Quito to La Paz Adventure - Lares Trek

Quito to La Paz Adventure - Lares Trek


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic five-week journey through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all - the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon, and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves, and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Day 1: Quito
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Casa CarpeDM (or similar)

Day 2: Quito/Tena
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Activity: Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.
Accommodation: Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Tena
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.
Activity: Cycle to the Indigenous Shandia community, a rural village surrounded by rivers and lush Amazonian landscapes. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive experiences led by the village's youth. Spend an hour and 45 minutes cycling from Pimpilala village to Shandia stopping along the way to take in the beauty of the Amazon. These cultural tours are seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. This provides an economic opportunity for youth who traditionally would have left the community to find work. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a new generation in the community and contributing to the preservation of their culture.
Activity: Stay overnight at the Shandia Indigenous lodge located in the Ecuadorian Amazon. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive tours led by the village's youth. The community lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Watch a chocolate making demonstration and learn about their cultivation of cacao and their traditional agriculture practices. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by women who were provided with culinary training through the project. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Accommodation: Shandia Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Tena/Baños
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.
Transport: Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.
Accommodation: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Baños
Enjoy a free day in Baños, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world or soak in nearby hot springs.
Free Time: Get out there and get exploring.
Accommodation: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Day 7: Baños/Cuenca
Enjoy the scenery on the way to the charming town of Cuenca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel La Casona (or similar)

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 bus to Mancora.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas Day Room (or similar)

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.
Free Time: Chill out in this Peruvian fishing village, head to the beach or give surfing a try.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Day 10: Máncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Day 11: Máncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy this beachside town.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 12: Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.
Accommodation: Hotel Huankarute (or similar)

Day 13: Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 14: Lima
Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city. Opt to pre-book the Lima Cooking Class and learn how to cook some classic Peruvian dishes using ingredients from the local market.
Free Time: Get out and get exploring!
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Day 16: Lima/Paracas
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Free Time: There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.
Accommodation: Hotel Refugio del Pirata (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Paracas/Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.
Accommodation: San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 18: Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time during the day.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 19: Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring.
Free Time: Make the most of your time here.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Day 20: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Accommodation: Casa de Lucila (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Activity: Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 22: Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Free Time: Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 23: Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Day 24: Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 25: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 26: Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft). Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft) at the G Adventures-supported community run campsite.
Activity: Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. This G Adventures for Good project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of treks in the region. Planeterra provided $10,000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell them to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks.
Accommodation: Cuncani Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Lunch in Chancachaca.) Dinner

Day 27: Cuncani/Kuyoc
Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.
Activity: Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation.
Accommodation: Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 28: Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a good night's rest at your hotel.
Activity: Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Kantu Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 29: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 30: Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Free Time: Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 31: Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 32: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Activity: Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.
Activity: Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.
Accommodation: Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 33: Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Activity: Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).
Free Time: Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 34: Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 35: La Paz
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
20 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport
Public bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca. Amazon Jungle excursion. Beach time in Mancora and Huanchaco. Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Lares Trek hike with a local guide, cook, and porters (3 days). Lake Titicaca excursion with overnight family homestay. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels (20 nts), hostel (4 nights, multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (2 nts), homestay (3 nts), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt).

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