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TPJ - Inca Trail and Amazon 10 April - I am thinking of going on this trip .. would like to talk to others already booked on it

Anonymous
Sun, 02/07/2010 - 18:50

Hiya

I am thinking of booking this trip departing on 10 April.  Would like to find out from people already booked on it if you are booked on the group flights through Exodus or did it yourself,  and who is doing the usual Inca trail.

I have been told that 6 people are already booked on this trip.

Woud be great to hear from any of you.

Vicky 

 

Anonymous
Wed, 02/17/2010 - 13:59

Hi Vicky

 

Both my brother and myself are doing the Inca Trail/Amazon Rainforest departing on 10th April.

We didn't bother to arrange anything ourselves choosing to do everything through Exodus instead - i have used them on numerous occassions for various other trips and have always found their service to be excellent.

 Not quite sure what you mean re who is doing the usual inca trail as surely we all are - it being part of the trip and all?? Are you talking about the moonstone trek? If this is the case then no we are doing the normal trail.

 Hope this helps 

Anonymous
Thu, 02/18/2010 - 13:15

Hi Vicky,

I'm on the 10th April Amazon/Inca Trail trip with my brother in law. I've gone for the all-inclusive package, he wanted to go separately so booked with KLM via Holland. We go via America. Exodus subtracted the cost of the flights from his holiday. It was about £800 from memory.

We'll be doing the usual Inca Trail.

Regards,

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Sat, 02/20/2010 - 13:00

Hi guys! Thanks for replying to my message.

I have now booked the trip.  I decided to do the flights with Exodus in the end although I am staying for a fews days in NY on the way back. 

Very excited and counting the weeks now.  I have never done a trip like this so I am really looking forward to it although a bit scared of the trek... Will be running and walking a lot in the next few weeks to get fitter and ready for it. 

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Vicky

 

 

 

Anonymous
Sun, 02/21/2010 - 15:33

Hi Vicky,

 Our trip on the 24th was cancelled due to lack of interest. Which begs the question how you posted on our other post on the Tuesday and told us no further bookings were being taken and they didn't cancel our trip until the following week... I smell a rat, but having rebooked for this departure date it's anice smelling rat because we get to go 2 weeks earlier! :-)

We've never done anything like this before either but we do live in the Lake District so we've been tramping up and down the fells for a few weeks now in a desperate attempt to get fit.

We've booked our flights through Exodus and fly from London. If you know of 6 people then I guess Carron and I make 8. Anyone else going wants to say Hi?

Kind regards,

Paul

 

 

 

Anonymous
Mon, 02/22/2010 - 13:37

Hi Paul and Carron

I didn't actually asked them about the trip on the 24th as it said in the website that it was closed so I assumed that it was fully booked.  The trip on the 27th March also showed as closed and they told me that it was fully booked but that one is not open to bookings again.  I guess it was a good thing that you could be flexible to move to the earlier trip.  Glad you are joingin this trip..  the more the merrier!

Looks like there is 9 of us so far.  I am a solo traveller.  I am Spanish but have been living in the UK for the last 15 years.

 I am having my jabs on Friday and have now started walking and running in an effort to get fitter.   There is so much stuff to think about in preparation for the trip.  Very exciting.

Vicky

 

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 02/23/2010 - 15:14

Hi Bibi,

What jabs are you having and where? I've still to organise mine. I've been advised that the yellow fever jab needs to be done at least 10 days before travelling.

Regards,

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 18:19

Hi everbody,

We were wondering what insurance you guys had opted for. Have you gone for the Exodus one to be safe or another provider?

We seem to have found a better deal with Insure and Go but struggling to find their wording on emergency rescue etc.

We are getting Yellow fever jabs in the next couple of weeks as you apparently can be a little afterwards... :-o

Is everybody flying from Gatwick? Reccomendations for car parking/hotel the night before? We are traveling from the Lake District, so need to stop over.

Regards,

Paul/Carron

Anonymous
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 22:37

Hi Phil

I went to my GP surgery and the doctor advised me to have 4 jabs ( having them tomorrow);

Tetanus,Polio and Diptheria (all in one this is how they come), Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Yellow Fever.  The first three are usually free on the NHS, most GPs won't charge you.  For the Yellow Fever one they are charging me £45.   I also got a private prescription from GP for antimalarial tables.  I went for the cheap ones (Doxy about £17 for a box of 50..  Must take them at least 2 days before travelling during trip and then 4 weeks after the trip... The alternative was malaron which are about £3 per tablet and need to be taken 2 days before, during and a week after trip...  so about £60-£70.  I was told both tablets work well for Peru and the amazon area.  Hope this helps.

