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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Derek!

Glad you worked it out ;)

Enjoy! :)

12. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

just a quick thing.
im irish too. but sas are a rip off!!the most expensive.
your off season in november and its easy to get a place. i got it for 175 and travelled with people who booked sas. very few people realise the groups are rarely specific.the book in advance thing is for high season and even then!!!
also cuzco is nice but i hope 4 of the ten days are on the trail because 10 tens in cuzco is wasted time.2days is lots and would allow for acclimatisation.its a small drinking based town and being irish thats fine but i can do it at home

13. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

A reply to the post by igetlost, there are great museums within Cusco to visit, but in my opinion, the real gems are just outside. I'd recommend a two-day trip to the Sacred Valley. I took a bus to Pisac, hiked up to the ruin and stayed the night in Urubamba. Next day, bus to Ollantaytambo, spent lots of time in the ruin and bus back to Cusco. Also, take a day to visit the ruins just outside Cusco; take a bus to Tambo Machay and walk back to Cusco visiting four ruins along the way. A great day walk, bring water and food.

Finally, as igetlost mentioned, aclimitization is a reality; take these days and day trips to get used to the altitude before you do the Inca Trail.

14. Posted by Mobius (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Good advice cheers guys... I know what your saying about aclimatization. I will be in Cusco 3 days before the trail and 3 days after it so I won't be in Cusco for 10 days.

cheers samsara2, hopefully i can give you some advive when you head in January...

15. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You'll be fine. This gringo with little-to-no Spanish was down there in May; no problems at all. If you book the Inca Trail in advance, they might pick you up at the airport in Cusco, no charge. They did for me anyway. Heed the above advice, but all in all, I found the people very friendly, accomodating and willing to help. You won't be disappointed by the Inca Trail, it exceeded all of my expectations.

16. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

your right johue i do have to concede the point i was thinking to specifically cuzco..

17. Posted by mirapat (Full Member 19 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Good for you. This will be an expereince you will never forget. There is something special in Machu Picchu. You will feel it.
If you need accommodation in Lime, let me know.

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