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Magda Roth Sep 21, 2015 at 10:05 PM

We are going on the trip on October 30th. At Machu Picchu anybody from previous trips went back next day in the park? Did you go early in the morning to catch the sunrise? how complete (?) is the half day visit?
Alan Weinstein Sep 22, 2015 at 09:54 AM

we went back the only ones. It was wonderful early in the am. Others were disappointed that they did not. You do have to keep in mind that you have only so much time before you have to meet the group in the town square. We had tickets, purchased in advance to climb up to Huana Pichu but it was damp and slippery early in the morning and we were nervous about the timing so we did not do that. Go, u won't be sorry, and you will never be back. The am & pm lights is very different. For the Galpagos, wear teva type shoes/sandals they are very versatile.
Magda Roth Sep 22, 2015 at 04:37 PM

Thank you, great info.

Magda Roth Sep 18, 2015 at 10:54 PM

What kind of shoes does one need for the Galapagos leg of the trip? Tennis shoes OK? Water shoes? Both? Thanks for the help.
John Hultin Sep 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM

We went 2 years ago. My choice would be some sturdy sandals such as Tevas or Keens - sturdy and able to get wet. They don't like you to wear those same shoes on the boat, however, so some drugstore flip-flops might be handy for that. Since you will occasionally be getting wet, I wouldn't advise tennis shoes.
Magda Roth Sep 19, 2015 at 11:09 AM


Magda Roth Sep 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Hi We are in going on the trip on Oct 30th, arriving a day earlier in Quito. Anybody else in our group?
Joseph Schiff Sep 21, 2015 at 09:48 AM

My wife Polly and I are doing the same thing.
Magda Roth Sep 21, 2015 at 09:58 PM

Wonderful! We will fly out from Miami on AA flight 939, 10/29/15.
Joseph Schiff Sep 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

We are on an earlier flight out of Miami.
Magda Roth Sep 25, 2015 at 12:07 AM

See you in Quito. Maybe we can find each other at breakfast.

Michael Kahn Sep 06, 2015 at 07:52 PM

I'm on the Dec 18-Jan 3 trip. I'll arrive in Quito on Dec 16 and leave Lima on Jan 5. Quito sounds interesting, Lima not so much. Any suggestions for the extra time? I also have both a wet suit and Farmer John. The Farmer John is certainly easier to pack. Should that be sufficient. I also have a neoprene hat, gloves, and booties. Are they worth bring alone? Thanks,this is my first Road Scholar trip.
B Shannon Sep 06, 2015 at 10:01 PM

I went last ye in late nov w a different company but I think they all use the same boats. We were able to rent wet suits for the trip,at a very reasonable rate, and they were delivered to the boat. It was worth it not to have to pack and carry it. I got a farmer john and though the guide thought the water cold I was comfortable in the water for a couple hrs. Im used to pacific cold water though.
William Weinstein Sep 07, 2015 at 09:14 AM

Michael— We were in Galapagos/Machu Picchu in May on the Yolita II. If you are just snorkeling (not SCUBA) no wetsuit is necessary, you'll maybe need a tee shirt, or a long sleeve tee shirt, and lots of sunblock. Bring your own mask and snorkel if you are hard to fit. Plenty of fins on the boat. In Lima the (private) Larco Museum is superb. Many rooms of ancient artifacts in almost perfect condition. Excellent restaurant on the premisis. Nominal fee for private guide is well worth it. Forget the Museo d'Oro (National Gold Museum). It is run down, underfunded, and uninformative. One floor has military weapons literally piled in cases with no explanations. Only a few rooms with ancient artifacts that are mostly in poor condition.
Jan Bandrofchak Sep 07, 2015 at 06:44 PM

We were on the Yolita II in the fall and definitely needed the wetsuits. The folks with farmer johns only went snorkeling once because they were too cold. We rented our wetsuits and they were waiting on board for us.

