Thought I would start a thread for all of us travelling to peru on 23rd october 2010. I'll be going on my own so keen to get to know some fellow travellers.
I am on this trip - also alone - but from past experience it won't take long for us all to get to know each other. Website says there are only two spaces left so should be full group. Really looking forward to it - Peru was recommended by fellow travellers on Venezuelan trip last year.
Nice to meet someone else going on the trip. Its not on the dates and price list now so look likes its all booked up which is good, i really like to meet new people and make new freinds on these trips.
i really cant wait for the trip i'v been wanting to visit peru for so long now, is it wrong for me to be wishing the weeks away he he.
This is my first trip with exodus, have you been on any with them before?
Not been with Exodus before but with Explore which does similar trips and so far just had something in itinery which I preferred to Exodus's. This time however I preferred Exodus's itinery. Lots of people I've met on trips have been with Exodus as well as Explore and say they're very much the same. I'm really looking forward to Peru - went to Venezuela last year and loved it particularly the jungle and talking to other people on the trip made me decide to do Peru this year. Just hope I don't get hit with altitude sickness. Am going on my first Exodus holiday in June - Lycian activity week - lots of messing about in water.
Hi, I'm coming on this with my husband Ken, it's our first Exodus trip but we have friends who recommended them. It seems such a long way away! But time to think about getting fit...
Have you guys done any trekking before?
We'll have to talk nearer the time about how we're getting ready!
hi Becki and Ken
I have done three treks with Explore because on those I preferred Explore's itinery but this time I preffered Exodus's. I gather from other travellers both companies are pretty equal. Main thing on this trek is I think flying into high altitude and you can't train for that - you might suffer from altitude sickness - or you might not but it's pot luck! Personally I am really looking forward to the Amazon - my trip last year was to Venezuela and I loved the jungle. Counting down the months at the moment!
Hi becki and ken,
Nice to meet you, thats 4 of us now, looks like the trip is fully booked so should be really good and we all should have an awesome time.
i have done some walking and basic trekking in the usa and canada, but this is my first trip like this. I'v been wanting to visit peru for so long now both the amazon and the inca trail will be amazing, i'm just counting down the weeks now.
i have stared to do some longer walking and hitting the gym in the last week or so, want to make sure im fit and nothing will ruin my dream trip lol (i'm sure nothing can).
hope to keep in touch up to the trip
I'm also travelling alone of this trip, its the first time I've been trekking and the first time I've holiday'd alone, but I am very much looking forward to it!!!
Little bit nervous about the jungle part, purely from a bugs point of view, but am sure I'll be fine!!
Look forward to meeting you all soon!!
Hi sarah (hi all),
Nice to meet you sarah, that makes five of us and the trip is deff fully booked up.
Only 14 weeks left really can't wait now. Just starting to have my jabs now (not so nice lol).
my e-mail/msn is firstname.lastname@example.org so if anyone want to chat about trip or anything just add me
Hi Sarah and everyone
Don't worry - I remember my first trip alone - aaaaagh! Within about 24 hours we will feel like old friends and possibly be insulting each other like mad! I have my travel clinic appointment next week but hopefully having been to Venezuela last year all I'll need is a new Malarone prescription. Hope to have survived my busiest time at work and moved house by the time we meet.....
Hi Wayne and Heather (and all other travellers of course!!),
Thanks for your responses, I imagine we're going to have a fab time and yes only 14 weeks to go!! I think I should be ok on the vaccination front as well after going to Kenya a few years ago so will just need the malaria tablets (well thats what I'm hoping!!).
In your previous experiences do people tend to group together in the UK airport or in the destination one?
(By the way I am in fancy dress in my profile picture!!)
Last year most of our group going to Venezuela bumped into each other at Heathrow whereas the year before going to Nepal I kept bumping into people with the same company but on a different trip and didn't meet anyone from my group until Kathmandu! If we're travelling on the same flights and have several hours in Madrid it would be good to meet up. I'm undercover in my profile picture!
I have a new travel nurse at my surgery and she is recommending I have the rabies jabs although I haven't had them before when it's been suggested as a possible. Is anyone else being recommended to have the rabies vaccination or is she just being a bit over zealous?
I'v been reccomended the rabies vacc as well from my travel clinic, its a 3 dose course as well and its £120.
