29 days Tour

Quito to La Paz

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Quito

Meals included: 1

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.

Day 1

  • Tour briefing in the evening
  • If arriving early, spend some time getting to know the city

Day 2

  • 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

Meals included: 3

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.

Day 3

  • Travel into the jungle, heading to your rustic jungle lodge on the banks of the Napo River

Day 4

  • Explore the jungle on river canoes with a guide
  • Opportunity to visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre

Day 5-6: Banos

Meals included: 1

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

Meals included: 1

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.

Day 7

  • Catch a local bus bound for Riobamba
  • Perhaps visit the markets and explore the town

Day 8

  • Ride the Devil’s Nose Railway through the mountains
  • Stop by the Museum Condor Pununa
  • Grab some lunch in Alausi

Day 9

  • 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

Meals included: 1

Find your favourite palm tree at Zorritos, get your fortune read by the Chiclayo witch doctors then hit the Chan Chan ruins at Trujillo.

Days 10-12

  • 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

Days 13-14

  • 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

Meals included: 1

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

Meals included: 1

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

Meals included: 3

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.

Day 19

  • 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

Day 20

  • 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

Day 21

  • 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

Day 22

  • 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

Day 23

  • Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights

Day 24-26: Lake Titicaca

Meals included: 3

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.

Day 24

  • Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Drive through magnificent mountains and local scenery

Day 25

  • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
  • Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island

Day 26

  • Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
  • Board an afternoon boat back to Puno

Day 27-29: La Paz

Meals included: 1

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

At A Glance

Just Coasting

Trip Length

29 days

Trip Code

GSLB

Activities

Trekking, Culture

What to know

 

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

Countries Visited

Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

Start City

Quito

End City

La Paz