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Old 05-29-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Peru: Sacred Valley and Incan Cities Meets Thread

Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Peru with ABD.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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Hi

Myself and DH are booked on the Oct 5, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013 (Adults Only). It is our first ABD and we are so excited! We had planned to do the Germany one this year, but ended up going on our own instead. We had a great time, but realized that we would like to try a guided tour, as it is tiring always trying to figure out things on your own!

The most south I have ever been is Florida (WDW), so I am really looking forward to Peru! If anyone has any tips either from their ABD to Peru, visiting on their own, or planning their upcoming ABD, I would love to hear them! We have not done any planning yet since it is so far away.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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This is an amazing trip!! We did it June last year and we had a blast. Some tips I can offer, pack clothes for layering. It is very cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day especially under the sun. Try not to get water in your mouth in the Urubamba River. I would not recommend jumping in either. If you plan to use US dollars as currency, make sure you have crispy, new-looking ones. They are very prejudiced about wrinkled old bills especially those with creases. My hubby ended up giving them the whole pile of cash for them to choose since it is such a hassle! Have room in your luggage to bring home high quality woven products! They have beautiful ponchos and sweaters and even runners as accents for your home. We also enjoyed Peruvian food.

There you go! Hope that helped a bit.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:21 PM   #4
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This is an amazing trip!! We did it June last year and we had a blast. Some tips I can offer, pack clothes for layering. It is very cool in the mornings and evenings and warm during the day especially under the sun. Try not to get water in your mouth in the Urubamba River. I would not recommend jumping in either. If you plan to use US dollars as currency, make sure you have crispy, new-looking ones. They are very prejudiced about wrinkled old bills especially those with creases. My hubby ended up giving them the whole pile of cash for them to choose since it is such a hassle! Have room in your luggage to bring home high quality woven products! They have beautiful ponchos and sweaters and even runners as accents for your home. We also enjoyed Peruvian food.

There you go! Hope that helped a bit.
Thank you so much for your response! We are Canadian, so we won't have US$ with us. Good to know about the river! We are really looking forward to the food....we used to have a South American restaurant (with food from all the regions) by our house, but it closed, and it was our favourite!
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Boardwalk Bride - Were thinking of signing up for that same trip! Our goal is adults only. It's just actually putting the money down this early on a trip...Im a planner but that gives me anxiety! Hopefully we will be joining you though!
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Boardwalk Bride - Were thinking of signing up for that same trip! Our goal is adults only. It's just actually putting the money down this early on a trip...Im a planner but that gives me anxiety! Hopefully we will be joining you though!
Trust me, I know exactly what you mean! The two reasons why we choose to do it was 1) to get the discount through DU and 2) so I didn't spend another month(s) changing my mind of where I want to go next

That would be awesome if you joined so that I "knew" someone else going!
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But didn't the count increase by your group? I think the price must have gone up because of your booking.
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But didn't the count increase by your group? I think the price must have gone up because of your booking.
When we booked there were 17 already, so we made the total go up to 19. I guess somebody cancelled because now it's 17 including us. I thiink the price went up around 10 days after we booked.
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They have been found alive and well. They were not aware ppl were looking for them. They were in the Amazonian region headed to Ecuador & fell off the grid. The bike shop they work for is 10 minutes from my house.
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They have been found alive and well. They were not aware ppl were looking for them. They were in the Amazonian region headed to Ecuador & fell off the grid. The bike shop they work for is 10 minutes from my house.
Apparently the families still haven't heard from them. Hopefully, they will hear from them tomorrow, when supposedly they will arrive in Ecuador. The young man's mother posted on Facebook that she is waiting for proof.

https://www.facebook.com/MissingInPe...ieNeal?fref=ts

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I haven't called ABD because I really haven't been all that concerned. If the reports from Peru's Minister of Tourism that the two cyclists have been found turns out to be false, then I will be more concerned and I will call. The embassy warning only mentioned a threat through the end of Februrary, so I was hoping that in the next few weeks the State Dept. might feel the situation had changed for the better.
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They have been found alive and well. They were not aware ppl were looking for them. They were in the Amazonian region headed to Ecuador & fell off the grid. The bike shop they work for is 10 minutes from my house.
So glad to hear that. I *hope* it's true!

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Apparently the families still haven't heard from them. Hopefully, they will hear from them tomorrow, when supposedly they will arrive in Ecuador. The young man's mother posted on Facebook that she is waiting for proof.

https://www.facebook.com/MissingInPe...ieNeal?fref=ts

I haven't called ABD because I really haven't been all that concerned. If the reports from Peru's Minister of Tourism that the two cyclists have been found turns out to be false, then I will be more concerned and I will call. The embassy warning only mentioned a threat through the end of Februrary, so I was hoping that in the next few weeks the State Dept. might feel the situation had changed for the better.
I hope they really are OK. And I'm glad you're not concerned. I hope it all blows over soon.

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I probably shouldn't have read the posts on Facebook. I've had some time for my imagination to run away with me and now I'm worried. I'll probably call today and let ABD reassure me.
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I probably shouldn't have read the posts on Facebook. I've had some time for my imagination to run away with me and now I'm worried. I'll probably call today and let ABD reassure me.
Let us know what they say!

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Leaving in 2 weeks!!!!! I'm so excited
Yay! Have a great trip! Be sure & come back & tell us all about it!

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