where there wouldn't be any options.
Animesh Dec 08, 2014 at 06:53 PM

Question for Lynn: was it easy to find suitable walking poles in Peru? If so, we'll get them there, so that we can travel with less.

Russell Green Dec 02, 2014 at 07:43 PM

I am traveling from Dulles on Jan 22,2015 and would like to hear from anyone on that flight or who is going to the program on that date. This is my first RS trip of what I hope will be many!
Hoshang Mulla Dec 02, 2014 at 09:41 PM

Hi Russell. This is also my first Road Scholar trip. I'm taking a nonstop flight from JFK on the 21st so I arrive in Lima on the 22nd morning. I almost took a Delta flight from Dulles, but changed my mind at the last minute. Long story, but I'll explain when I see you in Peru.

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