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Program #3280RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Russell Green Dec 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I am on the Avianca flight from Dulles on 1/22. This is a program flight and they will have someone meet the flight in Lima which I like. I bought the walking stick on Sports Authority online so it is one less thing to do in Peru and allows me to focus on what is there to see and do. I have always used a carry on for flights and it didn't seem like the thing to do in this case and so I am getting a 25 in suitcase for the first time. Hope it is enough since I plan to use it on the China trip in April too.

Lynn Marasco Dec 08, 2014 at 07:24 PM

I bought a cheap collapsable hiking pole at Ollantaytambo. many stall vendors had them but my daughter's broke before she used it. I think it was about 10 us dollars. I don't know if any of the stores had better ones since I didn't look. If you are going to Cusco first, there were lots of hiking outfitter type stores and I'm sure you can find something suitable.The poles were too large to fit in suitcase so we just left them.
Animesh Dec 09, 2014 at 08:01 PM

Thanks, Lynn. From your experience, the poles at the stall vendors don't seem reliable. Our trip does stop at Cusco, but after Machu Pichhu. I guess we should look for poles in Lima, unless we find some here small enough to fit into a suitcase.

Animesh Dec 07, 2014 at 11:34 PM

My wife Barbara and I are leaving from Chicago, changing planes in Atlanta, and arriving in Lima at 12:10 a.m. on Delta. We would be glad to hear from anyone else who would be on the same flight(s).

This will be our first trip to Peru, so we would appreciate any tips from those who have been there.

Marjorie Larragoite Dec 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I am flying from Albuquerque International Airport on 1/22/14 with a change in Dallas, Fort Worth, arriving in Lima at 1:14 am on Fri, Jan 23. Anyone else going to be on this flight?
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 05, 2014 at 10:09 AM

My mistake: that is 1/22/15.
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 07, 2014 at 09:50 AM

I mordered a folding walking stick from Amazon. It has a wooden or rubber tip and also there is an alternate metal one that I won't use. As for altitude, Albuquerque is at 1 mile and more in elevation, and the mountains here are above 10,000. It does take some time to adjust to it if you are not used to it. Carrying some hard candy and getting sugar in your system if you experience trouble with the elevation helps.
Marjorie Larragoite Dec 07, 2014 at 10:01 AM

We have done about 5 road scholar trips and they have all been great!!! I look forward to meeting everying. And I "ordered" not "mordered" a walking stick that folds from Amazon.

Russell Green Dec 02, 2014 at 07:50 PM

I thought about the heights and ordered a walking stick. I have never given that much thought before but I just bought one and not two. Don't know the relative merits of the choice. Look forward to meeting you Hoshang and Peggy.
Lynn Marasco Dec 02, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I recently did Machu Picchu on my own. They don't allow metal tipped oles so get one that is wood or rubber tipped. I bought a cheap one in Peru at another ruin and it helped me with my soar knee.I would bring quick drying clothing to the site and a rain poncho.
Russell Green Dec 07, 2014 at 08:39 PM

I just got a walking stick and it seems to have both a soft tip and a metal tip. I did this rather then take a chance in Peru where there wouldn't be any options.
Animesh Dec 08, 2014 at 06:53 PM

Question for Lynn: was it easy to find suitable walking poles in Peru? If so, we'll get them there, so that we can travel with less.

Russell Green Dec 02, 2014 at 07:43 PM

I am traveling from Dulles on Jan 22,2015 and would like to hear from anyone on that flight or who is going to the program on that date. This is my first RS trip of what I hope will be many!
Hoshang Mulla Dec 02, 2014 at 09:41 PM

Hi Russell. This is also my first Road Scholar trip. I'm taking a nonstop flight from JFK on the 21st so I arrive in Lima on the 22nd morning. I almost took a Delta flight from Dulles, but changed my mind at the last minute. Long story, but I'll explain when I see you in Peru.

Russell Green Nov 28, 2014 at 09:46 PM

I am very new to Road Scholar and I think that I want this for my first trip. Now I am wondering about the January weather and how much clothing to pack vs wash along the way. This will be a new experience to me and it seems so interesting and exciting!! So many more that I also want to do. Why did I wait so long to look into this?
Wendy Wartes Nov 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Our first trip was to the Aigas Field center in the Scottish Highlands. Many on our tour had been on 10-20 with RS and told us we started with the very best. We do Peru this summer. Our third trip. Wendy
Shelley Molnar Nov 29, 2014 at 07:28 AM

We did this trip in September of 2009. Plan on dressing in layers, and be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes with rubbe soles. Generally you can get laundry done inexpensively along the way. You don't need dress up clothes. Nobody cares what you are wearing on these trips. you will be traveling into the mountain, by the ocea, along the dry area, so you are likely to experience a variety of weather.. Have a wonderful time!
Russell Green Nov 29, 2014 at 09:26 AM

I am more of a history buff then a naturalist so I look for the highest rated that have a lot of history in them at a high activity level. I am not getting younger and hope to do the more sedate as I grow older.
Shelley Molnar Nov 29, 2014 at 09:36 AM

you will love this trip. you'll be learning about the moche and the chimu, and will be seeing the archaeologists at work. All of the Road Scholar trips we have been on are big on history, with great local guides and fantastic lectures. Victor Colungo was our guide and he was terrific.

Hoshang Mulla Oct 29, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Thinking of going in January 2015, but I understand that is the rainy season. Anybody with experience taking this trip in January? Also anybody else planning to go same time?
Peggy Fischel Nov 02, 2014 at 02:13 PM

Hi, I'm going on the January 2015 trip. I didn't realize until after I made airline reservations that it was the rainy season. If you have a choice, you might want to consider March. I Googled the subject, and it sounds like it is likely to rain but not all day. Though a few years ago the rain was so torrential that roads were washed out. Anyway, I figure it is likely to be less crowded in late January. The Inca Trail is closed the entire month of February. I plan to get a ticket for the second morning to increase the odds of getting a non-rainy window.
Hoshang Mulla Nov 02, 2014 at 08:19 PM

Thanks Peggy, I decided to take the January trip anyway. I'm sure I can handle a few raindrops ;-) See you in Peru!
Peggy Fischel Nov 03, 2014 at 07:56 PM

Great, I look forward to meeting you, Hoshang.
Sharon H Nov 29, 2014 at 07:29 AM

My husband and I did this trip last March, which is still considered rainy season. We may have been lucky, but we had just a few brief showers. The cloudy skies and play of light and shadow actually added to the atmosphere of the place and photos. We were also told that it's prettier, as the countryside is still free instead of sere and brown. DO stay in the afternoon after the group is done, for the crowds disband and you get to experience Machu Picchu in a more personal way and DO get second day tickets. We were the only ones in our group to do so, but we loved it and sunrise was stunning. We had plenty of time to enjoy the morning and by the time the crowds were gathering, it was time to rejoin the group. It's a wonderful trip and Victor was an excellent guide. Oh, and clothes..we probably took too many but our hiking poles were very appreciated. You will need rubber tips for them.
Sharon H Nov 29, 2014 at 07:31 AM

Green, not free...darn autocorrect!
Hoshang Mulla Nov 29, 2014 at 08:28 AM

Sounds wonderful. Got the hiking poles & rubber tips and getting psyched up to climb up Huayna Picchu. I've read that it looks scarier than it really is. Let's see ...
Sharon H Nov 29, 2014 at 08:43 AM

It wasn't scary, and I don't like heights. There were a couple of places on stairs I was uncomfortable, but that's where the poles come in. They were also well appreciated at Ollantaytambo.

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