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Quito to Lima Adventure

Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, Amazon, and Pacific coast on this 15-day adventure from Lima to Quito. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets, and get an introduction to the Amazon and its people with time in a jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves, and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. Youll have plenty of free time to explore these remarkable countries on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Latin America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEQM/132127
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Lima

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

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

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Day 2: Quito/Tena

Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.
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 three nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

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Day 3: Tena

Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

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Day 4: Tena

Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

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Day 5: Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.
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.

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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

Travel to historic 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.

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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

Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.
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.

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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.

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Day 12: Huanchaco

Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
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.

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Day 14: Lima

Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
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

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Amazon Jungle Homestay, Tena
    • Amazon Jungle excursion to a local community
    • Beach time in Mancora and Huanchaco
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (9 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (2 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay
  • Get active in Baos
  • Explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities
  • Chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and Huanchaco.