LA PAZ to QUITO (37 days) Andes & Amazon
Experience the Amazon rainforest at first-hand in a jungle lodge, check out the surf in northern Peru and bask on its relaxed beaches, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stay overnight with a local family on Lake Titicaca, and lose your breath exploring the world's highest capital city!
Days 1 to 3
La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world's highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Days 4 to 10
Cuzco (our base for the next week)
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu - 4 day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salcantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000 mtrs within sight of active volcanoes
Days 11 to 19
Colca Canyon - accompanied by a local guide, you have the opportunity to view the majestic condors, which can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Chauchilla Cemetery - ancient eerie tombs.
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina - visit a local winery & taste Pisco, the national drink.
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas and museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 20 to 28
Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon - built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Pacific Ocean coast - Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach or perhaps have a go at surfing the waves.
Cuenca - UNESCO World Heritage site.
Banos - a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Days 29 to 37
Rio Napo - gateway into the steamy Amazon Jungle - by motorised canoe we access our jungle camp where we spend two or three nights to view the exotic wildlife - our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Crossing the Equator we arrive into Quito, the capital.
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