When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 35

 

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador’s capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities - Day 1

Mindo Cloud Forest - Full Day Trip
Mindo
70-100USD per person

Drive northwest for 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation heading down from the Andes into the cloud forest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities. Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views. Visit a butterfly farm and see an array of colourful hummingbirds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon, opt for an organic chocolate tour and tasting. 

This trip takes roughly 9 hours departing at 7 am, lunch is not included. 

 
Otavalo Market - Full Day Trip
Otavalo
70-100USD per person

Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Head north from Quito along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way, visit the village of Calderon to see colourful figures made of bread and visit Cayambe to taste typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). Try your hand at haggling in the market – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price. After, continue on to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town. The market is open daily, however Saturdays are the busiest. 

This trip takes roughy 8 hours, departs daily at 8 am.

 

 
Cotopaxi Volcano - Full Day Trip
Cotopaxi
70-100USD per person

Enjoy a spectacular 2 hour drive to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park to see the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m/ 19,347 ft). Visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. Continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4,500m/14,763 ft. Walk for an hour and a half to the refuge and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). Return to Quito in the afternoon. **Park entrance fee is not included and is split among the number of travellers in the group**

 
Teleférico
Quito
8USD per person

Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from this sky tram up Volcán Pichincha. Choose to go for a hike at the top, or just come along for the ride. 

 
Quito City Tour and Equator
Quito
45-60USD per person

Enjoy a city tour of Quito, visiting key sites including the Old Town, the Cathedral of Quito and the Panecillo. Also, explore the Mitad del Mundo or "Middle of the World," where you can straddle both sides of the Equator.

Accommodation

 
Casa CarpeDM (or similar)
Guesthouse

Day 2Quito/Tena

Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for three nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

 
Local bus
Quito – Tena6h-7h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Local Living: Amazon Jungle Homestay
 

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Accommodation

 
Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 3–4Tena

Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

 

 
Local Living: Amazon Jungle Homestay
 

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. 

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Optional Activities - Days 3–4

Whitewater Rafting
Tena

Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

 
AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre Visit
Tena2h-4h
25USD per person

Take a guided tour of AmaZOOnico, a rescue and rehabilitation centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. See large cats and reptiles up close, and learn all about the important work of this sanctuary.

 
Guided Waterfall Walk
Tena

Make your way through the jungle, learning more about the lush greenery and insects and animals that call it home. Walk to a series of waterfalls, suit up in a harness, and climb your way to the top for beautiful views.

Accommodation

 
Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.

Baños is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

 
Pickup truck
Tena45m

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

 
Local bus
Tena – Baños3h-4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Free Time
BañosAfternoon

Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Hot Springs
Baños
20USD per person

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

 
Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

 
Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 6Baños

Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

 

 
Carte Blanche
BañosFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Baños, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hiking, canyoneering, and relaxing in the hot springs. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 6

Hot Springs
Baños
20USD per person

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means “little hell” in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak – watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

 
Horseback Riding
Baños
25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños’ beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

 
Hiking
Baños
Free

Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Baños provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

 
Mountain Biking
Baños
10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation – depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

 
Whitewater Rafting
Baños
70USD per person

Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

 
Baños Canyoning Adventure
Baños
30USD per person

Jump, slide, rappel, swim and float your way down the Rio Blanco on this canyoning adventure. Make your way down stream and enjoy the stunning scenery as you head into the heart of Llanganates National Park.

 
Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle
Baños
25USD per person

Buckle up your harness, put on your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along a zipline suspended 850m above the canyon below, dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you cross Tibetano Suspension Bridge above Pastaza River. Rock climb up to a second zipline to finish off this adrenaline-filled adventure.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7Baños/Cuenca

Travel to historic Cuenca.

Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador’s only Inca ruin site.

Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

 
Local bus
Baños – Riobamba2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Local bus
Riobamba – Cuenca6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Casona (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

 

 
Free Time
CuencaFull Day

Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.

Optional Activities - Day 8

Ingapirca Ruins Visit
Cuenca
6USD per person

Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

 
Cajas National Park Visit
Cajas National Park3h-6h
10USD per person

Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the páramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park’s vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans! 

