Itinerary

Days 1-2 Quito

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-5 Amazon Jungle

Learn the secrets of the Amazon rainforest and the medicinal uses of plants on a local-guided tour of the jungle.
ACCOM: Homestay - 2, Jungle Lodge - 3

Days 6-8 Banos

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 9-10 Cuenca

Wander cobblestone streets and admire the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and plazas of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 11-13 Mancora

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Day 14 Trujillo

Travel through the Sechura Desert to see the 'surfing' fishermen of Huanchaco. Explore the historical city of Trujillo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-16 Lima

Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 17 Pisco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 18 Nazca

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, a famed wildlife haven, before heading to the Nazca lines to discover ancient mummies and mysterious colossal etchings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 19-20 Arequipa

Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 21-22 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 23-24 Arequipa/Cuzco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 25 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 26-29 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Walk through dense cloud forests and past ancient ruins on an awe-inspiring Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 30 Cuzco

Relax in a cafe back in Cuzco or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 31-33 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 34-36 La Paz

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2