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Steven Thompson Sep 08, 2015 at 08:39 AM

Oxygen was available at most places on our tour and at all the hotels (Feb. 2015.) Most of our tour buses had oxygen onboard as well. Interestingly, Macchu Picchu is one of the lowest sites on the tour. Lake Titicaca is much higher. But I wouldn't worry too much. The tour is well planned, visiting lower destinations early on the tour, gradually ascending through the trip to allow your body to become acclimated to the higher elevations. And most site visits allow for adjustments in pacing or route if you are feeling the need. Also, there is a medication available (usually marketed to mountain climbers) to reduce the chance of altitude sickness. Ask your physician about it.

Arteso Raborar Sep 04, 2015 at 04:04 PM

I understand that for those us who are not use to high altitudes like Macchu Picchu, one can avail themselves with Oxygen cannisters before the climb. Where can you get them in Cuzco, and how much???
Becci Ray Sep 04, 2015 at 04:39 PM

As I recall, many of the busses and the hotels provided Oxygen. This was no cost. I did not start needing the oxygen until the higher altitudes in Bolivia and I would just request at the hotle desk in the morning. Your guide will be able to fill you in. Have a nice trip!
Becci Ray Sep 04, 2015 at 04:39 PM

also..on this trip Macchu Picchu will be about the lowest altitude you go to!
Pat Kosters Sep 04, 2015 at 07:13 PM

Took this trip last October and got prescriptions for altitude sickness before I left. No one on my trip used oxygen and as far as I know all took prescription drugs. Macchu Picchu is the lowest altitude on the trip and you reach the highest altitudes going into Bolivia. Have a great trip.
Arteso Raborar Sep 05, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Thanks for the info.! Looking forward to the trip.

Karin Oleski Jul 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Was thinking of this trip for Feb/March 2016.
What will the weather be like???
Nancy L Jul 24, 2015 at 03:56 PM

Hi Karin, You'll have a nice time on the trip in Feb/March. I'm copying and pasting a chart of the weather for you. February and March are summer months in South America. Hope this helps. http://www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/tips/weather.html Nancy

Nancy L Jun 05, 2015 at 02:48 PM

Hello All, In trying to figure out if we needed a red background for the Bolivian visa, we contact Road Scholar. Ignazio, one of their travel agents, sent this information --which also includes a change to the Bolivian visa fee at the border. It appears as though it will be $160 instead of the $55 as of June 1, 2015. My group thought we should post this in case anyone else might not be aware. Looking forward to the trip!

Thank you for sending us this information. I looked at several sites and some mention it – some don’t. As always, we would want to go by what the official government websites states, and they only mention a color photo:

Also, we inquired with our staff overseas and his answer does reveal a change, however, not related to the image:

“We regret to communicate that due to a Reciprocity Consular Agreement between USA and Bolivia, starting June 1st, the visas for USA citizens visiting Bolivia has been raised to US$ 160, paid in US dollars, but with the same facilities. That means with the same requirements and given in the borders and Airports when entering Bolivia. The reason of this last measure is because the US Government have extended the visa for Bolivians travelling to USA to 90 days per year during 10 years with a cost of US $ 160 and they demand the same treatment, that means implementing the visa for USA citizens to 90 days per year during 10 years.”

If you have any more questions, please email us, give us a call at 866-359-5966, or call the coordinator of your program directly. Her name is Molly and her phone number is: 802-451-2955.
Pamela Phillips Jun 11, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Looking forward to meeting you all in Peru tomorrow!
Nancy L Jun 11, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Us too! See you shortly!

Diana Gonzales May 13, 2015 at 04:16 PM

I was there in Oct. 2014, wonderful trip, mild cooler weather, wore layers. Do take a rain coat/poncho. I bought great hiking poles out there ($10), I just couldn’t carry-on in plane. I found them quite helpful. I had all travel immunizations; I believe my card was checked once. Enjoy your trip!
Nancy L May 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Thanks, Diana!

Bruce Hekman May 13, 2015 at 02:37 PM

We're considering the Feb/March 2016 trip. Any advice about vaccinations? clothing? hiking poles?
Linda Ellis May 14, 2015 at 04:52 PM

Our trip was in November so don't know th weather conditions in Feb/Mar. You may find hiking poles useful on one or two of the sites but not especially needed if you are fairly active. The best kind are those that telescope so that they fit in the suitcase. No special vaccinations were necessary Yoou may find altitude medication good to have handy although we didn't use it since the higher altitude hotels have oxygen available should you need it and the trip is well planned so that you become acclimated gradually. . It was a great trip.

Mary Jane Schott Apr 13, 2015 at 11:23 PM

Anyone else traveling with a CPAP machine on April 25 trip?
Nancy L Apr 14, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Hi Mary Jane, We're traveling with the June 11 trip and no one in my group will be taking a CPAP.

Nancy L Apr 12, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Nancy and group are looking forward to Peru/Boliva in June. Looking forward to meeting new friends!
Pamela Phillips Apr 12, 2015 at 02:48 PM

I look forward to meeting you; I'll be there in June too. I'm flying direct from DFW.
Nancy L Apr 12, 2015 at 05:57 PM

Hi Pamela! Great to know that someone else is with the group. For a while my group and I thought we were the only ones! We're flying in from CVG.
Pamela Phillips Apr 13, 2015 at 08:36 AM

How many are in your group?
Nancy L Apr 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM

There are 6 of us. Myself and my roommate from college. We reconnected last year. Her name is Ann. Then there's Becky and her husband, Mike. Becky and I work together. And finally, Becky's son and his significant other Emily are joining us too. Ann and I are teachers. Becky is a retired nurse and now is an instructional classroom aide. Are you traveling with someone or singularly. I'm usually traveling alone so I'm excited to have a group on my travels this time!
Pamela Phillips Apr 13, 2015 at 02:38 PM

I'm on my own this time; I am also a teacher - high school.
Nancy L Apr 13, 2015 at 05:43 PM

Ann teaches middle school. Becky and I both work in a career tech school for high school students. We only house juniors and seniors, and I'm the senior English instructor. Normally, I don't use a travel agency when I travel--like to do my own plans, but it was nice to plan through Road Scholar with a group. We're looking forward to having a good time, meeting our guides and immersing into the history. I haven't had anyone else respond to my message so maybe it's the 7 of us! We're excited and looking forward to an adventurous get-away.
Pamela Phillips Apr 13, 2015 at 05:56 PM

I have had great experiences w/RS - very well planned w/insider info. I also plan my own travel - and took 22 students on an exchange trip to a small town in Germany last summer, then staying in hostels. Sometimes it's nice to let someone else do the work.
Nancy L Apr 13, 2015 at 06:08 PM

Good to know you've had good experiences with RS. I'd really like it if they had an app or a way to message without having to sign in to respond. Maybe I just haven't figured all this out yet! Anyway, I've done a student/teacher exchange with Argentina since 2008. Love it. Agree with you on letting someone else do the work. We did have a problem with flights but everything worked out. RS was going to short us a day in La Paz, but we're good to go now. We also found it was less than half price to book the main flight ourselves through delta.com than it was with RS. Regardless--no complaints. Our last day is May 19 with students and believe me, I'm about as anxious as the kids to get this year wrapped up!

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