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Quito to La Paz Adventure

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon, and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves, and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Latin America

Duration: 34 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 132126
Starts: Quito, Ecuador Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
You will visit
  • Quito
  • La Paz

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador's capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for 3 nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

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Day 3: Tena

Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

Included Activities:
Amazon Jungle Homestay

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Day 5: Tena/Baños (1B)

Baños is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

Transport:
Pickup truck (0.75 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 6: Baños

Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

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Day 7: Baños/Cuenca

Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador's only Inca ruin site.

Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

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Day 9: Cuenca/Máncora

The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)

Transport:
Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours)
Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 10: Máncora

Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

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Day 11: Máncora/Huanchaco

Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

Transport:
Overnight bus

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Day 12: Huanchaco

We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

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Day 13: Huanchaco/Lima

Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

Transport:
Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Lima (1B)

To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.

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Day 15: Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city.

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Day 16: Lima/Paracas (1B)

Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Minibus (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 17: Paracas/Nazca (1D)

There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

Included Activities:
Huacachina Winery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 175km)

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Day 18: Nazca/Arequipa

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Transport:
Overnight bus (8.00-9.00 hours, 570km)

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Day 19: Arequipa

Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

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Day 20: Arequipa/Chivay (1B)

Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)

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Day 21: Chivay (1B)

Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

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Day 22: Arequipa/Cusco (1B)

In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Transport:
Private Van (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s))

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Day 23: Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Day 24: Cusco (1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

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Day 25: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)

Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)

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Day 26: Ollantaytambo/Cusco (1B)

When the hikers leave in the morning, return to Cusco with the CEO, visiting the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray on the way.

Included Activities:
Maras Salt Mines and Moray Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours, 94km)

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Day 27: Cusco (1B)

Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.

Included Activities:
Cusco City Tour and Market Visit

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Day 28: Cusco/Aguas Calientes (1B)

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Train (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 29: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50-2.00 hours, 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 30: Cusco (1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

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Day 31: Cusco/Puno (1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Transport:
Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 390km)

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Day 32: Puno/Isla Amantani (1B, 1D)

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lake Titicaca Homestay

Transport:
Boat (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 33: Isla Amantani/Puno (1B, 1L)

Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2

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Day 34: Puno/La Paz (1B)

Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 300km)
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 35: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Amazon Jungle excursion
    • Beach time in Mancora and Hanchaco
    • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
    • Colca Canyon excursion
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide, cook, and porters
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Lake Titicaca excursion with overnight family homestay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (23 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (4 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience traditional life in the Amazon
  • Witness colonial cities and volcanoes
  • Spot condors at Colca Canyon
  • Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.