Prices include savings up to $200
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Affordable Amazon & Machu Picchu

Quito, Ecuadorian Amazon, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, & Cusco


Itinerary at a Glance
Affordable Amazon & Machu Picchu
Day Destination
1 Depart USA/Quito
2 Quito
3 Amazon
4 Amazon
5 Papallacta, Quito, & Lima
6 Sacred Valley
7 Machu Picchu
8 Cusco
9 Cusco & Lima
10 Lima/USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures July – December 2014
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA)
Highlights Equatorial Monument, Amazonian Rainforest, Pisac Market, Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu, Cathedral & Koricancha in Cusco
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LAN Airlines, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes & fees
  • All intra-flights, transfers & ground transportation
  • Accommodations in first class hotels with private bath
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • 14 Meals: breakfast daily plus 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.

Discover the wonders of two of South America’s most interesting countries, Ecuador and Peru, all in one amazingly affordable tour. You’ll visit the capital city of Ecuador and UNESCO World Heritage Center of Quito, the Equatorial Monument (Mitad del Mundo) and the world's most biologically diverse rainforest—the Amazon. Then you’ll fly from Quito to Lima, Peru, the City of Kings and the country's capital. You’ll explore Peru’s Sacred Valley and its colorful Pisac Market; Cusco, the 11,000 ft high Inca capital; and Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most impressive archeological discoveries of all time. With so much to see and enjoy, at such an affordable price... how can you possibly resist?

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This was our first ever group tour package... and we'll definitely consider another with Friendly Planet based on our experience! The accommodations are all high quality and unique; hotel service outstanding. Our enthusiastic guide, Vivian, and capable driver Jose, were warm, hospitable, knowledgeable ambassadors for their country. Vivian enjoyed maximizing our experiences whether it was at a simple ice cream stop or describing in detail church art treasures. And she's lots of fun! Highlights for my husband Harris and I were the two amazing days spent at Casa del Suizo in Amazonia. Our local guide, Ramon, welcomed us into his culture and literally made the jungle come alive letting us sniff aromatic termite nests or offering us freshly cut jungle hearts of palm to eat. And then there was the blow dart tournament...

Deborah Samuels, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
May 27
Tue Apr 22 2014 Thu May 1 2014 $2599   Departed
Tue May 20 2014 Thu May 29 2014 $2499   Closed
Tue Jun 3 2014 Thu Jun 12 2014 $2799 $2599 Closed
Tue Jul 15 2014 Thu Jul 24 2014 $2999 $2799 Available
Tue Aug 12 2014 Thu Aug 21 2014 $2799 $2599 Available
Tue Sep 2 2014 Thu Sep 11 2014 $2499 $2299 Closed
Tue Sep 16 2014 Thu Sep 25 2014 $2699 $2499 Closed
Tue Oct 14 2014 Thu Oct 23 2014 $2499 $2299 Available
Tue Nov 11 2014 Thu Nov 20 2014 $2599 $2399 Available
Tue Dec 2 2014 Thu Dec 11 2014 $2599 $2399 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 5/27/14.

Want to stay longer? Unfortunately, we don't offer early departures or late returns on this package.

Separately Paid Taxes
Ecuador, Departure tax1 (paid separately) +$45

1. To be paid locally prior to departure from Quito to Lima on Day 5.

Affordable Amazon & Machu Picchu
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$550
Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)
May 20, Jun 3, Jul 15, Aug 12, Sep 2, Oct 14, Nov 11 unavailable
All other departures included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Aug 12, Oct 14 unavailable
All other departures +$350
Los Angeles (LAX)
Sep 2, Sep 16, Oct 14 +$530
May 20, Jul 15 unavailable
All other departures +$500

Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Detailed Itinerary

Passengers departing JFK or LAX must check-in the night before for their overnight flight arriving on Day 1. An additional night's accommodation is included. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.

Affordable Amazon & Machu Picchu itineraryDay 1: USA/Quito. Your exciting tour to Ecuador & Peru begins today as you depart for Quito, Ecuador's capital city. Your guide will meet you upon arrival and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Sheraton Quito on Feb 18 departure, Radisson Royal Quito on all others.

Day 2: Quito. Arguably among the loveliest of South American cities, Quito enjoys a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains and several snow-capped volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Pichincha. The origins of the city date back to the first millennium, when the Quitu tribe occupied the area.

