Days
9
Price from
2040
Map of Ecuador to Peru Explorer including Ecuador and Peru

A South American highland adventure with plenty of comfort

Nestled high up in the Andes, Ecuador may be small but it’s brimming with sights. Explore the country’s highlights, discover the colonial streets of Quito and Cuenca. Visit the highest active volcano in the world! End your tour in Lima, Peru's capital city.


Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Lima, Peru
Destinations
Ecuador, Peru
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSQL
Physical rating
Trip rating
4 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • While Quito's main cathedral is perhaps more famous, the baroque masterpiece of La Compania de Jesus rivals any church in the world for beauty and architecture

  • Enjoy a one-night Feature Stay in a converted 16th-century residence in Quito's historical centre

  • Take a tour of Quito with our specialist historian guide and discover places of the standard tourist trail

  • The active volcano of Cotopaxi is the highest in the world. Hike through Cotopaxi National Park towards the volcano's perfectly cone-shaped peak, looking out for wildlife along the way

  • Enjoy a two-night Feature Stay in a restored Hacienda nearby Cotopaxi volcano

  • Explore Cuenca from a different perspective while taking a tour with a true Ceuncano, you will discover parts of Cuenca not many other travellers have the opportunity to see

Is this trip right for you?

  • Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary! Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.

  • Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. There are a number of days when you’ll spend time walking around sites or on tours.

  • There are a couple of long journeys on this trip, some of which are up to 8 hours. Although this may be tiring, it's a great chance to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery and chat to your fellow travellers.

