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Andes & Patagonia Discovery Ushuaia - Quito

Trip Overview

This 83 day overland tour journeys from Ushuaia to Quito through Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
83 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia (+ 3 more countries)
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PRICE FROM:
$6,770 (USD) + 3,710 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
83 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Local bus, Boat, Ferry, Train
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
40%
60%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
LQU
DEPOSIT:
$1150 USD

Highlights

  3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle

  Go white water rafting, canyoning or trekking in Banos

  Try horse back riding or mountain biking around the stunning landscape

  Visit the crater lake of Quilotoa

  Buy an original Panama hat direct from the factory

  2 nights camping on the Pacific beach at Punta Sal

  Explore the Chimu Adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the ancient Moche Pyramids

  3 nights to trek in the Cordillera Blance from Huaraz

  Camp out in the desert with dune buggies and sand boarding

  Boat trip to the Ballestas islands to view wildlife

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ushuaia ( 14th Dec 2019 )

Welcome to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Important note from September 2018 departures: The full W-Walk is now included in this tour.  If you wish to remain at our base camp, please inform us at time of booking so that we can arrange your meals and guides.

If you arrive early to Ushuaia, there are options such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ushuaia before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ushuaia.

In Ushuaia we stay in a comfortable Hotel just out of town.  There are regular shuttles into town from here.

Border information: if you are starting in Ushuaia, you will most likely enter Argentina at Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (IATA code: USH).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Beagle channel boat trips

ARS 1200

Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park on a day tour from Ushuaia

ARS 1450

Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel

USD 110

Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum

ARS 400

Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony

ARS 850

Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia

ARS 90

Shop around in Ushuaia for last-minute deals for a cruise to Antarctica (if you are leaving the trip in Ushuaia and have plenty of time to wait for a space to become available - the listed price is a very approximate estimate only)

USD 4000
Day 2 - Tierra Del Fuego ( 15th Dec 2019 )

Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.

We start our journey with a full day drive across to the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego, and a ferry crossing onto the mainland.

Tonight we will wild camp close to the Magellan Strait.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica

CLP 12000
Day 3 - Torres Del Paine National Park ( 16th Dec 2019 )

Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! 

Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

4 days to explore and trek the rugged Torres del Paine National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Torres Del Paine National Park ( 17th Dec 2019 )

From September 2018, the full W-Walk will be included as part of your trip Kitty.

Embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so we book them in advance of your trip.  We will be trekking the W-Walk from West to East, to enjoy the spectacular views.

This morning we will wake early and transfer by truck for the morning Catamaran, to cross Lago Pehoe.  We will then set up camp at Paine Grande, before continuing on our hike towards Glacier Grey.  

You can choose to hike to the first look out to enjoy views of the Glacier (approx 4hrs round trip) or to continue to the second look (approx 8hrs round trip)!! Both walks return by the same route.

 

Day 5 - Torres Del Paine National Park ( 18th Dec 2019 )

Today we depart from our camp at Paine Grande and hike into the stunning French Valley. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Camp Cuernos.

The hike is approximately 8 hours.

Day 6 - Torres Del Paine National Park ( 19th Dec 2019 )

Today we have a slightly easier day, we will hike from Camping Cuernos along the edge of Lago Nodenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio.  We will arrive an Camp Central after approximately 5 hours hiking.

Day 7 - Torres Del Paine National Park ( 20th Dec 2019 )

This is our final day of the W-Walk and the most spectacular.   The day begins with a steady climb from our camp site up Rio Asencio. Be prepared for the final hour which is a relatively steep scramble up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres, affording great views of the iconic Towers. 

We will transfer back to Camping Pehoe, our base camp at the end of the day.

Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (20km).

Day 8 - El Calafate ( 21st Dec 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo.

Today we leave Torres del Paine behind us and head across the border to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 9 - El Calafate ( 22nd Dec 2019 )

Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided full day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Boat trip beneath the Perito Moreno Glacier

ARS 800

Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement!

ARS 300
Day 10 - El Chaltén ( 23rd Dec 2019 )

Today we have a short drive across the Patagonian steppe to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 11 - El Chaltén, Los Glaciares National Park ( 24th Dec 2019 )

Enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Horse riding and trekking around El Chalten

ARS 1600

Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range

Free

Enjoy a spectacular kayaking trip down the Río de las Vueltas, taking in some incredible views of the surrounding mountains

USD 125

Head on a rock-climbing course in the magnificent landscapes surrounding El Chaltén

USD 90
Day 12 - Argentinian Patagonia ( 25th Dec 2019 )

Today we will have a full day drive north along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). Please note that the road from here all the way to Futaleufú is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere near the town of Perito Moreno.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 13 - Carretera Austral, Cerro Castillo National Reserve ( 26th Dec 2019 )

Border information: Exit Argentina at Ingeniero Pallavecini, enter Chile at Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez.

