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Quito to Cusco
16 days
From $3,099
Tour code: SEID

Highlights

Go whitewater rafting in the Amazon, marvel at an active volcano, soak in mountain hot springs, explore the trails around Cotopaxi Volcano by mountain bike, sample seafood in Lima, soak in the views and culture of the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learn ancient traditions at the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op.

Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador and Peru. Across sixteen action-packed days, you’ll bike near Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), raft down rushing rivers, trek the iconic Inca Trail, 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!

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Public bus, private van, hiking, biking, rafting.

Accommodation

Hotels (11 nts), camping (4 nt)

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Whitewater rafting excursion on the Jatunyaku River in the Amazon Jungle (full-day). Trekking in Llanganates NP. Mountain bike excursion. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Quito
Arrive at any time. Visitors arriving in Quito will likely feel the effects of the altitude. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy, and a reduced appetite. This is no cause for alarm; it is simply your body’s way of coping with the altitude. It may take a little time to acclimatize, but before long you probably will not even notice it. Take it easy for the first day or two, and reduce alcohol and cigarette consumption to minimize the effects. Be sure to drink plenty of water and do not attempt too much in any given day. Opt to pre-book the "Quito City Tour & Equator Line" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

Included activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Optional activities:

  • Quito City Tour and Equator
  • Teleférico
Day 2
Quito - Tena
Travel by bus into the Amazon Basin and enjoy the incredible scenery en route to the jungle town of Tena. Watch as it changes from towering mountains to lush jungle, passing by waterfalls and deep river valleys.

Transport: Local bus

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Tena
Navigate the wild Jatunyaku River in the surrounding lush cloud forest. The cool water and air make this an excellent change from the tropical Amazon climate. Return to Tena for the night.

Included activities: Jatunyacu River Whitewater Rafting Excursion

Meals: lunch

Day 4
Tena - Baños
Travel by bus to Baños, a town surrounded by lush cloud forest. Enjoy a free afternoon for optional activities like canyoning, ziplining, visiting local waterfalls, or exploring the town on foot. Opt to pre-book the "Baños Canyoning Adventure" or "Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

Transport: Local bus

Optional activities:

  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Baños Canyoning Adventure
  • Baños Ziplining Adventure Bundle
Day 5
Baños - Llanganates National Park
Transfer by private vehicle to the start point of the trek into Llanganates National Park. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Tunguragua Volcano while trekking into the park through lush cloud forest. Spend the night camping under the stars enjoying nature at its best.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Llanganates National Park Trek Day 1

Meals: lunchdinner

Day 6
Llanganates National Park - Baños
Rise early and continue trekking in Llanganates National Park before returning to Baños in the afternoon. Opt to visit the local hot springs.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Llanganates National Park Trek Day 2

Optional activities: Hot Springs

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Baños - Cotopaxi
Depart early from Baños and travel by bus to a hacienda near Cotopaxi Volcano. Later, take part in a horseback riding or biking excursion.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Biking Excursion or Horseback Riding

Optional activities: Hot Springs

Day 8
Cotopaxi - Quito
In the morning, head into Cotopaxi National Park for a guided tour and spectacular views. After lunch at Limpiopungo lake return to Quito for for a final night in the city.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 9
Quito - Lima
Explore Quito before flying to Lima in the evening.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Plane, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting

Meals: breakfast

Day 10
Lima - Cusco
Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour. Please note: if you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 16:00.

Transport: Plane

Optional activities:

  • Cusco City Tour
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket
  • Inka Museum
  • Cusco Cooking Class

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
Cusco - Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration, Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Optional activities: Ollantaytambo Storehouse Ruins and Hike

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 12
Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba Camp
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins. A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Inca Trail Hike , Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 13
Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Included activities: Inca Trail Hike

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 14
Paqaymayo Camp - Wiñaywayna
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Included activities: Inca Trail Hike

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 15
Wiñaywayna - Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Transport: Train, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Inca Trail Hike , Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Optional activities: Inca Bridge Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 16
Cusco
Depart at any time.

Optional activities:

  • Cusco Tourist Ticket
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
  • Inka Museum

Meals: breakfast

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