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Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This 8-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!) and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. (Trust us. It’s worth the time.)

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, witness Andean scenery, soak in the hot springs of Baños, shop the Otavalo Market

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)

South America Ecuador

Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), raft down rushing rivers, trek the lush foothills of Baños, and much, much more. Best of all, you’ll always travel with an experienced and passionate CEO who knows the quickest and most scenic routes to wherever you’re headed. Remember, you’re here for a great time, not a long time; slather on that sunscreen, strap on your helmet and hit the road/trail/surf!

Highlights: Whitewater-raft in the Amazon, trek to an active volcano, soak in mountain hot springs, speed down Cotopaxi Volcano on a mountain bike.

9 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery (PID)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our knowledgeable CEOs will work hard to make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learn ancient traditions at the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market

18 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. With years of experience, we employ the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins and bargain at local markets in the Sacred Valley, take in the views from the train to Machu Picchu, learn about the history of the Incas

8 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK)

South America Peru

Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. You’ll arrive at Santa Teresa – the backdoor of Machu Picchu – where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.

8 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on a 2-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, sip fine wines in Argentina, witness the stunning scenery and unique cultures of Northern Argentina.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

South America Bolivia

Climb to the top of South America for an out-of-this-world Bolivian experience— encounter awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano. Take the road less travelled and meet locals for an immersive cultural experience that few travellers get to know. If you are looking for an authentic experience away from the tourist track, Bolivia is the perfect place for genuine adventure.

Highlights: Explore the winding streets and markets of La Paz, experience the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia

11 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time. Along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, this trip will reward you with an intriguing combination of mountainscapes and a 3-day Lares trek—a less-travelled but equally rewarding and challenging alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our support staff and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy a glimpse into the rural communities of the highlands around Cusco.

Highlights: Conquer the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Marvel at Sacred Valley scenery, interact with local communities, sample seafood in Lima.

8 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

South America Peru, Ecuador

Discover the best of Ecuador and Peru as you explore the Andes, Amazon and Pacific coast on this 15-day adventure from Lima to Quito. Explore pre-Inca ruins, walk the colonial streets, and get an introduction to the Amazon and its people with time in a jungle community. Tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore these remarkable countries on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Highlights: Mingle with Amazon locals during a homestay, get active in Baños, explore towering volcanoes and colonial cities, chill out on the beach or surf in Mancora and Huanchaco.

15 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public buses, which not only keeps costs down but give you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $1487
$1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Highlights: Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Like our ‘Inca Discovery’ tour but with a flight back to Lima, this trip offers a fascinating combination of the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures. Retrace the steps of the Inca on a four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the world’s best-known hikes, it will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins and cloud forests. We run our own treks, which ensures fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our expert CEOs will make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, marvel at the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

9 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this 2-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern Argentina.

15 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

South America Peru

The ultimate adventure for altitude junkies with a love of history, this challenging 12-day journey snakes between the most incredible Incan sites in Peru. Conquer a mind-blowing trek to the mountaintop fortress of Choquequirao – free of tourist throngs – before continuing onto Santa Teresa, the backdoor of Machu Picchu. With guided tours of the Sacred Valley, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, you'll gain a greater appreciation of the Inca Empire. And because we operate our own treks in this region, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Andes, explore Choquequirao away from the crowds, discover the spectacular Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, witness the mountain beauty of the Andes.

12 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

A wonder of the ancient world, the “lost city of the Incas” is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. With 2 days to explore the Sacred Valley, once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Andes and local villages bursting with culture. Add in a local lunch at a Planeterra-supported community restaurant and a traditional pachamanca-style feast and your taste buds will be thanking you. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, meet local artisans at a Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and local village, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, enjoy traditional treats and foods

8 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—the adventure is yours to choose! With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—15 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. This is everything you imagined Peru would be—and more!

Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, meet the locals at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.

15 days
From $1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4
7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Ecuador Quest (SEEQ)

9 days
From $899

Ecuador Multisport (SEEM)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349

Inca Discovery (PID)

18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

8 days
From $1349

Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP)

8 days
From $1349

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK)

11 days
From $1399

Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

8 days
From $1399

Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL)

15 days
From $1399

Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

16 days
From $1599

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

9 days
From $1599

Inca Discovery Plus (PIM)

15 days
From $1699

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

12 days
From $1699

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM)

8 days
From $1699

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

15 days
From $1749

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Ecuador Quest (SEEQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Ecuador Multisport (SEEM) 9 days Active Standard
From $899
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
Inca Discovery (PID) 8 days Active Standard
From $1147
$1349
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Machu Picchu Adventure (SPMP) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK) 8 days Active Standard
From $1349
Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1359
$1699
Bolivia Discovery (BBDR) 11 days Classic Standard
From $1399
Inca Discovery—Lares (PIL) 8 days Active Standard
From $1399
Quito to Lima Adventure (SEQM) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH) 17 days Classic Basic
From $1444
$1699
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1487
$1749
Inland & Amazon (EIA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Inca Discovery Plus (PIM) 9 days Active Standard
From $1599
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1699
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trekking (SPCM) 12 days Active Standard
From $1699
Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1749