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Experience Ecuador and Peru on a journey that introduces you to some of South America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant cultures. Stroll the Amazon rain forest beneath its living, orchestral canopy during time at our jungle lodge; drive the scenic Avenue of the Volcanoes; retrace the paths of the Inca at iconic Machu Picchu; and visit Andean villages in Otavalo and the Sacred Valley.
Craft traditional ceramics in
the Sacred Valley, and visit Pisac,
Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu,
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 for a community visit and lunch in the Andean village of Peguche. Continue to the indigenous town of Otavalo and explore its celebrated market. Spend the night at a historical hacienda. (1B, 1L)
Day 3 — Papallacta
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. Enjoy
plenty of free time to soak, relax, and take in the
mountain views. (1B)
Days 4 & 5 — Papallacta/Tena
Visit Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with our guide to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. After visit Misahualli, to view the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from the local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. After, embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about nocturnal creatures of the Amazon. The next day depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruits or seeds. Return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family, learn about their traditions and what daily life is like, living in the Amazon.
(2B, 2L, 2D)
Days 6 & 7 — Baños
Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanos. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany – the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them. The next day you're free to explore Baños, where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking. (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 the perfectly shaped volcano (one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world). The next day, catch a flight to Peru and transfer to the Lima hotel. (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. Visit the Ccaccaccollo community
and the G Adventures–sponsored Women’s
Weaving Co-op; then explore
the Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray ruins. Visit
the G Adventures–supported Sacred Valley
Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy
Qosqo. Also visit a small community that specializes
in ceramic- and adobe-making and meet
local artists for a demonstration. Visit the pre-Inca
salt pans of Las Salineras, and enjoy a traditional
pachamanca-style meal. (2B, 1L, 1D)
Day 12 — Aguas Calientes
Catch an early
transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the
scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Visit the market
here if you wish. (1B)
Day 13 — Machu Picchu/Cusco
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 whitewater
rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
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)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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 $1,749
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.
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.