Magdalena Vazquez Aug 24, 2015 at 02:38 AM

Question for past participants - are there laundry facilities available in the hotels in Peru? After the Galapagos week I'd like to be able to wash our clothes.
Janet Haynes Aug 24, 2015 at 04:40 PM

No, there are no laundry facilities on the ship in the Galapagos Island, and very few options while in Peru. We followed the suggestion from Rebecca Evans (see her comments below) about using vacuum seal zip lock bags for storing clothing used during the Peru portion of the trip. I purchased a package from Bed, Bath & Beyond and they worked fine and took very little space in our luggage. Throughout the week we were on the ship, I washed our underwear and hung it in our cabin overnight – they dried without any problem. The clothing that got wet during our island hopping was hung on the lines on the ship and they also dried without problems. We did not find the humidity to be much of a problem. There are no laundry facilities near the hotels and the service offered by the hotels is quite expensive, and, you’re not in any one place to actually use that service. When we arrived in Peru, we switch our clothing, putting the ones worn in the Galapagos into the zip lock bags. Also, if you use a washcloth for showering, I would suggest that you take your own – none were provided on the ship and not many of the hotels provided one. This was a wonderful trip and our Galapagos guide, Elizabeth, was outstanding, very knowledgeable and also lives on one of the islands. One of our guides for Peru, Vladimir, was amazing. We met him in Cusco, where he lives. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history of the peoples of Peru, especially the Sacred Valley, and MP. This is a trip I would consider doing again – Peru is beautiful, the people are amazing, and the food was wonderful. We also very much enjoyed Ecuador, especially Quito and Guayaquil. Have a wonderful trip.

Denise Griego Aug 23, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Hola everyone,
My husband Bob and I are on the Oct. 2-18th trip. Anyone else joining us? We are from Central California and looking forward to this adventure!

Barbara Ardell Aug 23, 2015 at 02:47 PM

Hello all,

My husband, Bob, and I are on the 10/23/15 trip. We're from Atlanta and plan to arrive a day early. We've also booked the return to MP the second morning.

Anyone else on our trip?

I welcome advice on anything from previous travelers.
Margaret Forbes Sep 21, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Hi Barbara,
Margaret Forbes Sep 21, 2015 at 11:35 PM

I will be on the trip with you, so will 7 of my best friends. We are from Alaska (some no longer live there)
Margaret Forbes Sep 21, 2015 at 11:43 PM

Hmm having trouble with the control key...trying again. We are all meeting in Atlanta on 9-22, connecting to Quito a day early (we are on an eveing Delta flight leaving Atlanta around 5:30 PM). Do you think it is possible we are all on the same flight? If so, we could share the shuttle to the hotel. We have booked the second moring in Machu Picchu, including the hike to Huayna Picchu. Looking forward to meeting you!
Barbara Ardell Sep 29, 2015 at 05:05 PM

Hi Margaret, I'm sorry for the delay in responding. For some reason, I just saw your post. We are leaving on 10/22 on the 5:35 PM Delta flight. Sounds like the same as yours. I just sent the Sheraton an email requesting the shuttle. Sounds like we could all share. We are also doing the second day in MP. We were in your lovely state for 3 weeks last summer and had an AMAZING time. Rented an RV and were all over. Looking forward to meeting you too!
Barbara Ardell Sep 29, 2015 at 06:29 PM

Margaret, I just received the following from the Sheraton Quito. Do you want me to make your reservation so we can get the lower price? If so, please confirm the number. I will add that to the reservation for my husband and me. We can meet/talk in Atlanta.
Barbara Ardell Sep 29, 2015 at 06:29 PM

In order to proceed to coordinate the transfer service through Euro Viajes you must be informed about the rates: 1 to 3 passengers - $42.00 US Dollars 4 to 6 passengers - $54.00 US Dollars 7 to 10 passengers - $66.00 US Dollars These prices are per car, not per passenger. You may pay the driver directly or you can be charged through the Hotel (22% tax will be added). • Any changes in the transfers details (delayed flights, cancellations) must be notified inmediately to Jose Moreno from EuroViajes at jose.moreno@euro-viajes.com, with a copy to link@sheraton-quito.com, or calling 593 99 4135672 / 593 99 9801035 during bussiness hours. • Any changes must be notified at least 24 hours in advance. • In case of cancellation with no prior notification, the service must be paid. Please be aware that Sheraton Hotel Quito is not responsable for the operation of this service, Sheraton only acts as its coordinator. Please reply if you agree to this service filling out the following information:
Margaret Forbes Sep 29, 2015 at 07:46 PM

Hi Barbara! So exciting that we will meet you in Atlanta! We have already booked the shuttle for 8 of us. I think you should jump onto our reservation. Why don't you give me a phone call: 707.490.9383 so we can discuss it. Margaret

Premium Email Subscriber Aug 01, 2015 at 10:12 AM

My husband and I are considering this trip. would someone who took it care to comment about the accommodations such as train, ship, bus etc keeping in mind a 6'4" person?

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