Active Ecuador & Peru

Active, Quito to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Carte Blanche: 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

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B) 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 (6.00 hour(s), 189km)
Day 3 Tena (1L) 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
Day 4 Tena/Baños The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoneering, hiking and rafting on the Patate River. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Baños/Llanganates National Park (1L, 1D) Included Activities: Llanganates National Park Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Llanganates National Park/Baños (1B) Continue trekking and return by foot to the entrance of Llanganates National Park to take a transfer back to Baños. Enjoy a delicious lunch waiting for you upon your return. Opt to visit local hot springs to relax and rest aching muscles. Included Activities: Llanganates National Park Trek Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Baños/Cotopaxi Enjoy a free morning in Baños to explore the area on foot or take on one of the many optional activities that the region has to offer. After lunch, the group will travel by public bus through spectacular Andean scenery arriving at a hacienda, near the base of Cotopaxi Volcano. Enjoy a choice between a biking excursion through Polilepys forest or horseback riding with views of the volcano. Included Activities: Biking Excursion or Horseback Riding Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Cotopaxi/Quito (1B, 1L) First thing in the morning, travel by private van into the national park to start the trek up to the refuge. Take in changing park scenery, and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Visit Limpiopungo lake for a boxed lunch. Enjoy lunch and catch your breath before transferring back to the capital city for a final night out on the town. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 9 Quito/Lima (1B) Your transfer to the airport and your flight to Lima are included in this trip. Please note that this flight is unescorted and your transfer will be waiting for you at the Lima airport and will bring you to your hotel. Included Activities: Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours) Plane Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 10 Lima/Cusco (1B) Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Cusco Cooking Class the cooking class in will be in the afternoon. Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 11 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L) 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). Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way. Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Day 12 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D) Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 13 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D) 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
Day 14 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D) 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
Day 15 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B) 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 16 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time.
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