13/14-29th September

Hi, I'm Justine and I'm travelling solo on the Inca trail, Nazca Lines and Titicaca trip. Just wondering who will be travelling with me? I'm getting excited and just a bit nervous as the trip gets closer, it would be nice to get to know my fellow travelers before we go. 

Justine

Hi Justine, I am also travelling solo on this trip! Only recently booked so extremely excited (nerves haven't really set in yet, but I'm sure they will!) Are you departing from London on the 13th?

Hi Hannah, thank for your response, it's good to know I'm not the only solo traveller. I'm leaving from Manchester so will arrive in Lima the day before the London group arrive but then I also leave a few hours earlier on the return date. 

I booked this trip back in December so I've had plenty of time to let the excitement build. 

Have you done much walking in preparation?

Justine

Hi Justine & Hannah

I believe we are on the same trip. However, I'm doing the Moonstone Trek (apparently on my own so far!) as tickets had sold out for the Inca Trail.

I'm looking at the trip notes and making my travel list ...

I walk a lot but mainly on the flat with my dog so was thinking of getting some hill walking practice ready for the higher altitude!

Hi Lyn, Good to hear from you. I'm also getting my kit together, had my polio and tetanus jabs yesterday so a sore arm today. I've been a bit lazy recently with my walking but I've got a few hill walks planned for the next couple of weeks to get me back into it. Hopefully the weather will let up with the rain as it's hard going at the moment where I live.  

Justine 

Hi Justine and Lyn, sorry about the delayed response, I just had a few days away with no internet! In answer to your question Justine I have been trying to do more than usual (have also been lazy) but this trip is the motivation get more mountains/hills involved as my usual walks are flatter. Lyn, I am also doing the Moonstone trek! When I booked they said one other person was doing it so i assume that must be you! How exciting! I had my DTP a few years ago so thankfully don't have to have that but am in the midst of rabies vaccinations (second one is tomorrow) so still have those to look forward to!

Hi Hannah & Justine

Really pleased I have company on the Moonstone Trek now Hannah-how exciting!

I'm thinking about what to pack-do either of you have any tips? I guess layers of clothes would be better than heavy ones-also some waterproofs? I think it's pretty warm at sea level but chillier at 4000m?

Lyn

 

 

 

Hi Lyn and Hannah,

I've got most of my stuff together now but am also still missing waterproofs, I used a couple of blogs to work out what to get, this one has some pricey stuff on it but some good ideas too https://www.machupicchutrek.net/inca-trail-packing-list-machu-picchu/

and I've also looked at Exodus' kit list. I've got layers too and someone I met who walked the Inca Trail recommended a Northface Thermoball which I bought last winter and have already got loads of wear out of it, it's really cosy. They are quite expensive but now it's summer there are some in the sales.

I have absolutely no idea what to pack for none hiking days though.

Not long now ladies, only five weeks!

Looking forward to meeting you both, and also wondering who I'll be trekking with?

See you soon Justine

Hi Hannah, Justine and Lyn,

I'm Amanda and I'm also on the trip and travelling solo!  I booked up nearly a year ago (!!)  so I've had a lot of time to get excited, but it's beginning to feel real now and I realise I need to do some training!  

I also haven't started shopping for kit yet...

Did you get the Exodus kit bag?  It's huge!  They do say they prefer you use it, but with only 7kg things are going to rattle around in it and also, I presume we'll need to pack them into our 'normal' cases and it'll take up a lot of room!  Have any of you had any thoughts about using/not using it?

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Amanda

I forgot to say, my daughter gave me a brilliant book at Christmas called 'the last days of the Incas' by Kim Macquarrie - it's a gripping read (and almost makes me want to boycott Lima for what the Spanish did!) and I would highly recommend it! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Days-Incas-Kim-MacQuarrie/dp/0749929936/re...

Amanda

I forgot to say, my daughter gave me a brilliant book at Christmas called 'the last days of the Incas' by Kim Macquarrie - it's a gripping read (and almost makes me want to boycott Lima for what the Spanish did!) and I would highly recommend it! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Days-Incas-Kim-MacQuarrie/dp/0749929936/re...

Amanda

Hi All

Hello to Amanda and thank you ladies for all the helpful links.

I plan on using the Exodus kitbag but I confess to being a little overwhelmed with my packing as prior to the Trek I'm going on a medical expedition for 2 weeks and have to pack for life on a medical ship on the Amazon as well.

Anyone else going to the Amazon jungle?

Lyn

Hi all. Myself and my friend Helen are doing the Inca trail too (leaving from Heathrow on the 14th). No idea what to expect as never done anything like this before! Have any of you had any vaccinations for the trip? TIA

hello Lesley, I too am leaving from Heathrow (on the 13th, overnight flight?)

I had pretty much the full armful of jabs last year as I went to Tanzania, but I've just had another appointment to see if I need any more for here.  According to that, we don't need malaria unless we're going on to the amazon. Last year I had (I think!) rabies, hep A and B, diptheria and cholera which I think are advised for Peru, plus yellow fever which again is only needed  for the amazon.  I went to Boots travel who I thought were very good (I'd left it too late to go to the doctor!) - it's not cheap (though neither were the doctors!) but they last for years (or a lifetime for some).

Lyn - that sounds exciting!  Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Amanda

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