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17 Day Ecuador & Peru


Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Quito, Lima-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Quito-Lima, Lima-Cuzco & Juliaca-Lima
  • 16 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 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
  • 30 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach in Peru
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach in Ecuador
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • City Tours of Lima & Quito
  • Trip to Chinchero & Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu via Train
  • Excursion to the Uros Floating Islands
  • Excursion to the Middle of the World
  • Otavalo Market
  • Rainforest Excursions

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, Sunday - Depart for Ecuador
Depart for Ecuador. Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. The Quito airport is approximately a 1-2 hour drive from the city. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Quito ▲

DAY 2, Monday - Quito City Tour & Visit to the Middle of the World
The morning's tour begins with a visit to the colonial section 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 Church or the Church of San Francisco**. Afterward, see 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, followed by a welcome dinner **Please note that the itinerary may vary slightly based on local conditions and holidays, therefore La Compañia Church may be replaced with a visit to the Church of San Francisco
Overnight: Otavalo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Otavalo Market, Transfer to Papallacta
This morning, enjoy a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America and run by the local Otavaleño Indians. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven clothes and rugs, jewelry, fruits, vegetables and more. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school in Otavalo (Sunday departures). Then, visit the surrounding towns of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts, and Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
Optional: Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (PM)
Overnight: Papallacta
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Transfer to Amazon Resort
After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano to have the opportunity to meet a local Quechua family and learn about their way of life first hand before returning to the hotel **Please note upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day Amazon
This morning, you can hike to the Napo river 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 flowers, insects, and butterflies. Enjoy the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zipline basket ride. At the end of the hike, enjoy a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Consider a visit to the Butterfly farm **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
Overnight: Amazon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - El Pailon Del Diablo & Baños
This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano and drive to El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron", one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Continue to Baños to see the magnificient Church and Plaza. You will also be treated to 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 Baños. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure **Please note that it is an active hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall
Overnight: Baños
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Hacienda La Cienega
Today enjoy a visit to the Hacienda La Cienega, one of the oldest and most historical haciendas in Ecuador, belonging to the descendants of Marques of Maenza since the 17th century. Offering spectacular views to the Cotopaxi National Park and volcano, in the background. Enjoy lunch before visiting a local rose plantation where you can see one of Ecuador's most aromatic exports
Overnight: Quito
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart for Lima
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Lima City Tour
Welcome to Peru, a country of incredible contrasts and astounding treasures. Begin the morning with a tour of Lima, and its 2000 years of history. Begin 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, 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, ornate 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 Herrara 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, there will be a briefing by your tour manager on the fascinating journey of Peru that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps try one of Lima's world-class restaurants known for its fusion cuisine - accented by superb local seafood and world-famous Peruvian ceviche. Or, attend the optional Peruvian dinner along with a delightful musical performance - experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Peru all at once during this fun-filled evening
Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum (PM)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Lima
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Fly to Cuzco, Visit Chinchero Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas and along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero; walk through the bustling market and bargain for alpaca wool clothing, scarves, jewelry, and other local treasures. Afterwards, enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before restarting the journey. Continue to 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 conquistadores. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Arrive at your hotel in the Urubamba Sacred Valley for overnight. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Full Day in the Sacred Valley
Today is at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently. Or, take part in the full day optional tour to Maras and Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You'll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. 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: Maras and Moray Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Full Day Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the 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 re-discovery 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 evening; transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
Note **: Plan B passengers travel on the Expedition Train and Plan A passengers will ride on the Vistadome Train
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Friday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once 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, taste fresh-baked Chuta bread and shop for ingredients to use in this afternoon's cooking lesson. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking lesson and demonstration, enjoy your delicious creations. 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. In Cuzco, there is so much to do, and so much to see! Tonight, savor the culinary delights of Andean cuisine at a dinner together at a local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - 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, we 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 fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for your overnight
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 15, Sunday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
The morning boat excursion transports us 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 at leisure in Puno
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Monday - Return to Lima, Farewell Dinner
Depart Puno on the flight to Lima; rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we bid farewell to our Tour Manager at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Tuesday - Depart Peru
Bon Voyage! Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight
~Please note: Some flights to the US depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Tuesday
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in 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.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

    Day #3 01 Jan 2014 - 05 Jan 2016         $50
    Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Turkish bath at the Thermal Steam Cave. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

    Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

    *Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.
    **Due to limited availability, advanced booking is recommended.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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      Additional Information:
      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.


      Accommodation Details:
      Triple Rooms at Termas de Papallacta consist of 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed.


      Entry Requirements:
      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 Visas page.


      Is This Trip Right for You?

      This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. 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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