Vicky

 

Anonymous
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 22:48

Hi Paul/Carron

I am using my employer's insurance and paying a bit for adding the adventureous upgrade as the basic insurance only covers trekking up to 2000 metres.

I have used Insure and Go in the past.  Make sure policy covers trekking to the right altitude though.

I though the group flights were from Heathrow....  I am booked on these flights which I was told were the group flights;

Date Flt. no. Carrier Depart Time Arrive Time Baggage Seats
10 Apr 2010 CO035 Continental Airlines London Heathrow (4) 08:40 Houston 12:40 20kg 1
10 Apr 2010 CO590 Continental Airlines Houston 16:00 Lima 22:22 20kg 1
24 Apr 2010 CO1038 Continental Airlines Lima 22:45 New York Newark 07:40 +1 20kg

 Why are you booked on flights from Gatwick? 

I am sorry but I dont know of any hotels near Gatwick.  I am staying at my sisters the night before as she leaves near Heathrow airport.

Vicky

 

Anonymous
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 22:49

Thanks Bibi for the information. You reminded me I needed jabs so in the meantime I spoke to a GP and had the same ones as you today. The cost was the same - £45 for the yellow fever and the rest free on the NHS. So far I feel fine, but have been told my arms may go numb and I may develop a mild fever. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

I've also been advised to take anti-malaria drugs as well and am going back next week to sort them out. I was told that some of them can cause nausea so I'll need to do some research into what I'll take.

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 22:58

So I have numb arms and fever to look forward to for tomorrow :) I am actually more scared of the needles than anything else. 

I read a bit about the effect of the antimalarial tablets and you are right some do have small side effects but the reviews were mixed.  I guess Malaron came out best but it is also the more expensive...  Trying to cut corners after paying so much for the trip and thus why I decied to go for Doxy ( GP said the side effect were relatively mild and not everybody gets them).

Are you flying from Heathrow by the way? 

Hope you dont get any fever or numbness : )

Vicky

Anonymous
Fri, 02/26/2010 - 08:45

The needles are okay - I didn't feel anything and there is no numb arm today. The tetanus jab is a little sore, nothing more.

I've parked at both Heathrow and Gatwick before and just gone through the web for on-site parking at each site. I think you pay pretty much the same whichever company you use, but distance from the terminal does affect price. I'll be getting a taxi/train as it's cheaper for me than parking for two weeks.

I think we may be all on different flights. My details are:

10 Apr 2010 CO029 Continental Airlines London HR 10:25 New York Newark 13:15

10 Apr 2010 CO1037 Continental Airlines New York Newark 14:45 Lima 21:26

24 Apr 2010 CO1038 Continental Airlines Lima 22:45 New York Newark 07:40

25 Apr 2010 CO018 CO New York Newark 09:00 London Heathrow 21:20

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Fri, 02/26/2010 - 11:43

It does seem we are on different flights.. these are ours. Allthough its Heathrow not Gatwick, my error.

 

Date Flt. no. Carrier Depart Time Arrive Time Baggage Seats
10 Apr 2010 CO035 Continental Airlines London Heathrow (4) 08:40 Houston 12:40 20kg 2
10 Apr 2010 CO590 Continental Airlines Houston 16:00 Lima 22:22 20kg 2
24 Apr 2010 CO1038 Continental Airlines Lima 22:45 New York Newark 07:40 +1 20kg 2
25 Apr 2010 CO018 CO New York Newark 09:00 London Heathrow 21:20 20kg 2

It looks like the same flights on the way back (except for Vicky, who will be breezing around the big A) but some of us are going to Houston and some to New York as a stopover on the departure...

I need to sort this insurance out as it's quite a saving over the Exodus price :-)

Paul

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 03/09/2010 - 20:21

Hi all

How are the preparations going? Are you walking a lot?  I've been doing a bit of walking mostly on flat terrain.. I am getting a bit scare now about the trek!  My legs are already hurting just thinking about it!

