Day 1 Quito Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador’s capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer by truck to the local community of Pimpilala. Stay in rustic wooden huts in the community of a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Local bus (6.00 hour(s), 189km)
Days 3-4 Tena Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Amazon Jungle Experience
Day 4 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.
Shandia Community Lodge
Shandia Biking & Community Experience
Day 5 Tena/Baños (1B) Travel to Baños, the perfect setting to get your adrenaline pumping, try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.
Pickup truck (0.75 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 6 Baños Enjoy a free day in Baños, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world, soak in nearby hot springs, or, check out ziplining.
Day 7 Baños/Cuenca Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador’s only Inca ruin site.
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Cuenca Enjoy a free day in beautiful Cuenca. Explore the city’s sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums or opt to visit nearby Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Later, catch an overnight but to Mancora.
Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)
Overnight bus (7.00-8.00 hours, 345km)
Day 9 Máncora Arrive early into the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.
Day 10 Máncora Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 11 Máncora/Huanchaco Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Day 12 Huanchaco We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.
Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Lima (1B) To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.
Day 15 Lima (1B) Depart at any time.