 
Gualaceo and Chordeleg Day Trip
Cuenca
25USD per person
 
Cuenca Mud Baths & Hot Springs
Cuenca
15USD per person

Accommodation

 
Hotel La Casona (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Cuenca/Máncora

Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach. 

The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

 
Local bus
Cuenca – Huaquillas5h-6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)
Huaquillas – Aguas Verdes

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. 

 
Local bus
Aguas Verdes – Máncora4h-5h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Las Olas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 10Máncora

Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson. 

 

 
Free Time
MáncoraFull Day

Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.

Optional Activities - Day 10

Surfing
Máncora

Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

 
Horseback Riding
Máncora

Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Las Olas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Máncora/Huanchaco

Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

 

 
Free Time
MáncoraFull Day

Get out and enjoy this beachside town.

 
Overnight bus
Máncora – Huanchaco

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 11


Horseback Riding
Máncora

Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. 

 
Surfing
Máncora

Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

Day 12Huanchaco

Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo. 

We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

 
Free Time
Huanchaco

Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.

Optional Activities - Day 12

Trujillo Visit
Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

 
Chan Chan Ruins Visit
Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Huankarute (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Huanchaco/Lima

Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

 

 
Free Time
HuanchacoFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.

 
Overnight bus
Huanchaco – Lima8h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 13

Trujillo Visit
Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

 
Chan Chan Ruins Visit
Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Day 14Lima

Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights. 

 
Carte Blanche
LimaFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Lima, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a cooking class, watching the Magic Circuit of Water and visiting the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 14

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. For more information contact Ruben at +51972584092.

 
Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

 
Museum of the Inquisition
Lima
50PEN per person
 
Lima at Night
Lima
252PEN per person
 
Pachacamac - Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac
187PEN per person

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 15Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city. 

 

 
Free Time
Lima

Get out and get exploring!

Optional Activities - Day 15

Lima City Tour
Lima

Discover Lima’s highlights on this half-day tour. For more information contact Ruben at +51972584092.

 
Lima Paragliding
Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima’s city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

 
Museum of the Inquisition
Lima
50PEN per person
 
Lima at Night
Lima
252PEN per person
 
Pachacamac - Lost Inca Citadel
Pachacamac
187PEN per person

Day 16Lima/Paracas

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

 
Free Time
LimaMorning

There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.

 
Local bus
Lima – Pisco4h250km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Minibus
Pisco – Paracas30m

It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Refugio del Pirata (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 17Paracas/Nazca

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.

There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

 
Private Vehicle
Paracas – Nazca4h175km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit
 

Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

Optional Activities - Day 17

Sandboarding in Ica
Ica45m-1h
65PEN per person

Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes.

 
Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour
Paracas National Reserve
20USD per person

Get ready to see some amazing wildlife on this trip to the Ballestas Islands (aka Peru's Little Galápagos). Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring your camera along!

Accommodation

 
San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Dinner

Day 18Nazca/Arequipa

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

 

 
Free Time
NazcaFull Day

Enjoy some free time during the day.

 
Overnight bus
Nazca – Arequipa8h-9h570km

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 18

Flight over Nazca Lines
Nazca
122USD per person

Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines – who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.

 
Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour
Nazca
80PEN per person

See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan’s workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

Day 19Arequipa

Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring. 

Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering. 

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

 
Free Time
ArequipaFull Day

Make the most of your time here.

Optional Activities - Day 19

Santa Catalina Monastery Visit
Arequipa
60PEN per person

Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

 
Arequipa City and Area Panoramic Bus Tour
Arequipa
20USD per person

Get to know "the white city" and the surrounding area on a panoramic bus tour. Stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and fall in love with Arequipa's cityscapes. 

 
Juanita Museum
Arequipa
60PEN per person

Accommodation

 
Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)
Hostel

Day 20Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña.

 
Private Vehicle
Arequipa – Colca Canyon4h30m-5h165km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Colca Canyon Guided Tour
Colca Canyon2h-2h30m

Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

Optional Activities - Day 20

Hot Springs
Chivay
15PEN per person

Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax.

Accommodation

 
Casa de Lucila (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 21Chivay/Arequipa

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. 

Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. 

