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17 Days | 16 Nights
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Linda Gallon Apr 18, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Hi, Paula ~ Based on what we've read about Machu Picchu, we decided to take the risk, and signed up for the early morning trip back to MP. It'd be fun to go with others in our group. Guess we just have to hope for clear skies that morning! ¿¿ look forward to meeting all you Virginians! Linda and Steve Gallon
Linda Gallon Apr 18, 2015 at 02:42 PM

Oops! Just realized that you Virginia friends are on a later trip, Paula...but we'll be happy to let you know how our return trip to Machu Picchu is. :)
Carol King Apr 18, 2015 at 03:00 PM

Hi RSers, my roomie and I both did the second day and it was one of the most magical days of the entire trip. we didn't see the sun come up but was there early enough to miss the crowds. since we hadn't gone up to the Guard House on day 1 we took that route and got to the top while the morning clouds were just beginning to move off. along with a few other early morning visitors, we were the only people there. So, is it worth it? Yes it was for me!

Paula Jean Apr 18, 2015 at 01:50 PM

Four of us from Virginia will be coming May 22. So excited! I would love to hear what folks before us decide about the return trip to Machu Picchu. Is it worth it to return in the morning? Cost, time, energy? I know it has to be booked ahead of time.
Jan Bandrofchak Apr 18, 2015 at 01:59 PM

We returned on the second day. We had to get up very early, it was a bit pricey AND it was just wonderful. fewer people, amazing light. you can also arrange to climb Huayna Picchu - no cost, but you do need reservations.

Barbara Dennis Apr 13, 2015 at 06:42 PM

I will be arriving on the 24th from NYC. Looking forward rto meeting you at The Sheraton. "keep the lights on for us"!

Barbara aka "Boo" Dennis

Linda Gallon Apr 12, 2015 at 06:39 PM

We're on the April 24-May 10, 2015 trip, but will arrive in Quito (from Oregon) on April 23, staying at the Sheraton Quito. Will anyone else on this trip be there by then? Linda and Steve Gallon
Rosemary Griggs Apr 12, 2015 at 09:38 PM

Linda, we are not going to arrive in Quito until April 24th. Have fun on your extra day!

Robin Cantrell Apr 11, 2015 at 09:40 AM

I want to snorkel almost every day. Does this happen on this cruise? Robin
John Hultin Apr 11, 2015 at 10:13 AM

We went 2 years ago on the Yolita II. I think we snorkled at least 4 times, maybe 5.
Henry Brown Apr 11, 2015 at 12:17 PM

We snorkled almost everyday (sometimes twice) . We were on the Yolitta II in March

Robin Cantrell Apr 11, 2015 at 09:40 AM

I want to snorkel almost every day. Does this happen on this cruise? Robin

Thomas Walter Apr 07, 2015 at 09:02 PM

My wife and I are in the April 17-MAY 3RD PROGRAM.We are wondering if there is a way to do laundry.!6 days is a lot to pack for and if limited to 44lbs. doing laundry would prove a God send. Tom & Carol Walter ....Chicago
Henry Brown Apr 07, 2015 at 09:16 PM

Although my wife and I did not take advantage of it - relying instead on rinsing out laundry in sinks along the way, there was an opportunity offere in the sacred valley - day 12 of our tour. A local lady met the bus as we arrived the first night there and returned the laundry by the next evening.

Thomas Walter Apr 07, 2015 at 09:02 PM

My wife and I are in the April 17-MAY 3RD PROGRAM.We are wondering if there is a way to do laundry.!6 days is a lot to pack for and if limited to 44lbs. doing laundry would prove a God send. Tom & Carol Walter ....Chicago
Sook Hee Scheibner Apr 07, 2015 at 10:44 PM

When we took this trip, 2 years ago, we did laundry in our sink of the ship. Each couple staked out a claim on a back deck to hang a clothes line. We were often out there together tending our laundry like doing communal gardening! Chose fabrics that dry quickly as it was humid. I took along plastic bags to stow un-dried wash that we just packed up and moved along with us.
Rosemary Griggs Apr 11, 2015 at 09:01 PM

Any words of wisdom? Stuff you wish you had packed or wish you had not?
Anne Magnan Apr 12, 2015 at 03:15 PM

A plug for the bathroom sink so you can do laundry; extra clothes pins; a sunvisor (I find a hat too warm); water shoes that can be worn for those "wet landings"; face cloths;

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