Just Coasting

Andean town of Banos
Surf's up in Huanchaco
Drink like a local in Peru
La Paz - the world's highest 'unofficial' capital city
Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level
The Amazon Basin
The perfect pisco sour?
The panorama from Basilica del Voto Naciona
The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
Eat llama in La Paz
The potions of 'Witches’ Market'
UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Colonial Quito
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cuenca
UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
Cotopaxi - the highest active snow-capped volcano in the world
Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • 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)

    Itinerary

    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.

    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
    Breakfast

    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.

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    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
    Breakfast

    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.

    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
    Breakfast

    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.

    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
    Breakfast

    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
    Breakfast

    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
    Breakfast

    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.

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    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.

    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
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    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
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • Experienced local leaders plus there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • 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.

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    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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Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane, Taxi
3 nights Full service camping, 2 nights Amazon jungle lodge, 1 night Island homestay, 22 nights Hotel
Quito
La Paz

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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.

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