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Highlights of Ecuador & Peru - 26 days

Journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as we explore the highlights of Ecuador and Peru. From Quito to La Paz in Bolivia, visit the colourful Otavalo markets and the spa town of Banos, relax on the beach in Mancora and explore the Amazon Jungle, stay with a local family on Lake Titicaca, hike the legendary Inca Trail and more on this exciting 26 day tour.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

The UNESCO-listed colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca
Banos - a spa town famous for its hot thermal springs
Mancora – seaside town
Cuzco - the ancient Inca capital
Lake Titicaca & Puno - floating reed islands, Uros islanders and Amantani island, Taquile Island
Otavalo handicrafts markets
The Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest, trekking and Monkey Island
Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and colonial museums
Machu Picchu, Inca ruins, Inca Trail or Lares Trek
La Paz - a colonial city. Vist the Presidential Palace or the Witches Market

Included

24 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
3 economy class flights: Mancora - Lima, Lima - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
Excursions to the Amazon Jungle, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites.
21 nights in simple hotels, 1 night homestay and 3 nights camping
Transportation by private vehicles, public bus and boat
Guided tour of Otavalo Market and Machu Picchu
3 day Inca Trail or Lares Trek hike with a local guide

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Tipping - refer to the Tipping paragraph in the Trip Notes for further information
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Itinerary

Day 1

Quito

Upon arrival at Quito airport you'll be met and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Ecuador's lofty capital city which is 2,850 metres above sea level.
Overnight: Quito

Day 2

Otavalo Markets

Quito - Otavalo - Quito. This morning we travel to the market town of Otavalo. The market has been ia tradition since pre Incan times, and there are many authentic goods and crafts to purchase. Here you can haggle with the locals for colourful handmade gifts, especially the famous woven textiles. After we've explored the markets we return to Quito for the night
Overnight: Quito  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4

Banos

Quito - Banos. On day 3 we travel by bus through spectacular scenery to Banos, a spa town famous for its hot thermal springs. Besides soaking in the pools, there are pathways to walk into the surrounding mountains and plenty of exciting optional activities on offer such as canyoning and white water rafting. The less energetic can spend their time relaxing in cafés and shopping for souvenirs.
Overnight: Banos  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 5-6

Cuenca

Banos - Cuenca. We travel onto the old colonial market town of Cuenca, Ecuador's third largest city. Cuenca is the home of the Panama hat and you will have the chance to visit a factory. Cuenca's beautiful colonial air of cobblestone streets, open plazas and whitewashed buildings with ironwork balconies has earned it the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Here you have the opportunity to visit the celebrated Inca ruins of Ingapirca, the country's most important archaeological site.
Overnight: Cuenca  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 7-9

Mancora

Cuenca - Mancora (Peru). Departing Cuenca we head south, crossing into Peru at Tumbes where the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first landed in 1532. We travel on to Mancora, our base for the next 3 nights. There's plenty of time to relax on the beach, perhaps learn to surf, and enjoy this attractive coastal town which has a lively nightlife.
Overnight: Mancora  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 10-12

Lima

Mancora - Lima. Next stop is Lima, Peru's capital city, where there's plenty of time to explore. Lima has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America. Many of the sights including the city's two main squares the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Plaza de Armas houses the Cathedral, Municipal Palace and Presidential Palace where the changing of the guard can be seen every day.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 13-14

The Amazon Jungle

Lima - The Amazon. On day 13 we fly to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Amazon Jungle. We travel by canoe to our jungle lodge on the river's edge. After lunch we will set off on a trek through the rainforest along wooden walk ways. On the way our guide will stop to show you various species of bird and explain the medicinal plants and delicate ecological systems of the Amazon Jungle. There is an opportunity to take a canoe ride drifting along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle, observing caiman and the abundant bird life. We then return to the lodge for dinner.

