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Anthony Paul Feb 03, 2016 at 05:43 AM

Hello fellow travelers, We are going on Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu. Clueless about what to pack for warmth and also wondering about meds for high altitude? Any information would be appreciated.
Magdalena Vazquez Feb 03, 2016 at 10:49 AM

We went this past September but I know the temperature in the Galapagos is warm year round so we only used light sweaters in the evening when we were up on deck socializing. Layers worked well for us in Peru, especially a packable rain poncho for Machu Pichu. Regarding the elevation from the time you land in Ecuador throughout the trip you will be offered coca tea which will help acclimate you to the highlands. Other than that, staying well hydrated worked well for us.
Anthony Paul Feb 04, 2016 at 05:22 AM

Thank you Magdalena. It is like two different trips.

Premium Email Subscriber Jan 03, 2016 at 09:28 PM

Thanks Magda for your thoughts. I will continue to consider keeping it. Hope you still had an amazing trip even without the Go Pro.
Magda Roth Jan 03, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Thank you, it was an amazing trip, as I am sure yours will be.

Premium Email Subscriber Jan 02, 2016 at 09:34 AM

In anticipation of taking this trip this summer, my husband bought me a Go Pro camera. I am not sure if I should keep it. I was going to but just a small pocket camera. I wondered if anyone on this message board had an opinion. Should I keep it or buy a regular small camera?
Magda Roth Jan 02, 2016 at 10:53 AM

We do not have such a camera, but were lucky enough that some people in our griuo did and shared it with us. Amazing pictures! Just make sure you are familiar with its use. Enjoy and if you see dancing boobies post it.
Magda Roth Jan 02, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Michael Kahn Dec 17, 2015 at 07:47 AM

Planning time before the tour. I think I'll take the Teleferico and continue the four hour hike to the summit. Apparently the weather reports don't match reality from what I've been told.

Emily Davis Dec 07, 2015 at 10:14 PM

I'm going on the Feb 27 to March 14 trip - considering a walk up Huayna Picchu. Requires a permit as well as a park pass. Anyone else considering it? Emily
Anthony Paul Dec 08, 2015 at 05:45 AM

Hello Emily, We are also on the Feb 27th trip. Enjoy hiking but not sure of body reaction to Altitude. Planning on taking the Diamox.

Tim Burke Dec 04, 2015 at 01:00 PM

Hi Rhonda, thanks for your email. Looking forward to meeting you. Staying at same hotel and arrive about 1-2 am on the 16th.

Tim Burke Nov 27, 2015 at 01:49 PM

Thank you, Michael for suggesting the walking tour. Sounds good.

Tim Burke Nov 27, 2015 at 01:45 PM

Good Morning fellow travelers. The Dec 18 trip approaches. Read about having currency not issued before 2004 because of counterfeiting concerns. Also read same in travel book. Is this Ecuador and Peru ? Anyone have experience with this ??
Barbara Ardell Nov 27, 2015 at 01:54 PM

Peru only. Ecuador is no problem at all.
Magda Roth Nov 27, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Ecuador uses US currency, they cannot print paper money, but can issue change which is NOT accepted outside Ecuador, And yes, we had only perfect money, issued after 2004. Especial in Peru, they will not accept even the smaller imperfection. Older travel books talked about counterfeit problem in Peru, did not notice. Were able to take money from ATM, purchase with dollars, but you get sometimes a rounded down exchange rate. In Lima, near the Presidential Palace did good shopping and with good exchange rate (we took a later plane out of Lima). By the way, older travel books recommended to have your own WC paper. We had two rolls with us, but it wasn't needed. Bad idea.

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