16D Explore Ecuador & Peru

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16D15N
Quito
Lima
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Experience some of South America’s incredible sites on a 16-day adventure that brings together the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ecuador and the vivid cultures of Peru. Explore the Amazon rainforest and sleep under its living, orchestral canopy during two days at our jungle lodge; follow in the footsteps of the Incas at iconic Machu Picchu; and feel at home among the people of the Sacred Valley. From the cacophony of the Amazon to the silent beauty of the Andes, echoes of this experience will resound long after the trip is over.

Price in USD Includes

  • National Geographic Journeys: Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
  • Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
  • All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Itinerary

Day 1QUITO

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2QUITO/OTAVALO

Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of Peguche for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3OTAVALO/PAPALLACTA

Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel, and learn how the Indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for onsite hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.

Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Otavalo Weaving Lesson|Recharge Papallacta Hot Springs Visit

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4PAPALLACTA/TENA

Visit Guango private cloud forest reserve for a walk with our CEO to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region. Enjoy a visit to Misahualli to visit the cheeky Capuchin monkeys who call this town home. Continue to Tena to catch our motorized canoe to the Amazon lodge. Settle in and receive a briefing from the local naturalist guide about the lodge and area. After, embark on a night walk with the naturalist guide to learn about nocturnal creatures of the Amazon.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5TENA

Depart early by canoe to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). With our naturalist guide view parrots and parakeets who gather to eat the mineral-rich clay which helps them digest fruits or seeds. Return to the lodge for breakfast then continue on to visit AmaZOOnico, an animal rescue centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. Later, enjoy a unique cultural experience at a local family’s home. Meet the family, learn about their traditions and what daily life is like, living in the Amazon.

Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Amazon Home Experience
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6TENA/BAÑOS

Depart the Amazon to Baños, a stunning town surrounded by volcanos. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany – the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them.

Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7BAÑOS

Free day to explore Baños where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and mountain biking.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8BAÑOS/QUITO

Drive back to Quito along the scenic Avenue of Volcanoes with a visit to Cotopaxi National Park en route. Enjoy stunning views of the perfectly shaped volcano (one of the highest, active volcanoes in the world).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9QUITO/LIMA

Catch a flight to Peru and transfer to the Lima hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10LIMA/URUBAMBA

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11URUBAMBA

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). Exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Andean Experience|G Adventures for Good Parque de la Papa (Potato Park)|G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 12URUBAMBA/AGUAS CALIENTES

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13AGUAS CALIENTES/CUSCO

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14CUSCO

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Cusco Planetarium|Carte Blanche
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15CUSCO/LIMA

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru’s bustling capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16LIMA

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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