I had my jabs and it was OK apart from a big bruise that appear on my arm where I had the yellow fever jab.  Phil, have you got your malaria tablets?  I have decided to spend a bit more and get the more expensive Malaron ( 24 tablets for 58 quid at the local pharmacy).  I wish they had booked me on your flight as it takes less time via NY than via Houston.

Paul/Carron.. I am glad you are on the same flight as mine.  Have you sorted out your insurance? 

Only a few weeks to go now.... can't wait!

Vicky

 

Anonymous
Sun, 03/14/2010 - 19:20

Hi,

We've both been really busy here, but sadly not with prep for the trip!

Carron has had her Yellow fever jab and I haven't yet. We still need to get Malaria tabs sorted. 1001 things to do!

Got our annual gold level insurance from Insure&go for £104 or so - and it covers white water rafting, I'm led to believe this may be an optional trip... 

We've booked a hotel with parking near Heathrow and an additional night when we get back. Coffee at the airport if you like Vicky? And anyone else on the same flight? We'll sort something nearer the time.

How's everyone else doing? Getting excited yet?

 

Paul/Carron 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous
Sun, 03/14/2010 - 19:40

Hi,

I've been doing some biking and jogging, but probably not enough. Next week I'm in Anglesey and intend to do some coastal walking for a day and hopefully some walking in North Wales another.

I intend to start buying kit for the trip in Betws-y-Coed whilst I'm there - some trousers, long sleeved shirt and a light sleeping bag. What's everyone else taking? For the Inca Trail, advice seems to be just the bare minimum. I'm still unsure if I want to take my DSLR along due to the weight.

What insurance policy did you go for (could I please have details)? I still need to sort this and the malaria tablets out too. I'm on a later flight, so probably won't see anyone until I arrive in Peru.

Regards,

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Mon, 03/15/2010 - 19:36

Hi all,

Just wondering about your ages and location in the UK?

We're 36 (Paul) and 43 (Carron). Nearest 5 years for the ladies if you're shy... ;-)

From Kendal/Cumbria

Cheers

P/C

Anonymous
Thu, 03/18/2010 - 13:31

Hi guys!

Paul, thanks for the tips on clothing and other stuff to take.  I have more or less bought similar things for the trip.   How much did Exodus quote you for hiring the sleeping bag.  I don't have one and I am thinking of hiring one over there to save on some space in my luggage just in case I do any shopping in NY.   I bought a 50% deet insect repellent... do you think that would be enough?

I am also thinking of taking my samsonite hard case suitcase with wheels as I do not have a holdall.  What are you all using as baggage?

Phil, hope you are having fun and enjoying your walks in Wales.  I did a 15 Km walk on Sunday to a coastal village near where I live and it wasn't too bad but it was on flat terrain and no altitute! 

As for my age, I am 40 and live in Colchester in Essex but work in London and spend a lot of time in Ealing, London at my sisters.  I believe the nine of us on this trip and on the 35-45 range according to Exodus.

I just have to do the visa waiver application for the states and buy a few bits and pieces and I will be sorted.  Can't wait to be there! 

I would love to meet for a coffee at the airport.   Let's arrange it near the time.

Vicky

Anonymous
Thu, 03/18/2010 - 16:59
Hi,
I've just spent 4 1/2hrs walking around Holyhead Mountain and the South Stack in Anglesey. Probably 7-8 miles and not really that high, but 2.5 litres of water and a DSLR made the backpack quite heavy.
I'm going to travel light on the Inca Trail and will be getting extra clothing items tomorrow. I'm intending to buy a lightweight sleeping back as my current one is only 2 seasons and physically large. If you rent one, you might want to consider buying a liner yourself to go in. My sister has a windproof fleece which she swears by, so something else to consider as mine isn't. I'm also thinking about some shoes for the rainforest leg of the holiday. Other things I've seen recommended: travel towel, water purification tablets, head torch as the last leg of the Inca Trail is in the dark to get there at sunrise.
Bibi - you should have got an exodus holdall bag delivered? Mine arrived last week. Thanks for reminding me of the US visa waiver application. I'll sort that out when I'm back home.
Paul - which camera system do you use? I use Canon, so will be taking spare batteries, a charger, etc with me. I'll be taking a stack of memory cards as well. Probably just a medium lens and a compact.
A bit about myself - I'm 40 and live in Wimbledon. My brother-in-law, Richard, lives in Islington and is 41-42 (I don't know exactly).
Regards,
Phil B.
Anonymous
Thu, 03/18/2010 - 20:12

Aaargh the visa!! Forgot all about it, well done Vicky!

