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Ernie Hurwitz Sep 26, 2014 at 09:46 AM

actually, a book we liked better than Turn right is Cradle of Gold
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu Paperback – July 5, 2011

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Actually we preferred Cradle of Gold by
Christopher Heaney to Turn Right at Macchu Pichu, altho we did read both.


Donna Opthoff Sep 25, 2014 at 03:11 PM

We are going on the June 2015 trek. One question that I have is about the length of time RS gives you at MP? Is a quick walk through in the evening and the next morning enough to see what you have hiked 4 days to see?
Madeleine Sep 25, 2014 at 03:40 PM

I took this trip in May 2014. From my perspective, we spent the right amount of time at Machu Picchu. We arrived around 3pm on the fourth day of hiking. It was partly cloudy, and a sunbeam broke through the clouds and lit up Machu Picchu. Gorgeous! We stayed at the Sun Gate for an hour or so enjoying the view and celebrating the accomplishment of our hike. To reach our bus, we walked down a trail that skirted the main site. The next morning, we got up early and arrived at MP before the crowds, spending the entire morning at the site. There was plenty of time to explore. Once the hordes of tourists began to arrive mid-day, I was happy to leave. MP is an awesome place, and the 4-day journey to get there made it even much more special.


Ernie Hurwitz Sep 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM

but was it fabulous?
Sheri Ann Cate Sep 25, 2014 at 03:44 PM

The 2nd and 4th days of the hike were the most exhilarating. The guides were superb. The program very educational.
Madeleine Sep 25, 2014 at 04:01 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Peru. It was my first time to South America, so it took me a little while to adjust to the differences, e.g., not being able to drink from the water faucets (even at nice hotels), the ramshackled look of many places, the high altitude, etc. But after a short time, I began to 'see' the country from a different viewpoint. The locals are lovely, gentle, hardworking people. The food is yummy. Road Scholar did an excellent job of organizing and delivering the program. (I did not enjoy Lima's traffic & congestion, but we didn't spend much time there.) When I think back to my favorite parts of the trip, the three acclimating hikes in Sacred Valley come to mind, but my top memory is of the 'journey' to Machu Picchu. Yes, MP is fantastic, but the challenging 4-day hike was FABULOUS! I wish I could hike the Inca Trail again . . .
Ernie Hurwitz Sep 25, 2014 at 04:24 PM

ah, that's what i want to hear! thanks
Jody Gebhardt Sep 25, 2014 at 08:24 PM

I agree. It was one of the hardest things I've done in awhile and one of the most exhilarating. You will have plenty of time to see macchu Pichu, and yes, once the crowds start to fill the place up, you will want to leave. I learned a lot about Peru, wish I read more before going, The second and fourth days are challenging, the latter because it is relentlessly down, and yes, you will be tired of down by the end. I loved the Sacred Valley and would gladly go back there to spend more time. I even thought the market at Pisac was better than much of what we saw in Cusco.
Madeleine Sep 26, 2014 at 07:31 AM

Amen, Jody! I recommend reading 'Turn Right at Machu Picchu' by Mark Adams. I read it once before I went to Peru and again after I returned. It's a great book! It's filled with so many details that it helps to refer to the glossary in the back regularly. Notice the book cover. When I first looked at it, it didn't have that much impact on me, but when I returned from Peru, I knew what each tiny detail meant. I agree about the market in Pisac.


Sheri Ann Cate Sep 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Michele, We also just returned a week ago. Bring a wash cloth if you use one. Take Peruvian coins and paper money on the trail. You can use the ‘uno’s’ for bathrooms or tips for photo’s; and you can use paper money for candy bars, soft drinks etc. Learn the history of Peru before you go so you’ll understand the context of the culture you’re going to experience. Bring an inflatable seat cushion. The chairs both on the airline and on the trail are hard! Include in your porter’s duffel bag your clothes for Aquas Calientes because you won’t see your full luggage until returning to Cusco. Pack over-the-counter anti-diarrheal and anti-nausea products. Be in good health and physical condition. If you feel unwell or have a pre-existing condition before the hike, it’s best to pass it up!


Jody Gebhardt Sep 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Michele, we just finished this trip, and had several solos along. We all bonded, spouses and singles. It was a fantastic experience, for me the journey took over from the destination. The second day is very tough, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will make it. And say hi to Paco - he's a wonderful guide.


Michele Martin Sep 19, 2014 at 03:18 PM

I am going on this trip in October, any additional tips and anyone else going at that time. I am traveling solo.
Bev Schrage Sep 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Hi Michele, my husband, Niall and I are going to be on the October trip. Looking forward to meeting you.


Sheri Ann Cate Sep 02, 2014 at 10:45 AM

We'll be on the Inca Trail next week. Thank you Laura and Ernie for your advice. Will carry sols and t.p. Hoping the weather will be better than it is this week.
Betsy Noyce Sep 02, 2014 at 11:31 AM

We hiked the trail last yeat-while it is a good idea to travel with TP (kleenex packs) and some local change everywhere, don't overthink your hike. On the trail, the porters carry abnd will set up a toilet tent for you. With TP and handsanitizer,too. At the hotels, you won't need sols or TP. Occassionally-at a market or someplace you might need your money and Kleenex, but not many places at all. Oh, and you might practice your squatting as well. Not every place maintains our Western misconception about the proper position for bathroom activities. Have a great trip! Remember, the porters will only carry 12 pounds for you-including the duffel. Everything else, you need to carry. If I only could take two things with me,they'd be Smartwool socks and Ex Officio underwear. JMTC Jeff, for Betsy
Betsy Noyce Sep 02, 2014 at 11:33 AM

We hiked the trail last year-while it is a good idea to travel with TP (kleenex packs) and some local change everywhere, don't overthink your hike. On the trail, the porters carry ,and will set up, a toilet tent for you. With TP and hand sanitizer,too. At the hotels, you won't need sols or TP. Occassionally-at a market or someplace you might need your money and Kleenex, but not many places at all. Oh, and you might practice your squatting as well. Not every place maintains our Western misconception about the proper position for bathroom activities. Have a great trip! Remember, the porters will only carry 12 pounds for you-including the duffel. Everything else, you need to carry. If I only could take two things with me,they'd be Smartwool socks and Ex Officio underwear. JMTC Jeff, for Betsy
Laura Hare Sep 02, 2014 at 04:23 PM

The best of luck on your hike and don't worry, these leaders and porters are so good and you will be in excellent hands!


Ernie Hurwitz Sep 02, 2014 at 08:45 AM

kaveri here: tp&sols sounds like a reasonable thing to carry. we had the same experience trekking in nepal. are you doing mp in november?


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