Hi Guys ,
is there anyone going onto this trip? would be great to meet up before a departure.
Well done for getting the forum going! :-)
Yep, I'll be on this trip; think we're fully booked so there should be around 16 or so of us in total, I'm guessing (?). Jabs and ESTA are now sorted (nearly forgot to do that!) so starting to feel the excitement levels rise, particularly now that we're into our actual month of departure - not long to go now!!
oh, trying to... but it seems like others must be busy preparing due to the lack of responses, therefore appreciate your message, at least it assured me I won't be there on my own ;-) but truly saying, as far as I know we are fully booked as you said, and there are 18 of us per exodus customer service advise. Have done jabs too, a painful arm is still a fresh memory though ouch... doing some last minute shopping, and keep reading trip adviser's forum, paying attention particularly to topics about travelling alone in Lima :-) I'm on an independent flight with Klm via Amsterdam arriving late afternoon therefore I'll meet you guys at the hotel the following morning I guess.
Ha, ha, yes I feel your pain on the jabs front, I'm also still a bit sore from the Yellow Fever :)
Great news that we're in low risk areas for malaria though, so no tablets required - woo hoo!!
The group flight from Heathrow (via Houston) doesn't get into Lima until around 22.20 on the 22nd so I think you're right, we probably won't see you until the following morning, alas.
How did Lima sound from a solo traveller's perspective on Trip Adviser - did you have any concerns or was it pretty reassuring? I guess there's always room service, worst case scenario ;-)
Is this your first Exodus trip or have you done one before?
If it is, fear not - I did one last year; the group was really sociable and a great trip was had by all. I'm sure this will be the same!!
All the best.
I'll be on the trip too. I'm arriving late on the 21st, due to some unexpected flight changes by the airline (LAN Chile). This will be my first trip with Exodus, but I've traveled in Latin America with a similar tour company in the past. I've heard great things about Peru and am looking forward to the trip!
Hi Jill and welcome aboard!!
You'll have to fill us in, in detail, on your previous South American excursion in a couple of weeks - might give us some ideas for future trips :)
Hi Jill, nice to meet you! and thanks for your post, need more of them to keep that forum alive :-)
Hi Dan,I'll land just after 6pm on Sat so considering the taxi drive time etc, I'm hoping still be able to grab some food from a shop or pop nearby for a meal (Jill, wanna join? :-)
Lima solo is definitely an adventure, no surprise if I say you may be robbed is it?however Miraflores seems to be rather save in the evenings in oppose to other districts, but as they say follow your instincts and have eyes in the back of your head wherever you are heading.
Indeed, it's my first exodus trip, so I'm expecting the worst ;-)
I'm arriving at very late Friday, so I will be around Saturday evening. I would be interested in joining you for dinner on Saturday, and I can leave a note for you at the hotel reception with my room number. I plan to do some sightseeing on Saturday, but so far don't have any set plans for Saturday. I'll see how ambitious I am after my midnight arrival. Sounds like most of the group won't be joining us until later Saturday.
My co-worker visited Peru last year, and he didn't find the Miraflores area or other areas of Lima likely to be visited by tourists to be particularly dangerous. His advice was to have small bills ready to pay in cash when necessary (for taxis and such). Also, have the hotel call a cab or catch a cab from a taxi stand and avoid hailing cabs in the street.
A Peruvian I know told me that pickpockets are a concern in Cuzco, so there's something to watch out for.
Reading all ur posts got me worried as I have not done third of your preps ;C I am planning to pack tmrw so slowly getting there however only going to the travel clinic on Tuesday, leaving things totally to the last minute!!! Having said that I don't really need anu boosts just malaria and yellow fever;( saying that Do we really need the yellow fever jab?!
