Multi-Day Tour

Quito to La Paz Adventure (35 days)

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Quito, Ecuador To La Paz, Bolivia

Valid for Departures: 12 May 2018 - 28 Dec 2019

Quito to La Paz Adventure (35 days)

Day 3

Tena

Day 4

Tena

Day 5

Tena/Baños

Day 6

Baños

Day 7

Baños/Cuenca

Day 10

Máncora

Day 11

Máncora/Huanchaco

Day 12

Huanchaco

Day 13

Huanchaco/Lima

Day 17

Paracas/Nazca

Day 21

Chivay/Arequipa

Day 26

Inca Trail

Day 27

Inca Trail

Day 28

Inca Trail

Day 31

Cusco/Puno

Day 33

Lago Titicaca/Puno

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
None None
Day 1 Quito: Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador’s capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Quito/Tena: Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for three nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience Transport: Local bus
Day 3
Tena
None None
Days 3-4 Tena: Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 4
Tena
None None
Days 3-4 Tena: Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 5
Tena/Baños
None Breakfast
Day 5 Tena/Baños: Baños is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate. Transport: Pickup truck Local bus
Day 6
Baños
None None
Day 6 Baños: Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
Day 7
Baños/Cuenca
None None
Day 7 Baños/Cuenca: Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador’s only Inca ruin site. Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums. Transport: Local bus Local bus
Day 8
Cuenca, Ecuador
None None
Day 8 Cuenca: Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
Day 9
Cuenca, Ecuador
None None
Day 9 Cuenca/Máncora: The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru) Transport: Local bus Local bus
Day 10
Máncora
None None
Day 10 Máncora: Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 11
Máncora/Huanchaco
None None
Day 11 Máncora/Huanchaco: Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco. Transport: Overnight bus
Day 12
TBD
None None
Day 12 Huanchaco: We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.
Day 13
TBD
None None
Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima: Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima. Transport: Overnight bus
Day 14
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 14 Lima: To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.
Day 15
Lima, Peru
None None
Day 15 Lima: Enjoy the day exploring the city.
Day 16
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 16 Lima/Paracas: Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas. Transport: Local bus Minibus
Day 17
Paracas/Nazca
None None
Day 17 Paracas/Nazca (1D): There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife. Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica. Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area. Included Activities: Huacachina Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 18
Nazca, Peru
None None
Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa: Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa. Transport: Overnight bus
Day 19
Arequipa, Peru
None None
Day 19 Arequipa: Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
Day 20
Arequipa, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 20 Arequipa/Colca Canyon: Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 21
Chivay/Arequipa
None Breakfast
Day 21 Chivay/Arequipa: Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 22
Arequipa, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco: Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco. Transport: Overnight bus
Day 23
Cuzco, Peru
None None
Day 23 Cusco: Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 24
Cuzco, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 24 Cusco: Enjoy another free day in Cusco.
Day 25
Ollantaytambo, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo: Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 26
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 26 Inca Trail: Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. Additional Notes: A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 27
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 27 Inca Trail: Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
Day 28
Inca Trail
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 28 Inca Trail: Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
Day 29
Machu Picchu, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 29 Machu Picchu/Cusco: The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Machu Picchu Guided Tour Big Night Out Transport: Train Private Vehicle
Day 30
Cuzco, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 30 Cusco: Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 31
Cusco/Puno
None Breakfast
Day 31 Cusco/Puno: Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Transport: Local bus
Day 32
Puno, Peru
None Breakfast, Dinner
Day 32 Puno/Lago Titicaca: Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1 Lake Titicaca Homestay
Day 33
Lago Titicaca/Puno
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 33 Lago Titicaca/Puno: Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
Day 34
Puno, Peru
None Breakfast
Day 34 Puno/La Paz: Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia) Transport: Local bus Local bus
Day 35
La Paz, Bolivia
None None
Day 35 La Paz: Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all – the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon, and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves, and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, ...

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