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Author: weinsteinlamont

Joined: 1/2/2012
Posts: 2
Trips Taken: 15
Traveler Since: 2006

April 26, 2014

What an absolutely wonderful experience OAT offers travelers on the NEW So Peru and Bolivia itinerary.  I traveled with 10 others on the March 30 departure and it is not to be missed if you like a challenge, really want to be on the 'Road Less Traveled' and are in very good physical health.   It was unlike past adventures enjoyed with GCT/OAT since 2006.  It was a unique experience - scenery and people were wonderful.  If you decide this is the trip for you,  PLEASE take all the advice your Program Director gives you.  Our PD was Alvaro del Aguila Silva - he wrote and called travelers before we left home; he gave us suggestions specifically on how to avoid/alleviate altitude sickness and that was most important - most of our days were at altitudes of 10,000-15,000 ft above sea level.   I took Diamox RX, I used mate de coca most days and forgot the beer - the coca tea was enough for me.  It was a spiritual journey.  Hiking at Colca Canyon and  Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca were not difficult if you are in good physical condition - I am 71, walk several hours daily at home and altho I am not used to hill walking or altitudes above sea level (I live in coastal Florida) I had no problem with any of the terrains.  In Arequipa, we felt tremors from an earthquake in Chile,  leaving Copacabana, we were detoured by a road closure - citizens were angry with the Bolivian government,  BUT thru all our experiences, our guides made each experience one to remember.  Thank you, OAT for always providing a wonderful learning experience.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 489
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

April 26, 2014

weinsteinlamont,

This is an excellent review, but you have posted it under GCT rather than OAT. Possibly the site administrator can move it.

Author: tedlieber

Joined: 3/15/2014
Posts: 9
Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2010

April 26, 2014

Meanwhile, I have posted a link to this excellent review by weinsteinlamont on the OAT Forum in the South America section.

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