Today we will drive across the border into the magnificent scenery of the Chilean Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning areas in South America. We will arrive in the beautiful mountains of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve.

In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a traditional Chilean BBQ 

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Cerro Castillo National Reserve ( 27th Dec 2019 )

Today we have a free day to hike to the stunning turquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding.

We camp in the same campsite.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hike to the stunning Laguna Cerro Castillo 

Free

Explore the beautiful mountain scenery of Cerro Castillo on a horse riding trip

CLP 16000
Day 15 - Puyuhuapi and Queulat National Park ( 28th Dec 2019 )

Today we drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park, where we can take a short walk in the enchanted forest to see the spectacular Hanging Glacier.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

In Queulat National Park we will camp at a basic campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the stunning Queulat National Park, and take a trek through the 'Enchanted Forest' to view the magnificent Hanging Glacier

Included in Kitty
Day 16 - Futaleufú ( 29th Dec 2019 )

Today we continue to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú.

In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 17 - Bariloche ( 30th Dec 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Rio Futaleufú, enter Argentina at Rio Futaleufú.

Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District.

In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 18 - Bariloche ( 31st Dec 2019 )

Today will be a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Horse riding and mountain biking around Bariloche

ARS 1750

Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche

ARS 2100

Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche

ARS 420

Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making

ARS 50

Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip

ARS 550

Explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes

Free
Day 19 - Pucón ( 1st Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.

Today we will drive through the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.

In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 20 - Pucón ( 2nd Jan 2020 )

We will have a free day in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Horseriding, white-water rafting or hikes around Pucon

CLP 35000

Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs

CLP 10000

Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park

CLP 7000

Learn all about Pucón and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town

Free

Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón by mountain bike

CLP 10000

Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón

CLP 25000

Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucón

CLP 25000

Climb the stunning volcano of Quetrupillan near Pucón, an ideal alternative to Villarica if that option is closed

CLP 90000
Day 21 - Buchupureo ( 3rd Jan 2020 )

Today we will leave the Chilean Lake District behind and head for the coast to the laid back, farming village of Buchupureo, where we can relax by the beach.

We will stay in a campsite with facilities, close to the beach.

Estimated drive time: 6-7hours

Day 22 - Santiago, San Javier ( 4th Jan 2020 )

Today we have a leisurely breakfast, before heading into the wine region where we will make a stop at a vineyard for a wine tour and tasting.  In the afternoon we continue our journey to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago. 

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Whet your palette during winetasting at a vineyard in San Javier

Included in Kitty
Day 23-24 - Santiago ( 5th Jan 2020 to 6th Jan 2020 )

Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide

Free

Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia

Free

Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city

CLP 21000
Day 25-26 - Mendoza ( 7th Jan 2020 to 8th Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores.

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tour of some of the many wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza

ARS 1400

Explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodegas

ARS 950

White water rafting on the Mendoza River

ARS 1000

Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza

ARS 450
Day 27 - Córdoba ( 9th Jan 2020 )

Today we have a full days drive to the bustling city of Cordoba, we will have a free morning here tommorw to explore.

Estamiated drive time: 10 hours

In Cordoba we will stay in a centrally located hotel or guesthouse.

Day 28-30 - Estancia ( 10th Jan 2020 to 12th Jan 2020 )

Today we will have a leisurely start to the day, with time to explore Cordoba.  After lunch we will complete our drive to the Estancia.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

On the following two days we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Included in Kitty
Day 31 - Tafí Del Valle ( 13th Jan 2020 )

Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains. 

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 32-33 - Cafayate, Quilmes Ruins ( 14th Jan 2020 to 15th Jan 2020 )

Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate

ARS 150

Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Free
Day 34-35 - Salta ( 16th Jan 2020 to 17th Jan 2020 )

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below

ARS 200

Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip

ARS 1300
Day 36-37 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 18th Jan 2020 to 19th Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit Argentina at Paso Jama, enter Chile at Paso Jama.

Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Included in Kitty

Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace

CLP 5000

Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert

USD 30

Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour

CLP 25000
Day 38 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 20th Jan 2020 )

We will depart San Pedro de Atacama early today to drive to the world's highest Geyser field, at 4300m above sea level, the El Tatio Geysers are an impressive sight first thing in the morning.  After time to explore, we will continue our journey into the Reserva Nacional Alto Loa, we will have plenty of opportunities for photographs along the way on this scenic drive.

Tonight we will bush camp in a beautiful, remote spot close to the Bolivian Border.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.  On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.  Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes.

