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17 Days | 16 Nights
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Rosemary Griggs Mar 23, 2015 at 07:43 PM

We are scheduled for the 24 April trip. Does anyone know if the Yolita II has blow dryers?

Rebecca Evans Mar 21, 2015 at 01:19 PM

I am traveling on the May 8th trip. Has anyone traveled at that same time before? I am wondering about how heavy of a jacket is needed. Is a sweatshirt enough? Also what kind of gear did you take when you got on to the islands from the boat. Backpack? Do you really need to carry anything besides your camera?
Henry Brown Mar 23, 2015 at 08:21 AM

Rebecca - We just got back. Depending on the landing, take a backpack with sunscreen, bug spray, hiking poles, camera in a dry bag, bincoculars and always water. Bring a refillable water bottle. They have a large jug on board. We were able to put our life jackers on over our backbacks. The crew carries towels.
Henry Brown Mar 23, 2015 at 08:23 AM

PS - We snorkled most everyday. The backpack allows you one hand to carry the sack with the snorkle gear.

Rhonda Backinoff Mar 12, 2015 at 12:48 AM

We are going to be on the April 10 trip. We are thinking about going back to Machu Pichu the second day, is any one else interested?
Henry Brown Mar 23, 2015 at 08:12 AM

Rhonda - We just got back yesterday from this trip and did not think that the second day was needed. We regretted buying the tickets ahead of time. No one else from our group did. The itinerary showed just an afternoon at the top and we wanted to hike around on our own especially to the Sun Gate. But the schedule aactually allowed for the tour in the morning, a huge lunch and time for hiking. If you want to make it to the Sun Gate just skip lunch. One caveat. If it is cloudy your first day, you might want to buy some tickets for the second day after your first day and see if you can get some better pioctures. Our experience was just to opposite. Total cloud cover the second day.
Rhonda Backinoff Mar 25, 2015 at 03:34 PM

Thanks for the excellent advice on the day trip and items to take. We are looking forward to our trip!!

Miriam Hoffman Mar 09, 2015 at 06:38 PM

My group - we traveled on the Yolita II mid January -had very little digestive issues. We all loved the trip, adored our guide Edgar, but I think most of us would agree with John H. below, that the Yolita II was VERY musty and the food was pretty inconsistent - the bar was very, very limited. I have raved about the trip to many friends and encourage them to reserve a spot, as long as they can take the conditions on the Yolita II in stride. It is over a month since we returned and still my suitcases smell of the Yolita, despite several efforts to rid them of the mustiness.
Rosemary Griggs Mar 23, 2015 at 07:42 PM

Did the Yolita II have blow dryers?

Diana Green Mar 09, 2015 at 01:33 PM

Yes, it's a great ship and the crew are great. Some of us got diarrhea however, so use wipes a lot.

Rebecca Evans Mar 08, 2015 at 06:00 PM

Sorry, the ship name is the Yolita II. Has anyone been on that ship before?
John Hultin Mar 08, 2015 at 06:56 PM

I went on this boat 2 years ago, so plenty may have changed. First, the bad: The boat is fine, but it's no Viking River Cruise. It had supposedly been rehabbed about 4 months before our trip, but that was not evident. The rooms are small, as expected, carpets kind of musty, and cosmetic blemishes I would have thought would be fixed. That being said, the dining/lounge area was nice, food was very good (but a bit repetitive after 7 days), the tour guide was terrific, and the crew accomodating. While not as luxurious as I assume the large boats are, the small group was great, and everyone got along well. Set your mind to its being an exploration adventure rather than a luxury cruise and you'll have the trip of a lifetime. Have fun!

Rebecca Evans Mar 08, 2015 at 05:37 PM

The ship we will be travelling on for the May 8th departure is La sollita. Have any of you traveled on that particular ship?

Anne Magnan Mar 06, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Does anyone know when and where we are to meet our Group Leader? I do not have any instructions and it is late Friday evening and we are at the Sheraton Hotel. Please advise.
Holly Roberts Mar 07, 2015 at 06:38 AM

downstairs at 8:30. someone at the front desk can tell you where see you in a bit

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