Anyone else doing the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu departing UK on 22 August? Let's talk about it and get to know each other in advance. Cannot wait!!!!
I am on this trip and I cannot wait as well! I have also booked the rainforest extension - in for a penny and all that!!
Hi Donna, good to hear from you - it's gonna be great, isn't it! I've wanted to do Machu Picchu for as long as I can remember!!! I've got a couple of friends coming with me who I know from another Exodus trip that we all did last August. Will be great to see them again and of course meet new people too!!!! I might look into the rainforest extension, but I'm deffo up for the white-water rafting option on the day before the trek starts. We get another day in Cuzco at the end anyway, and apparently it's one of the best rivers in the world for white-water rafting. Well..., that's what Exodus say anyway! Look forward to meeting you.
Hi Michael & Donna
I'm booked on this trip too - looking forward to it as it's something I've always wanted to do. I've never done a trek at altitude before so am slightly nervous, specially as I'm no youngster but plenty of time to work on my fitness (or lack of it at the moment LOL!)
The trip seems to coming round real fast! I've only walked to altitude and I haven't trekked at it before! I alternate from being so excited I can't believe I'm going as like everyone else I suppose, it's a dream coming true - to being nervous and suffering anxieties already about what to take!! Look forward to meeting you
Good to hear from you too. It's something I've always wanted to do too, so that'll be one to tick off the list! :-) Don't be too nervous about the altitude thing, the important thing is to be prepared - both physically and mentally. Just make sure you're reasonably fit, which makes sense anyway for this kind of undertaking, and take ibuprofen and diamox with you on the trip. I climbed Kilimanjaro last August and took both with me, but didn't need to take the diamox fortunately - I just took a couple of ibuprofen morning and evening and that seemed to sort the altitude sickness thing. But luckily I wasn't badly affected by the altitude, if I had been then I would have hit the diamox too. Being older is an advantage anyway, apparently we're a little less susceptible to altitude sickness.
It's gonna be great, am really looking forward to it.
The Inca Trail will be a breeze after Kilimanjaro, Michael - what a great trip that must have been! Did you do a lot of pre-training for that trip? And how is everyone preparing for this one? I'm a bit concerned I won't be fit enough - I do walk quite a lot (I live in a hilly area too which helps I guess) and plan a hiking weekend in the summer as a "warm up" but not sure that's going to be enough.
Thanks for the tip re diamox - will add that to my list and hope I don't need it ;-)
Yes, I did do quite a bit of training to prepare for Kili. One of the things I did was climb Snowdon, but I also did a fair bit of walking and gym training. I hope you're right and that IT&MP will be easier than Kili, coz Kili was physically probably the most demanding thing I've ever done! I'm expecting it to be easier, but I still want to be prepared so I'll keep up the gym work and swimming, and once the weather starts warming up towards end Mar/early Apr I'll start getting out on my bike, but I'm a keen cyclist so that's something I'd do anyway even if I didn't have a major expedition to prepare for. I may well have another crack at Snowdon too, I quite fancy trying the Crib Goch route up. Fancy it? We could meet and get to know each other before Peru, and I'm sure I can rope in Steph and Pete, the two people I know from the Kili trip who are also coming on this one. If you walk quite a lot in a hilly area then I'm sure you'll be fine. The only unknown is the altitude, and there's nothing you can do to prepare for that in this country!
Think I'm going to have to revise my plans and fit in a lot more training of some kind - you sound much fitter than me :-)
I was thinking of the Brecons or maybe the Lakes for my "warm up" weekend - I'll have to pass on the Crib Goch route up Snowdon though - it's a ridge walk isn't it and I'm really not comfortable on exposed ridges (slight thing about heights, nothing major but I know my limits!).
I've done quite a bit of cycling in the Forest of Dean, it's lovely! It's some years since I last went there tho'. If you're ever headed Bristol way give us a shout - we can talk Inca Trail over a coffee or something.
Are you still around Donna? Whereabouts are you?
Hi everyone. My friend Emma and I are also coming on the trip but travelling a ciouple of days earlier to climatise. I live in Surrey and Emma lives in Bucks. Do we have time to meet up?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear from anyone.
Hi Laki and Emma, welcome aboard! :-) Shame we won't be flying with you but I guess we'll see you in Peru!!!!! :-D I'm also going to be with a friend who I know from a previous Exodus trip. It's starting to creep up, isn't it. Can't believe it's May already and we'll be going in just 3 months!!!! I booked this back in October. Exodus'll be wanting the balance of our payment soon. Yikes!!! Still, will be worth it. It's gone a bit quiet on this forum lately, but I guess if people are keen we could arrange some sort of get-together and walk up some hills to prepare - might have to have a pub stop at some point tho'!!!! :-D
Hi Folks, Yep Laki and I are joining you!
