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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Gail Fisher Feb 01, 2016 at 08:00 AM

What is everybody doing to prepare for this trip? Hiking long distances daily? Stair-climbing? I don't have the opportunity to work out at altitude in advance - a little concerned about all the stairs at high altitude. (Also, what about preparation for mosquitoes?)
Wendy Wartes Feb 01, 2016 at 07:34 PM

I took tumeric as I had previously had some problem with my knees when going downhill. No problem in Peru. No bugs but was there in Aug. Did no special prep other than neighborhood walking on hills. Walking stick really helped with the stairs. Guides pace us very well. Time to get used to altitude built into program.
Gail Fisher Feb 01, 2016 at 07:43 PM

Great to hear! I do take turmeric already, and I do have walking sticks. I was concerned over how good a shape you had to be in!

Gail Fisher Oct 23, 2015 at 04:09 PM

I have signed up for the May 19, 2016 trip after striking out with all my friends and contacts for roommates. I do not want to miss this trip. If anybody is going then and would like to have a roommate, I'd love to make that change.

Wendy Wartes Aug 26, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Just back and wanted to post random thoughts while they are fresh in my mind. Clothing I didn't use were shorts, raingear (lucky us as we saw rain in the distance twice)Packable down jacket or vest was perfect with windbreaker/rain jacket to carry daily. I got by fine with sturdy walking shoes with good soles and sturdy walking sandals, Clarks Wave, three days and evenings. The tour leader will tell you the weather forecast and what to expect for walking beforehand. Take small bottle of hand sanitizer and use the packs of tissue from hotel in case no TP or hot water in bathrooms. Be prepared not to flush TP anywhere in Peru, even hotels with no signage. I bought one walking stick for $10 just before first stair climb. Your guide will show you where. I left with hotel to give away after Machu Pichu. Glad I had it as my knees can be trouble but weren't. We did one carry on bag each and used our packs for the one overnight case. Be sure to pack light and leave room for the gifts or buy a travel bag with Inca designs in any market ($8) and check a bag coming home. We took altitude pills, hep and typhoid shots after consulting Travel Nurse who said Malaria is no longer a recommendation (recent). I also used non-refrigerated probiotics at my physician's suggestion. Internet and wifi in all hotels but cuts in and out. Was able to download email on phone if patient. Had time for hike to Guard House and Inca Bridge in afternoon at Machu Pichu and half of group went second morning, others walked to hot springs and shopped in town. I had time to parasail off the cliff in Lima within walking distance of hotel. Easy as pie and if you like to zipline or did parasail in Hawaii do this if you can, depending on winds. There was free time last afternoon before dinner. $80 including GOpro photos.Do be sure to know if RS is doing pickup at airport. We came early and didn't realize someone was waiting at midnight at the airport for us. Took taxi route out and missed them. Bugs were not a big problem but dry season. This is a wonderful trip and RS took all the stress out of doing it so came back refreshed. Visited with a couple who planned theirs themselves and compared notes. What a different experience they were having.
Gail Fisher Dec 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

THANKS for your helpful remarks! I have always done carryon on past trips but was thinking this one might be too much and I might need to check one bag and use my backpack for the personal item (I don't carry a handbag, just wear a belly pack). Hoping to get things lighter but not sure it's possible.

Marjorie Larragoite Aug 24, 2015 at 12:13 PM

I had called my cell phone company to have my phone put on International, but it didn't happen. So I could not use my phone. Check with your company...mine said they didn't have a record of my request. Next time I will check it the day I am to leave to be sure. I couldn't use it until I got back to Dallas, and my husband called me on our land line several times at the hotels and it cost A LOT! Phone cards were not available there.

Brian Demeyer Aug 23, 2015 at 09:05 PM

Hi! We are going on the Sep 24 trip out of Miami, anyone else going? (even if its out of another city) Will my US GSM cell phone work in Peru? (T Mobile)

Wendy Wartes Jul 03, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Husband and I are going on Aug. 13 trip. Leaving one day early from SeaTac. Anyone else from Seattle area going?

Gail Fisher Jun 17, 2015 at 04:16 PM

Interested in the Jan-Feb 2016 trip but would like to have a female roommate if anybody is considering this trip.
Gail Fisher Jun 23, 2015 at 01:04 PM

Changing this due to the advice of others - looking at March now - really wanting a roommate if possible!

Marjorie Larragoite May 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

I didn't take or need binoculars.

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