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Program #18484RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Linda Pratt Jul 10, 2014 at 07:58 AM

Hello all, I just signed up for the November 20 departure and am looking forward to meeting everyone. Is anyone planning on going a day early? I am a solo traveler on the "share a room" plan. Thanks for all the suggestions/comments. Linda

Jennifer Galovich Jun 22, 2014 at 04:07 PM

To todd and anyone else considering a second day:
We had a pretty full morning guided tour -- about 2 hours, then lunch, then on our own till the place closed and took bus back to Aquas Calientes. It was plenty of time, though a second morning would have been nice. We were not sure that the extra expense would be worth it, so we stayed in Aguas Calientes and went to the small but very well curated museum about 20 minutes walk from town, which also has a botanical garden.

The train we took left shortly after lunch -- 1 or 1:30 if memory serves. If you were going to spend the extra time in the morning, the busses back to Aguas Calientes run very frequently and takes about 15 minutes. Then you could meet your group and go to Cuzco with them. We had no real regrets re not spending the extra time and the extra money was significant. Others may and do disagree. In the afternoon we went up to the Caretaker's Hut and then the Inca Bridge, and a little more time in the main site. If I had it to do over again, I would do the Caretaker's Hut and more time in the main site and maybe a longer hike, The Inca bridge hike was not so interesting as hoped. Boards over a longish gap in the trail, used historically as a defense (take away the boards and it's a way long drop). You can only see it from a distance -- closed some years ago after an unfortunate accident.

Carol Zemaier Jun 22, 2014 at 02:49 PM

I did not go the second day but I'm over seventy. Some of the group went to the Inca bridge but the trail is uneven with a steep drop off. How's your energy level and fear of heights? Great trip

Todd Betterton Jun 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Hello all...We have an option of a second day (morning) at Machu Picchu on our own...Has anyone done this? Is it worth the extra expense and what time is the "early afternoon train" back to Cusco?
Jan Bandrofchak Jun 22, 2014 at 01:54 PM

I completely agree. Get there as early as you can stand to wake up!
Graham Loynd Jun 22, 2014 at 02:40 PM

Hmm. Different opinion here, perhaps because this was my 3rd visit to MP. Our group visit to MP actually got a pretty good early start at MP--we were in and touring by 10am, then did lunch, then had free time at MP in the afternoon. We'd pretty much seen everything by then, and for me there was no benefit to going back the next morning. The exception: if you can/wish to climb Huayna Picchu, you could do that the next morning. In any case, the returning trains are typically about 1pm to 2:30pm or so.
Lillian Oberjohn Jun 22, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Graham, I think your group had pretty much the same schedule as ours. We also had plenty of time to visit and revisit MP wthin the same day. No one in our group opted to go back the following morning.
Todd Betterton Jun 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Thanks to all for comments and suggestions!
Ellen Marks Jun 25, 2014 at 05:45 PM

Todd, what did your group decide to do? And what is the cost of MP for Day 2?
Todd Betterton Jun 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Half of our 8 have decided to NOT pay for a second day ($70 online on my own/$95 thru Holbrook) and haven't yet talked to the others...Talked to the gals at Holbrooke and decided we will have enough time to get to the Sun Gate on our own in the afternoon after the guided part ends, and even if we bought the 2nd day, we would not have time to climb Huayana Picchu, which is really why we would go back

Ellen Marks Jun 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

For footwear, I am planning to take sneakers, Crocs Mary Janes, and flip flops. Any need for 'nicer' shoes or true hiking boots? Thank you!
Lillian Oberjohn Jun 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM

I used my Keen waterproof hiking shoes for the more challenging hikes and my Keen sandals for wet landings. No need to bring nicer shoes, just shoes with good traction and support. A collapsible trekking pole/walking stick would also be very helpful. One is all you need.
Jan Bandrofchak Jun 22, 2014 at 01:56 PM

I have a bad knee and liked the support of light hikers, poles were helpful as we'll.
Ellen Marks Jun 25, 2014 at 05:42 PM

ok, i bought adidas mesh sneakers with heavy treads on the bottom. will not take regular sneakers, just Crocs and flips. Thanks to all for information.
Ellen Marks Jun 25, 2014 at 05:44 PM

Also, am brining a lightweight handmade walking stick; will have a rubber tip affixed before leaving, and it will travel in a cut-open foam 'noodle' in my duffle bag. Anyone see a problem with this? Thanks.

Jennifer Galovich Jun 09, 2014 at 12:25 PM

In case they forget to tell you, you willwant to pack sufficient light colored clothing for the Galapagos trip, unless you want to be a paper wasp or mosquito magnet.

Carol King Jun 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM

Hi All - I'm on the November 20 trip, leaving from Washington/Dulles. This is my first Road Scholar adventure but am a second generation RS-er. Great comments here. Very helpful! Looking forward to preparing for and enjoying this trip

Jennifer Galovich May 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Greetings to all -- we are on the May 23 trip. Looking forward to meeting you all in a few days! We have and will bring an adapter in case anyone needs to borrow.

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