The following day we hike deeper into the jungle, enjoying the surroundings and exploring the delights and hidden wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. In the afternoon we take a short boat trip across the Madre de Dios River to Monkey Island. where we can see a great variety of monkeys.
Overnight: The Amazon (jungle lodge)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 15

Cuzco

The Amazon - Cuzco. On the final day we awake to the sounds of the jungle before departing this jungle haven and returning to Puerto Maldonado for our flight on to Cuzco, where you have the rest of the day free to explore this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cuzco - Sacred Valley. Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First stop is the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. We then go down to the famous traditional market of the same name, which is a great place for souvenirs. After lunch, we continue along the valley to the temple/fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.

If you are doing the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu, tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo. If you are doing the Lares Trek or have opted to take the train to Machu Picchu, this afternoon, you will return to Cuzco where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo  |  Breakfast

Days 17-19

The Inca Trail

Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail. On day 17 we begin a once in a lifetime trek along the ancient trail of the Incas. On day 18 we reach the highest point of the trail and reaches 4200m in height. This is physically the most demanding point but rewards you with spectacular views. Fascinating ruins and dramatic mountain scenery fill every day of the hike.

If you are not participating in the Inca Trail Trek or alternative Lares Trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cuzco. Meals are not provided during the time spent in Cuzco.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 20

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - Cuzco. Early this morning we walk the final leg of the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu and see daybreak over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu will take your breath away. After a guided tour of this incredible site there's free time to explore before returning to Cuzco.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 21

Cuzco

Spend the day at leisure exploring Cuzco with its amazing churches, colonial buildings and picturesque streets, many of which have Inca walls, arches and doorways. On a hill overlooking the city stands the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuaman which are well worth a visit. There are also many optional excursions and activities available such as white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing on offer.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 22

Puno

Cuzco - Puno. Leaving Cuzco, we take a scenic journey to Puno, passing herds of llamas and allpacas, hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and through villages where the locals sell food, fur hats and alpaca sweaters. Puno is on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 3,855 metres above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We arrive in time for you to visit the colourful local market.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 23

Lake Titicaca

Puno - Lake Titicaca. This morning we depart Puno for our overnight excursion to the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life and we will have the option to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing our boat journey to the island of Amantaní. Here we enjoy the hospitality of the local Aymara/Quechua families sleeping in their homes.
Overnight: Lake Titicaca (homestay)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Taquile Island & Puno

Lake Titicaca - Puno. This morning we visit Taquile Island, where the men stand around knitting distinctive woollen hats while the women work the fields. You can buy some of these unique handicrafts in the local cooperative shops. After lunch we board our boat for the return journey to Puno where we spend the night.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 25

La Paz

Puno - La Paz. On day 25 we cross the border into Bolivia and travel on to La Paz, our final destination. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. Built in a steep valley La Paz offers a spectacular cityscape, with huge skyscrapers set against a rugged mountain backdrop. Our hotel is centrally located and just around the corner from the city's colourful indigenous street markets including the fascinating witches market. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance.
Overnight: La Paz  |  Breakfast

Day 26

La Paz

Our adventure comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have booked post tour accommodation you'll have more time to explore the sights.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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2017
Price /
Person
Single
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28 May - 22 Jun 10% offG
USD $5,385
USD $4,847

USD $640
30 Jun - 25 Jul 10% offG
USD $5,645
USD $5,081

USD $640
02 Aug - 27 Aug 10% offG
USD $5,645
USD $5,081

USD $640
07 Oct - 01 Nov 10% offG
USD $5,385
USD $4,847

USD $640
2018
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
15 Jun - 10 Jul 10% off
USD $5,645
USD $5,081

USD $640

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Quito
Ends
La Paz
Departs
Throughout the year
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - tour leader escorted
Meals
Breakfast: 24, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

Extra Tour Info

Style of Group Travel
More about our group tours to South America
Visiting Machu Picchu
The best ruins, when best to visit, places to stay & more
The Inca Trail
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit

I had the most incredible experience on this trip, thank you.

Caroline Feraday