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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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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.


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?


Rebecca Evans May 29, 2015 at 08:17 AM

I made every mistake in the book when it came to packing. Separate out the clothing that you will need after the Galapagos and store them in those airtight plastic packing bags. Otherwise they will be damp in your suitcase even though you aren't using them. Use the same kind of bags to store the clothing you wear when you leave the Galapagos. For more info call me at 814-422-8025. I will be happy to talk to you.
Paul Haynes May 31, 2015 at 07:10 PM

Paul Haynes May 31, 2015 at 07:11 PM

Your comments/suggestions were oh, so helpful! Thanks a million, Rebecca. Janet was impressed with the observations and suggestions you made.
Paul Haynes May 31, 2015 at 07:11 PM

Barbara Ardell Aug 23, 2015 at 02:41 PM

Great suggestion. Thanks, Rebecca!


Paul Haynes May 28, 2015 at 09:25 PM

Janet and I are on the June 5 trip and are wondering about wearing apparal...what to bring?
Barbara Dennis May 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM

The guidlines in the information booklet are really very good. It is all very casual particularly on the boat. The guys all wore shorts, hiking pants and khakis for the city tours. I did yskr s skity but really found no occasion where slacks were not appropriate
Barbara Dennis May 29, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Trust you understood................... I took a skirt


Barbara Dennis May 15, 2015 at 12:12 AM

Linda,
I was on Volita II and they had flippers to fit all.

They do provide biodegradable soap in a dispenser in the shower. Not Vidal Sassoon but trust me, you won't care!!


Linda Kennedy May 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

We are going on the June 5 trip. Bringing my own snorkel but need size 6 flippers. Is any soap or shampoo provided on the boat? Trying to keep packing to a minimum.


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