Reach new heights on this South American adventure from Macchu Pichu to La Paz
2018 TRIP ITINERARY CHANGE – From January next year, the trip code and itinerary of this trip will change. Please see Highlights of Ecuador & Peru (GGBQC) on our website.
Ecuador and Peru are home to a stunning array of landscapes, indigenous villages, attractions and history. You’ll see something new every day – whether you’re trekking among ruins at Macchu Pichu, spotting sea lions on the Ballestas Islands, looking for Nazca Lines in the Peruvian Desert, sampling fresh empanadas in Cusco or simply sitting back and watching the alpacas graze in Chivay. Take interactions with this beautiful land’s humble and proud people, throw in some truly incredible food, add some jaw-dropping scenery and you’ve got the right mix for the trip of a lifetime.
This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.
Set into the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America and a great place to kick of your adventure
Hike through the Amazon rainforest and sample fruit, chocolate and if you’re brave enough, tree worms in a local indigenous farming community
Seeing the enigmatic Nazca Lines is an incredible experience, whether they’re the work of ancient civilizations or something more supernatural
Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there
Through a vast Andean valley lies the Colca Canyon, home to the mighty Andean condor. See these magnificent beasts go about their morning routines at sunrise
The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community
This trip involves a lot of travel on local buses, including some long stints. Bus travel can be tiring and conditions can be basic, but it’s also a great opportunity to relax, rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy the scenery. There is also an overnight bus to Cuzco, which ensures you will enjoy maximum time at your destinations.
You’ll be staying in some very basic group accommodation with shared facilities, especially along the Inca Trail, in the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca (where there are drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature.
We’ll be experiencing a mix of hot and cold climates, so pack accordingly and bring layers.
Due to the high altitude in many places, the sun is unusually strong and it’s easy to get burnt, especially when out on the water in Lake Titicaca. It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
This trip involves a lot of hiking and walking (especially along the Inca Trail, which can be challenging) so requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the trip notes for more information.
Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and 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.
Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.
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 https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/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.
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.
QUITO-LIMA FLIGHT - APPLICABLE TO 2017 DEPARTURES ONLY
The Quito to Lima flight on day 8 is not included in the tour price.
Please consider booking international flights with Lan so you can book this flight on an airpass. Contact us for more information.
**Airport transfers are included for these flights, however we must have flight information, no later than 15 days out from departure**
This trip is a combination of two of our most popular departures. As such the make-up of your group and your tour leader may change on day 8.
PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to important sites such as Machu Picchu. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
Our Best of Ecuador & Peru trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.
This tour exposes travelers to the best highlights and culture or Ecuador and Peru. Would definitely recommend, particularly the Inca trail which was impressively organised.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2017