I am joining the group at Heathrow on sat, it will be a long flight!!! and I have never travelled with Exodus let alone on my own, so it will be an adventure;) Looking forward to meeting you all
Given where we're going in Peru there shouldn't be any significant Yellow Fever risk I don't think, unless you're doing an extension to the Amazon. I got the jab after advice from the travel clinic who were being overly cautious, I think.
A couple of things worth noting about the Yellow Fever jab though; it takes 10 days for you to become fully vaccinated and between days 5 and 10 you might feel pretty under the weather (fluey). That was my experience anyway, so if it can be avoided it might be wise.
I'd be curious to know if anyone else has had it though...?
We should be low risk for malaria as well (again unless you're extending to the jungle). I'm not taking any malaria tablets for this trip but will be packing some insect repellent :)
Sounds like you may well be on the same flight as me via the U.S. - keeping fingers crossed we don't have to pick up our baggage in Houston!!
Oooh and if you haven't sorted it yet, don't forget your ESTA ;-)
Bon voyage all!
Here's what the travel clinic I went to recommended:
I didn't get the Yellow Fever immunization or malaria tablets. The travel clinic I go to only recommended those immunizations if I were planning to travel to the Amazon, and I will not be traveling to the Amazon. The travel clinic would have recommended Hepatitus A and B and typhoid immunizations, but I am already current on those. I did get a precautionary prescription of Acetazolamide (for altitude) and Cipro. Generally I don't suffer from altitude sickness, but I decided it doesn't hurt to be prepared. When I travel to developing countries I also pack Imodium. I'm not sure if these medications have the same names in the UK. Pack some insect repellent, as "insect precautions" were recommended. There may be some areas with insect-borne illnesses other than malaria.
Unless Heathrow has US immigration in the airport (like Shannon airport in Ireland), you will need to go through immigration and customs in Houston, and then go through airport security again to get back into the terminal for the connecting flight (annoying, I know). I'm not sure if you will need to pick up your checked bag to go through customs and then re-check it, or if it will be checked through since you are continuing on to an international destination. I suspect it varies, and I've never flown internationally via Houston. If you do need to pick up your checked bag, there should be a drop-off point shortly after customs where you can re-check it. At least I've heard Houston is a better airport to transit through than the Miami Airport, which is usually chaotic. I'm flying via Miami and am not looking forward to seeing that airport again :-)
Have a great trip!Jill
Happy to hear you can join me for a meal, I will look out for yr note once I arrive; I guess we shouldn't have problems finding an open place at that time as Peruvians start to dine late 8-9pm I heard. Lucky you will have some time for sightseeing earlier, I'm thinking of doing the same but on the last day due to an evening flight, but I'll see how it goes.Money wise, I've read the same, to have coins ready, and avoid higher notes as they are difficult to spend, also to pay an attention to a change given, both in terms of correct quantity and counterfeit money, as it seems to be a common problem there.
In terms of vaccination, I only went for the basic recommended ones e.g hep A, typhoid and 3-in-1 Td/polio (tetanus, diphtheria, polio) all as it happened to be provided by nhs for free :) have skipped the yellow fever/malaria tables since I don't take the jungle extension, and didn't take a rabies one I don't plan to stroke any animals, llamas included :-)
I hope we don't have to pick up bags!!! that would be just a hassle really.
Looking forward to meeting u all, and u Dan on a flight!!
Do you guys pack warm clothes like jacket, jumpers and stuff and semi warm lke shorths and t-shits?
Still did't pack me backpack, so behind with eveything ;C
hi Ania, i've been checking the weather channel recently and it looks like we have prepare ourselves for almost each type of weather, as the temp can range between 5C in Puno or 8C during the day at the Lake Titicaca, then like 15C at Cusco/MP, up to 20C during the day in Arequipa/Lima.Layers seem to be the way to go; I personally take a pair of gloves and sun hat :-) along waterproof jacket/fleece, then some tops, trousers then can be rolled up /as oppose to any shorts/ if necessary, proper shoes for those uneven pavements/ tracks. Casual stuff generally.
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