Discover beaches, temples and mountains between Peru and Ecuador

Jump onboard this Overland tour between two of South America's most iconic cities - Lima and Quito. Reaching along the back of the continent, discover places of immense natural beauty and explore regions off the tourist trail. From Peru's sparse landscapes to Ecuador's jungle clad mountains, visit the ancient city of Chan Chan, watch fishermen manoeuvre narrow reed boats in Huanchaco and opt to explore the towering Andes by horseback or by foot. With plenty of flexibility to choose the adventures that best suit you, this Overland journey is the best way to discover this iconic stretch between Lima and Quito.

Lima, Peru
Quito, Ecuador
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
577kg pp per trip


  • Discover Lima's character-filled plazas
  • Marvel at the surfing fisherman of Huanchaco
  • Walk through the crumbling remains of South America's oldest pre-Columbian city
  • Stare up at the once mighty Temples of the Sun and Moon
  • Soak up the sun in Punta Sal
  • Tour a Panama hat factory
  • Relax in Banos - famous for its hot springs
  • Camp out in the heart of the Amazon Jungle
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Quito


Explore the colonial plazas and scenic streets of downtown Lima or perhaps visit the Gold Museum for a gawk at its collection of glistening antiquities.
Pitch a tent at seaside Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen. Walk along the shoreline and watch these skilful fishermen among the waves, balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Perhaps even give this method a try to discover how difficult it really is! Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, huge crumbling pyramids built from an estimated 140 million adobe bricks.
Farewell Peru and discover the production secrets of Ecuador's iconic Panama hat during a factory tour. Head out shopping for one of these hats or maybe ramble through Cuenca's scenic streets and shady plazas.
Enjoy spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Get active on a guided trek and stay overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.
Pitch a tent in the lush, mountainous Tungurahua Province. Explore nearby Banos, Ecuador's famous adventure playground. Maybe soak in the town's hot springs filled with therapeutic waters or choose from one of many optional activities - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
Gear yourself up for for the amazonian adventures ahead.
The trip comes to an end amid the quaint cobbled streets of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Celebrate the journey over a meal in one of the many great restaurants or explore some of the attractions dotted throughout this breathtaking city - from cathedrals and churches, to lookouts and plazas.
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Overland vehicle
Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Lodge (3 nights)
Included activities
  • 3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure
  • Chan Chan Archaeological Site
  • Hat Factory Tour
  • Lord of Sipan Museum
  • Pyramids of Sun and Moon
  • Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan


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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

Trip notes

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