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17-Day Ecuador and Peru Tour form Quito

Tour code: 000-2303
From USD $3975
  • Available: Mon, Fri
  • Depart from: Quito, Ecuador
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 17 Days 16 Nights

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Highlights:

Visit Cuzco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Otavalo, Papallacta, Raqchi.

Special Remarks:

  • City Tours of Lima & Quito.
  • Trip to Chinchero & Ollantaytambo Ruins.
  • Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu via Train.
  • Excursion to the Uros Floating Islands.
  • Excursion to the Middle of the World, Otavalo Market, Rainforest Excursions, Cotopaxi National Park.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Quito
  • Day 2
    Quito - Otavolo (51 km)
  • Day 3
    Otavalo - Papallacta (126 km)
  • Day 4
    Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest (1802 km)
  • Day 5
    Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 6
    Amazon Rainforest - Banos (1815 km)
  • Day 7
    Hacienda La Cienega (134 km)
  • Day 8
    Quito - Lima (1325 km)
  • Day 9
    Lima
  • Day 10
    Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas (612 km)
  • Day 11
    Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 12
    Machu Picchu (123 km)
  • Day 13
    Cusco
  • Day 14
    Cusco - Raqchi - Puno (363 km)
  • Day 15
    Uros Islands & Lake Titicaca
  • Day 16
    Puno - Lima (874 km)
  • Day 17
    Lima
  • Note: Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
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Day 1 Arrive in Quito

After guests arrive at the airport in Quito, they will transfer to the local hotel. They will be able to spend the remainder of the day at their own leisure.

Day 2 Quito - Otavolo (51 km)

In the morning, we will tour the colonial section of Quito, walking along the narrow cobblestone streets. We will see Independence Plaza, the local Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and either La Compania Church or the Church of San Francisco. Afterward, we will see the Middle of the World Monument, located right on the Equator. In the afternoon, we will take a bus to Otavolo, arriving in the evening with a brief orientation and welcome dinner. This is where we will spend the night.

Day 3 Otavalo - Papallacta (126 km)

This morning, we will tour the local market in Otavalo, one of the largest in all of South America and run by the local Otavaleno Indians. Here, we can browse and shop for various goods including hand-woven clothes, jewelry, fruits, vegetables, and more. If time permits, we will also visit a local school. Then, we will visit the surrounding towns of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts, and Peguche, famous for its beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon, we will transfer to Papallacta, located in the heart of the Andes mountains. The remainder of the day will be free for us to spend at our own leisure. Alternatively, we may also take an optional tour to the regions spas and hot springs. This is where we will spend the night.

Day 4 Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest (1802 km)

After breakfast, we will transfer to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River, where we will board a canoe that will take us to our lodge in the Amazon rainforest. In the afternoon, we will visit Ahuano, where we will get the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life firsthand before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 Amazon Rainforest

This morning, we will be able to hike along the Napo River for approximately 2 hours while viewing the diverse wildlife up close. The Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so we should be sure to keep an eye out for interesting flora and fauna. We will enjoy the views as we cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, we will take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. We will then be able to spend the afternoon at our own leisure. It is recommended that we visit the local Butterfly Farm. This is a very active day, so we should be sure to rest well the night before. Those who participate in the rafting trip will need to wade through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride. We will spend another night in the Amazon.

Day 6 Amazon Rainforest - Banos (1815 km)

In the morning, we will board a canoe bound for La Punta Ahuano before driving to El Pailon del Diablo ("The Devil's Cauldron"), one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. We will continue to Banos to see the magnificent Church and Plaza. We will also get to witness a demonstration on how to make vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, we will check into our local hotel before having the rest of the day free to spend at our leisure.

Day 7 Hacienda La Cienega (134 km)

Today, we will visit Hacienda La Cienega, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in the country. It provides spectacular views of Cotopaxi National Park and the local volcano in the background. If time permits, we may be able to visit a local school in Patate. After lunch, we will visit a local rose plantation to see one of Ecuador's most aromatic exports. In the evening, we will return to Quito for an evening at leisure.