JanieS, I in your camp - lack of fitness at the moment. I have suddenly had a huge panic attack, so as of a few days ago, have thrown myself into a fitness and weightloss routine! Help! But I my trusty friend Laki by my side to encourage me. So all will be good!
Looking forward to meeting you both :-) Emma, panic stations here too re lack of fitness - have not done anywhere near as much excercise as I'd planned, Peru seemed ages away when I booked and suddenly it's getting nearer very quickly! Time to get cracking :-)
My partner Rob and I will be joining you all on this trip and I can't wait. I'm actually turning 30 on the day we go into Machu Picchu so it's amazing timing. As far as exercise, erm, well I've been doing some and I have walked Scafell, Snowdon and in the Lakes a lot but I have a feeling that this will be slightly harder than those, eek! I'm sure we will all be fine and help each other out. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Nice to hear from you. Less than three months to go now! I am soooo looking forward to it!!!! I'm in the Lake District at this very moment, getting a bit of walking experience in. Climbed Helvelyn via Stryding Edge today, and hope to do Scafell Pike before I leave at the end of the week, though the weather's not looking too great for the next couple of days! :-( I'll hopefully try and fit another trip up Snowdon before August comes round too, and maybe a couple of days in the Brecon Beacons as they're fairly close to me. I've got most of the gear I need for the trip, but I haven't got waterproofs. What do people think? Dya think they're necessary for this trip?
We are packing waterproofs as it looks like even a quick shower can be pretty heavy. I've also got lots of waterproof packs for all my gear, can never be too careful. This holiday is costing a fortune in terms of gear :). It's going to be worth it though.
I'm taking my waterproofs too but a lot of people seem to think the cheap ponchos you can buy over there do just as good a job - definitely cheaper than a trip to Cotswold anyway :-)
PS Hi Lisa & Rob!
Hi Jane, nice to hear from you.
I'm ridiculously excited now and it's still over two months to go! I think I've got all my kit now, the other half however thinks a £20 sleeping back from Tesco will be fine! (I think he is winding me up though :)). I heard that about the ponchos too. I'm hoping we won't need waterproofs though. I think I'll start running this week to up the fitness as time is running out. I'm sure all our anxieties will fade once we get to Cusco and on the trek.
I'm excited and nervous at the same time! Tell Rob not to scrimp on the sleeping bag - I used a fairly cheap synthetic sleeping bag camping in Namibia a couple of years ago and it was nowhere near warm enough (hard to sleep when you're shivering!) I learned my lesson and have invested in a proper down one this time- can always sell it on Ebay afterwards :-)
Absolutely agree Janie, don't skimp on the sleeping bag. I took one of these up Kili, and was unzipping it cos I was too warm!!! It'll be coming to Peru with me. Pricey, but soooo worth it!
I think he is going to invest in a decent one, he just likes to wind me up :D. I've got a 3 season +, plus a sleeping bag liner so I'll be fine haha.
One more thing, if you're buying a good sleeping bag or any other kit for your trip you do know that as an Exodus customer Cotswolds will give you 15% off everything if you present proof of your Exodus booking, don't you?!
Exodus provide the sleeping mat as far as I can tell from the trip notes and I've got a great little pillow already.
Thanks for the info about Cotswolds.
I didn't know whether to bring my own mat as looks like they are supplied?Definitely bringing my pillow :-)
Thanks for the tip re Cotswolds Michael - I didn't know about the 15% discount, doh!
Hi....i am sorry i haven't been on here for a while.....i am going to hire out a sleeping bag locally. i did that in Africa...it saves luggage space and takign it out and plus they will know what sort is best. i will take a sleeping bag liner.....
Hope that helps.
Emma and I have been doing some research and have found that there is a train that runs an Orient Express type experience that includes a lavish meal. We have booked this to get back to Cuzco on the 29th instead of the regular train back. If anyone want to join us then go to http://www.perurail.com/en/tickets_buy.php
choose the Hiram Nigham train. It is $380 each...bit pricey but a lovely treat and for me it will be an added incentive to get to the top!
Hi Laki that sounds lovely, however our budget just won't stretch that far. We are planning on doing the Sacred Valley with the Rainbow Centre and white water rafting though. Less than two months now!
Hmm, I've been tempted by the white water rafting option. Interesting that someone else is doing it, as I still quite fancy it. I wonder if I can still add it on, as I've paid my balance in full now!
The posh train looks great - bit over my budget though :-)
Hoping the optional excursions are booked and paid for when we get there? That's what I've done on other trips anyway. I want to do the Sacred Valley one but will pass on the white water rafting ;-)
Hope your training and preparation is going well, only six and a half weeks to go! Scary, huh?!!!!
