Peru and Galapagos trip May 30-June 13
My husband Fred and I are looking forward to this trip as this will be only our second trip with Tauck. We had a great trip 2 years ago to Athens and Istanbul, and now are anxious for this new adventure. Been reading all the posts of Alans and found it to be very helpful. Still have a lot of questions and would like to touch base with others on this trip.
Look forward to meeting you on the trip to Peru. Will you be getting any of the Yellow fever or shots that are recommended? We are planning on speaking to our Doctor soon about altitude pills just in case. We just returned from skiing in Vail at about 11,400 feet and never had any issues but also do not want be prepared in case Matchu Piccu is different. Just also ran a big dental meeting at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg in March, and it was a beautiful and fun area.
Do not I repeat Do not drink anything that is not in a bottle
That includes Pisco Sours. No matter what Tauck says is
safe, use common sense. Many people on our tour got
sick due to food and drink at a catered dinner.
We started taking altitude pills but they caused more
problems than they were worth. When going to Machu Pichu
Just take it easy. Slowly adjust. Dont try to do too much the first
day or so. Cusco is higher than Machu and that is where you will
be spending time. Streets are sloped so you will be worn out if
you try walking too much. Also if you are at all concerned you can
request a room with Oxygen pumped into it. A few dollars more but
well worth it. It saved us.
Lima is nothing to write home about but it is what it is.
As for the Galapagos , it is great. No problems. The ship is very nice
and the guides are wonderful. We had a doctor on board but not sure
if he is contracted out all the time. It is hot there so make sure you have
2 hats and lots of sunscreen. There is a dryer on board but it is slow
and you may have to wait to use it. Zodiacs are easy but if you bring
gear make sure you have a water resistant bag or pack.
Food on ship was good.
We upgraded our flight to business class for 150 dollars on LAN it was great.
Everyone has different tolerances and sensitivities. But what we have in common- all things in moderation- don't over-eat and don't imbibe to excess.
The doctor on the Isabella II on our tour was busy- gave medications for sore throats and colds, some stomach issues, our TD caught a bad cold(?) and received oral antibiotics, one traveler had an infection (spider bite?) lanced, one traveler was bitten by a wasp, one lady fell, sprained her ankle and received a cut that required 7 stitches. It was nice to have a doctor aboard.
Where are you coming from, where are you going, and which Tauck Tour are you taking? This is a Tauck tour website and forum, not a general travel bulletin board.