Ceviche in Quito, pizza in Riobamba, arroz con pato in Chiclayo, chuta bread in Cusco and llama in La paz. How many can you do?
(Was Quito to La Paz)
Day 1-2 - Quito
Old Quito has spruced herself up over the past few years, and there are more characters here than a Marvel movie. Set yourself up at Manolo's Old Town, order a plate of ceviche with a side of popcorn and enjoy the show.
- Tour briefing in the evening
- If arriving early, spend some time getting to know the city
- Take a walking tour through the ‘Centro Historico’
- View the city and surrounding volvanoes from ‘El Panecillo’ (The Little Bread Loaf)
- Visit ‘La Mitad del Mundo’ (The Middle of the World)
- Enjoy a free evening and perhaps grab some dinner from a local restaurant
Day 3-4 - Amazon Jungle
Plants from the Amazon are used to treat everything from anxiety, fatigue and coughs to malaria, cancer and heart disease. You're basically trekking through a giant pharmacy.
- Travel into the jungle, heading to your rustic jungle lodge on the banks of the Napo River
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Explore the jungle on river canoes with a guide
- Opportunity to visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre
Day 5-6 - Banos
Ridiculously pretty, especially when Tungurahua Volcano decides to put on a fireworks show. Bring your togs for a dip in the thermal baths.
- Leave the jungle and return to the mountains
- Discover Ecuadorian country life in Banos
- Explore the town or surrounding environment
- Perhaps go mountain bike riding, white-water rafting, hiking and horse riding, or simply relax in thermal baths
Day 7-9 - Riobamba
Make a stop along the Avenue of Volcanoes then take the Devil's Nose railway down to Aiuso. Then it's a bus to pretty little Cuenca.
- Catch a local bus bound for Riobamba
- Perhaps visit the markets and explore the town
- Ride the Devil’s Nose Railway through the mountains
- Stop by the Museum Condor Pununa
- Grab some lunch in Alausi
- Get acquainted with, Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Enjoy free time to relax or visit as many of the local sights as you can
Day 10-14 - Zorritos Beach - Chiclayo - Trujillo
Find your favourite palm tree at Zorritos, get your fortune read by the Chiclayo witch doctors then hit the Chan Chan ruins at Trujillo.
- Journey into Peru and through the Sechura Desert
- Spend the night in the fishing village of Zorritos
- Head further down the coast to Chiclayo
- Reach Trujillo, gateway to the Chan Chan ruins
- Visit the magnificent ruins of Chan Chan - the imperial city of the Chimu Kingdom
- Perhaps take a short taxi ride to the surf village of Huanchaco
- Catch a bus to Lima, the Peruvian capital
Day 15-16 - Lima
Our hotel is right near the main square, Plaza de Armas. Catch the changing of the guard at Government Palace each day at noon. It's not exactly Buckingham.
- Enjoy one-and-a-half free days to explore the capital of Peru
- View the architecture, visit museums, drop some coins in the shops and markets, or grab a refreshment in a bar, restaurant or cafe
Day 17-18 - Cusco
The presentation leaves a lot to be desired - your dinner might be grinning at you with teeth bared or lying spreadeagled across your plate, but boy, guinea pig sure tastes good.
- Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
- Take a walking tour of central Cusco
- Explore Cusco and see the local sights - including Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay - during free time
Day 19-23 - Inca Trek
Yes, there are some hard bits, but you do walk through a cloud forest and journey along trails filled with butterflies. Disney, eat your heart out.
- Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo
- Begin the Inca trek
- Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
- Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
- Camp near the village of Wayllabamba
- The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
- Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
- Camp with a view over the cloud forest
- Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
- Continue up the Inca staircase
- Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
- Enter the beautiful cloud forest
- The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu
- Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
- Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
- Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
- Return to Cusco by train
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights
Day 24-26 - Lake Titicaca
How do you feel about dressing up in a colourful poncho and dancing in front of a bunch of strangers? That's what will happen on your overnight homestay. If like Peruvian idol - you'll love it.
- Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
- Drive through magnificent mountains and local scenery
- Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
- Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
- Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
Day 27-29 - La Paz
Welcome to La Paz. Try the llama, it's delicious.
- Enjoy free time in La Paz to wander around the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways that are features of this Andean city
- Perhaps explore the colourful markets, including the famous 'Witches Market', or simply relax in one of the many cafes
What to Know
Experienced local leaders plus there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
This tour passes through volcanic areas. In the instance a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Geckos will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Geckos.
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