After breakfast, begin a panoramic tour of the city. In the modern city, visit the Legislative Palace and Alameda Park, containing the oldest observatory in South America. Continue to Quito's beautiful and charming Old Town, where you'll find blocks of colonial architecture dating to the early 1500's when the Spanish founded the city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Vintage facades line the streets, and large open plazas are surrounded by cathedrals and stately public buildings. Even more breathtaking than the exteriors are the buildings' interiors, particularly the churches, many of which gleam with real gold leaf. Visit the Monastery of San Francisco, Quito's oldest church. Built in the 16th century, the monastery is an exact replica of the Escorial Palace of Madrid.

Equatorial Monument Conclude your tour with a stop at the Equatorial Monument, the Mitad del Mundo ("Middle of the World"), commemorating the exact place where Charles Marie de la Condamine established the Equator, where you can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. Breakfast provided.

Day 3: Amazon. The Amazonian segment of your tour begins after breakfast today as you set out along a scenic stretch of road overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls. En route, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Arrive at Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where piraguas (canoes) await you for a short ride downstream to your lodge. After check-in, sip a refreshing welcome cocktail as you watch the sunset. Accommodations: Casa del Suizo or similar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Napo RiverDay 4: Amazon. Enjoy a full day exploring the wonders of the Napo River area. After a walk through the jungle, your tour guide will present two options to help you maximize your stay. The first option, for wildlife aficionados, is a tour to Amazoonico, a rescue center for wounded and displaced tropical rainforest animals. You'll be able to observe coatis, tapirs, and several species of monkey, snakes, and a variety of birds, many of which wander around freely! The second option, for adventure seekers, is an ultimate rafting experience on the Napo River. Not only will you have the chance to enjoy a refreshing ride down this Amazonian tributary, you'll actually learn how to make your own raft by tying balsa logs together. You will decide, together with your group members which program the group will take.

Later in the day, enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a local Quechua family who will explain various aspects of their traditional culture, including a special lesson on making chicha, a beverage typical of the region. Or, if you are in the mood for a more laid-back afternoon, we recommend a stroll through the artisan village of Ahuano, where you can watch traditional Quechua ceramics being created. (Excursions are provided on a group basis only.) Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Andean highlandsDay 5: Papallacta, Quito, & Lima. After breakfast, set out in canoes again to return to La Punta Ahuano. Continue by coach to Papallacta, a small town tucked away in a high Andean valley, known for its volcanic hot springs. Enjoy lunch at the Termas Papallactas Resort & Spa, and then indulge yourself with a relaxing soak in one of the resort's thermal baths. Afterwards, continue to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport to board your flight to Lima, Peru's diverse capital city, "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodations: Atton San Isidro or similar. Breakfast & lunch provided.

CuscoDay 6: Cusco & Sacred Valley. This morning, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and located 11,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a wonderful market. Here you'll have a chance to buy locally made ponchos, sweaters and other handcrafted clothing, ceramics and hand-painted beads. Enjoy browsing the "locals" section of the market, where villagers come from miles around, dressed in their traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce. Continue to Ollantaytambo, located at the foot of spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. The temple area is at the top of a series of steep terraces which helped provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex, still under construction at the time of the conquest by Spain, was never completed. Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley or Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay or similar. Breakfast provided.

Machu PicchuDay 7: Machu Picchu. It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station where you'll board the train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley, passing through stunning scenery en route to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular and enigmatic archeological sites in the world. Even those who aren't normally excited by archeology will be impressed by this Lost City of the Incas.

Unknown to the outside world until archeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Inca Empire. Believed to have served as a country retreat town for Inca nobility, the complex consists of giant walls, terraces, and ramps constructed from precisely cut rock formations. This impressive architectural feat, in combination with its breathtaking natural setting amidst mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Return to Cusco for overnight. Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco or Sonesta Cusco or similar. Breakfast provided.

Plaza de Armas, CuscoDay 8: Cusco. This afternoon, explore the main sites of this impressive city. You'll see the Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll find Cusco's beautiful 16th century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, you will see the ruins of the Koricancha, an important Inca temple to the Sun God. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors, this incredible wealth was all taken as treasure for Spain. Breakfast provided.

Lima cathedralDay 9: Cusco & Lima. Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time for lunch and then a panoramic tour of the city, driving by the Monastery of San Francisco, the Cathedral of Lima and the ornate Archbishop’s Palace and other buildings. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Then afterwards, bid adiós as you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the USA. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 10: Lima/USA. Your flight departs shortly after midnight. Your amazing South American adventure ends as you touch down in the USA later this morning.

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