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Judith Rogers Sep 17, 2014 at 07:07 PM

If you are going on this trip and have not read Mark Adams's book, Turn Right at Machu Pichu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time, you might want to access a copy. My friend Mary and I (Nov 3 trip) both thoroughly appreciated the information Mr. Adams relayed plus his delightful style of writing.


Sandra Sucher Sep 01, 2014 at 09:06 PM

A friend and I are considering this trip sometime during the next year. For those who have already taken this trip, when did you travel and would you do it again? Or is there a better time, weatherwise?

Sandra Kurlander Aug 25, 2014 at 08:50 PM

Are hiking sneakers enough for MP or shall I bring my boots. They are heavy and there is a weight restriction on bags.
Mary Stuewe Aug 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Sandra, I plan on bringing my very comfortable and versatile Keens. They are closed-toe water/hiking shoes. I think they will be perfect for getting on and off the Zodiaks and for hiking around the islands. Very lightweight, also.
Sandra Kurlander Aug 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Thank you for your comment I look forward to meeting you

Marilyn Allen Aug 15, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Anyone going on the Sept 22-Oct 5 trip? It would be nice to meet some folks during the 4 hour layover in Lima on the trip over.
Marilyn Allen Aug 18, 2014 at 05:05 PM

I will be staying at the hotel in the Miami airport Saturday night and will be wandering the airport most of the day and evening on Sunday. Would welcome some company if convenient for you.

Judith Rogers Aug 14, 2014 at 05:02 PM

I am with Mary on the Nov. 2 (now Nov. 3) to the 16th program. We really are looking forward to this excursion!

In looking at some of the responses below it appears some folks were not on a National Geographic boat - wet suits are available on the Endeavor - and it did not say anything about a rental fee.

Mary Stuewe Aug 14, 2014 at 04:56 PM

Anyone going on the Nov. 2-16 trip?

Marilyn Allen Aug 05, 2014 at 01:27 PM

I am arriving in Miami from Los Angeles before the departure date. Any ideas on how to fill the afternoon and evening before the 1 AM departure time, or hotel to stay in with access to shopping, restaurants, wharf, etc?

Yvonne Sippel Jul 11, 2014 at 01:19 PM

Have some questions. Is there a need to get local currency beforehand? What is the voltage in Ecuador and Peru? What type of outlet plug-ins are needed. How much out of pocket expense is incurred aboard ship?
Rob Stohlman Jul 11, 2014 at 02:49 PM

Out of pocket expenses on the sip were for wet suits and alcohol.
Rob Stohlman Jul 11, 2014 at 02:51 PM

The US Dollar is hte currency of Ecuador and the Neuvo Sol the currency of Peru. Peruvians accept the Dollar but it must be a new, crisp bill - not old, wrinkled or creased.
Yvonne Sippel Jul 11, 2014 at 03:50 PM

Thanks! How about the voltage and plug ins?
Rob Stohlman Jul 11, 2014 at 04:22 PM

The voltage is 240. You will need a plug adaptor. I got mine at AAA. Not sure what ship you will be on - I was on the Galaven. On the very top deck there were a few cloths lines where you could put wet or washed clothing to dry while the boat was moving. Need cloths pins. Strongly recommend getting the wet suit as the water was cold in July when I was there. In Quito the tour guide had a "friend" selling a book on the birds of the Galapagos. It was worth every penny of the $20.00 it cost.
Yvonne Sippel Jul 11, 2014 at 04:42 PM

Okay, thanks. What type of adaptor? European, UK, other?
Wanda Stephens Jul 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I'm attending this trip Oct 30. I've read the thread and found helpful information. Are there any others suggestions or recommendations for this adventure?
Yvonne Sippel Jul 14, 2014 at 08:25 AM

I found it helpful to check out all the hotels where we will stay. You can Google them and see the accommodations, services, etc. Also, I Googled what the average temperatures will be during the time we are there (March 2015) Basically any questions I have I've either asked here or Googled for the answer.
Rob Stohlman Jul 14, 2014 at 03:02 PM

When RS sends you the trip information packet, you will find information on the weather as well as on all the hotels.

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