I'v decided to go fot it because its reccomended if your going east of the andes although some web sites say if your going for over 2 months you need it.
Bats are a major problem with rabies it says. I need 6 vacc in total lol
Thanks Wayne. Has anyone ever been able to tell you how animals know you're there for less than 2 months and not to bite you? I've seen this "recommended if staying for more than 2 months" for other places and risks too! It only lasts 2-3 years so I'll have to be sure I go to another risk area next year at least to make the most of it!
PS Your surgery isn't in Cambridge is it?
Hi Heather, everyone
my clinic is in northamptonshire, im from there also.
I know what u mean about jab what the diff between 2 weeks and 2 months makes i dont know can get bitten in 1 day lol.Will deff have to make the most of the jab, another nice trip next year lol.
Is everone on the group flights, what time do you all fly out of london
I checked with my nurse and basically the rabies vaccine doesn't prevent you from getting rabies but buys you time to get to a hospital for an antidote or treatment. So I guess the longer you're away and the further away from civilisation you are the more you need it. Don't think we're going to go for it.
In the meantime we're trying to do more walking and serious gym time (not that successfully!). Not been on a walking holiday before, never done more than a day at a time!
We're not on the original group flights as they were fully booked so we're going with Iberia a little earlier on Friday night, anyone else joining us?
Have just been catching up with all your comments. Phil and I are coming as a pair, can't wait now, it feels like forever ago we booked. We are going for our jabs next week and was wondering about the rabies, so your chat has helped. This is our first trip with Exodus, also recommended by friends who did the Inca trail and said it was fantastic. We have been going to the gym and just about to start some walking in the new boots in the hope it keeps away the blisters.
Catch you all soon.
Sara & Phil
So what have you decided about rabies vac - I'm still undecided! Only one seems to be having it so far. I have been busy buying and selling houses and today finally exchanged contracts on sale so can get back to thinking about Peru
I am thinking not, although there was a rabied bat attack a couple of weeks ago in Peru. If it definitely protected you I would have had it, but I am thinking if weare careful, we should be OK. Will see what the nurse says when I see her in a couple of weeks for all of the other lovely jabs!
Hi all just finished the coast to coast and it was BRUTAL especially on the Cumbria section.
Conditions were pretty awfull I spent most of the 12 days watching my boots and not the countryside.
Have badly injured me calf ligaments and will have to cry off this trip due to the injury.
Best wishes to everyone and good luck with dead womens pass climb at altitude.
Had our jabs this morning, a health three before work, after talking to the nurse we deceided to go for the Rabbis and Hep B as well.
We are flying from Heathrow T3 on BA7069 @ 06.20 can't wait.
Just need to have rabies - first jab tomorrow. I'm on 7.25 BA7053 from Heathrow T3 then LA5101 from Madrid at 12.40 - maybe we're on same onward flight ?
Just had my 3rd rabies jab so im all done now, the yellow fever made me a bit ill but got over it in 3/4 days. I'm on 6.20 BA7069 from Heathrow T3 then LA5101 from Madrid at 12.40, i think we may all be on the same LAN flight.
Only 7 weeks left now i really cant wait. I have just about got all my kit now, only waterproofs to get i think(hope)lol. Is anyone taking different footwear for the jungle section to the trek bit, I am just taking 1 pair of trek boots for the whole trip.
Guess I'm lucky to be on slightly later flight from Heathrow - as long as
it's not late and misses connection! Maybe I'll stick a big Exodus label on my hand baggage so those of you who have already located each other might spot me at Madrid! Have had first rabies and arm not too bad, two more to go. Footwear - I shall probably take trekking sandels as will wear those round camp at night. Have just moved house and when I locate info will see what they say about jungle footwear - suspect not sandals - maybe trainers? Depends on temperature as to whether I will be itching to get my boots off. Must get some dollars soon - but haven't figured out how many yet. Looking forward to getting going now and have weekends on Dartmoor and in Snowdonia in the next month so hope to be fit.
I'm also coming on the Inca Trip this October and just gotten round to creating a profile. I'm busy trying to arrange jabs and figuring out which ones I need. Your conversations above really help. This will be such a great experience. There's 4 of us travelling from the UK and another one of our group coming from Australia. Flying from Heathrow through Madrid on Sat at 7:45.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
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