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Peru Hike - Part 2

Coordinating a girlfriend getaway is an adventure in itself

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Teresa Thompson, Hot Metal Mama, gets stuff done. She's the kind of person you want around when you have deadlines to meet or a party to plan. But she's also the person you want planning your getaway Peruvian AdventurePeruvian Adventureadventure.

When Teresa started planning a hiking adventure in Peru with her friends, she took it one step at a time. If you missed our first post, read how she transformed her idea into a plan.

If you're considering a getaway with your gal-pals, it's not as challenging as you might imagine.

GoGirlfriend:  How long did it take you to plan the trip? How long were you gone?

Teresa Thompson: The lead time was roughly 8 months. The most extensive planning took about 2 solid months of researching at night online. The 8 months allowed for us to have a long enough lead time to coordinate our schedules and book the hiking company.

The trip itself was 14 days - 2 full days of travel time to and from Peru. The hike was sandwiched in the middle and was 4 days, 3 nights. We spent the first 2 Peruvian AdventurePeruvian Adventuredays in Peru in Cusco, acclimatizing to the altitude (10,700 feet above sea level). We also spent 2 days in Aguas Caliente after the hike and then 2 days in Cusco before flying home.

GG: Can you walk us through some of the challenges you faced getting everything coordinated between 3 friends?

TT: I think I saved myself a lot of grief by really thinking hard about which friends to invite. I was the only common denominator among all of us so I chose friends who had personalities that I thought would mesh well- and have a healthy sense of adventure. Coordinating our schedules took about a week and several emails.

I started out by giving everyone 3 possible travel Peruvian AdventurePeruvian Adventurewindows and let them narrow down the choices. Once the dates we set, I booked my flight and forwarded it to everyone else to coordinate with it. My friend Betsy and I hooked up in the Miami airport and we met Lisa and Kris at the hotel in Cusco.


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