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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS / ECUADOR / PERU

Adventures Afloat: The Best of the Galápagos and Peru: From Enchanted Islands to Machu Picchu

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Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 03:03 PM

I was on Tip Top III, one of the Wittmer boats, but I think they should be about the same. Yes, they did recork and save your wine for following nights.


Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 02:58 PM

You can request either long or short--I think all in our group (including our leader) wore long--arms and legs. You keep warm when you are moving! They bring whatever you pre-order and board it on the boat--much easier than bringing your own--and inexpensive. I also used their snorkeling equipment rather than bringing my own.
John Hultin Apr 19, 2015 at 02:59 PM

I have a slightly different memory on the drinks from the Yolita II 2 years ago. Wine was about $30 a bottle, but they'll re-cork and identify your bottle for you, and save it for the next meal. All the wetsuits I saw were long. Packing a wetsuit seems like a lot of bulk in a suitcase.
Henry Brown Apr 20, 2015 at 05:37 AM

We were on Yolita II in March. Cheaper wine (but OK) was $30, better was $40. Confirm they save it for you. Problem we had was bartender was rarely there so don't expect lots of drinking. Beer $4. Total bar bill was about $50. It was warn enough no one rented wetsuits. Long or short could be ordered on board if you wanted one. Therefore we didn't need much cash.


Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 08:37 AM

May i suggest that you rent a car (cheap!) at the MIA airport and enjoy Miami between your flights? Lots of fun stuff to do/see in Miami. When I went to GAL/MP in October, I had 8 hour layovers in MIA both ways, and did this.
Also, to answer questions, drinks are basically canned soda, beer, and mediocre wine from a small fridge. These 'drinks' were $3-4, and wine was about $10-15 a bottle. Don't plan on 'drinking', except lots of water (provided).
You will not snorkel everyday on the boat, maybe three or four days max. Rent the wetsuit--it's cold with the Humboldt current!
Keith Daum Apr 19, 2015 at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the information about drinks. I was thinking about bringing my own short wet suit. Can I also ask, are the wet suits on the ship short or long (both legs and arms)? And were they warm enough?


Paula Jean Apr 19, 2015 at 08:12 AM

Hi Karen Luckring - Yes, we will be on the Miame-Quito 5:20 flight. We are arriving in Miami early that morning (out of Dulles) and so will be in the airport for a long time. We will see you there. Thanks for your phone number. I will call you. Also, for others reading this, we get our MP tickets for the second ascent from Holbrook?


Keith Daum Apr 18, 2015 at 06:00 PM

I am on the May 1 departure and am trying to decide how much cash to bring. Does anyone know the typical cost for drinks (alcohol) on the ship?


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!
Jean Rhame Apr 19, 2015 at 10:13 AM

I certainly second
Jean Rhame Apr 19, 2015 at 10:14 AM

I certainly second Carol's comment and I was her roomie.


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
Rosemary Griggs Apr 19, 2015 at 02:12 AM

We will keep the lights on but we will be sleeping. ;)


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