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Old 02-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Peru reviews?

Has anyone been on the trip to Peru? Our goal is to get to Machu Picchu, and were looking at all options (tour vs. no tour, companies who provide tours vs. staying at the Lodge). I'm interested to see if anyone has been on the Peru trip and what the thoughts are. Thanks!
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You will most likely have better results if you post this question on the ABD discussion forum.

This forum is dedicated to Dis Exclusive ABD trips and we have been on the Peru Adventure.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Has anyone been on the trip to Peru? Our goal is to get to Machu Picchu, and were looking at all options (tour vs. no tour, companies who provide tours vs. staying at the Lodge). I'm interested to see if anyone has been on the Peru trip and what the thoughts are. Thanks!
I'm going to move this over to the ABD forum. I am sure you will get some feedback there. As mentioned above, this sub-forum is for DIS exclusive adventures.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #4
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Welcome to the ABD Forum. We do have several folks who have been on the Peru trip. They should be by to answer your questions. We also have a few people who've posted on this forum who are scheduled to take the trip this year.

Also, if you check the Trip Report Sticky at the top of this Forum, you'll find 3 Trip reports for the Peru ABD. Let me know if you need any help locating them!

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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This is a fabulous trip...so much so that my husband and I are repeating it again in June!! and we've convinced 26 of our friends to come along

We have been on Southwest Splendors, and Swiss Alps with ABD as well, and although they were great trips, they don't hold a candle to the Peru ABD. You will not regret it if you book this trip!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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My family did the Peru tour in July and it was incredible. Both my husband and I said Machu Picchu was the most amazing thing we had ever experienced. Can you do this on your own? Absolutely. Did Disney make it stress free? Yes. Our kids had a great time and so did their parents. We were a little scared of the idea of a group tour, but enjoyed it so much we have booked another for this summer. It was much more relaxed than I had anticipated. I was afraid of very early mornings and long days but the tour was quite laid back. Most days we started touring about 9:00 and dinners wrapped up by 8:30. This was perfect for younger children in the group but the older teens were a little bored in the evenings. We had sufficient free time to do stuff independantly and the guides offered 2-3 optional excursions if you wanted more structure or less relaxation. Our son wants to go back and do the 4 day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and I would love to return and spend more time in the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
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Thank you for moving this post to the correct place! I'm fine on the Disney World boards but this one had me lost for a bit!

I'm so pleased that everyone enjoyed it so far! It would be me and one other person and to see Machu Picchu is my dream, something we must do.

My biggest concern is the fact you do not stay at the Sanctuary Lodge. Do you get to the gates before the sun comes up? I want to see it as early that day as I can and really enjoy it for a whole day. How did that day work out?
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The tour does not get there for the sunrise. I think you must hike in or stay at the Sanctuary for that experience. The tour takes an early train from the Sacred Valley. You must then take the bus up to the site. That all takes awhile. We did spend most of the day. In the morning the quide gives a basic tour. The group then went back to the gate (by the Sanctuary Hotel) for lunch. After lunch we had a choice of a further tour (we were all over the place) with the local guide, or hiking with another quide or spending time on your own. We left late afternoon. My family was done by that time. The site is covered with steep stairs and it was very warm. It would have been nice to have stayed on site and spent some time just sitting and soaking it all in, but the tour was very indepth and I don't think there was much we didn't see. I think some members of our group inquired and the price of staying on site started at about 1500.00 per night. It would be a once in a lifetime experience. I am sure you could stay in the village for less but you would still have to take the bus and I don't think you would be able to experience sunrise.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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IceHawkMom - Thank you so much! Two more questions for you and then I think I'll be done! We're still unsure if this will be a this year trip or next year. How early did you have to book?
Also, our concern about group tours is that we are enjoy being active and we have slight concern that we will be held up (for example, I would probably be on any guides heels so I didn't miss anything). Just from your experience, did you have anyone on the trip that perhaps should not have been on that active of a trip and held up the group?
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IceHawkMom - Thank you so much! Two more questions for you and then I think I'll be done! We're still unsure if this will be a this year trip or next year. How early did you have to book?
Also, our concern about group tours is that we are enjoy being active and we have slight concern that we will be held up (for example, I would probably be on any guides heels so I didn't miss anything). Just from your experience, did you have anyone on the trip that perhaps should not have been on that active of a trip and held up the group?
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Karabee, I haven't been on the Peru trip, but what you're asking is one of the great things about ABD. You have 2 Guides. And if there is a case of one or more folks not being able to (or not wanting to) "keep up" with the group, they'll split up, with one Guide taking the slower group and the other taking the rest. I would assume this same sort of thing would apply in Peru. I've never felt "Darn, I wish we didn't have to wait for so-and-so."

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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We have found on all the ABD's that we have done that there are people who are "active" and those who are less so. The guides do a wonderful job of catering to both - usually one guide goes ahead with the fast group, and one will stay behind with the slower group - never making anyone feel uncomfortable or like they are an inconvenience. They do this very well and this is one instance where having 2 guides is a plus.
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