Explore cities and scenic nature as you travel to Lima from Quito
Traverse the heart of Ecuador on this tour from Quito through to the south-lying Peruvian capital. Witness the crashing waterfalls, steaming hot-springs and wild llamas of the Andes as you wander through the wild mountains, then balance it all out with exploration of UNESCO Heritage-listed cities that gracefully combine the old and the new. Take in Quito, Banos, Cuenca and Lima, hunting for volcanoes in the country and pisco sours in the cities. This is a South American adventure to remember.
With its colonial architecture, plazas, churches and colourful local life, there's a reason Quito's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site
Cueuna boasts colonial streets and buildings to wander, juxtaposed with El Cajas NP’s stunning landscapes to hike around – it’s the perfect mix of city and nature
Seek out volcanoes, hot springs or waterfalls in Banos – it's just a stone’s throw away from plenty of interesting nature spots
Head out on a city tour of Lima, visiting Miraflores and downtown, and join the Peruvian nightlife in the neighbourhood of Barranco
This trip involves a lot of travel on local buses, including some long stints (8 hours from Banos to Cuenca; 6 hours from Cuenca to Tumbes), and conditions can be fairly basic. Bus travel can be tiring, but it’s also a great opportunity to relax, rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy the scenery.
We’ll be experiencing a mix of hot and cold climates, so pack accordingly and bring layers.
It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into Quito a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.
Our Ecuador to Peru Adventure trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid may not be for everyone, but if you want to get deeply embedded in the roots and culture of a country, and if you prefer to have some free time to sight see things that interest you, then Intrepid is definitely for you. I love the intimacy of smaller groups and also the local knowledge provided by tour leaders.
Review submitted 04 Feb 2018