Anyone else doing this trip ? Would be good to hear from you.
I'm departing from the UK on the 24th, assuming this is the same trip. Are you travelling on your own? hoping I'm not the only one!
Nice to hear from you. I'm leaving the UK on the 24th too, so it sounds like the same trip. I'm flying from Manchester to Madrid, where I'll join up with the main group flights. I'm hoping the luggage makes it through as I keep meeting people who have luggage delayed/lost at Madrid!
I'm on my own too, so at least that's two of us.
I hope I'm going to be fit enough for it.
Look forward to meeting you.Simon
oh dear, I best remember to pack some things in my carry on luggage then just in case.
Yes I've been walking to work since January in the hope of getting fit enough (only a couple of miles but better than nothing); also been doing some hikes whenever I can. Still got a long way to go though! imagine the altitude will make it tough.
Look forward to meeting you too - very glad I won't be the only one on my own!
I am flying down to heathrow from Newcastle for this fascinating trip. I am getting very excited, but nervous all at the same time. I just hope that I will be fit enough, and do not hold back the rest of the group. Look forward to meeting up with you either at Heathrow or Madrid.
Nice to hear from you. I wouldn't worry too much about being fit, I could well be walking at the back with you.
I'm glad there's quite a few on this trip. My sister is away on an Exodus Kilimanjaro trip at the moment and there's only 3 in the group, her and a couple. I'd be disappointed if I found there were so few people on this trip but I think it's full or very nearly full. On the positive side all 3 of them made it to the summit.
Not sure if we'll manage to meet up in Madrid but will definitely see you very soon in Peru!
I think there are 15 on the trip.
I have been shopping around to try and get the cheapest price for the anti-malaria tablets. The prices vary so much. Have you bought yours yet?
Yes, I got mine a few months ago at a Superdrug Travel Clinic in Manchester. They're located in shops in some of the bigger cities and you don't need a prescription but you do need to make an appointment. Malarone is supposed to be the best but the tablets are expensive - I paid £42 for 12.https://www.moorgatemd.co.uk/pharmacytravel/
I was worried about using some of the internet sites as you read so much about fake medicines nowadays. This site seems reputable though and I got some diamox from them in case I need it for altitude sickness: http://www.doctorfox.co.uk
Hope that helps.Simon
I went to my GP and was prescribed Malarone. 2 packets of 12. The cheapest I have been quoted is £64.00. It seems very expensive, but if it prevents the malaria, it will all be worthwhile. I seem to be a target for insects. Prevention is always better than the cure. I have also bought some insect repellent containing 100% Deet.
Big countdown has started now. Only 15 working days left. I am taking the 23rd August off work to prepare. I will be too excited to work.
Hi Sharon and Steve,
Nice to hear from you. I'm sure everyone will make it, and hopefully the weather will be kind to us!
Look forward to meeting you.
I think Malarone is expensive and you probably won't do much better than what you've found so far. You would save money if you only got 12 tablets instead of 24. I worked out I only needed 12 as it's only the Amazon rainforest part where there's a risk of malaria, but you might want them for something else.
The Martin Lewis website has done a bit of research here and shows prices at a number of outlets:
Looks like Viagra is cheapest as Asda!
Hi Everyone, I bet you are all getting as excited as me now with the final joining instructions arriving. Only 3 more weeks and so much more to prepare before I can set off for that plane. Is anyone else flying from Manchester? I have about 4 hours hanging around Heathrow, so if anyone is taking the 18:40 out to Madrid on the 24th then perhaps we can exchange details and meet up.
I look forward to seeing you all,
I'm flying from Manchester but I'm flying direct to Madrid. Not sure why they haven't done the same for you but we'll end up in the same place anyway. On the return trip I have to go via Heathrow so I guess we'll be waiting together for the flight up to Manchester.
I've just looked up the hotel in Lima on Tripadvisor and it seems to get good reviews:
See you soon,
Hi Wendy, Im on the 18:40 flight from London to Heathrow. Are you flying down from manchester to heathrow? Would be good to meet up there if you are!
Thanks Simon for the hotel details, it does look interesting and most of the reviews are good.
Albish, yes I landing in Heathrow for 14:25 from Manchester and then on the 18:40 out.
Does anyone know Spanish? Mine is very, very basic and very rusty, must find those books and learn quickly!
I will be going out to Madrid on the 18:40 from Heathrow, so would be good to meet up with Allie and Wendy and any others who we do not know their names yet. Simon - look forward to meeting up with you in Madrid. Thanks for the information on the hotel, it was very useful. I do not know any Spanish!!
Been walking today in Cumbria - trying to build up my stamina.
Oops just realised I missed out Sharon and Steve. See you on 24th!!!!
It's would be good to meet with Allie and Janet and anyone else catching that 18.40 out of Heathrow. I have finally linked to my facebook so we can exchange mob nos that way rather than direct on here, for all to see. I presume most people will be on the 00.35 flight out of Madrid? Great time but don't expect much of a conversation from me!
No Spanish here either, except for:
Hola and Agua Mineral Sin Gas
which seem to be the most useful phrases.
I was wandering if we'll be sitting together or nearby on the flight from Madrid to Lima. I'm in seat 18C.
