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Andean Empire—Quito to La Paz

36 days,Quito to La Paz

Experiencing traditional life in the Amazon, witnessing colonial cities and volcanoes, Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settling in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.


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Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

What's Included

  • Pachamanca ceremony in Nazca, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide,cook, and porters, Amazon Jungle excursion from Quito, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca excursion with overnight family homestay.
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD620-815 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (24 nts), buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), jungle homestay (3 nts), homestay on Lake Titicaca (1 nt). Note: accommodation can be quite basic/multi-share at times.
  • Public bus, train, hiking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from La Paz to Quito. See Andean Empire - La Paz to Quito

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-5 Quito/Amazon Jungle Homestay (3B,3L,3D)

Free day in Quito for an optional city tour or for individual exploration. On Day 3, travel by bus to the jungle city of Tena, then continue by truck and motorized canoe to a local community in the jungle. Three days of guided nature walks to spot wildlife and to learn about the traditions of life in the jungle while staying in a homestay.

Day 6-7 Baños

Continue by bus to Baños. Numerous outdoor optional activities available like hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, or soak in the nearby hot springs.

Day 8-9 Cuenca

Bus ride south to colonial city of Cuenca. Optional day trips to Cajas National Park or to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Day 10-14 Mancora/Huanchaco

Travel by bus and cross the border into Peru, arriving at Mancora. Optional activities include surfing, horseback riding or relaxing on the beach. Continue by overnight bus to Huanchaco on Day 12, where optional activities include a visit pre-Inca sites such as Huaca de la Luna and Chan Chan, visit nearby Trujillo, surf lessons or relax on the beach. Continue by overnight bus to Lima on day 14.

Day 15-16 Lima

2 free days to explore Lima. Take an optional city tour, go paragliding, or simply relax, explore and enjoy the seafood.

Day 17-19 Pisco/Nazca (1D)

Travel by bus to Pisco. Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route as well as at the Oasis of Huacachina. Optional sandboarding. In the evening, take part in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the night bus to Arequipa.

Day 20-23 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Free day in Arequipa. Optional Visit of the Catalina Convent. Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. And drive back to Arequipa on day 23 before taking the night bus to Cusco.

Day 24-31 Cuzco/Ollantaytambos/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D)

Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Travel to Ollantaytambo through the Sacred Valley. 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 32-34 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Travel by bus to Puno. Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 35 La Paz

Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving to La Paz.

Day 36 La Paz

Depart at any time.