Ecuador & Peru Discoverer
Vielfältiges Overland-Abenteuer - Berge, Meer, Regenwald, antike und moderne Städte
- Schlendere durch das koloniale Quito
- Entdecke die Artenvielfalt im Amazonasgebiet
- Staune über die Wasserfälle um Rio Verde bei Baños
- Relaxe am traumhaften Strand von Punta Sal
- Reise zurück in die Geschichte beim Besuch der Ruinen von Chan Chan (Weltkulturerbe)
- Wandere in den Anden um Huaraz
- Termine & Preise
- Südamerika Overlandtour gemäß Programm
- Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
- Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
- 4-tägiger Aufenthalt in einer Ecolodge bei Tena
- Wanderung Quilotoa - Chugchilan
- Besichtigung der Moche Pyramiden und der archäologische Stätte von Chan Chan
Leistungen nicht enthalten
- Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
- Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
- Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.
Verpflegung15x Frühstück, 12x Mittagessen, 12x Abendessen
1. Tag: Quito
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 Quito 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 Quito.
A note on altitude: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.
In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a hollow in the mountains in between the volcanos Cayambe, Pichincha and Cotopaxi -at 2,850m above sea level, it is the world's highest official capital city. Founded in 1534 by a group of settlers led by Sebastian de Benalcázar, the town slowly grew throughout the Spanish colonial era and after the region's independence from Spain in 1822.
The colonial old town is a maze of steep, cobbled streets with intricately carved, overhanging balconies, and some of the best examples of Spanish colonial art and churches anywhere in the Americas - along with Kraków, Quito was the first ever World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The modern area of the town is lively and has some fantastic restaurants and bars. Quito's mix of European and Indian cultures make this a really fascinating city, and you will come across stalls displaying Indian textiles, colourful wall hangings, jewellery, pottery and woodcarvings. Quito has some incredible museums, galleries and parks in the city, and some excellent adventure activities and mountain treks nearby for those with extra time in the area.
- Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín - USD 6
- Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - USD 8.5
- Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - USD 2
Unterkunft: Ikalo Quito Hotel
2-4. Tag: Tena / Ecuadorian Amazon
Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.
Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation.
Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.
We will stay in a comfortable ecolodge with meals included.
About Ecuadorian Amazon:
The eastern part of Ecuador consists largely of tropical moist broadleaf forests that cover the lower slopes of the Andes and spill down into the Amazon Basin. The upland rainforest is strikingly different to that which is found in the lower basin, and features steep, rugged ridges and cascading streams and waterfalls.
From our lodge near the city of Tena, we will explore these upland forests on foot and by boat - we'll aim to find various waterfalls, caves and creeks in the forest, all the while keeping an eye out for the area's elusive wildlife. We'll also visit a local Quichua community during our stay in the forest lodge.
Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian ecolodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves!
Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.
Verpflegung: 3x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen
5-7. Tag: Rio Verde
Today we will drive through the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.
We will have two full days of free time to take part in a range of optional activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs.
In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.
About Rio Verde:
A few kilometres from the town of Baños is the small village of RioVerde, named after the clear green water of the river that flows through the town. A number of waterfalls are found along its course, the most spectacular being The Devil’s Cauldron (‘El Pailon del Diablo’), a 20 minute walk from our excellent campsite.
Whilst staying here, we will have the opportunity to take part in optional adventure activities like as horse-riding, canyoning, mountain biking and rafting, as well as making the short trip into Baños to visit the thermal springs.
Nestled in the shadow of the fiery Tungurahua volcano is the exquisite town of Baños. Tungurahua is one of Ecuador's largest active volcanoes, and provides an incredible backdrop to treks and explorations in the area. There are some beautiful waterfalls, excellent trekking and mountain biking opportunities, and some famous volcanic hot springs which give the town its name!
