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  • Advice about Clothing, Shoes, Etc.

    #2 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:54:03 PM

     

    HuntNfun said:

    I would like to get some recommendations about the type of clothing, shoes, and other essentials for this trip. Do you recommend any kind of walking stick? Also, on this tour, if you do not snorkel, what is offered for you to do? However, I noticed that on the tour with the Isabella II, there is a glass bottom boat. Is one also available on any of the islands for this tour? What kind of camera? Any tips or recommendations are appreciated.

    Walking can be challenging at times at Machu Picchu and on the Galapagos, especially on the lava flows. But, unless you have stability/walking issues, forget about taking a walking stick, especially if you don't use one regularly. It is not need in Peru, and the ship will likely have some you can borrow (the Isabela II did). If you bring your own, if it has a metal tip, you must remove it or cover it or the bottom of the pole with a rubber tip at both Machu Picchu and on the islands. The problem with a walking stick is it can be a real trip hazard to those around you if you don't use it properly and carefully. Don't snorkel?- swim, float, kayak, sunbathe, alternative panga (zodiac) trip (usually offered) or stay aboard the Silver Galapagos for its piano bar lounge, library, Jacuzzi, beauty salon, massage room, and fitness center. There is absolutely nothing, no signs of human habitation, on the islands where the boat anchors offshore and you swim/snorkel/walk (the Galapagos has only four inhabited island- Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, and Floreana). There are no unaccompanied walks. At all times you go ashore to either to snorkel/swim or for nature walks (which will be on established trails only), you must be accompanied by an official Galapagos guide/naturalist. Take a camera that you are knowledgeable, experienced, and comfortable using- avoid see your entire trip through a camera viewfinder! It sounds like you won't need a waterproof or underwater camera. However, you might consider getting a drybag and use it to transport your camera, etc. on panga trips to/from the ship and the islands, in case you catch a wave, or stumble in the shallow water while getting into or out of the panga- you'll have "wet" and "dry" landings. The bamboo walking sticks shown in the last two photos were ones provided on the Isabela II.


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  • Suggestions for things to do in Panama City that we are not doing with Tauck

    #4 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:06:20 PM

     

    BobStolte said:

    We are on the 1/25 Westbound trip arriving late in the evening of the 24th. Looking for ideas for the the 25th before the trip starts at 6 PM? Saw something about the Pope being in Panama City at same time and at our hotel?? Anybody have any info? Bob & Shirley

    Did you read this thread in the Panama Canal & Costa Rica forum archives, especially (my) posts #22 and #28?


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  • Aug. 4, 2019 Tour

    #1 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:28:11 PM

     

    We'll be traveling with two 14 year olds. Anyone else traveling with teens?


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