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Northern Peru & Ecuador

  • Code #SNL
  • 14 Days
Duration
14 Days
/13 Nights
Availability
Dec,2017-Dec,2019
Group Size
Max 34
Departure City: 
Quito
Ends in: 
Lima
Accommodation
Budget Lodging & Camping
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Trip Overview

Fancy seeing some of Latin America's most beautiful regions, off the beaten track? Well this is your chance with a 14 day exploration of Ecuador, the Andes and northern Peru. Make your way south following the coastline from Quito, all the way down to the fabled city of Lima. With an exciting blend of bustling cities, colourful markets, beach time, epic hiking trails and plenty of high-adrenaline adventure options, you'll have a blast!

Included Highlights 
  • Experience two Latin American countries - Ecuador and Peru
  • Guided tour of stunning glacial lake Laguna 69 in Huaraz
  • Enjoy the buzzing capitals of Quito and Lima
  • Relax and enjoy beach downtime on the Peruvian coast
  • Excellent hiking and adventure opportunities
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Large Group
Mountains

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 34
Camping
3 Nights
Budget Lodging
6 Nights
Hotel
4 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 3 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 3 dinners

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private overland vehicle transportation
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • This trip has a local payment of US$230 to be paid to your tour leader on day 1.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Northern Peru and Ecuador
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

Tonight it's time to meet your tour leader, driver and fellow Trekkers, but why not arrive early to see the sights, or add some extra hotel nights before the start of your tour to really explore the city. Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world at 2,850 metres above sea level, so you'll want to make sure you drink plenty of water and stay off the alcohol whilst you adjust (just for a few days!). The city is hemmed in by dramatic green mountain peaks and sits at the base of the live volcano Pichincha; you can take the sky tram for awesome views over the whole city. The `Old Town' is a gem - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's recognised as the best-preserved historic centre in Latin America, full of magnificent plazas and art-filled churches. If you have time then check out the steep `calles', busy plazas and buzzing local markets of the old city neighbourhoods by day; and by night you'll find the La Mariscal district is teeming with restaurants and bars.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

City tour US$15
Cathedral US$1
Equator site & museum incl taxi US$15
Museo de la Ciudad US$3
Sky tram to Volcan Pichincha US$10 + taxi

Travelling along the edge of the rainforest, you reach the town of Banos where you can see waterfalls, hike through forests or soak in the steaming thermal springs which this area is famous for. If you're looking for more adrenaline-pumping adventure, then there's white water rafting, canyoning or bridge swinging on offer. Go wild!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Optional Activities

Bridge swing/bungee jump US$20
Canyoning US$50
Hot springs US$2-3
Massage US$30
White water rafting US$40-75

It's back on the road and there may be an opportunity to see the Inca ruins at Ingapirca, en route to the laid-back old colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador's third largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the cobblestone streets and check out the cathedral and museums. Fun fact is that Cuenca is where the Panama hat originated from, so you may want to visit a factory and try on one of these beauties!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

breakfast (x1) and lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Cathedral Vieja & Nueva US$FREE
Ingapirca Ruins US$6 + transport
Museo de Arte Moderno US$FREE

Today's a long drive day with a border crossing from Ecuador into Peru, making this the perfect day to practice your Spanish and get to know your fellow travelling buddies. After crossing over into Peru, you'll notice how the scenery changes between countries as you travel through small villages where fishermen work with their hand nets. With three nights in the beachside town of Mancora, there's plenty of time for a bit of R&R as you feel the sand between your toes and swim in the bathtub-warm waters. There are loads of great seafood restaurants, buzzing nightspots and several miles of sandy coastline to stroll along, plus it's the perfect place to saddle up for a bit of horse riding, try a surf lesson or swim with turtles. Humpback Whales travel to the northern coast of Peru from Antarctic waters for breeding and calving, so join a whale watching tour (seasonal, August to October) for a chance to witness these beautiful creatures. Past tours have an 85% success rating for sighting Humpback Whales and you'll also spot other fascinating marine life such as dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and maybe even a Blue Footed Booby!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Surf lesson US$45
Swim with turtles US$25
Horse riding US$15
Whale watching tour (Aug-Oct only) US$40

Today is a big drive day heading south along the Pacific Coast, passing oil derricks in the Sechura Desert and heading through the oasis town of Piura, on your way to the coastal town of Huanchaco. If you need a culture fix, there's a chance to stop at one of Peru's best museums, in Lambayeque, and see some of the archaeological treasures uncovered from the Lord of Sipan's tomb and hundreds of gold artworks.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Lunch and dinner included

Optional Activities

Bruning Archaelogical Museum US$5

south and inland, towards the Cordillera Blanca mountains and the small town of Huaraz. The town's at an altitude of 3,052 metres and located close to Peru's highest peak, Huascarán, but by now you should have gained your `altitude legs'! Huaraz is a paradise for trekking, climbing and beautiful scenery and with three nights here, there's plenty of time to really get to know the place. Enjoy a guided trek to Laguna 69, a stunning high alpine lake nestled at the base of Pisco peak. Seriously, you'll be hard pushed to stop your jaw from dropping when you first gaze upon this breathtaking glacial lake! Who's up for a polar plunge?! For even more adventure, opt for some ice climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier. It's very tough and at very high altitude, but you'll be well rewarded with some amazing views.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

breakfast (x1) and lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Horse riding US$27
Pastoruri Glacier ice climbing US$50

It's the final leg of your Latin American journey, as the hustle and bustle of city life comes into view in the Peruvian capital of Lima. The historic centre of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has loads to fill your time including beautiful colonial buildings, top-notch museums and the spooky catacombs which are most definitely worth paying a visit. You'll want to grab a seat in one of the main squares, the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, for a spot of people watching (both are within easy walking distance of your hotel). Why not head out to coastal Miraflores where all the cool kids hang out, for one last meal with your new amigos and the chance to dance the night away?

All good things must come to an end and you are free to depart at any time on day 14.

Accommodation

1 night hotel included

Meals

lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Church & Convent of San Francisco guided tour US$3
We offer a range of travel essentials with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

There is a local payment of US$230 which you will need to pay to your tour leader on the first day of your trip. .

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

QUITO - HOTEL MAJESTIC

Mercadillo 366 y Versalles, Quito, Ecuador

A family run hotel located close to Santa Clara Church offering comfortable rooms with color TV, mini-bar, full continental breakfast and a colonial style restaurant.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £32 | US$40 | Eur38 | AU$58 | NZ$64
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Quito can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$45 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange upon arrival, you will find a 24-hour taxi rank outside the airport. Look out for the metered yellow taxis waiting in line outside the terminal. The airport is approximately 90 minutes from the city centre depending on traffic and the cost of a taxi to our hotel will be approximately US$25-35.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LIMA - THE KAMANA HOTEL

Jiron Kamana 547, Lima, Peru

This centrally located hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with LCD TVs, cable and free Wi-Fi. Their Koala bar and restaurant offers traditional Peruvian cuisine and renowned Pisco Sours made be an expert bartender.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £38 | US$48 | Eur46 | AU$72 | NZ$80
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Lima can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$30 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange locally on arrival, we recommend you use the pre-pay taxi desks after customs at the airport. Recommended companies include Taxi CMV and Taxi Mitsui Remise. The cost of a taxi from the airport to our downtown hotel should be approximately US$15 to $25. The airport is approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the city centre depending on traffic.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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