To see where you're sitting, go to the Iberia website and put in your Electronic Ticket Locator number that was emailed to you, and your surname:
I'm not on this trip but did the Inca Trail in 2007 (I'm off to Kilimanjaro on Sunday!!) and just had a little browze of this forum to remind me of the good time of the Inca Trail! You will only need malaria tablets if you are definitely going to the Amazon, and Malarone are the best ones to get - mine for Kili have cost me £64 so if you've paid that that's pretty much the going rate. You will LOVE the Inca Trail - it is absolutely stunning, and if you all get one well then you'll have the camarderie to get you through moments such as struggling up Dead Woman's Pass! You will probably cry, have a moment or two of thinking "I can't do this!!" but the porters are brilliant and will carry your packs for you fi you are struggling. Going in the summer is definitely the best time as the weather is beautiful and you will get clear skies of the gorgeous Southern Cross night after night. Take plenty of rehydration packets and Imodium because you WILL get a dodgy stomach :) Going down the hills is actually worse than going up because of all the massive uneven steep steps - your knees will be screaming and for a couple of days afterwards you'll probably need to go down stairs backwards! I flew out via Atlanta and the worst happened - my luggage went missing, worst nightmare, but other people on the trip lent me a range of their own stuff until my bag turned up; if this does happen to you, hopefully everyone will rally round like people did for me! Cuzco is a beautful town at the start of the trek - apparently there is now a Starbucks on the amin square, which is a bit of a let down, but make sure your guide takes you the the Fallen Angel restaurant - they do amazing steaks and the decors is totally eccentric and cool, you'll see what I mean when you get there!
Part of me would love to do the Inca Trail again but I know that it wouldn't be the same a second time. Have an AMAZING trip all of you; I'm envious that you will all soon experience it for the first time!!
Thanks to Ruth for the advice. My little medicine pack seems to get bigger every time I go shopping!! I did a 20 mile hike on Saturday on the Scottish borders with a large group as a test of my fitness. What a laugh. I was last. But I just kept reminding myself it was a challenge and not a race. My biggest dilemma at the moment seems to be what kind of socks to take - thick ones, thin ones, those that dry out quickly, those that keep you cool and warm all at the same time. It is a bit like buying washing powder - the choice is mind blowing. I will most likely take my trusted old ones that have stood the test of time. Only 7 more working days left. I can't wait.
I think I've got too much time on my hands. I've looked up information from past reviews, about our tour leader Flaminia, and found the following which is all good:
Flaminia, very small, very professional and very cute a good leader.
Our main group leader was Flaminia, we couldn't have asked for a better guide. So friendly and knowledgeable, she became one of us straight away. Her detailed knowledge of ALL aspects of the trip were particularly impressive. She was so caring.
We also had an assistant guide - Huilson - on the Inca trail who was also very helpful and knowledgeable and supportive to the slower walkers.
In the jungle we had Hugo to guide us and again his knowledge was incredible.
I don't think we could have done any better for guides.
Also found a photo of her here:
All sounding good!
i don't have internet at home at the moment and FB is blocked at work (boo) so can't really check anything like that out or add anyone unfortunately. I've had a horrible reaction to a mosquito bite this week, my entire left forearm has been swollen up so needed a panicked trip to the doctors to check I'd be ok with bug bites over there if it does happen. Got my fingers crossed I don't get bitten as it is seriously painful! Janet I am practically a walking pharmacist with the amount I have now!
Very excited now - tomorrow is my last day in the office and then it's just a week away!
Hi everyone! myself and my friend Lauren are on this trip too, getting very excited about it now getting all the last minute things and hoping we are both fit enough to get to the top! Looking forward to meeting you all in a weeks time!
Hi Lee and Lauren,Look forward to seeing you both. Only a week to go and we'll all be in Lima!
In case anyone's interested the in-flight movies for the Madrid-Lima flight are listed here.
It's a shame, I was hoping for Piranha 3D to get me in the right mood!
Thanks Simon, I was thinking I needed to brush up on my 10 spanish words and now I know I really do! I am hoping to sleep on the plane though given the hour of departure. Not sure why I didn't get offered the direct flight to Madrid but I'm sure if Allie, Janet and whoever else happens to be spending some time waiting for the flight from Heathrow to Madrid then we will make good use of the time. I'll be the one in walking boots as I can't fit anything else in the case, besides can't do with getting them lost in transit.
Hi Lee and Lauren and look forward to meeting everyone in a couple of days.
Getting so excited now!
I will also be wearing my walking boots for travelling ( and my fleece if it won't fit in my case). I will be an odd site wearing so much clothing in the middle of August. Last day at work tomorrow, then I can really feel that I am going on this holiday. Janet
some good movies on the flight then! Hope theres some good ones for the 12 hour flight to lima!! By the way, we'll be in heathrow for the 18.40 flight to madrid, you cant miss us loz has blue hair and i have an exodus tag on my rucksack :p so if you see us come say hi! See you friday!!!
Lee and Loz
I've just done my check-in too. Wasn't sure which airline's website to use as there's a few involved but Iberia worked for me http://www.iberia.com/online-checkin/
I am sitting in seat 18C on the Madrid-Lima leg, but I'm slightly worried because the aircraft plan doesn't have a seat 18C, or at least if it does then it's the toilet http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/LAN_Airlines/LAN_Airlines_Boeing_767-300.php
I suppose I shouldn't complain, a seat's a seat.
Have a good trip everyone and see in you Madrid or Lima (or the aircraft toilet) !
We're going on the Inca Trail trip in September, but I've been following all the threads to pick up any tips etc.
Simon - you made me laugh! And you never know - when you're out there on the Trail, using one of the camp-toilets, you may yearn for such a seat as 18c.......
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