I thought I would take a moment and write about how we plan for a trip to Machu Picchu and Austin. Yes, most people probably don't combine those two, but starting Thursday that is our itinerary.
Packing: For this trip we are going
to need dressy outfits and casual clothing. Since I like to travel as light as possible here is our plan for this 9 day trip.
The three of us (my son, wife, and I) will pack individual rollerboards that we can carry. Then we have decided to pack
a separate, or 4th bag for the formal events in Austin.
On Saturday, after the formal event, we will ship our fourth bag back home so we won't have to deal with it any longer.
On Monday, at the hotel in Lima, we will check two of
the roller boards so we can go for three nights up to Cusco and Machu Picchu with only one roller board and three moderate sized backpacks.
On Tuesday, when we take the train to Machu Picchu, we will keep our room in Cusco and leave the one rollerboard
and only travel for the one night with backpacks.
Here is the itineary:
Thursday: Chicago - Austin
Friday: Austin ~ Formal Festivities
Saturday: Austin - Dallas - Lima
Sunday Morning arrval in Lima
Lima - Cusco
Tuesday: Cusco by train to Machu Picchu
Wednesday: Machu Picchu by train to Cusco
Thursday: Cusco - Lima
Friday: Lima - Miami
Saturday: Miami - Chicago
At first glance, this trip is going to look too fast
for most travelers. For those on the Trip Advisor Hawaii forum who preach only one island in seven days would scream about all the stress and time spent flying. In reality, this itinerary, other than the Austin visit isn't that unusual for a Peruvian
adventure. I did a similar itinerary when I was 15.
WHEN DO WE PACK?
If we weren't in need of formal attire I wouldn't pack until Wednesday or even early Thursday morning. Yes, I find much more than that means I will forget something.
Since we have a formal event and will need formal dresses and a tux we will probably pack on Sunday.
++++Update: It is now 4 hours before flight time and I'm going to pack right after I finish this post. Yes, I guess I wait till
the last second.++++