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€commodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included€tivities and free time to explore on your own.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer by truck to the local community of Pimpilala. Stay in rustic wooden huts in the community of a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.
Days 3-4 Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)
In the morning, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.
Day 5 Tena/BaÑos (1B)
Travel to BaÑos, the perfect setting to get your adrenaline pumping, try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.
Day 6 BaÑos
Enjoy a free day in BaÑos, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world, soak in nearby hot springs, or, check out ziplining.
Day 7 BaÑos/Cuenca
Enjoy the scenery on the way to the charming town of Cuenca.
Day 8 Cuenca
Enjoy a free day in beautiful Cuenca. Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums or opt to visit nearby Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Later, catch an overnight but to Mancora.
Day 9 MÁncora
Arrive early into the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.
Day 10 MÁncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 11 MÁncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Day 12 Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Day 14 Lima (1B)
Explore Peru’s capital on an optional city tour or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
Day 15 Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city. Opt to pre-book the Lima Cooking Class and learn how to cook some classic Peruvian dishes using ingredients from the local market.
Day 16 Lima/Paracas (1B)
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 17 Paracas/Nazca (1D)
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 19 Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring.
Day 20 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 21 Colca Canyon/Arequipa (1B)
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 23 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 24 Cusco (1B)
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op.
Day 26 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 27 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Start early to climb the long steep path to WarmiwaÑusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 28 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the WiÑay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 29 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 30 Cusco (1B)
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 31 Cusco/Puno (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 32 Puno/Lake Titicaca (1B, 1D)
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Day 33 Lake Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 34 Puno/La Paz (1B)
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Day 35 La Paz
Depart at any time.
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