Discover the heart and soul of Andean South America

Discover the heart and soul of Andean South America on this adventure tour that takes you from the cobblestone streets of Quito to the dizzying altitude of La Paz. Discover the extraordinary history of the Inca as you trek through misty cloud forests along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild in the lush rainforest of the Amazon, meet the locals on glistening Lake Titicaca and spot condors in the Colca Canyon. With lots of flexibility, the Peru and Ecuador Adventure is ideal for those with a thirst for discovery.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Countries
Bolivia,
Ecuador,
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
766kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover a culture clash in Quito
  • Travel through the Amazon Jungle with a local guide
  • See Huanchaco's surfing fishermen
  • Unravel the mysteries of the Nazca lines
  • Hike the Inca Trail through cloud forests to Machu Picchu
  • Explore Cuzco's colourful San Pedro market
  • Pick up some Quechua lingo in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit a community on Lake Titicaca's 'floating islands'
  • Watch spectacular sunset in Copacabana
  • Stock up on woollies at La Paz's markets

Itinerary

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador's multifaceted capital. Kick off the Latin American adventure exploring cobblestone streets in the Old Town or head to a funky bar in Quito's modern area.
Learn the secrets of the Amazon rainforest and the medicinal uses of plants on a local-guided tour of the jungle.
With two free days in Banos, you might want to watch sunrise from the thermal springs or experience an adrenaline rush high in the Ecuadorian Andes - whitewater rafting, anyone? Banos has long been a favourite place to travel in Ecuador and it's not hard to see why.
Wander cobblestone streets and admire the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and plazas of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cross the border from Ecuador to Peru and spend a free day relaxing on Mancora beach, surfing or taking an optional boat tour through the mangrove swamps to search out local birdlife.
Travel through the Sechura Desert to see the 'surfing' fishermen of Huanchaco. Explore the historical city of Trujillo.
Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.
Head to the Plaza de Armas for some tasty local cuisine or a Pisco sour - Peru's national drink made from a type of brandy.
Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, a famed wildlife haven, before heading to the Nazca lines to discover ancient mummies and mysterious colossal etchings.
Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.
Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.
Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour.
Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.
Walk through dense cloud forests and past ancient ruins on an awe-inspiring Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
Relax in a cafe back in Cuzco or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.
Stop in at Puno, the folklore capital of Peru. Take a boat tour of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, and experience local life at a homestay.
Cross the border from Peru to Copacabana in Bolivia where you have the option to hire a pedal boat, visit the Island of the Sun or hike to the top of Cerro Calvario and watch the sunset over town.
Travel to Bolivia's eclectic capital La Paz. Browse the Witches' Market for everything from woolly hats and alpaca gloves to potions and incantations to cure any ailment. Celebrate the end of the Peru and Ecuador Adventure with a night on the tiles.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Overnight bus, Van
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (22 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)
Included activities
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.

If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.

The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Peru & Ecuador Adventure trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.

Peru & Ecuador Adventure , September 2012

Peru & Ecuador Adventure , September 2012