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Gerald Pagac Nov 19, 2014 at 05:06 PM

Hi. I'm curious how many people are typically on this trip?
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 19, 2014 at 05:26 PM

I understand 16 passengers not counting the crew!
Graham Loynd Nov 19, 2014 at 05:28 PM

Ours had 14. I believe the max is 17.
Todd Betterton Nov 19, 2014 at 07:14 PM

The max is 16

Jennifer Galovich Nov 16, 2014 at 04:10 PM

The Galapagos part of the trip involves several wet landings. this means wading through up to knee deep water. So if your goretex hikers are up to that, fine. Else pack those sandals. I brought sturdy tennis shoes and waterproof sandals.
B Shannon Nov 16, 2014 at 09:43 PM

hm. well, i figured i'd want the hikers at machu picchu. maybe i'll take those and the water shoes as a compromise.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Well, what I am going to do, I hope, is: My Tevas for the wet landings,then after I dry my feet, putting on my hiking shoes for more support on the rocks and volcanic ash. I will be bringing Keens also to wears on the ple for comfort and on the yacht. That will make 3 but for me, I definitely feel I need them as Machu Picchu is after the islands.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM

(Keen sandals for the plane and yacht. Shoes worn in the water and on the islands cannot be worn on the yacht).

B Shannon Nov 16, 2014 at 04:04 PM

i have a question about footwear. i'm bringing light goretex hikers and running shoes. do i need waterproof sandals as well (i have them, just trying to avoid packing too many shoes). thanks!
John Hultin Nov 16, 2014 at 07:02 PM

Teva's or Keens would be perfect (and necessary). If you want to lighten the load, and your running shoes are sturdy, you could leave the hikers at home.
Wanda Stephens Nov 16, 2014 at 08:59 PM

I agree about the hikers unless you need them for ankle support, tennis shoes work best for hiking. I just back yesterday and never wore shoes on any of the wet landing. Our guide had towels for us to dry our feet before putting on our shoes. The only time we needed water shoes was at the Post Office landing. It was a very short walk up from the beach. But, from what I understand there are two different iterneries. So, you might need water shoes on a different itinerary.

Barbara Lafrantz Nov 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM

Can I buy insect repellent on one of the islands? I don't check my luggage and would be unable to pack it in my carry on luggage? (Invariably the airlines lose my luggage).
Todd Betterton Nov 12, 2014 at 05:57 PM

I bought insect repellant "wipes" on the internet and was able to take them in our carryon bags...I do believe you can buy insect repellant and sun screen at the airport when you land in Baltra...
Lillian Oberjohn Nov 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I agree with Todd.. You can buy Off Deep Woods Towelettes at stores that sell insect repellent. I bought a pack from Walmart at the Sporting Goods section. They're easier to pack and are not subjected to security checks.
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 13, 2014 at 06:37 PM

Thanks! I bought a box today.
John Hultin Nov 16, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Except for a stopover in one town, mid-week, you will be unlikely to buy ANYTHING on the islands

Barbara Lafrantz Nov 12, 2014 at 04:55 PM

I'm going on the Dec. 17th and returning Jan2nd. trip! Anyone else going?
Donna Tilley Nov 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Chris and Donna Jaeger are going! From Henderson NC
Barbara Lafrantz Nov 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Thanks Donna.

Linda Pratt Oct 25, 2014 at 07:51 AM

Hi all, I am on the Nov 20th trip with an assigned roommate. Anyone out there who might be that person? Thanks for all the recent posts about the trip. Very helpful!
George Miller Nov 14, 2014 at 09:30 PM

Hello Linda, We are going on the Nov 20 trip and flying Delta #151 from Atlanta to Lima. Are you perhaps on that same flight? Ray & Margaret Miller
Linda Pratt Nov 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I'm actually going to Lima a day early since the flights get in so late. I look forward to meeting you at the hotel.
George Miller Nov 15, 2014 at 09:47 AM

Thanks Linda. Have you connected with anyone else going on our Nov 20 trip?your roommate?
Linda Pratt Nov 15, 2014 at 03:35 PM

I think there is a woman who posted a while ago, but I don't know of others. I speak Spanish and have been to other parts of Latin America, but this is my first trip without knowing anyone ahead of time, so it will be fun to meet the rest of the group.

Jo Anne Kusudo Oct 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

In reply to your question about snorkeling, I tried it for the first time and was uncomfortable, mainly because I wasn't used to the wet suit (was able to rent it on the Galiven- I think it was $40. I went in June-July, so the water was probably warmer than you will experience. I would also bring a small towel to wipe sand off your feet after wet landings. They gave us bath towels on the boat, but they were too large for me to pack, so was lucky I had a small towel of my own.
Todd Betterton Oct 24, 2014 at 05:41 PM

If you are on the TipTop III you will not need to pack a small towel (I did but never unpacked it!) as the guide will bring a bag of towels for every wet landing
Wanda Stephens Oct 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Yes, I'm on the a TipTop. Again, thanks for all the helpful info. I'm so excited! Only 4 days!

Wanda Stephens Oct 23, 2014 at 07:19 PM

My trip is next week. Any suggestions or hints or "things you wish you had known before you left"?
Jo Anne Kusudo Oct 23, 2014 at 07:59 PM

The day we made the transition from the Galapagos to Peru was fast-paced and tiring, at least for me. But I don't know how you can prepare, except get a good night's sleep before. I think we arose at about 5:30 that morning and explored an island before having breakfast, then leaving for the airport.
Jo Anne Kusudo Oct 23, 2014 at 08:02 PM

Once I tried to pay for something with $20 bill which had a small tear, and it was rejected. Fortunately, I had a crisp $10, which was accepted.
Todd Betterton Oct 23, 2014 at 08:35 PM

We are in Lima now...headed home tonight...absolutely fabulous trip...don't bother bringing a water bottle...they will be offered need to exchange dollars for Soles till you get to Peru, and only very small amounts at a time...very clean, un-ripped (even tiny rips or folds are refused) dollars in no larger than $20 denomination are accepted everywhere...all places had hair dryers so don't pack one...not HOT anywhere, even on the boat, so plan accordingly...bring Imodium!
Wanda Stephens Oct 23, 2014 at 08:44 PM

Thank you for all the helpful information. I appreciate it. Any problems with mosquitoes?
Todd Betterton Oct 23, 2014 at 08:52 PM

Not this time of year in Galapagos...only place we even had a hint of them was at Machu Picchu
Wanda Stephens Oct 23, 2014 at 09:27 PM

Oh great. And how is the temperature there?
Todd Betterton Oct 23, 2014 at 09:43 PM

Not exactly sure of exact temps, but shorts and tshirts daytime and light long pants/windbreaker at night in Galapagos, Quito, and Lima...dress slightly warmer with possibility of showers in Cusco, Yucay, and Machu Picchu
Wanda Stephens Oct 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Ok thanks. That's very helpful. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Wanda Stephens Oct 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Oh, one question since you've been so helpful. What about the water at Galapagos? Did you snorkel? And did you wear a wetsuit?
Todd Betterton Oct 24, 2014 at 09:57 AM

Snorkel every day but 1 and everyone used a wetsuit

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