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Discover Peru and Ecuador Day by Day

Discover Peru and Ecuador

DAY 01 LIMA (Perú)

Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.

DAY 02 LIMA


Morning 3-hour city tour including the historical center of Lima: the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral at Plaza Mayor. Visit the Art Museum at the Cathedral and the 17th century Convent of San Francisco. Before returning to the hotel short tour of the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After noon at leisure. Overnight. (B)

DAY 03 LIMA / CUSCO

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco.Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour including: the Koricancha Temple or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko. Overnight. (B)

DAY 04 CUSCO/ Urubamba / CUSCO

Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of Urubamba to visit the village of Pisac and its colorful market where artisans from the area congregate to seel their crafts. Then on to Maras, salt production mines since Inca times. Finally visit Ollantaytambo fortress, excellent example of military architecture. Overnight. (B)

DAY 05 CUSCO / Machu Picchu / CUSCO

Early transfer to the station on time to catch the train to Machu Picchu, citadel hidden in the exuberant vegetation of the jungle from the Spanish expansion and discovered only in 1911 by the American Hiram BIngham. After 3 hours train ride arrive to Aguas Calientes and bus transportation to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will start. Buffet lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Cusco. Overnight. (B, L)

DAY 06 CUSCO / PUNO

Transfer to the bus terminal. Departure on touristic line to Puno. Visit en route the small village of Andahuaylillas and the remains of Racchi. Lunch en route. Evening arrival in Puno and transfer to selected hotel (B,L)

DAY 07 PUNO

Full day excursion by boat to Taquile inhabited by a Quechuaspeaking population that has developed through many generations both an efficient and original social system. On the way back stop at the incredible floating islands of the Uros. Lunch included. Overnight. (B, L)



DAY 08 PUNO / LIMA

Transfer to the airport visiting en route de ancient cementery on Lake Umayo. See the cylindrical stone chullpas or burial tombs built by pre-Inca civilizations. Flight to Lima. Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Overnight (B)

DAY 09 LIMA / QUITO (Ecuador)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Quito. Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon panoramic tour of centre town declared by Unesco a World Heritage site in 1978 Pass by the Alameda Park and the Basilica followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses to the

Independence Square where the presidential palace is located as well as the Cathedral, La Compañia Church and San Francisco Church Overnight (B)

DAY 10 QUITO/ Cotopaxi /BAÑOS


Early departure by car heading south through the famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi volcano is one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador, being the highest active volcano in the world. Then on to the village of Baños located at the foot of Tungurahua

volcano which provides wonderful hot springs. Before arriving visit the Salasaca Indian community. Overnight at  selected hotel (B)

DAY 11 BAÑOS/ RIOBAMBA

Departure to Riobamba passing through Ambato and Chimborazo's National Park on the way to Guaranda. Visit El Arenal to see local vicuñas and continue on to the shelter for a beautiful panoramic view. Early afternoon arrive to Riobamba and after checking-in short walk through the city. Overnight (B)

DAY 12 RIOBAMBA / CUENCA

After breakfast head off to Alausi to board the famous train to “The Devil's Nose” . Four-hour train ride returning to Alausi mid-afternoon. (train runs on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday only). Then continue by car to Cuenca visiting en route Ingapirca fortress located at 3100 masl and considered the most important Inca ruins in Ecuador. Early evening arrive to Cuenca and to selected hotel. Overnight (B)

DAY 13 CUENCA / GUAYAQUIL

Morning city tour of Cuenca including a walk to the flower market,the Cathedral, the Calderon Park, La Merced church and convent among other attractions. Early afternoon departure by private transportation to Guayaquil. Overnight

at selected hotel (B)

DAY 14 GUAYAQUIL/ HOMEBOUND or extensions. Transfer to the airport on time for the international flight back home or continue with an optional extension to Galapagos. (B).