Colca Canyon/Arequipa

 
Colca Canyon Guided Tour
Colca Canyon

Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

Accommodation

 
Casa de Lucila (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 22Arequipa/Cusco

In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco.

 

 
Private Van with Wi-fi
Colca Canyon – Arequipa4h30m-5h165km

Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

 
Free Time
ArequipaFull Day

Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.

 
Overnight bus
Arequipa – Cusco10h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Optional Activities - Day 22

Santa Catalina Monastery Visit
Arequipa
60PEN per person

Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

 
Arequipa City Tour
Arequipa

Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 23Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

 

 
Carte Blanche
CuscoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Cusco, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia Regional, and whitewater rafting. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 23

Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
Urubamba
165PEN per person

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

 
Mountain Biking
Cusco

Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

 
Inka Museum
Cusco
10PEN per person

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

 
Cusco City Tour
Cusco
45PEN per person

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Accommodation

 
Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Hotel

Day 24Cusco

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

 

 
Free Time
Cusco

Make the most of your time in Cusco.

Optional Activities - Day 24

Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
Urubamba
165PEN per person

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

 
Cusco City Tour
Cusco
45PEN per person

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

 
Inka Museum
Cusco
10PEN per person

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

Accommodation

 
Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 25Cusco/Ollantaytambo

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.

Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

 
Private Vehicle
Cusco – Ollantaytambo2h30m95km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities - Day 25

Sacred Valley Tour
Ollantaytambo
60PEN per person

Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

 
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Ccaccaccollo

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. 

 
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
Ollantaytambo

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

Accommodation

 
Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 26Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. 

 
Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Inca Trail45m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Hike Inca Trail
Inca Trail KM 82 – Wayllabamba Camp5h-6h11km

Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it’s just a taste of what’s to come.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 27Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

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.

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Wayllabamba Camp – Paqaymayo Camp6h-7h12km

Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 28Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna

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). 

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Paqaymayo Camp – Wiñaywayna9h16km

Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 29Wiñaywayna/Cusco

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.

 

 
Hike Inca Trail
Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu1h30m4km

Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows. 

Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

 
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Machu Picchu1h30m-2h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

 
Train
Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo1h30m118km

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Private Vehicle
Ollantaytambo – Cusco2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Big Night Out: 
 

Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

Accommodation

 
Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 30Cusco

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

 

 
Carte Blanche
CuscoFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Cusco, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Museo Inka, Museo de Historia Regional, and whitewater rafting. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 30

Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
Urubamba
165PEN per person

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

 
Inka Museum
Cusco
10PEN per person

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

 
Cusco City Tour
Cusco
45PEN per person

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

 
Cusco Tourist Ticket
Cusco
130PEN per person

This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Accommodation

 
Cusco Plaza I (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 31Cusco/Puno

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. 

 

 
Local bus
Cusco – Puno7h30m390km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

 
Hostal Helena Inn (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 32Puno/Lago Titicaca

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

 
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lago Titicaca

Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands. 

 

 
Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay
 

Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.

Accommodation

 
Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Homestay

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 33Lago Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

 
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
Lago Titicaca

Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!). 

 
Free Time
PunoAfternoon

Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

Optional Activities - Day 33

Sillustani Burial Towers
Puno
45PEN per person

Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno – their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height.

 
Lake Titicaca Kayaking 
Lago Titicaca
59USD per person

Take to the waters of the highest navigable body of water in the world, Lake Titicaca, and paddle out to Laquina Island. Get a glimpse into local island life before heading back across the lake to Puno. 

Accommodation

 
Hostal Helena Inn (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 34Puno/La Paz

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

 
Local bus
Puno – Yunguyo2h30m300km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)
Desaguadero

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Local bus
Copacabana – La Paz3h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Optional Activities - Day 34

Witches' Market Visit
La Paz

Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

 
Valley of the Moon Tour
La Paz
150BOB per person

Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

 
La Paz City Tour
La Paz
90BOB per person

Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 35La Paz

Depart at any time.

 

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities - Day 35

Witches' Market Visit
La Paz

Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

 
Valley of the Moon Tour
La Paz
150BOB per person

Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

 
La Paz City Tour
La Paz
90BOB per person

Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.

 

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