Posted January 4th, 2011, 06:33 PM
When you get close to the ruins site, you have to get off the bus you came on, and walk down a small hill (like a boat-launching ramp) to get on the handcranked ferry to get across the river. When you get off the ferry, you have to walk up a very short hill to get into vans. When you finally get to the ruins site, the vans park in an area with 2 SMALL gift shops/restrooms/ and I believe a place where you can buy soda and maybe small food items (bags of chips, etc). From there, you have to walk up a hill. You are on a paved road, but I would describe the hill as long and climbing, as opposed to steep and short. You have a guide with you, and you are talking about trees/flowers, etc., so it is a leisurely walk, but still you are going uphill. My best guess is that the walk took maybe 10 minutes - again, leisurely pace, but up hill. If you are only comfortable on flat surfaces, then you should definately think about this. It will also most likely be hot and humid. Once at the top of the hill, you are at the ruins site, which involves walking (unless you just want to stand in one place and take in what you can see) and of course climbing the main site, which is VERY steep, little to no handrails, etc. Now, of course, you do not have to do that, and the grassy area that surrounds the ruins is flat, so IF you can make it up there, once there you should have no problems. Your group will easily spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours at the ruins site. The shopping area in the parking lot could probably only occupy you for 20 minutes. So, unless you wanted to bring a book and sit quietly in the shade somewhere (no seats, though) so that your husband could have the actual ruins experience, in my opinion, this may not be the trip for you. Please keep in mind (as my review above states) that since the LENGTH of this trip is very long, and you will be on a tight schedule due to your ship's time in port, and so you really have to move to keep up with the group. There is no time for shopping/excessive bathroom breaks or dawdling...or, if you are perhaps slow moving due to health issues, then again, this may unfortunately not be the trip for you. Good luck making your decision, and enjoy your trip, whatever you do!
Thanks very much for posting this, it helps a lot in my decision.
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