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Bobbi Blake Apr 08, 2015 at 09:08 AM

I'm on the June trip, going down May 30 to Lima from Asheville NC. Flying Delta through Atlanta both ways. Anyone else on that return? Or going early and want to meet in Lima before everyone else arrives? Or live near here and want to train together? Hiking the blue Ridge regularly supplemented with Stairmaster at the gym. Hope it's enough!
Carla Goldstein Apr 18, 2015 at 09:52 AM

Bobbi I am arriving late on the 30th in Lima and would love to meet up. Where are you staying.

Diane McFarland Apr 08, 2015 at 02:01 AM

Hi Patricia....I agree....packing is quite a challenge! I'm trying to keep things to a minimum without forgetting anything. Hiking the Trail makes it like packing for 2 trips. Comments I've read here & on Pintrest have helped some. Everyone I've talked to raved about the trip....we're getting so excited. See you soon!

Diane McFarland Apr 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM

Cradle of Gold is another great read about Bingham's activities in Peru. Four AL friends joining on the April trip....3 of us flying from Huntsville, thru Atlanta (Diane, Suzanne & Susan)....another (Barbara) coming from Tuscaloosa. Looking forward to meeting everyone & sharing this exciting adventure!!! See you next week...:)
Patricia Foy Apr 07, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Hi, Diane!
Patricia Foy Apr 07, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Should be an exciting trip....we're still trying to figure out what we're packing!

Helen Berkman Mar 23, 2015 at 12:33 AM

Oh, and yes, I just used my US Bank debit card at ATMs, with 4 digit PIN, same as here in the States.
Patricia Foy Mar 23, 2015 at 08:39 AM

Patricia Foy Mar 23, 2015 at 08:41 AM

Great advice and tips--thanks so much. And Sandy, you aren't the only one wondering if you're in good enough shape!! See you soon,

Helen Berkman Mar 23, 2015 at 12:24 AM

re: Money: We got Sols from an ATM at the Lima Airport (or across the street) and that worked fine. Scotia Bank and BCP are quite reliable ATMs. We also used dollars and they were also accepted most places in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. But take seriously the advice to only take only crisp, new bills without tears - take a few $5s, $10s, and $20s. They must have lots of trouble with counterfeiting as they will inspect just about every bill you give them and rejected a couple of ours here and there. Re Laundry: we made sure to save a clean outfit for after the hike, did some laundry in the sink, and also my roommate and I got a load of laundry done in Cusco at a lavanderia just 1/2 block from the hotel. I think it was $8 for 2 kilos - you can take your clothes in a big bag and pick them up 2-4 hours later. You can have the hotel do it but beware as it costs literally ten times more. Good luck - this is a fantastic trip!!! If you get Paco and/or Vladimir be sure to say "Hola"!

Ernie Hurwitz Mar 22, 2015 at 11:14 PM

we converted just about $20 in the states, and then relied on the guides to direct us to good exchange rate kiosks in peru. the kiosks have slightly different prices so it's worth walking up/down the street and checking them out. we never did use an atm or bank in peru.
evidently it is easy to get laundry done but we never indulged...just saved out one clean outfit in a zip-lock for the first nite at the end of the hike. one of our group went t-shirt shopping after the hike and looked quite spiffy. as you can imagine, the town at the end of the hike, agua caliente, is full of t-shirt emporia.

Sandy Dardenelle Mar 22, 2015 at 10:33 PM

3 weeks til we leave for Machu Picchu, getting exciting!! We just hope we are in good enough shape. 2 questions for all of you veterans of this trip. Some travel sites suggest that you wait until you arrive in country to convert money and go to an ATM to get local currency. Any thoughts or advice. Question 2, is it easy to get laundry done at the hotel in the sacred valley? We want to have clean clothes for the last bit of the trip. We are looking forward to meeting all the other hikers on the April trip. See you soon, Sandy & John

Ernie Hurwitz Mar 17, 2015 at 04:22 PM

altho we just did this very trip in november, i am extremely envious of all of you...it was so wonderful i'd do it again in a minute if there weren't so many other enticing trips to take! kaveri (ernie's spouse)
Laura Hare Mar 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

great sentiment! and April is a wonderful time to go, it's so green and lots of orchids everywhere!

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