Included in Kitty
Day 39 - Uyuni ( 21st Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit Chile and enter Bolivia at Ollague

After breakfast we will break camp and cross the border into Bolivia.  We will take our time to enjoy the views on the way to the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 40 - Salar De Uyuni ( 22nd Jan 2020 )

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Included in Kitty
Day 41-42 - La Paz ( 23rd Jan 2020 to 24th Jan 2020 )

Today we will leave Cochabamba and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz

BOB 150

Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico

USD 125

Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins

BOB 220

Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz

BOB 130

Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography

BOB 20
Day 43 - La Paz ( 25th Jan 2020 )

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico

USD 125

Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins

BOB 220

Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz

BOB 130

Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz

BOB 150
Day 44 - La Paz, Copacabana ( 26th Jan 2020 )

Today we will head to the beautiful town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will have some time to explore.

In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 45 - Isla Del Sol ( 27th Jan 2020 )

Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).

In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol

Included in Kitty
Day 46 - Puno ( 28th Jan 2020 )

Border information: exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo.

Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno. 

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Boat trip to the floating islands on Lake Titicaca

Free
Day 47 - Puno, Cuzco ( 29th Jan 2020 )

Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco. 

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

White-water rafting and mountain biking in the Cuzco region

USD 69

Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes

USD 79

Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels)

PEN 20
Day 48 - Cuzco ( 30th Jan 2020 )

Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco.

A note on altitude: if you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In Cuzco we will stay in a comfortable Hotel close to the historic centre.

Day 49 - Sacred Valley, Inca Trail ( 31st Jan 2020 )

These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).

We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle.

Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner 

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have a lunch.  We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we have free time to explore the impressive archeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.  

Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.

No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.

There is no trekking today.

Option 3 - Train Package

You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights.

Meals included: Lunch

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour

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Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo

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TREKKING OPTIONS

Option 1

Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road. 

Option 2

Hike unspoilt Inca Trails in remote stunning Andes scenery away from tourist treks on our exclusive Wild Andes trail. 

Option 3

Take a Sacred Valley Tour, visit Ollantaytambo and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking. 

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST ADVISE AT TIME OF BOOKING IF YOU WISH TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL OR THE NON TREKKING OPTION, OTHERWISE YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PUT ON OUR WILD ANDES TREK. 

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Day 50 - Inca Trail ( 1st Feb 2020 )

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Zurite to Amaruwatana

After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.

Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 13kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba

After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river, enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m).

Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

Today is a free day to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and handicrafts.

Day 51 - Inca Trail ( 2nd Feb 2020 )

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Amaruwatana to Ancascocha

We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!

After descending for approximatley 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (meaning "Zig-zag River") flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!

After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area.

Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Trek

Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland puna to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca (meaning "Dead Woman's Pass") at a height of 4,200m. During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate. On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite.

Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.

Day 52 - Inca Trail ( 3rd Feb 2020 )

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo

Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe its tall granite walls which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica.

From here it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.

In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun. 

Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning. No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna

Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the "Town above the Clouds") where we can appreciate the Incas’ complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty. Heading down the Andean slope, we reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna (meaning "Forever Young") ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below.

Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.

Day 53 - Cuzco, Machu Picchu ( 4th Feb 2020 )

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to explore this magical place. 

In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!

Meals provided: Breakfast

Option 2 - Classic Trek

Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu

Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination - Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.

Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.

In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 54 - Cuzco ( 5th Feb 2020 )

Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes

USD 79

Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels)

PEN 20
Day 55 - Raqchi ( 6th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive south to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities.

This afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Quechua Indian homestay and community crafts project

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Guided visit to the Raqchi ruins

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Day 56 - Chivay ( 7th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small town of Chivay, where we can have an optional trip to the nearby hot springs in the evening.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the thermal springs in Chivay

PEN 15
Day 57 - Arequipa, Chivay ( 8th Feb 2020 )

This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.

After lunch in Chivay, we will drive to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 night stay and guided trip to see Colca Canyon and condors

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Day 58-59 - Arequipa ( 9th Feb 2020 to 10th Feb 2020 )

For the next two days we will enjoy free time to independently explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or to take part in some optional activities in and around the city.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Guided tour of Arequipa's Santa Catalina convent

PEN 40

Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa

USD 35

Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru

PEN 140 - 45

Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets

PEN 150
Day 60 - Puerto Inca ( 11th Feb 2020 )

Today we will continue our drive and head all the way downhill to the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 61 - Nazca ( 12th Feb 2020 )

This morning we head north to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.

In Nazca we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to the Nazca Lines

PEN 3

Fly over the Nazca lines

USD 130
Day 62 - Huacachina ( 13th Feb 2020 )

Today we continue north, stopping at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of the Nazca Lines. 

