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  • A beautiful day to explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Machu Picchu, Peru
  • The colourful Otavalo Market, Ecuador
  • The Clock Towers of La Basilica in Quito, Ecuador
Route:
Lima to Quito
Days:
21
Style: Adventures for 20s and 30s
Code: BXAN
Price From:
US$1,199.00
+ local payment of US$350.00.
Countries Visited:

Experience the highlights of northern Peru and Ecuador in this enjoyable expedition encompassing bustling capital cities, ancient Inca ruins, colourful Indian markets, lush rainforest and thermal springs, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor excursions and cultural activities along the way.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Otavalo Market

Accommodation

5 night(s) in hotels, 9 night(s) in hostels, 6 night(s) camping

Transportation

Overland Truck

Meals

6 breakfast, 9 lunch, 6 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the dossier page for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Lima

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, after he eradicated the Incas and made the city his capital. Now the fifth largest city in Latin America, Lima is home to around one-third of the country’s population.

The Historic centre of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has plenty to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance of your hotel.

Lima offers an ample range of restaurants and bars where local as well as international cuisine is served – the city is known as the gastronomic capital of the Americas. A nice spot to head out at night for a meal is Miraflores on the coast.

Optional Excursions

Museum Inquisition – free • Monastery and Catacombs – US$3 guided tour • Plaza San Martin, one of the largest and most impressive squares • Paragliding – US$60

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 2 to 4 - Huaraz

As we head north up Peru's Pacific Coast we stop at Paramonga, where we explore a ruined temple by the side of the highway. We then head inland until we hit the Cordillera Blanca mountains and the small town of Huaraz. The town is at an altitude of 3,052 metres and is located close to Peru's highest peak Huascarán (6,768 metres). Huaraz is renowned for its trekking, climbing and spectacular scenery. We have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of this place with some great optional excursions to keep us busy.

Optional Excursions

Lake 69 excursion – US$35 • Chavin de Huantur pre-inca temple – US$18 • Ice climbing at Pastoruri & park entry – US$50 • Horse Riding – US$27

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 5 to 7 - Huanchaco

Continuing north, we stop off at Sechín Alto, another important ruin with temples dating back to 1500 BC, with over 500 carvings gruesomely depicting warriors and their captives. We then arrive at Huanchaco, which is renowned for great beachside seafood restaurants and the reed boats that the fishermen use to ride the huge surf, reputedly, one of the longest left hand breaks in the world (just outside the town). We will have a few days here to make the most of this beachside resort, camping on the beach. Huanchaco is also our base for those who want to check out Chan Chán, the largest mud-city in the world built by Chimú kings and covering 26 square kilometres and the famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon are also nearby.

We leave the coastal town of Huanchaco, stopping off en route to visit the museum in Lambayeque to see some of the many treasures uncovered from the tomb of the Lord of Sipan (one of Peru's finest museums), the oil derricks in the Sechura Desert and also the attractive oasis town of Piura. We arrive at the beautiful beachside town of Mancora in the late aftenoon.

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 to 10 - Mancora

We have two full days in Mancora where we can enjoy the sun, surf and relaxation. We stay in a party hostel in this small town and with three nights here, there is plenty of time to recover after one too many pisco sours. Kite surfing is a popular activity to do here.

Optional Excursions

Surf lessons – US$45 • Horse Riding – US$15

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 11 to 12 - Cuenca

Optional Excursions

Ingapirca Ruins - US$6 entry + transport • Catedral Vieja and Catedral Nueva – free • Museo de Arte Moderno – free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 13 to 15 - Rio Verde/Baños

We make our way into the Andes, along the edge of the rainforest where we reach Baños, camping just outside in Rio Verde, a health resort renowned for its hot thermal springs. Besides soaking in the hot pools, there are opportunities for walks in the hills, or you can try some of the optional activities that vary from canyoning to bridge swinging or you can relax with a massage.

Optional Excursions

Canyoning – US$50 • White water rafting – US$40-75 • Bridge swing/bunjee jump – US$20 • Massage - US$30 • Hot baths – US$2-3

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 16 to 18 - Misahuallí/Tena

The next three days you can take an optional excursion into the steaming Amazon Jungle staying in thatch-roofed bungalows on the shore of the Arajuno River. The grounds surrounding the cabins have lots of native trees and flowers attracting hummingbirds and toucans.

Your local guide will take you trekking in the jungle, explaining the different birds and the incredible variety of plants and trees and their medicinal value. The terrain is dense jungle and marsh with giant ferns and flowers – a true wilderness.

You’ll also have a chance to meet and learn about the communities that live in the jungle which may include a visit to a local shaman, learning about the local crafts such as pottery and weaving, shooting arrows from a blow pipe and learning how they catch animals and fish. For a spot of relaxation enjoy the sounds of the jungle from a hammock back at lodge, or float down the river in an inflatable tube and take a swim to cool off.

If you decide not to do the Amazon Jungle excursion, you can stay on the outskirts of Tena and meet the group at their next destination. Tena is a peaceful city surrounded by wilderness and green hills.

Approximate Driving Time: Eight Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Three nights in the Amazon Jungle including local guides and excursions – US$180

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 19 to 19 - Otavalo

After stopping at the equator for photos and souvenirs, we move onto the famous Otavalo market which is located north of Quito. It's a wonderful place to shop for all kinds of handicrafts and to take really good photographs. The indigenous Otavalo locals, who come from their villages to sell livestock, produce and textiles, are all distinct in appearance. The men wear calf-length white trousers and sandals and have their long hair braided, while the women wear white frilly blouses, black skirts and have gold coloured jewellery twirled around their necks.

Included Excursions

Otavalo Market

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 20 to 20 - Quito

Quito, Ecuador is the second-highest capital city in the world at 2,850 metres above sea level. It was founded in 1534 by the Spanish prior to which it was an Inca stronghold. It is situated in a hollow at the base of the live volcano Pichincha and the whole length of the city can be seen from atop Panecillo hill where the enormous statue of the Virgin of Quito stands. The city has two main sections, the old and the new city. The latter is the main commercial area and has all the good restaurants and bars, whereas the old city is the colonial sector with steep calles, busy plazas and local markets.

UNESCO has listed Quito as having the largest best-preserved, and least-altered historic centre in Latin America. Along with Krakow, Quito was the first city inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1978. Some churches you might like to visit are the Cathedral of Quito, Church of the Society of Jesus (La Compañía), Church and Convent of St. Francis (San Francisco) and Basílica del Voto Nacional.

Optional Excursions

Teleferico sky tram to Volcan Pichincha – US$10 + taxi fare • La Mitad del Mundo with taxi – US$15 • City Tour US$15 • Plaza de la Independencia – free, US$1 to enter cathedral • Museo de la Ciudad – US$3

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 21 to 21 - Depart Quito

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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