Explore Ecuador & Peru

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 16 Days | Quito to Lima
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Experience some of South America’s incredible sites on a 16-day adventure that brings together the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ecuador and the vivid cultures of Peru. Explore the Amazon rain forest and sleep under its living, orchestral canopy during two days at our jungle lodge; follow in the footsteps of the Incas at iconic Machu Picchu; and feel at home among the people of the Sacred Valley. From the cacophony of the Amazon to the silent beauty of the Andes, echoes of this experience will resound long after the trip is over.

Trip Highlights

    • Craft traditional ceramics in the Sacred Valley, and visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and more.
    • Dine by candlelight in the Amazon.
    • Walk through Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and learn how Ecuador’s indigenous peoples use native plants in their daily lives.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 — Quito

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Otavalo

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of Peguche for lunch. Continue to the indigenous town of Otavalo and explore its celebrated market. Spend the night at a historical hacienda. (1B, 1L)

Days 3 & 4 — Papallacta/Tena

Visit the studio of a renowned artisan to learn about local weaving traditions. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for on-site hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. The next day, take a guided nature walk through the private cloud forest reserve at Guango Lodge. See the resident capuchin monkeys of Misahualli, and then continue to Tena to catch a motorized canoe to our Amazon lodge. Later, set out on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 — Tena

Rise early for a canoe excursion to a parrot clay lick. Return to the lodge for breakfast, and then tour AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue center that rehabilitates animals that are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, visit a local family’s home to learn about daily life in the Amazon. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 6 & 7 — Baños

Depart the Amazon for Baños, a town surrounded by lush volcanic peaks. On the way, visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park to learn how Ecuador’s indigenous cultures have found medicinal, culinary, and spiritual uses for native plant species. The next day is free: opt to go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoneering, white-water rafting, or zip-lining; or visit the hot springs. (2B)

Days 8 & 9 — Quito/Lima

Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of Cotopaxi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Fly to Lima, Peru the next day. (2B)

Days 10 & 11 — Sacred Valley

Board an early flight to Cusco; then continue to the Sacred Valley to spend two days exploring with a local guide. See the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras, tour the Inca ruins at Maras and Moray, and enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. The next day, tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Explore the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins, and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 12 — Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. (1B)

Day 13 — Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Then explore on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train. (1B)

Day 14 — Cusco

Explore historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go horseback riding or paragliding. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. (1B)

Days 15 & 16 — Lima

Fly back to Lima for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)

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Activity Level


Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activity, such as ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,569

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Spa treatments at Papallacta Hot Springs Resort and optional excursions in Baños and Cusco are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (11 nights), historic hacienda (1 night), jungle lodge (2 nights), hot springs resort (1 night)

Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. Allow an additional $460–600 for meals not included.

Private van/bus, boat, plane, train

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.