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17 Days | 16 Nights
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Linda Pratt Dec 07, 2014 at 05:23 PM

I just returned from this wonderful trip. We all used wetsuits and were glad for them (first week of December). For wet landings I went barefoot, some had Keens or similar. There are hairdryers on the Tip Top III so no need to bring one if you are on that boat. All hotels also had them. Dress was very casual throughout the trip. Hiking poles were very helpful. Our trip started in Lima and I went a day early since flights arrive late. This worked out great for me and gave me a day to wander around the Miraflores area of Lima. I booked a night through Airbnb and the host arranged airport pickup. I´m happy to answer any more questions. Great trip!
Barbara Lafrantz Dec 11, 2014 at 09:24 PM

Thanks for the info!

Barbara Lafrantz Nov 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM

In the final information packet I received there is a page about wetsuits. It is right after the trekking poles and before the Tip-Top III cabins.It says there is a limited stock available and all suits requested a week ahead. There is a number 593 52526502with a plus in front of it. I start the trip DECEMBER 17th and don't know who my roommate is either. Have fun!

Gray Woodard Nov 23, 2014 at 07:48 PM

I start the trip on December 4. I'm wondering if I need to rent a wetsuit or will there be time in Peru to reserve one? Also, I signed up for the trip recently and wonder who my roommate will be.
Jo Anne Kusudo Nov 23, 2014 at 09:13 PM

When I took this trip (June-July '13), we were able to rent wetsuits on the boat (Galiven).
Todd Betterton Nov 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I would highly recommend a wetsuit...If you are on the TipTop III, just call the gals at Holbrooke because you have to book one in advance

Gerald Pagac Nov 19, 2014 at 05:06 PM

Hi. I'm curious how many people are typically on this trip?
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 19, 2014 at 05:26 PM

I understand 16 passengers not counting the crew!
Graham Loynd Nov 19, 2014 at 05:28 PM

Ours had 14. I believe the max is 17.
Todd Betterton Nov 19, 2014 at 07:14 PM

The max is 16

Jennifer Galovich Nov 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM

The Galapagos part of the trip involves several wet landings. this means wading through up to knee deep water. So if your goretex hikers are up to that, fine. Else pack those sandals. I brought sturdy tennis shoes and waterproof sandals.
B Shannon Nov 16, 2014 at 09:43 PM

hm. well, i figured i'd want the hikers at machu picchu. maybe i'll take those and the water shoes as a compromise.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Well, what I am going to do, I hope, is: My Tevas for the wet landings,then after I dry my feet, putting on my hiking shoes for more support on the rocks and volcanic ash. I will be bringing Keens also to wears on the ple for comfort and on the yacht. That will make 3 but for me, I definitely feel I need them as Machu Picchu is after the islands.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM

(Keen sandals for the plane and yacht. Shoes worn in the water and on the islands cannot be worn on the yacht).

B Shannon Nov 16, 2014 at 04:04 PM

i have a question about footwear. i'm bringing light goretex hikers and running shoes. do i need waterproof sandals as well (i have them, just trying to avoid packing too many shoes). thanks!
John Hultin Nov 16, 2014 at 07:02 PM

Teva's or Keens would be perfect (and necessary). If you want to lighten the load, and your running shoes are sturdy, you could leave the hikers at home.
Wanda Stephens Nov 16, 2014 at 08:59 PM

I agree about the hikers unless you need them for ankle support, tennis shoes work best for hiking. I just back yesterday and never wore shoes on any of the wet landing. Our guide had towels for us to dry our feet before putting on our shoes. The only time we needed water shoes was at the Post Office landing. It was a very short walk up from the beach. But, from what I understand there are two different iterneries. So, you might need water shoes on a different itinerary.

Barbara Lafrantz Nov 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM

Can I buy insect repellent on one of the islands? I don't check my luggage and would be unable to pack it in my carry on luggage? (Invariably the airlines lose my luggage).
Todd Betterton Nov 12, 2014 at 05:57 PM

I bought insect repellant "wipes" on the internet and was able to take them in our carryon bags...I do believe you can buy insect repellant and sun screen at the airport when you land in Baltra...
Lillian Oberjohn Nov 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I agree with Todd.. You can buy Off Deep Woods Towelettes at stores that sell insect repellent. I bought a pack from Walmart at the Sporting Goods section. They're easier to pack and are not subjected to security checks.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 13, 2014 at 06:37 PM

Thanks! I bought a box today.
John Hultin Nov 16, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Except for a stopover in one town, mid-week, you will be unlikely to buy ANYTHING on the islands

Barbara Lafrantz Nov 12, 2014 at 04:55 PM

I'm going on the Dec. 17th and returning Jan2nd. trip! Anyone else going?
Donna Tilley Nov 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Chris and Donna Jaeger are going! From Henderson NC
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Thanks Donna.

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