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Bobbi Blake Sep 14, 2015 at 08:35 PM

I took altitude pills...about half our group did, half didnt. Dosages varied...for me, one a day for 5 days starting the day before we left for altitude. I had no trouble. I dont know if the helped me or not since I couldnt compare to myself without, but I was glad I did. A couple of people did have some problems. Yes, bottled water only, even in good hotels and stay away from uncooked fruits and veggies unless they are peeled. On the trail, the water the porters give you is boiled so it is safe. They encouraged us to add gatorade powder (they provided it) to our water. I added my own electrolyte replacement tablets to my water.

Laura & Keith Noyes Sep 14, 2015 at 07:07 PM

The guides stressed staying away from fresh vegetables and fruits. Anything that may have been washed with water. They told us to only drink bottled water and even to brush our teeth with bottled water. A number of people had problems anyway. I was fine until the last couple of days in Cusco. I think I slipped us brushing my teeth with the hotel water.

Mary Jane Rheaume Sep 14, 2015 at 06:50 PM

Angela,it is best to NOT eat any fresh vegees as they had to be washed with water. Water in the better hotels were filtered; indrank only bottled water.
Use your own judgment...mangos bothered me.

Angela Breakstone Sep 14, 2015 at 05:44 PM

CDC recommends Acetazolamide prophylaxis to prevent or minimize AMS. Did any of you experience any problems with AMS and would you recommend this medication? Also, while reading reviews of hotels we're staying at, someone said that half the group got intestinal problems after the dinner. Those who got sick ate the salad; those who didn't were ok. I think it was at the hotel in Aguas Calientes which they overall gave a high rating. (I read the review months ago.) I appreciate the advice on the discussion board. Thanks.

E. A. Greeley Sep 12, 2015 at 04:12 PM

Going on the November jaunt, leaving Boise November 2 to Phoenix to Miami to Lima. Anyone else arriving early to acclimatize a bit or avoid a super-late night arrival the night before the program starts.
Angela Breakstone Sep 14, 2015 at 05:38 PM

Hello, E. A. I'm coming in the following day...Detroit to Chicago to Miami to Lima. Just wanted to acknowledge your note.
Lorie Hewitt Oct 31, 2015 at 11:38 PM

Hi E.A.
Lorie Hewitt Oct 31, 2015 at 11:40 PM

We are coming in from Seattle late Monday November 2nd. Maybe see you at the Ramada on Tuesday.
E. A. Greeley Oct 31, 2015 at 11:57 PM

Cool. Maybe we
E. A. Greeley Oct 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM

Try that again....maybe we're arriving at the same time. Had to change my arrival to Monday as I didn't think gettting into Lima at 11pm and then up and at 'em the next day would be such a good idea. Hope to see you soon, Lorie.

Mary Jane Rheaume Sep 11, 2015 at 07:42 PM

I suggest bringing antibiotic for lung congestion is you get infection and a mild anti diarrheal as many on our trip had bouts with the runs. Carry small packets of tissue and sani wipes. Cordyceps by Host Defense also helps for energy and lung support. Have fun

Sandy Dardenelle Sep 11, 2015 at 06:33 PM

We called the CDC and they recommended Hep A and Typhoid for that part of Peru.

Premium Email Subscriber Sep 11, 2015 at 01:47 PM

How many of you who walked the Inca Trail to MP received immunizations prior to leaving, and if so, what did you get?
Thanks, Linda D.
Laura & Keith Noyes Sep 11, 2015 at 02:15 PM

We went in April 2015 and didn't get any.
Mike Chesnut Sep 11, 2015 at 02:21 PM

We had a Hep A vaccine but I do not believe CDC recommended for that part of Peru.
Bobbi Blake Sep 11, 2015 at 03:08 PM

Had Hep A and Typhoid (pills). Hep A is 2 shots 6 months apart for lifelong immunity. Both recommended by the travel clinic in my area.
Patricia Foy Sep 11, 2015 at 03:31 PM

Patricia Foy Sep 11, 2015 at 03:32 PM

Also went in April and didn't get any shots

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