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Old 08-28-2017, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm just retired and neglected to introduce myself in 2012

Much thanks to this forum and its members, although you likely caused us to delay a year or two!

DW (OBG) and I (commercial litigator) came to the end of our two years' notice and left our workplaces on 7/28 at 57/56 (aka, "early" for everywhere other than this forum). Today is the first time I've had the opportunity to post--life sure is busy without the distractions from work.

We are embarking upon a very travelcentric retirement to make up for the lost years and are currently near the end of what DW terms "boot camp" in preparation for our September and October in Peru. Combination of backpacker travel and fine dining with a couple of pricey/cushy expeditions. All in all, the 7-10 mile daily hikes with 5Kg packs should be good for us, I think.

Still waiting for the days with time to sit and read--which is one of the things we've been anticipating.
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Old 08-28-2017, 04:41 PM   #2
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Congratulations!

Any destination planned in Peru? We were in Cusco and Inca trails are amazing.
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Congratulations and enjoy your travels!
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congrats.

My Brother and Niece completed the hike up to Machu Picchu in April. Not for the average hiker....
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Congratulations!

Any destination planned in Peru? We were in Cusco and Inca trails are amazing.
We are spending first week in Lima; have reservations at a couple of very nice restaurants and intend to sample the food scene from top to bottom.

Then, travel by bus (cruz del sur?) for approximately a week, with final destination of Titicaca.

Air to Cusco, then 7 day lodge-to-lodge salkantay trek, including Machu Picchu. Seven or so additional days in Cusco for Sacred Valley and a day trek for Rainbow Mountain.

After that, we have tentative reservations for the amazon side of the Andes in the Manu area (may have to change these, as we are only ones committed with our outfitter right now). We will do this area--just don't know with whom or how yet....

After that, probably heading to the Northeast for more amazonia, including an effort to see pink dolphins. Then, back to Lima and explore regions north along the coast, including the truly ancient ruins. Last month is pretty flexible still.

Been interesting getting ready for it; all shots/pills done, but DW still needs her retirement haircut to ensure that we can do it all with carry-on backpacks.
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congrats.

My Brother and Niece completed the hike up to Machu Picchu in April. Not for the average hiker....
Capjak, did they do the true inca trail or Salkantay--and did they do Huayna Picchu? How did they compare it to, say, the Mist Trail in Yosemite? [e.t.a.--i.e., hardest day of Machu Picchu hike compared to the half-day Mist Hike to Nevada Falls and back.]
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You should be super thankful for a spouse that is interested in the same kind of travel as you. My spouse never travels without a dedicated shoe suitcase.
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You should be super thankful for a spouse that is interested in the same kind of travel as you.
More the converse: Oversimplifying, she plans/goes and I follow.

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My spouse never travels without a dedicated shoe suitcase.
We were joking about shoes today when we test-packed our bags--she is taking three pairs in addition to wearing her hiking boots, which I thought was outlandish. As she pointed out though, I have plenty of room in my backpack for her camera lens and laptop/notebook, which enables the shoes.
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You should be super thankful for a spouse that is interested in the same kind of travel as you. My spouse never travels without a dedicated shoe suitcase.
Didn't know my DW had a sister.
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We had a great time eating in Lima. We booked a combo culinary tour with
http://www.limagourmetcompany.com
We toured from noon until about 10:30 PM
It is described in our South American trip story at
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Much thanks to this forum and its members, although you likely caused us to delay a year or two!
Im glad you pulled the plug. The 1 or 2 year delay hopefully gave you 2 enough of a peace of mind cushion so that you can enjoy your well deserved retirement. Keep us posted on your adventures.
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Congratulation! Sounds like it will be an awesome trip!
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What a great trip! Glad you are preparing as the altitude and rugged terrain are challenging for the itinerary you have developed.

I spent two weeks in June on an organized tour (not nearly as challenging). A few recommendations:
- Sacred Valley: Pisac is overrated, not worth the time. Maras salt ponds and Moray terraces are underrated and worth a full day between them. We had a fabulous lunch at Chinchero La Casa de Barro Lodge - Restaurante & Bar Chinchero, Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Chinchero in Chinchero (it is also a small inn that looks very charming).
- In the Amazon, we stayed at Explorama's Ceiba Tops Lodge (about 1 hour boat trip from Iquitos). It's considered a "luxury" lodge for the Amazon (which means flush toilets, showers, and air conditioned rooms, vs. open-air with mosquito nets and pit toilets which is the norm). Highly recommend Explorama whichever type of accommodation you prefer - excellent on-site guides well versed in the flora and fauna.

Have a great trip!
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More the converse: Oversimplifying, she plans/goes and I follow.
Even BETTER! In my case, neither of us like to plan trips. I do it, or we wouldn't end up going anywhere.

I still have plenty to be thankful for: she and I do have plenty of common travel interests and we have a great time once we get going.

She's up there packing right now, and I don't have the heart to tell her it's 20kg max instead of the usual 50 pound max. I'm skeerd to tell her.
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She's up there packing right now, and I don't have the heart to tell her it's 20kg max instead of the usual 50 pound max. I'm skeerd to tell her.

Hmmmm. Which two pairs of shoes to leave home; what a quandary!
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Been interesting getting ready for it; all shots/pills done, but DW still needs her retirement haircut to ensure that we can do it all with carry-on backpacks.
I assume you mean yellow fever shot.

One thing I would suggest is to bring non-cotton clothes. You can easily wash them yourselves at hotels. Anyway the local dryers are not powerful enough.

Have a great trip and come back to report it.
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