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Lauren
Lauren Anyone keen to climb Aconcagua or do the Inca Trail early next year? And any other ideas for adventures in South America?
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 4 years ago
Todd
Todd Absolument! Check out this trip... not for the faint-hearted http://globetrooper.com/buenos-aires-to-aconcagua-polish-traverse-route-2011
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Go the Galapagos! Best trip I've done in my entire life! Heading back next year if all goes to plan.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey tachyon, why so? Is it more than the unique wildlife? Did you trek much? I suspect it's much less commercial than the Inca Trail.
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond The machu picchu trail is still quite difficult, no matter how many people do it each year. The elevation really gets to some people.
4 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hello Lauren. I am hopeful to do the Inca Trail in Feb next year. I will need to train a bit, I haven't done any hiking before this and I hear it is very strenuous with a lot of staircases
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Todd: there's not much trekking to be done, as you're required to stay on very limited paths around the islands and have a guide with you at all times. But the wildlife is just so...Words can't really describe it. I'm planning to go back next year to do a liveaboard diving trip there (budget pending). It's certainly not cheap to get there or go on a cruise, but for anybody who has even the remotest interest in natural history, it's one of the most amazing places on the planet.
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Also, I did the Inca Trail last year. It's not *that* bad. It's the altitude rather than the distance that will get you.
4 years ago
Meg
Meg The Inca Trail really isn't that bad as long as you take a few days to acclimatise to the altitude before you actually start hiking! By biggest tip would be blister plasters though! It doesn't matter how comfy your shoes are for normal hiking, that many staircases means blisters - prevention's better than having to hike 2 more days with blisters...
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Great tip! It's these things that turn an "okay" adventure into a "great" adventure.
4 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hi everyone, as Lauren mentioned below, the trail is closed in February so I've changed the dates to January but I'm sorta flexible. When are you all wanting to do it? mansi & sambo10 - I'm just going to try and get in shape and probably get some exercise on stairs (as I heard there are painfully a lot of them on the trail). I think it will be strenuous, but not like you have to train for months in advance. If you're fit and healthy, I think it will be fine.
sambo10
sambo10 sounds alright to me, ive been reading oer the last few about it and it seems like it be strenuous. may have to cut down on the fags i ithink lol
4 years ago
elizabeth
elizabeth i would like to join this adventure.
elizabeth
elizabeth are we going to just meet in Peru?
4 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hi elizabeth! That is GREAT that you want to join me! I'm planning a trip to South America for early next year. I'd like to start in Argentina (in January) and then work my way to Peru for this in Feb sometime, but I'm pretty flexy. What are your travel plans?
4 years ago
elizabeth
elizabeth tell me more about your itenerary. my schedule is flexible. i may be able to join you in jan for argentina then to Peru.Im new to these kind of trips for i just recently retired from teaching. Im 59 years old and ive been dreaming of these type of adventures. can you also give me an idea of expenses?
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Elizabeth, have you considered Egypt too? Amazing place, lots of adventure, a bit of culture shock, etc. Just an idea. Not instead of the Inca Trail, but just food for thought :)
4 years ago
elizabeth
elizabeth yes. it is in my bucket list. the list is long as it is for im just starting. i cannot wait to begin my adventure. im thinking of flying to egypt and then get the tour there. i just do not know how to begin. any advice or ideas? thanks
4 years ago
Todd
Todd There's this trip here http://globetrooper.com/egypt-jordan-oct-nov-2010-2010. The thing that sounds good about this one is that it arrives in time for the Sun festival. Oh, and it includes ballooning over Luxor. See the trip page for our comments about it. Pretty amazing stuff.
4 years ago
elizabeth
elizabeth thanks . ill check it out
4 years ago
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