We will arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 63 - Lima, Ballestas Islands ( 14th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive the short distance to Paracas and board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.

After lunch, we will continue north to arrive at the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds on the Ballestas Islands

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Day 64 - Lima ( 15th Feb 2020 )

Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima

PEN 33

Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath

PEN 15

Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima

USD 50

Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s

Free

See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains

PEN 4

Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world

PEN 30

Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima

USD 40
Day 65 - Huaraz ( 16th Feb 2020 )

Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Paramonga Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.

In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 66-67 - Huaraz ( 17th Feb 2020 to 18th Feb 2020 )

We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE

PEN 100

Explore the remarkably well-presevered three-story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE 

PEN 15

Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash

PEN 15

Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca

USD 27

Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs

USD 30

Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region

USD 28

Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz

USD 55

Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain

USD 45
Day 68 - Huanchaco ( 19th Feb 2020 )

Today we will have a full day's drive down the stunning 'Casma Route' to the Pacific coast and on to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.

In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 69 - Huanchaco ( 20th Feb 2020 )

Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of Moche Pyramids and the Chimu city of Chan Chan

Included in Kitty
Day 70 - Lambayeque, Punta Sal ( 21st Feb 2020 )

Today we will have a full day's drive along the coast of northern Peru. 

We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

Day 71 - Punta Sal ( 22nd Feb 2020 )

Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora

USD 20

Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos

USD 20

Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas

Free

Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal

USD 10

Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal

USD 10
Day 72 - Cuenca ( 23rd Feb 2020 )

Border information: Exit Peru at Tumbes, enter Ecuador at Huaquillas.

Today we will have a long drive day north, crossing the border into southern Ecuador and arriving at the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca.

In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 73 - Cuenca ( 24th Feb 2020 )

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca

USD 6

Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation

Free

Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador

USD 25

Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export!

Free
Day 74 - Chugchilán ( 25th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route and the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 75 - Chugchilán, Lake Quilotoa ( 26th Feb 2020 )

Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador! 

The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan

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Day 76 - Rio Verde ( 27th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and head north to the village of Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.

In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 77-78 - Baños, Rio Verde ( 28th Feb 2020 to 29th Feb 2020 )

We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the beautiful hills surrounding Banos with an abundance of activities on offer

USD 3

Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay

Free

Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls

USD 20

Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Banos, which have routes suitable for people of all levels

USD 30

Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños

USD 36

Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Banos

USD 7

Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños

USD 40

Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños

USD 25

Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America

USD 25
Day 79 - Ecuadorian Amazon ( 1st Mar 2020 )

Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.

Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation. 

We will stay in a comfortable ecolodge with meals included.

In the Ecuadorian Amazon we will stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge with meals included.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 80-81 - Ecuadorian Amazon ( 2nd Mar 2020 to 3rd Mar 2020 )

Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian ecolodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves!

Included in Kitty
Day 82 - Quito ( 4th Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive back up into the highlands and arrive at the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection
USD 2
Day 83 - Quito ( 5th Mar 2020 )

Border Information: if finishing in Quito, you will most likely exit Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Quito. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín
USD 6

Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

USD 3

Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car

USD 8.5

Visit the Museo De La Ciudad

USD 3
Take a walk around Quito's incredible Botanical Gardens, which showcases all of Ecuador's various ecosystems and their flora
USD 3.5
Visit the Museo Mindalae, the extremely original project showcasing Ecuador's rich cultural diversity
USD 3
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection
USD 2
Enjoy the fantastic view over Quito's Old Town from the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the nearby Cerro Panecillo
Free

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Departing: 5 Dec 2019
Returning: 25 Feb 2020
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,940 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 14 Dec 2019
Returning: 5 Mar 2020
Duration: 83 days
Route: Ushuaia - Quito
$6,770 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 2 Mar 2020
Returning: 23 May 2020
Duration: 83 days
Route: Ushuaia - Quito
$6,780 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 4 Aug 2020
Returning: 25 Oct 2020
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,790 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 20 Oct 2020
Returning: 10 Jan 2021
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,790 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 26 Nov 2020
Returning: 16 Feb 2021
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,865 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 12 Apr 2021
Returning: 3 Jul 2021
Duration: 83 days
Route: Ushuaia - Quito
$6,850 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 2 Aug 2021
Returning: 23 Oct 2021
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,985 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 15 Aug 2021
Returning: 5 Nov 2021
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$6,985 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 9 Dec 2021
Returning: 1 Mar 2022
Duration: 83 days
Route: Quito - Ushuaia
$7,040 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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Departing: 22 Dec 2021
Returning: 14 Mar 2022
Duration: 83 days
Route: Ushuaia - Quito
$7,065 USD + $3,710 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $1150 USD
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