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Barbara Dennis May 15, 2015 at 12:12 AM

I was on Volita II and they had flippers to fit all.

They do provide biodegradable soap in a dispenser in the shower. Not Vidal Sassoon but trust me, you won't care!!

Linda Kennedy May 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

We are going on the June 5 trip. Bringing my own snorkel but need size 6 flippers. Is any soap or shampoo provided on the boat? Trying to keep packing to a minimum.

Karen Luckring May 07, 2015 at 07:35 PM

Thanks, John and Ellen.

Ellen Marks May 07, 2015 at 06:50 PM

Yes, go to your bank and get clean crisp new singles, fives, and a few twenties. You can use ATMs in many places, and also the exchange rate at your hotels will be reasonable. Plan it right and you too can come home with zero soles! How much you bring depends on what you plan to buy souvenir-wise.
Rebecca Evans May 08, 2015 at 08:23 PM

Karen Luckring May 07, 2015 at 03:01 PM

I am on the May 22 trip. Can anyone recommend the amount of cash to take for tips, drinks, meals, souvenirs? Did you take small denomination US dollars or get nuevos soles from ATMs? I've read that Peruvian merchants are very particular about the appearance of USD bills- no tears, tape, or worn appearance. Is this accurate?
John Hultin May 07, 2015 at 03:28 PM

I'm kind of a credit card and ATM guy (use cards with no foreighn transaction fees). I probabaly spent $200 on the boat for drinks and tips (I like my wine). I think we took about $500 in cash (crisp $20s - nothing larger. A handful of singles is a good idea, too) and that was plenty, but used mostly credits cards for non-included meals. We're not big shoppers beyond a few souvinirs. Dollars were pretty well accepted.

Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 03:03 PM

I was on Tip Top III, one of the Wittmer boats, but I think they should be about the same. Yes, they did recork and save your wine for following nights.

Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 02:58 PM

You can request either long or short--I think all in our group (including our leader) wore long--arms and legs. You keep warm when you are moving! They bring whatever you pre-order and board it on the boat--much easier than bringing your own--and inexpensive. I also used their snorkeling equipment rather than bringing my own.
John Hultin Apr 19, 2015 at 02:59 PM

I have a slightly different memory on the drinks from the Yolita II 2 years ago. Wine was about $30 a bottle, but they'll re-cork and identify your bottle for you, and save it for the next meal. All the wetsuits I saw were long. Packing a wetsuit seems like a lot of bulk in a suitcase.

Ellen Marks Apr 19, 2015 at 08:37 AM

May i suggest that you rent a car (cheap!) at the MIA airport and enjoy Miami between your flights? Lots of fun stuff to do/see in Miami. When I went to GAL/MP in October, I had 8 hour layovers in MIA both ways, and did this.
Also, to answer questions, drinks are basically canned soda, beer, and mediocre wine from a small fridge. These 'drinks' were $3-4, and wine was about $10-15 a bottle. Don't plan on 'drinking', except lots of water (provided).
You will not snorkel everyday on the boat, maybe three or four days max. Rent the wetsuit--it's cold with the Humboldt current!
Keith Daum Apr 19, 2015 at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the information about drinks. I was thinking about bringing my own short wet suit. Can I also ask, are the wet suits on the ship short or long (both legs and arms)? And were they warm enough?

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