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Helen Berkman Mar 23, 2015 at 12:33 AM

Oh, and yes, I just used my US Bank debit card at ATMs, with 4 digit PIN, same as here in the States.
Patricia Foy Mar 23, 2015 at 08:39 AM

Patricia Foy Mar 23, 2015 at 08:41 AM

Great advice and tips--thanks so much. And Sandy, you aren't the only one wondering if you're in good enough shape!! See you soon,

Helen Berkman Mar 23, 2015 at 12:24 AM

re: Money: We got Sols from an ATM at the Lima Airport (or across the street) and that worked fine. Scotia Bank and BCP are quite reliable ATMs. We also used dollars and they were also accepted most places in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. But take seriously the advice to only take only crisp, new bills without tears - take a few $5s, $10s, and $20s. They must have lots of trouble with counterfeiting as they will inspect just about every bill you give them and rejected a couple of ours here and there. Re Laundry: we made sure to save a clean outfit for after the hike, did some laundry in the sink, and also my roommate and I got a load of laundry done in Cusco at a lavanderia just 1/2 block from the hotel. I think it was $8 for 2 kilos - you can take your clothes in a big bag and pick them up 2-4 hours later. You can have the hotel do it but beware as it costs literally ten times more. Good luck - this is a fantastic trip!!! If you get Paco and/or Vladimir be sure to say "Hola"!

Ernie Hurwitz Mar 22, 2015 at 11:14 PM

we converted just about $20 in the states, and then relied on the guides to direct us to good exchange rate kiosks in peru. the kiosks have slightly different prices so it's worth walking up/down the street and checking them out. we never did use an atm or bank in peru.
evidently it is easy to get laundry done but we never indulged...just saved out one clean outfit in a zip-lock for the first nite at the end of the hike. one of our group went t-shirt shopping after the hike and looked quite spiffy. as you can imagine, the town at the end of the hike, agua caliente, is full of t-shirt emporia.

Sandy Dardenelle Mar 22, 2015 at 10:33 PM

3 weeks til we leave for Machu Picchu, getting exciting!! We just hope we are in good enough shape. 2 questions for all of you veterans of this trip. Some travel sites suggest that you wait until you arrive in country to convert money and go to an ATM to get local currency. Any thoughts or advice. Question 2, is it easy to get laundry done at the hotel in the sacred valley? We want to have clean clothes for the last bit of the trip. We are looking forward to meeting all the other hikers on the April trip. See you soon, Sandy & John

Ernie Hurwitz Mar 17, 2015 at 04:22 PM

altho we just did this very trip in november, i am extremely envious of all of you...it was so wonderful i'd do it again in a minute if there weren't so many other enticing trips to take! kaveri (ernie's spouse)
Laura Hare Mar 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

great sentiment! and April is a wonderful time to go, it's so green and lots of orchids everywhere!

Patricia Foy Mar 14, 2015 at 09:08 PM

Hi, We're going in April. Any recommendations from those of you who have been on this trip before as to how much Peruvian money/sols we should take along? Thanks for any advice.
Ernie Hurwitz Mar 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

you'll have a number of chances to shop at local shops and markets that don't necessarily take credit cards, and you'll definitely need sols for the toilets along the way. probably 25 sols would take care of toilets, and whatever the exchange would be for about $25 in pocket money. at the big stores, they'll take cc or dcs. if you're a real shopper, take more, of course.
Patricia Foy Mar 15, 2015 at 08:52 PM

Hi, Ernie, Thanks very much for the reply
Jody Gebhardt Mar 19, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Hi Patricia. We did the trip in September, and what a trip it was. This was our first trip out of the country, and we found we did not take enough money/cash with us. I think we had about $600 to use, and it went fast. We did not bring a debit card, only credit cards and had no clue what the pin numbers were. Ended up going to a bank using our passports and getting some extra cash that way. Aside from buying at small shops and stalls in the market, there was also a collection for the porters at the end of the hike, and tips for our guides. You'll have several chances to change dollars into sols. Enjoy!
Richard Smith Mar 19, 2015 at 03:38 PM

It really depends on your buying habits. We really didn't spend much other than incidentals -- soda, etc. The porter collection is best done in sols. There were 22 porters etc. on our trip (for 14 of us) and 5 days on the trail. The tip was well earned. Make sure that you have a 4-digit PIN for ATMs and notify your bank and credit card that you'll be out of the country
Patricia Foy Mar 20, 2015 at 07:28 PM

Thanks to everyone for your comments back to us!

Patricia Bury Mar 03, 2015 at 02:16 AM

Hi All, I'm going on the May 5th hike. Will e spending a couple of days in advance in Lima. Anyone else going on the trip (I'd love to find out who you are!), or in Lima then?
Carol Schobert Mar 12, 2015 at 06:24 PM

Hi Patiricia, nice to 'meet' you. I'm Carol and will be one of a group of 4 women joining the may trip. We are all in our 60's and have travelled a fair bit. This has been on my bucket list for some time. I'm a retired doc living in North Carolina. Paula is a college friend who also lives in NC. The other two women are from Tennessee and New York and we had originally met online in a running forum and we have done some travelling to other places together. We had a 5th friend signed up but she just recently had to cancel due to an injury. None of us are spending any extra days but will arrive on the assigned day as per the schedule.Looking forward to meeting you and the other adventurers.
Patricia Bury Mar 13, 2015 at 12:40 AM

i'm also looking forward to meeting you. This is my first trip like this, so I am excited to meet others who may have gone on other adventures!

Sandy Dardenelle Jan 08, 2015 at 01:09 AM

We have signed up for the April trip. Is there anyone else going then? Sandy & John from northern Califonia
Patricia Foy Jan 21, 2015 at 09:05 PM

Hi, Sandy. We are going on the April trip too. Trish & Norm from Jacksonville, FL
Sandy Dardenelle Jan 23, 2015 at 06:27 PM

We will be flying from SFO through Atlanta then onto Lima. We look forward to meeting you, and everyone else, in Peru.
Patricia Foy Jan 24, 2015 at 09:32 PM

Likewise. We're going through Miami on the 14th. It should be an exciting trip!
Laura & Keith Noyes Mar 03, 2015 at 09:38 AM

Keith & Laura were signed up for the April trip and flying through Atlanta.

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