Does any fancy climbing Snowdon beforehand, to:
a) meet up and get to know each other in advance;
b) get ourselves 'into the zone';
c) give our kit a bit of a shakedown and iron out any issues.
I'm thinking the first weekend of August. How about it?
Unforuntaley we don't have a free weekend until we go away. I've started to do more running but after talking to someone who did the trail last year, they said the walking wasn't too bad it was more the altitude and lack of air. He said you just need to take your time. However he got dysentry from the water that wasn't boiled properly so he did say to beware of that. Counting down the days now! :)
Well if you can get to Bristol Janie, we can go from here. Anyone else potentially up for this?
Four weeks today guys!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
We should figure out some way of identifying one another while we're waiting at Heathrow. We may not realise we're all part of the same group until we get to Peru, and there's some waiting in Madrid airport too, so let's try and meet up so we can get chatting about the much anticipated trip and get to know each other. Whadya'all think?!!
How much money are people thinking of taking? I was thinking about US$400-500. Do you think this is too much? Too little?! Is anyone taking any Nuevo Sols? The trip notes suggest that you can change US$ into Nuevo Sols at the airport in Cuzco but exchange rates/commission charges often aren't very favourable at airports, so I'm a little unsure.
Really looking forward to the trip and meeting you all.
Good idea re meeting up at Heathrow - do you know what terminal it is? Perhaps we can meet up for a coffee there? I won't suggest using the Exodus luggage lable as identification as I lost mine the first trip I used it LOL!
I'm going with $500 in cash with a bit more on my prepaid travel card in case I need it. Not going to get Nuevo Sols in advance - think it's one of those currencies you can't buy over here anyway, not sure but think it is?
Looking forward to meeting everyone very soon :-)
Hi guys, sorry I didn't see these replies.
Between us we are taking £500 in dollars on cash cards but will get about $50 cash to change into Soles at Lima or Cusco airports. We fly from terminal 5 Jane, the new one. We plan on spending some money we have saved in the posh seafood bar on fish and Champagne to start my birthday celebrations (just look out for the two scruffs in trackies and walking boots in the posh bit :) ).
Getting very excited now and trying to fit in some runs before the trek. Hope everyone is sorted with kit. I'm sure if anyone has forgotten anything we can all chip in and help each other out.
See you soon.
Oh good - I like terminal 5 :-)
Tested out my wet weather gear yesterday in torrential rain on the Malvern hills - expect you did the same Michael if you went up Snowdon! Think I have everything I need now - just hope luggage arrives at the other end with it all in..
See you all soon
Getting scarily close!!!! Never did go up Snowdon in the end, but did climb Helvellyn back in June. Keeping up the gym and the spin classes so hopefully should be okay fitnesswise. Never flown from T5 before so that should be quite exciting. Does anyone know T5 well? Can they suggest a congregation point so we can all hook up? I'm pretty sorted for gear as I bought it all for Kili last year. Only think lacking is waterproof trousers, but I think I might just trust to luck and/or buy one of those cheapo plastic poncho things over there. One tip, just in case anyone doesn't know, wear your walking-boots onto the plane. Don't pack them in hold luggage as if the luggage gets lost then you're stuck without walking-boots or have to do the trek in a new pair which have not been broken in! Bad news!!!!
Starting to get a bit excited - nurse, pass the Diazepam! :-)
In advance of the trip I thought I should say hi and introduce myself. I've never done anything like this before so feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves; Snowden is about as adventerous as I've got so far in terms of trekking!
Looking at the previous thread enteries I'm planning to take about $100 dollars worth of local currency and about $200 US dollars in cash. My understanding is that ATMs are reasonably common in the major cities.
I look forward to meeting you all hopefully somewhere in Terminal 5 on the 22nd August. I'm planning to arrive at T5 around 15:00 so I'll keep my eyes peeled at the check-in desk (I assume everyone is one the same outbound flights - IB3167, LA2707 & LA2023?)
Yup, can confirm that I at least am on the same outbound flights as you. I think I'll take about US$400 in cash. I don't think I'll spend that much but we need to budget about US$80-100 for tips for the guides/porters, plus some spending money - and I'm hoping credit cards are accepted in things like restaurants. Can't imagine that they wouldn't be!
Hi James - I'm a bit nervous too as haven't done any altitude trekking like this before but am sure we'll all be fine :-)
My train gets in to Paddington about 2.40 so should be at T5 by 3.30 ish (unless my train gets cancelled as it did last year when I was on my way to the airport!). Lots of places to meet up at T5 before & after security - perhaps we should look at the terminal guide & pick one?
Good tip re wearing boots on the plane - I always do that & also pack a change of undies & socks in my hand luggage, just in case (I don't trust Iberia LOL!)
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