Just a couple of things left to get, Malaria tabs and my Yellow fever jab really.

The sleeping bag was £25 and we pick them up over there... so not a luggage issue. We asked Exodus about sleeping bag liners and were told that the bags were well cleaned after each trip.

50% deet should be fine - Carron is paranoid about Mozzies lol - don't forget Deet eats plastics/clothing etc so only good for skin. Other repellents should be used on clothing.

We are taking normal suitcases and probably using the Exodus holdall for the trip to the Amazon. We also have a rucksack each for the trek - they are Camelbak 3 litre water ones. We plan on traveling light too Phil.

The waterproof bag is a good idea, we are using simple slide shut food bags for passport etc. Or might use the 'secret' passport pocket in the craghopper shirt (you know what we mean don't you Lisa?)

I have a Sony Alpha A100 with 18-50mm and 70-300mm lenses but just taking two batteries, one 4gb card and just the shorter lens. Might not take the charger. Plus Samsung compact. And... just bought a HD camcorder, had to. Thats's what I told the wife! So that's coming too. (maybe not so light after all).

 Lisa- By Electronic Travel thingy do you mean the USA Visa? If anyone else has filled this in would love to know what you put? Are you on the same flight as us and Vicky? Sadly Phil seems to be on a later flight.

Vicky says there are 9 of going and 7 of us are in the forum, I might drop Exodus a line and ask if they'll email the other two and see if they want  to drop in here and say hello. Bit of a unique experience chatting to people we'll be traveling with prior to actually going!

Take care all - we're nearly there.

 

 

 

Anonymous
Fri, 03/19/2010 - 20:01

Hi all,

Just completed the visa and in answer to one of the questions about what to put in the address box within the USA...

I put 'In transit - Lima'

Regards,

Paul

 

Anonymous
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 18:06

Yep - I've just been on and done our travel authority as well - don't know what I was worrying about, it was really easy - that will teach me to read things properly before doing them!

 What is everybody taking money wise? - Travellers cheques, dollars or sol? and how much?

Is everyone just thinking coffee at the airport as we are definately going to want breakfast. What time are you thinkink of meeting up?

Anonymous
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 18:34

Hi all, looking forward to meeting everyone, although getting concerned by all the training you're all doing. Fell walking and coastal walks? Lisa and I managed to get trollied in the local clubs but thats about it. She has erred to the fact we go to the gym but most of the time is spent in the jacuzzi so I am looking forward to some quality hotels on the trip!!

I have had all the jabs but seem to be the only one who had an adverse reaction and ended up with 2 days off work, so looks like I will be the one taking altitude sickness for the team!

 we are on the Heathrow via houston flight so the coffee/breakfast get together looks like an early one. If anybody wants to suggest a time, we'll see you there.

 

Anonymous
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 22:29

Hi Paul

I had the yellow fever and typhoid jabs together and ended up with flu like symptoms that kept me in bed for 2 days, sounds good but I haven't had a sick day for 12 years so was gutted.

Garfunkels it is then, had a quick look and has mixed reviews, but at that time of the morning??

 Lee

Anonymous
Tue, 03/30/2010 - 23:06

Hello all!  Being meaning to write a message for days but I never seem to find the right time to do it! 

Paul, thanks for the info on the sleeping bag and the insect repellent.  I got some stuff to spray on clothes too following your advice but in any case I also know about the secret pocket on the graghopper shirt...  I hope we all have different colors...   :-)

Nice to hear from Lisa and Lee.  Looking forward to meeting you all.  Granfunkles at 630am sounds good to me!.  Lee sorry to hear you were so ill..  BTW, I got some altitude sickness tablets just in case...

I guess everybody has filled in the visa waiver by now... I actually put the address in NY where I am staying on the way back.

Lisa, you were asking about how much money to take... I am still considering that one... I think it will be around the £500 mark .. and agree with Paul.. about 70/30 split...  I believe it is easy enough to change dollars into soles at the airport in Lima upon arrival, so not sure if I will get them here or there.. what is everybody doing?

Phil, did you buy the sleeping bag? how much does it weight? I still have not decided if I am taking one with me or hiring one there.  A friend has one that she can lend me but she still has not figured out what season it is and I have not seen it yet.

