17 Day Ecuador & Peru

Quito, Otavalo, Papallacta, Punta, Patate, Lima, Urubamba, Cuzco & Puno
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  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Quito
    • 1 night Otavalo
    • 1 night Papallacta
    • 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
    • 1 night Baños
    • 3 nights Lima
    • 2 nights Urubamba Sacred Valley
    • 2 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Puno
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 31 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

 

Special Features

  • Discover Quito’s colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand at the Middle of the World monument
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem
  • City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via PeruRail Vistadome Train
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
Day By Day Itinerary

This 17 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Ecuador & Peru in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, capital of Ecuador, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city; transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately an hour drive from the city. Balance of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lively city’s priceless historical treasures of art and architecture. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Ecuadorian food at one of the city’s world-class restaurants and cafes
Overnight: Quito▲

DAY 2, Saturday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section of Quito to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th-century Quito. See the Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace before visiting La Compañia de Jesus Church, with its beautiful gilded interior or the Church and Monastery of San Francisco*, one of the great religious buildings of the New World with its impressive facade and atrium. Afterward, visit the Middle of the World Monument, located at a latitude of 0º, and stand with one foot in the Northern and one in the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon, transfer by bus to Otavalo. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall situated in a protected forest important to the local indigenous people who still perform sacred rituals here. Then, visit the lively Otavalo market, one of the largest in South America, run by the local Otavaleños; a great way to experience Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes. Local people use the market the same way today as their ancestors did during Ecuador's pre-Columbian period. Time to browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry and more. Embark on a scenic drive through small towns and villages to Papallacta, tucked away in the Andes Mountains, known for its many hot springs and spas. After settling in, the remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to the Termas de Papallacta Spa. Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering and unwind in one of the thermal hot pools, the refreshing cold pool or opt for a facial or body massage
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Amazon Lodge, Meet a Quechua Family
A contrast in scenery as you reach La Punta Ahuano, a tiny port on the north bank of the Napo River, where you board a motorized canoe that takes you to the lodge* on the Napo River where you'll spend the next two nights. Enjoy the sounds, the serenity, and the magnificent foliage as you begin the exploration of the unique Amazon culture. You may be able to spot many different species of birds and monkeys along the way. After lunch at the lodge, a fascinating visit to Ahuano, a small riverside Quechua village. Meet a local Quechua family and learn about daily life, education, and survival in the Amazon. Return to the lodge in time for dinner
*Please Note: Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Hike in a Private Nature Reserve
This morning, after a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike*, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. The balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park
*Please Note: This is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - El Pailon Del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron"*, one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Baños, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel in the Valley of Patate. Balance of the day is at leisure
*Please Note: It is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Visit to a Rose Plantation, Lunch at Hacienda La Cienega
Today enjoy a tour of a beautiful rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation, you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. Continue to Hacienda La Cienega for lunch, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza dating back to the 17th century, with a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano, in the background. After lunch, time to wonder around the grounds of the Hacienda. Return to the hotel for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" Dinner with your group
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart for Lima
Bid farewell to your Tour Manager and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Lima City Tour
This morning’s tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornately carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional not-to-be-missed tour to the Larco Herrera Museum, considered the best museum in Lima, housed in a restored 18th-century mansion. Here, admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. This afternoon, join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Peruvian dinner featuring delicious local specialties along with a delightful musical performance or try one of Lima's world-class restaurants known for its fusion cuisine
Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum (PM)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Lima (PM)
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Fly to Cuzco, Chinchero Weaving Demonstration
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander around the complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Enjoy this morning at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently or, join the optional Pisac Ruins & Market Tour. Explore the Inca Pisac ruins and afterwards, visit the village of Pisac. Spend time bargaining with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the famous Pisac handicraft market. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Optional: Pisac Ruins & Market Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Tuesday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. Spend the afternoon viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening; transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 2 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner and enjoy a buffet made of Andean Specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Raqchi & Puno
A long drive today - but extremely rewarding. Depart Cuzco early in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, and artisans. Then, arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest freshwater lake. A box lunch will be provided en route. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before arriving in Puno for overnight
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Friday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Floating Uros Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure or take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Saturday - Return to Lima, Farewell Dinner
Transfer to Juliaca airport, for your flight to Lima; rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, you bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Sunday - Depart Peru
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight*
*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 17 and will require a transfer on Day 16. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Ecuadorian Andes and the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Notes :
  • Save $500 per couple from our regular rate for booking by or before Sunday October 01, 17 (Promo Code SHWAFP250).
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart no earlier than 8 am on Day 8.
  • Plan A: The Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 9, Apr 27, Aug 31, Nov 2, and Dec 14 departures will be accommodated at the Novotel Lima in Lima on days 8, 9 and 16.
  • Plan A: Novotel Lima standard rooms cannot comfortably accommodate 3; therefore, prices reflect a double, plus a single room configuration which is available on request.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  •  All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our Visa page.
  • Peru taxes of up to $11 for each domestic flight may apply. Quito taxes of up to $3
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All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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