What you get
Ecuador and the best of Peru
An incredible trip to the most interesting places of two colorful countries. Observe the unusual mixture of cultures, stunning nature, rafting, cycling, zip lines and all the main iconic sites of the Inca civilisation.
- Explore one of the wonders of the world - the secret Inca city of Machu Picchu.
- Enjoy the famous swing over the precipice.
- Relax in the thermal pools near the active volcano.
- Ride canoe in the wildest jungles of the planet in Amazonia and go rafting on the Napo River.
- Explore the bustling areas of two capitals - Quito and Lima and visit locals for a culinary workshop.
- Visit the biggest bazaar on the continent and try all the exotic fruits.
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, bungalows throughout the trip;
- Domestic flight;
- Flight Quito - Lima;
- All transportation, including buses, trains, rented and public transport, motor boats;
- Entrance tickets to places of interest mentioned in the itinerary;
- Bike rental;
- Three meals a day while traveling in the Amazon rainforest;
- Professional guiding services during the entire trip.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Quito and back home from Cusco;
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Food ($15-25 per day);
- Visas (if needed).
We arrive in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and check into a hotel. This is the second highest capital in the world, which is located at an altitude of 2850 meters above sea level. The city is surrounded by picturesque mountains. This must be seen from above! We ride the TeleferiQo cable car to climb to the top of the active Pichincha volcano to an altitude of 3945 meters above sea level. The views are incredible! We see the entire city surrounded by mountains and jungle.
We get down to the city and go to a traditional restaurant for dinner. Ecuadorians love all kinds of grilled meats, fried green bananas, cassava roots, potatoes and corn. You can also try one unusual local delicacy qui - a grilled guinea pig.
In the morning we take a bus to the town of Otavalo (about 2 hours on the way). On the way we will stop at the center of the planet, literally! This is the place where equator crosses Ecuador - the exact place is marked with lines on the asphalt. Nearby is the Museum of the Peoples of Ecuador, where we can learn more about the dozens of nationalities that inhabit the country.
We reach Otavalo and get acquainted with one of the peoples of the country in reality. Locals speak their own language and wear unusual traditional clothes - white blouses with a cape, large beads and dark scarves on their heads. The main local attraction is the colorful bazaar, one of the largest on the continent. We will watch bright national clothes and other traditional handmade textiles. Jewelry lovers will be delighted with the abundance of silver earrings and rings. In the evening we return to Quito.
Day 3 - 4
In the morning we take a bus to Banos (3.5 hours on the way) - a town in the valley near the active volcano Tungurahua. We check into a hotel and go to the Casa del Arbol mountain. Here we will have a very unusual adventure - the famous swing over the precipice! Swing harder, like in childhood - and the ground disappears under your feet and a sharp precipice opens. Wild jungles of bright green color float far below, to be exact 2660 meters under your feet!
Next morning we take a zip line over the rivers and gorges. This is not a swing, this is a real flight! We take a breath, rent bikes and start our trip to the Paylon del Diablo waterfall. We will cycle about 2 hours down. The road goes along the river, passing picturesque cliffs and waterfalls. We reach the waterfall and take another zip-line directly to the waterfall. Take a rest, enjoy nature and the calming sound of water. We put bicycles on the special car and return to Banos by this car.
In the evening, relax in the natural sulfur thermal springs. A perfect end to a busy active day!
Day 5 - 8
In the morning we go by bus to the town of Tena (3.5 hours on the way). Here we will raft on the Napo river, which the locals call Khatunyaku. This turbulent river is in a hurry to bring its waters to the great Amazon - the largest river on the planet! We go deeper into the Amazon jungle and after about 5 hours arrive at Limoncocha National Park. We check into simple wooden houses.
Next morning we go boating on the river. This is the most impassable jungle of our world! Local tribes have long moved only on boats here. Huge lazy caimans are passing us by. In the jungle you can hear birds singing and see many of them - this park is considered a paradise for lovers of exotic birds. Our guides to these wilderness will be colorful people from the Quechua tribe. They will tell a lot of interesting things about the life of their grandmothers, and how the reality around them has changed in the past few decades.
Next day we walk to the lake. We go to Coca, from there fly to Quito and check into a guesthouse.
Day 9 - 10
Flight to Lima, the capital of Peru, check into a hotel. We walk on the beach along the ocean, enjoying endless views and fresh breeze. Then we go to the Barranco area to watch the colonial Spanish buildings. Now this is the prestigious area, but it was not safe to live here before. Interesting people will show us the most unusual sites in this area - artists who covered the local houses with bright graffiti.
We leave for the poor district on the outskirts of the city to see the views of Lima from a famous viewing deck. Then, we will visit one of the local families who will teach us to make the most popular local dish - ceviche. Yes, ceviche is made in different countries, but the Peruvian version is very unusual!
In the morning we fly to Cusco, the Inca capital from the 13th to the 16th century, located at an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level! We walk in the city and immediately notice that the high foundations of the local houses are very different from the buildings themselves. The Spanish colonialists who came here in the 16th century found that the foundations of the ancient Inca buildings were very strong and began to build their houses on top of them. The same fate befell the main Incan temple Coricancha, dedicated to the god of the sun. On its foundation in the 17th century, the Spaniards built the Cathedral of Santa Domingo.
We take a bus to Pisac (about 1 hour on the way) traveling through the sacred valley of the Incas - we rise to an altitude of 3,500 meters, then we go down and go up again. We walk on the ruins of the Inca fortress, which is located on the mountain terraces. Mountain views here are wonderful! We look at the sacred stone, to which, according to the beliefs of the Incas, the sun was previously tied.
Walk to the Maras salt mines. The views here are a photographer's dream! The entire slope is covered with small fenced off pools in which salt was mined during the times of the Inca Empire. For the night we go to the city of Olataytambo.
Day 12 - 13
In the morning we go to see the ruins near the city. In the 15th century, the royal city of the ninth Inca ruler Pachacuti was located here. Walk between all that remains of the royal palace and courtyards of local residents, we look at the agricultural terraces and granaries. By train we go to Agua Calientes (approximately 2 hours on the way) through the sacred valley of the Incas. We check into the guesthouse and relax in the hot springs.
In the morning we travel to Machu Picchu - the world famous city, the imperial residence of the Inca kings of the 15th century. It existed for less than a hundred years - all the inhabitants of Machu Picchu left after the Spaniards conquered these lands ... For more than 400 years, it was abandoned until in 1911 the pilots accidentally saw the ruins from an airplane. We walk down on the terraces to the ruins of the city, enjoying the views of the mountains covered with greenery from all sides. Below you can see the river. Admire these ruins of palaces and temples, and the famous laying of these structures.
Still impressed, we take the train to Olhaytaytambo (2 hours on the way), and from there in about 2 hours we return to Cusco by bus and check into a hotel.
Day 14 - 15
With a local guide we walk in the center of Cusco, explore the secret streets and go to the colorful bazaar. We learn how locals have been salting and drying meat since the times of the Incas, and even drying potatoes. Finally, we will try exotic fruits on the market. And if the avocado and mango already surprise no one, then how about pitahaya, pepino and lucuma?
Take the afternoon to explore the souvenir shops to see silverware, famous Peruvian cocoa beans and the local alcoholic drink Pisco made from grapes.
Next morning we fly back home.
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most counties do not need a visa to Ecuador and Peru.
We provide free visa consulting to our clients.
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