So we leave Sunday for Peru, flying out of lovely Newark, NJ and arriving in Lima some 8 hours later. I'm dreadfully excited, but also a bit freaked out--we haven't done a trip this big in some time, and I keep thinking I've forgotten something. I think the Philippines was the last trip of more than a week, and that was five years ago. We'll be in Peru for 2 and a half weeks.
I went to REI and bought some all-weather easy maintenance clothes and a rain jacket which folds up into a tiny bag. We're not doing any substantial trail hikes but will nonetheless be high in the Andes visiting various ruins. Also, we're spending the night on an island in Lake Titicaca in someone's hut. I need clothes which can go from cosmopolitan Lima to Cusco and into the wilderness, and I need them to pack small without wrinkling.
I think everything is ready. Julio will drop by and feed the fish and water our plants, the itinerary is set and paid off, the plane/train/boat/car/bus/site entry tickets are all accounted for and set. Now it's a matter of getting packed and getting there. Woo-hoo!