Day 8 Quito - Lima (1325 km)

Today we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima, Peru. Upon our arrival there, we will transfer to the local hotel before getting to spend the rest of the day at our own leisure.

Day 9 Lima

Today, we will begin the portion of our journey that takes place in Peru! In the morning, we will begin with a tour of Lima, learning about its 2000 years of history. We will begin at the colonial center of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the historic buildings that surround the splendid Plaza Mayor: the impressive Palace of the Archbishop, the opulent Government Palace, the Official Residence of the President, and the Cathedral of Lima. Then, we will continue to the Monasterio de San Francisco complex. We will then be able to spend the remainder of the day at our own leisure, though we will also have the option to tour the Larco Herrara Museum. In the afternoon, guests will be briefed on the fascinating journey through Peru that waits. In the evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the city's world-class restaurants known for its fusion cuisine.

Day 10 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas (612 km)

In the morning, we will depart from Lima by plane to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. When we arrive, we will take a scenic drive through the rugged mountainous region and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, we will stop in Chinchero to see a weaving demonstration and, if time permits, to take a walk through the traditional market that offers alpaca wool clothing and other local treasures. Afterwards, we will enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before resuming our journey. After we check into our hotel, we will enjoy dinner and music at a lovely restaurant in Urubamba.

Day 11 Sacred Valley of the Incas

We will be able to enjoy the morning at our own leisure in the Sacred Valley and explore some of the ruins independently. Alternatively, we will also have the option to tour Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the Incas' mastery of high-altitude crop growing, and Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds. This afternoon, we will visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we will go to the countryside home of a local Peruvian family for a traditional dinner.

Day 12 Machu Picchu (123 km)

Early in the morning, we will transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board a train that travels through the misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We will spend the afternoon exploring this unforgettable location, seeing the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza, and the intricately carved sundial. In the evening, we will return to the Sacred Valley and transfer back to a hotel in Cusco for the night.

Day 13 Cusco

We will spend our day today discovering the imperial city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In this lively city, we will see the influence of both Incan and Spanish cultures. We will take the time to explore and shop for the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. We will go on a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the city, visiting a local market to try some fresh-baked chuta bread and shop for ingredients to use in this afternoon's cooking lesson. We will stop at the Cuzco Cemetery to learn about Andean life and death and meet with a local shaman (holy man). Then, we will take a cooking lesson and get to eat our delicious creations when they are ready. In the afternoon, we will go on an optional excursion to see the highlights of Cusco, like the Colonial Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Tonight, we will savor the culinary delights of Andean cuisine at a local restaurant.

Day 14 Cusco - Raqchi - Puno (363 km)

Today, we will go on a long drive that will eventually reward us greatly. Very early in the morning, we will depart Cusco in the early morning, enjoying the spectacular scenery as we drive through the Andes mountains and plains to Puno, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, we will be able to see llamas and alpacas graze on the immense plateaus and plains. On the way, we will visit the Temple of Wiracocha, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. In the modern day, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, artisans. Then, we will arrive at the pristine Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. We will enjoy a boxed lunch on the drive. If time permits, we will be able to meet the children at a local school before arriving in Puno for the night.

Day 15 Uros Islands & Lake Titicaca

In the morning, we will take a boat excursion from Puno to the fascinating Floating Uros Islands, where the Uros, the indigenous people of the island, live. When we return to Puno, we will have the remainder of the day to spend at our own leisure. Alternatively, we will be able to tour the Sillustani Tombs, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. When we return to Puno, we will be able to spend the evening at leisure.

Day 16 Puno - Lima (874 km)

We will depart Puno by flying to Lima, where we will spend the rest of the day at our own leisure. In the evening, we will have one last farewell dinner with the group, enjoying more Peruvian specialties.

Day 17 Lima

Bon Voyage! Today, guests will transfer from the hotel to the airport for their departure flights.
Note: Note: Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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