Itinerary

Welcome to Quito, Ecuador! Your tour will begin with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Quito is one of the most beautiful cities in South America, sitting at 2850 metres above sea level, beneath the snow capped Volcan Pichincha. As we don't spend much time in Quito during the trip, why not arrive early and make the most of your time here? You'll be taken on a guided tour of Old Town and some of the famous sites tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Patio Andaluz or similar, Feature Stay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.
This morning at approximately 9 am you'll set out on a city tour. In addition to your tour leader you'll be accompanied by a specialist Historian guide for the old town tour, who will provide you with an in-depth and unique perspective of this city and its rich colonial history. As well as visiting the popular sites of Quito, our expert guide will point out the otherwise unnoticed features and take you off the standard tourist trail to explore places not easily discoverable. First you'll explore Quito's Old Town with its countless churches, engrossing history and wonderful museums. Along the way you'll see La Compania de Jesus, the most beautiful church in the Americas, and Calle La Ronda, Quito's oldest street. Next, head north of the city for about 45 minutes to reach the Middle of the World monument, which was built by the French in the 17th century at the precise location of the equator. You'll enter the monument and then visit the local Inti Nan museum, where you can see different experiments to prove that you're at the Centre of the Earth. After visiting the Equator line you will make a quick stop at a local sorbet shop. 'Helados de paila’ a sorbet prepared in large copper pans (pailas) kept cool on a bed of straw and ice, into which fruit, sugar and water is stirred. You will observe a demonstration of how the sorbet is made. Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to try some! Later in the afternoon, travel past the Avenue of Volcanoes (approximately 2 hours) to a lodge in the Cotopaxi area. We will arrive around 5pm and settle in for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hato Verde Hacienda or similar, Feature Stay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Quito - Historian led 'Old Town' city tour
  • Quito - Compañia de Jesus visit
  • Quito: Equator line museum visit
  • Equator Line - Museum visit
  • Equator Line - Pan Ice Cream 'Demonstration and Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today after breakfast at about 8 am you will travel approximately 2.5 hours (including a stop) to Quilotoa, a lake-filled dormant volcano. Although this stunning lagoon looks like a crater-lake, it's technically a caldera formed by the collapse of a volcano. Quilotoa is located at an altitude of 3,900 metres. Be prepared with warm clothes as it can get quite cold! You'll have the option to hike down to the lake. The walk down hill takes approximately 40 minutes. The walk back up to the top can take up to 1.5 hours and is quite strenuous, mainly due to the sandy and steep path. Please speak to your leader if you're concerned about this as you may decide to stay at the top, go for a walk along the crater or simply relax and take in the stunning views. After exploring Quilotoa, drive back to the lodge (approximately 2.5 hours) You will get back to the lodge at about 4 pm, enjoy some free time before dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hato Verde Hacienda or similar, Feature Stay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning at about 8 am you'll depart the lodge and drive approximately 1 hour before reaching Cotopaxi National Park. Here you'll visit the highest active volcano on earth, Cotopaxi. Entering the park you are at an altitude of approximately 3600mts above sea level. You will ascend a further 200 metres by car before reaching your destination, Limpiopungo lagoon. Soak in the incredible scenery of the area under formidable snow-capped peak. Keep an eye out for park wildlife, including condors, foxes, deer, spectacled bears, and more. You will spend approximately 1-2 hours in the National Park. Your next destination is Banos. From Cotopaxi National Park the drive will take approximately 1.5 hours, including a stop. This town is a traveller's secret delight. It sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by green mountains, filled with waterfalls and hot springs. Arriving at approximately 4pm you'll have some free time, perhaps head to the hot springs for a soak.
Accommodation
  • Sangay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cotopaxi - National Park visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning at about 9 am you'll have an included visit to the Devil's Cauldron waterfall. The drive up to the waterfall is approximately 40 minutes. The walk to the waterfall takes approximately one hour each way, is reasonably easy and can be done at your own pace. Once you reach the waterfall, there's a platform that takes you quite close. It's quite popular to have a picture taken here and we do recommend doing so, however please make sure you bring a rain jacket or poncho and a waterproof case or water tight snap-lock bag to keep your camera dry and any valuables dry. Afterwards you will head back to Banos town, just in time for some lunch at your own leisure. Of course your tour leader will recommend some great places to eat. Soon after lunch you'll drive approximately 30 minutes to Casa del Arbol, a treehouse on the edge of a canyon. Here on a clear day you will have views of Mt. Tungurahua, a nearby active volcano from its precarious perch. You'll head back down to Banos Town, arriving around 4 pm. This afternoon you'll have some free time. On weekdays, experience peace and tranquillity as you stroll through the town and its neighbouring hills. For those who like to get active, Banos also has plenty of adventure sports available.
Accommodation
  • Sangay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Banos - Devil's Cauldron visit
Optional Activities
  • Banos - Steam baths - USD15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leaving Banos today at about 9am, you'll head to Cuenca, widely considered the most beautiful city in Ecuador. The drive takes approximately 7–8 hours, (including stops) arriving in the late afternoon. Cuenca has an old-world ambience with historical streets, 16th and 17th century buildings, and a Cathedral erected by the Spanish in 1557. The area was conquered by the Inca well before Spanish times and was said to be so beautiful that it rivalled Peru's Cusco. It's now a World Heritage-listed site.
Accommodation
  • Carvallo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning starts at about 9 am with a visit to Ingapirca ruins, Located around 40 minutes to an hour away from Cuenca, Ingapirca are the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. Wander around the site and see the famous Temple of the Sun before returning to Cuenca. Later in the afternoon, set off to discover Cuenca from a different perspective…from Genaro’s perspective! Genaros is a local “Cuencano” whose passion for Cuenca’s history, art and architecture is contagious. Let him show you some of Cuenca’s main attractions, but also be prepared to witness a side of this town that not many travellers have the opportunity to see. The walking tour will go for around 3 hours. Later your leader will offer the group an optional visit to Turi viewpoint, where you will see spectacular views of Cuenca city.
Accommodation
  • Carvallo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cuenca - Leader Led Orientation walk
  • Cuenca - Historian led tour of old Cuenca
  • Cuenca - Turi view point
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today begins nice an early. You will depart at approximately 5am or earlier depending on your flight departure time to Lima. Drive through the mountains (approximately 5-6 hours, including stops) until you reach the border with Peru. You'll farewell your Ecuadorian leader. The border crossing can take up to an hour. Once in Peru you'll be transferred to Tumbes Airport from where you will take an included flight to Lima. Please note this flight will be unescorted, however you will be met by our Peruvian representative upon arrival at Lima airport. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax or step out into this brand new city.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Miraflores or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you would like to spend some more time in Lima, we’re happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). You may also want to consider booking our trip Best of Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia if you have more time to explore South America.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Antigua Miraflores or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts

Transport

Plane, Boat, Bus, Private vehicle, Canoe

Accommodation

Hotel Feature Stay (1 night), Hacienda Feature Stay (2 nights) Hotel (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Quito - Historian led 'Old Town' city tour
  • Quito - Compañia de Jesus visit
  • Quito: Equator line museum visit
  • Equator Line - Museum visit
  • Equator Line - Pan Ice Cream 'Demonstration and Tasting
  • Cotopaxi - National Park visit
  • Banos - Devil's Cauldron visit
  • Cuenca - Leader Led Orientation walk
  • Cuenca - Historian led tour of old Cuenca
  • Cuenca - Turi view point

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes a domestic flight. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.

Essential trip information

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