It’s a wrap!
16.11.2012 - 16.11.2012 75 °F
Stories and Experience:
We are on our way home. Leaving Peru was another event. The last night there we encounter another small earthquake like the one in Chile on our last night there. Maybe that’s how we know it time to go. Got to the airport and stood in line checking our bag for over 50 minutes. We did not the web check-in, which would have made our wait time much shorter. On the trip I will be gaining my MVP mileage, which I’m very happy about. The only thing that I just can’t figure out and made the onboarding a very unpleased experience with the flight crew on our flight not managing the bin space. You had people, put their coats and small bag in place of the overhead bin. This didn’t leave any room for the real carry-on language in the correct overhead bin space.
Lessons learned for next time:
Next travel I’m only going to pack for four day of clothing. Everything will need to be light. Lugging around our luggage was one of the things that really slowed us down and been an issues. I would also bring a large duffle bad that can be check-in for that goodie you might want to bring back. We did pick one up in Cuzco for $38 US that was good quality and I think it will sever us well.
Gear and Advise:
Camera Lens. I would only bring one lens. I found myself only using one lens throughout the trip. My Nikon 17mm 55mm F/2 was the one that stay on my camera the most.
Clothing: I would go with lightweight good hiking pants and shirts. Lightweight and comfortable is the main key
Make sure you pockets are zipped. On this trip I lost my cell phone because the side pocket zipper were down. This little thing will cost about $250 and some inconveniences for me. I did have a phone lock and was able to disable it very quickly. It’s still a bummer!
Bring a bag cable net. Many of the smaller hotels we stayed at didn’t have a large safe. If you wish to carry a laptop, camera or other expensive goods, I thought it would gave me a piece of mind that have the security cable net around the electronic bag and lock it to the bed or some fixture. Yes, they can still get the bag if they really want to. I like to think, it help keeps the honest people honest.
I would be a good secondary smaller camera. I would still want to bring my SLR for a vacation like this. But there are times when I want it stowed away but still wanted to take pictures. The camera on today phone is good enough as a secondary camera.
I found that having a full SRL in the city was at time asking for trouble. Plus the weight and size was a drawback in moving more freely.
I would still go with my Osprey Mana 30 pack. It was just the right size for me. The water pack was invaluable. We went to the store and got a large bottle of water and filled our water tanks before we head out. This saved us, time and money in have to pay the crazy prices for water near or inside a ruins or tour.
This has been one adventure. We traveled to 2 country and 7 cities in 14 days. This has been a number of first from me.
• First time on a new continent
• First time in Chile and Peru
• Able to check off Machu Picchu from the bucket list
• The highest altitude I ever hiked
I can also now check-off Chile for place to retire. I know only a few days can’t tell the whole story of a country. But after experiencing Peru, I would pick Arequipa as my top city in South America right now. There is more research and travel that will need to be completed before the final choice.
I’m glad my wife and I got to do this trip. Yes we did fight a little as stress of connection, and dragging our luggage from town to town. But it was all worth it to see my wife face when she got to the top of Huaynapicchu. It also good to see that we can work together to make a vacation and trip like this happen. I think next time; I like to reduce the number of cities and stay a day longer in Arequipa, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) and Cuzco.
I would also leave Chile out of the travel plans. For $160 each US person to enter the country, I would just save time and money and stay in Peru.
We have met and seen some wonder places and people during our vacation. I think that is why I love to travel. It’s is the journey and over coming obstacles to reach our destination is the fun of traveling and vacation.
Now it time to start planning our next year trip. I think we decided it would be either South Africa or Austria. Either one will be fine with me. I really do like seeing spring in November. Especially as we are now back in the Seattle November wind and rain.
Happy travel to all and safe journeys were every they may be