Quito to Lima Adventure
Experience Ecuador and Peru in 15 fantastic days!
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12
Trip code: SEQM
Duration: 15 days
Discover the best of exciting Ecuador and perfect Peru on this fabulous 15 day tour. Travelling from Quito to Lima, you’ll see the awesome Andes, relax on Peru’s Pacific Coast and spend 3 nights in an incredible community homestay in the Amazon jungle. Enjoy bustling colonial cities such as Quito, Cuenca and Lima, visit jaw-dropping Incan ruins, bliss out on beautiful beaches, soak in thermal springs, explore the countryside by horseback and take part in high-adrenaline sports. It’s an amazing way to see some of the highlights of South America.
- Spend 15 fantastic days exploring Ecuador and Peru
- Discover stunning South American cities such as sky-high Quito, cool Cuenca and lively Lima
- Delve deep into the Amazon rainforest on a unique 3-night Amazon jungle homestay
- Try optional outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding or whitewater rafting for some adrenaline action!
- Chill out in a thermal bath, relax on beautiful beaches in coastal resorts and explore Incan ruins on optional tours
Day 1: Quito, Ecuador
Your adventure starts here! Make your way to your starting accommodation, through bustling streets full of traditional markets, shaman healers and indigenas. There are no activities planned today apart from a welcome meeting, so chill out after your flight, or head into the city and get exploring! Tonight, visit a local peña, for some tasty grub, and hit a salsa club and dance the night away
Day 2: Quito to Tena
Today we’re heading to Tena, from where we’ll transfer to a rural village community in the heart of the Amazon. You’ll be welcomed into the home of a Quichuan family (an indigenous people, whose way of life is under threat from mining and farming). Staying here is a real privilege and is sure to be a cultural experience you’ll never forget.
Days 3 - 4: Tena
Enjoy the most incredible couple of days staying with your Ecuadorian family, hiking through the rainforest, learning about the traditional Quichuan way of life, and visiting another local community to see how they make chocolate – yum! You’ll have the chance to go white-water rafting and visit a local animal centre too.
Day 5: Tena to Baños
We’re off to the green, unspoilt spa town of Baños today. The town is famous for its thermal springs, and adrenaline sports. You’ll arrive with plenty of time to explore.
Day 6: Baños
Explore Baños at your own pace today. Hike the local trails or join an optional excursion to the famous thermal baths, or go horse-riding, mountain-biking, white-water rafting, canyoning or ziplining – you’re spoilt for choice!
Day 7: Baños to Cuenca
Our next stop is the most beautiful city in Ecuador. Drop your bags at the hotel and head out to explore the charming colonial streets and the amazing array of bars and restaurants.
Day 8: Cuenca to Mancora, Peru
Enjoy a free day in Cuenca. Visit the fragrant flower market, check out the cathedral and grab an empanada on one of the main plazas. Don’t miss the optional trip to the mind-blowing Inca site of Ingapirca, or a visit to Cajas National Park. Tonight we’ll travel into Peru as we sleep, on the overnight bus to Mancora.
Days 9 - 10: Mancora
Are you ready for some beach-bumming? Mellow Mancora is the perfect place to bronze your bod, catch some surf, watch stunning sunsets and sample some seriously fresh ceviche. Make sure you have at least one big night out while you’re here – the nightlife is off the hook!
Day 11: Mancora to Trujillo
Enjoy another day of beach bliss in Mancora before hopping on the overnight bus to colourful Trujillo.
Day 12: Trujillo
Trujillo is a gorgeous city with lovely colonial buildings and churches waiting to be explored. Spend your day wandering the cobbled streets, and stopping for lunch in the leafy squares, or if you’re still craving the coastline, take the 20 minute bus journey to sleepy little Huanchaco.
Day 13: Trujillo to Lima
Enjoy another full day in Trujillo, exploring at your own pace. Don’t miss the optional excursion to the impressive Chan Chan ruins – a beautifully preserved pre-Incan site. Tonight we’ll nod off on the overnight bus to Lima.
Days 14: Lima
Wake up in Peru’s lively capital city. Explore the colourful mansions and palm-dotted streets, and tuck into some of Lima’s famously lip-smacking grub. We’ve got some incredible extras on offer today including a city tour, a Peruvian horse show, and a spectacular light and fountain display. Enjoy a last night out with your group.
Day 15: Trip End
The time has come to pack your bags, swap numbers and say your goodbyes. Your Quito to Lima Adventure ends today. See you again soon!
Please note, this is the itinerary for 2020. If you are travelling in 2019 you will follow an amended itinerary. Please download the trip notes for more information.
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You should arrange your arrival into Quito International Airport. Transfers are not included in the trip price. The airport is around 1 hour from the city centre where your hotel is located. It is advised that you get a taxi (at a cost of approximately USD30-40) from the taxi stand close to customs, and that you pay for the taxi at a rate set at the taxi stand.
Please note, we can also arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
No activities are planned for Day 1 so you may arrive at any time. You will have contact from your tour leader during Day 1 and there will be a short welcome meeting soon after arrival, where you can meet your group and learn more about the trip.
14 nights of multi-share accommodation are included as part of the Quito to Lima Adventure. Private room upgrades may be available for an extra cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Some but not all meals are included as part of the trip. In total you will have 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included, during the time of your Amazon jungle stay. Please allow around USD305-400 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
Your passport should have at least six months validity. British citizens do not need a visa to visit Ecuador or Peru if visiting as a tourist for up to 90 days. Your passport must be stamped on arrival.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.