Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Craft traditional ceramics in the Sacred Valley, and visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and more.
  • Dine by candlelight in the Amazon.
  • Walk through Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and learn how Ecuador’s indigenous peoples use native plants in their daily lives.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience some of South America’s incredible sites on a 16-day adventure that brings together the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ecuador and the vivid cultures of Peru. Explore the Amazon rainforest and sleep under its living, orchestral canopy during two days at our jungle lodge; follow in the footsteps of the Incas at iconic Machu Picchu; and feel at home among the people of the Sacred Valley. From the cacophony of the Amazon to the silent beauty of the Andes, echoes of this experience will resound long after the trip is over.

This trip is operated in collaboration with G Adventures.

Day 1: Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Accommodations:Hotel Hilton Colon (or similar)
Day 2: Quito/Otavalo
Drive to the highlands with a stop at the community of San Clemente for a local lunch. Continue to Otavalo and visit the famous handicraft market. Stay the night at a historic highlands hacienda.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Pinsaqui (or similar)
Day 3: Otavalo/Papallacta
Visit the home and studio of Don Miguel to learn how the Indigenous people of the Otavalo region have used the backstrap loom to create their woven goods. Continue to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for a dip in hot springs, optional spa treatments, and hiking excursions. There is plenty of time to soak, relax, and enjoy the mountain views.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Termas Papallacta (or similar)
Day 4: Papallacta/Baños
Take one last soak in the hot springs before continuing along the “Avenue of Volcanoes: to Baños. Along the way visit the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park and discover ethnobotany — the study of the relationship between cultures and the plants around them.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Sangay (or similar)
Day 5: Baños
Free day to explore Baños where there are numerous optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, visits to hot springs, and mountain biking.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Sangay (or similar)
Day 6: Baños/Yasuni National Park
Early start in the morning. Drive to Coca, the gateway to the Amazon. Continue by motorized canoe to the luxurious La Selva Lodge. Explore the Amazon jungle with a local guide. Activities can include jungle walks, a canopy tower visit, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and photography. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a drink by candlelight, listening to the sounds of the jungle, before retiring to stylish cabanas.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:La Selva Lodge (or similar)
Day 7: Yasuni National Park
Choose from plenty of activities that include birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Spot monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, and butterflies. They’re all just a short walk or canoe ride away. Overlooking the lake, the recently remodelled lodge is a perfect base for exploration. Relax in the lounge with a cocktail and dine by candlelight. Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared by a gourmet chef. Sleep well in stylish cabanas. Let the sounds of the rainforest sing you to sleep, and the call of birds wake you in the morning.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Yasuni National Park/Quito
Travel by boat back to Coca and catch a flight to Quito.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Hilton Colon (or similar)
Day 9: Quito/Lima
Catch a flight to Peru and transfer to our hotel in Lima.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Day 10: Lima/Urubamba
Board an early flight to Cusco, then continue to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Day 11: Urubamba
Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Visit a small community that specializes in the making of ceramics and adobe. Meet local artists and see demonstrations of these traditional arts. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel San Agustin Urubamba (or similar)
Day 12: Urubamba/Aguas Calientes
Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the market.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (or similar)
Day 13: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Day 14: Cusco
Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Taypikala Hotel Cusco (or similar)
Day 15: Cusco/Lima
Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:San Agustin Exclusive Hotel (or similar)
Day 16: Lima
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast