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Discover Lima’s character-filled plazas. Marvel at the surfing fisherman of Huanchaco. Walk through the crumbling remains of South America’s oldest pre-Columbian city. Stare up at the once mighty Temples of the Sun and Moon

Overview

Jump onboard this Overland tour between two of South America’s most iconic cities – Lima and Quito. Reaching along the back of the continent, discover places of immense natural beauty and explore regions off the tourist trail. From Peru’s sparse landscapes to Ecuador’s jungle clad mountains, visit the ancient city of Chan Chan, watch fishermen manoeuvre narrow reed boats in Huanchaco and opt to explore the towering Andes by horseback or by foot. With plenty of flexibility to choose the adventures that best suit you, this Overland journey is the best way to discover this iconic stretch between Lima and Quito.



Breakfast Included: 8

Lunches Included: 8

Dinner Included: 8

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Lima

Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES  Visit Lima's famous Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), containing over 7000 pieces of gold, silver and gilded copper from a number of Peru's different pre-Columbian cultures : PEN 33 Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath : PEN 7 Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima : USD 35 Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s : PEN 9 See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains : PEN 4 Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world : PEN 30 Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima : USD 40  About Lima: Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city. Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Vice royalty in South America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821. There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civlisations, and you can visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores. 

Huaraz

Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Paramonga Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz. In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). About Huaraz: Huaraz is situated high up in the Andes, dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world - the Cordillera Blanca. Looming over the town is Peru's highest peak, the 6,768m mountain of Huascarán. Huaraz offers great opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, horse riding and rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier. There are some wonderful nearby historical sites, such as the ancient ceremonial centre of Chavín de Huántar which dates from 1200-500 BCE, and the Wilcahuaín ruins, once an outpost of the Wari civilisation between 600-900 CE. 

Huaraz

( Day 3 to 4 ) We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES  Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE : PEN 100 Explore the remarkably well-persevered three story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE : PEN 15 Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash : PEN 15 Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca : USD 27 Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs : USD 25  Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region : USD 25 Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz : USD 55 Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain : USD 45 Head out for a day of beginners-level ice climbing in the vally of Llaco in the Cordillera Blanca mountains : USD 50 

Huaraz

( Day 3 to 4 )   We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES    Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE : PEN 100    Explore the remarkably well-persevered three story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE : PEN 15    Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash : PEN 15    Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca : USD 27    Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs : USD 25    Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region : USD 25   Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz : USD 55    Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain : USD 45    Head out for a day of beginners-level ice climbing in the vally of Llaco in the Cordillera Blanca mountains : USD 50   

Huanchaco

Today we will have a full day's drive down the stunning 'Casma Route' to the Pacific coast and on to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. About Huanchaco: Huanchaco is a small town on the Peruvian coast that is rapidly acquiring a reputation for the quality of the surfing off its relaxed beaches. Wandering along the sea front you will come across the local fishermen's "caballitos de tortora" - curved reed boats left propped up in groups together on the sand. Huanchaco is an ideal location from which to explore the numerous archaeological ruins that surround the nearby city of Trujillo. One of the most impressive sites is that of the enormous Pre-Colombian complex of Chan Chan, a vast adobe city constructed as the capital of the Chimú civilisation which thrived in the area between 900-1470 CE, when they were finally invaded by the Incas. Another incredible site is the pyramid-shaped Huaca de la Luna, the impressive remains of the capital of the Moche civilsation that flourished between 100-800 CE - this site contains some phenomenal abode structures and well-preserved painted murals of the Moche deity Ai Apaec. 

Huanchaco

Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).  INCLUDED ACTIVITIES  Head out on a guided tour of the colourful Moche Pyramids and the colossal Chimú adobe city of Chan Chan near the Peruvian city of Trujillo : Included in Kitty 

Lambayeque / Punta Sal

Today we will have a full day's drive along the coast of northern Peru. We will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipán museum in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures (please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to visit if your trip passes through on a Monday). We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES  Visit the incredible Lord of Sipan Museum in the town of Lambayeque, displaying the contents of a royal tomb of the Chimu civilisation discovered nearby - widely regarded as one of the most phenomenal collections of ancient treasure ever found (please note that this is not available on Mondays, as the museum is closed) : Included in Kitty About Lambayeque: The small Peruvian town of Lambayeque is home to the impressive Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, a world-class museum that showcases the finest artefacts from the archaeological finds at nearby Sipán. The ancient city of Sipán was a settlement of the Moche civilisation that thrived in the area between 50-700 CE. The ruins were discovered in 1987, and when excavated revealed a set of fantastic and well-preserved royal tombs. Although some tombs had been plundered, many were found intact and full of some of the most extraordinary historical treasures ever discovered in the world! Amongst the most impressive discoveries made here is the tomb of the famous ‘Lord of the Sipán’, a Moche priest found buried amidst an array of gold, jewels and fabrics - some phenomenal gold and silver ornamental and ceremonial artifacts were recovered, which demonstrate the outstanding craftsmanship of the Moche metalworkers.  About Punta Sal: Situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in a long, curved bay, Punta Sal is a haven of sun and sand. The warm and tranquil waters are a pleasure to swim in and there's also the opportunity to set out on boat trips along the coast line. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, horse riding along the beach and salsa lessons can be arranged, or just kick-back in a hammock and laze the day away, enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful spot.

Punta Sal

Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES  Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora : USD 20  Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos : USD 20 Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas : Free Explore the beaches of northern Peru on quad bikes, or ride through the nearby inland forests : USD 30 Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal : USD 10 Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal : USD 10

Cuenca

Border information: Exit Peru at Tumbes, enter Ecuador at Huaquillas. Today we will have a long drive day north, crossing the border into southern Ecuador and arriving at the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours. About Cuenca: Cuenca is Ecuador's third-largest city and its small centre is home to some beautiful architecture. The city was founded in 1557 and named after the city of Cuenca in Spain, the birthplace of the Viceroy of Peru at the time. This small university town is a pleasure to explore, and you'll discover impressive churches that date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries, attractive colonial buildings, tranquil plazas and lively markets. The Ecuadorians consider it the finest city in the country, and many of its buildings are constructed from marble and decorated with stunning woodwork and ironwork. Cuenca is also the home of the Panama hat, and you can visit one of the famous hat factories and watch the skills of the craftsman on your travels here. 

Cuenca

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.  OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES  Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca : USD 6  Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation : Free Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador : USD 25 Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! : Free 

Chugchilán

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route and the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'. In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. About Chugchilán: Set on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon, the peaceful village of Chugchilán is our base to explore the stunning green landscapes of central Ecuador. Several day hikes are available in the area, the most famous being one from the volcanic Lake Quilotoa back to Chugchilán - this is without doubt one of the most beautiful day-treks to be found in South America, and takes you through the canyon and the lush fields of the area. 

Chugchilan / Lake Quilotoa

Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador! The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section to wards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.  INCLUDED ACTIVITIES  Take a trek from the spectacular crater lake at Quilotoa : Included in Kitty  About Lake Quilotoa: Lake Quilotoa is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located at 3,600m above sea level in the hills between the towns of Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Its emerald water spans a circle with a diameter of 2kms - Quilotoa is an active volcano, but the last major eruption was over 850 years ago. It is possible to hike down from the crater rim to the lakeside. The descent takes 30 minutes and climbing back up takes about an hour. The lake also lends its name to the Quilotoa Loop, given to the winding circuit of spectacular dirt roads that connect Lake Quilotoa to Latacunga and the Pan-American Highway. The roads that lead away from Latacunga are unpaved, winding and have spectacular views of the mountains, rivers and verdant landscape. We will head to the town of Chugchilán on the northern section of the loop and head out on the southern section of the loop allowing you to see some of the more remote areas of the central Andes of Ecuador

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Trip Code: GDON

Group Size: 22

Start: Lima

End: Quito

Duration: 20

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