Unfortunately, I am not into photography like the rest of you ( I wish I was!) and I am just taking a tiny digital camera with me but I'll watch and learn from all of you!

My spare room is a mess with all the stuff for the trip spread all over the place.  Not long now!  Really looking forward to it now....

Vicky

Anonymous
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 12:17

Nice sleeping bag Phil.  Thanks for the advice.    I am taking  a Vaude Wizard Air 24+4.  Just bought myself a 2 litre hydration pack yesterday.  I think I am done with buying too.

Get a few quotes for your malaria tablets....  One of the local pharmacies I tried was the cheapest at £57.60 for 24 Malarone tablets (the expensive ones).  Sainsburys and Asda were next at £60.  Others quoted me more than £80.  You can even get them a bit cheaper online but I just couldn't be bothered with all the hassle of having to send them the prescription by post...

Vicky

Anonymous
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:14

Hi all,

Vicky, which altitude tablets did you get? We probably won't bother with them or if we change our minds get them over there.

I had my Yellow fever jab last Thursday and no problems at all, not even a sore arm, Carron tells me hers is still sore... Also got our Malaria tablets today Doxy-wotsits and they were £16.20 for both of us but we'll need to take them for 4 weeks after.

10 days to go!

Paul/Carron

 

 

 

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 00:12

Did you gor for Gold insurance Phil? Don't forget to bring a copy each of the policy. It's required or they make you take a policy out over there...

We've printed 3 copies out of EVERYTHING lol, one each and one to leave at home with relatives in case something happens. Paranoid has got nothing on us!

 

Paul

 

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 14:26

Hi Paul,

I went for Black as I will probably be going away again in the next 12 months.

I've contacted the exchange in Queensway and they can't source me sol. Has anyone else bought sol as the Post Office website has a minimum order of £350?

Regards,

Phil B. 

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 15:09

Hi all, 

Lisa and I got £450 sols between us from the post office, ordered last Saturday and collected today. I had made enquiries with HSBC who take up to a week to order but I didn't ask the minimum amount. Dollars next week. In total I think we are taking about £600-£700 dollars each just to be sure.

 We have given up buying stuff now as it really is doing our heads in. What to wear? it's worse than a girlie night out! Very uncharacteristically, and largely due to having bought clothes I don't normally wear, my bag is already packed and ready to go! If I've forgotten anything then it's too late.

Can't wait now, see you all at Garfunkels

Lee

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 15:44

Hi Phil - You got me a little worried about the availabilty of Peruvian Sol so I phoned Thomas Cook who are our normal supplier. £300 worth ordered for Sat without a problem. Plus some Dollars...

Regards,

Paul

 

 

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 15:59

Hi Lee - Can totally ephasize with you about non stop buying, it'ss upposed to be a rough and ready trek... I would spend less on a posh cruise! :-)

Being straight forward northeners we are unfamiliar with city life and the exploits of those down south (south of Manchester is 'down south') but appreciate things are a bit more 'liberal' there so we are quite looking forward to hearing about your 'girlie' nights out Lee?

:-)

Paul

 

Anonymous
Thu, 04/01/2010 - 18:22

I couldn't agree more with you guys about the non-stop buying... I am also thinking of doing more travelling this year if nothing else to amortise all the money spent on clothes and gear for this trip : )...My last piece of shopping will be some pens and air balloons to give to the kids there (or the porters for their kids) as apparently that stuff is very much appreciated. 

Phil, I called the post office and my local one can order Soles and have them ready to be collected the following day - no minimum order.  If you pay by cash you can avoid the charge of your credit/debit card provider when buying currency- most do!.  Rates just slightly lower than online... but one thing compensates for the other. 

Lee, you are so well organised!!  packed and ready to go!  well done!  I'll be packing the day before as I usually do! : )

Are you all taking the exodus kitbag with you for the trail? 

Have a nice Easter!

Vicky

Anonymous
Wed, 04/07/2010 - 21:57

Yes we are taking our kit bags as we've noticed on other peoples photos that there are Exodus kitbags lined up next the tents.

We're just hoping we've not cocked up any paperwork or anything!

Our Malaria tabs say 'no alcohol', this is going to be a problem!

See some of you at Heathrow and the others on the next continent!

 

Paul Carron

 

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