- Explore the beautiful hills surrounding Banos with an abundance of activities on offer - USD 3
- Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America - USD 25
- Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños - USD 25
- Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños - USD 40
- Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Baños - USD 7
- Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Baños, which have routes suitable for people of all levels - USD 30
- Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños - USD 36
- Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls - USD 20
- Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay - Free
Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.
Verpflegung: 3x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen
8-9. Tag: Chugchilan
Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.
The next day is a free day to enjoy optional activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding.
Choose to visit the stunning crater lake, and take a day trek through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador! The mostly-downhill trek usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for.
In Chugchilán we will stay in a niche local guesthouse where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.
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.
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.
Gehzeit: ca. 6 Std.
Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.
Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen
10-11. Tag: Cuenca
Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.
On the next day 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.
In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
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.
- Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! - 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 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
- Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca - USD 6
Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.
Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück
12-13. Tag: Punta Sal
Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru.
Tomorrow we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.
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.
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 justkick-back in a hammock and laze the day away, enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful spot.
- Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora - USD 20
- Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas - USD 10
- Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos - USD 20
- 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
Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.
Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen
14-15. Tag: Huanchaco
Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.
Tomorrow 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).
In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.
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.
Guided tour of Moche Pyramids and the Chimu city of Chan Chan
Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.
Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen
16-18. Tag: Huaraz
Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.
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 Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms, depending on availability.
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, horseriding and rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier. There are some wonderful near by 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.
- 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-presevered 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 30
- Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region - USD 28
- 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
Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.
Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück
19. Tag: Lima
Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.
In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.
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'lldiscover a real gem of a city.
Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in1535 and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Viceroyalty 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.
Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.
20. Tag: Lima
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Lima. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact us if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
- Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima - PEN 33
- Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - PEN 15
- 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 - Free
- Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - USD 50
- 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
Tourstil - Overlandtour
Bei einer Overlandtour geht es darum die klassischen Routen zu verlassen. Entlang der Nebenstraßen das echte Land zu erleben, zu hören, zu riechen, zu schmecken. Unterm Sternenhimmel zu campen und der Stille der Nacht lauschen, aber sich auch im komfortablem Hotel mit einer heißen Dusche zu verwöhnen. Durch die Wildnis zu fahren und versteckte Highlights zu entdecken, ebenso wie die klassischen Sehenswürdigkeiten zu besuchen. Und ja, manchmal auch auf Pisten ordentlich durchgeschüttelt zu werden oder lange Fahrttage hinter sich zu bringen, um dann aber wieder eine Pause einlegen zu können.
Und natürlich auch darum die großartige Erfahrung mit Gleichgesinnten zu teilen, denn deine Mitreisenden gehören ebenso zum Abenteuer dazu, wie die Orte zu denen ihr reist.
Einige Highlights sind in den Touren immer inkludiert, sie bieten dir aber viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget, Aktivitäts- und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammen zu stellen.
Diese Flexibilität macht sich natürlich auch in der Route selbst bemerkbar. Du möchtest lieber länger oder in umgekehrter Richtung unterwegs sein? Bitte kontaktiere uns, wir helfen dir gern bei deiner Reisewahl.
Auf einer Overlandtour bist du mehr als nur ein Passagier - du bist Teil des Teams! Jede/r auf der Reise wird benötigt, um beim Aufbau des Lagers, beim Aufschlagen der Zelte, beim Einkaufen von Lebensmitteln und beim Kochen zu helfen. Weitere Aufgaben der Gruppe sind z. B. das Sammeln von Wasser und Brennholz, das Be- und Entladen von Gepäck und das Sauberhalten des Lastwagens. Alle packen mit an und werden Teil des Abenteuers anstatt nur passive Zuschauer zu bleiben.
Für die außergewöhnlichen Reisen sind natürlich besondere Fahrzeuge notwendig. Hier kommen robuste, langlebige Mercedes-Benz-Lkw zum Einsatz, die zu maßgeschneiderten Overland-Trucks umgebaut wurden. Während du Platz nimmst in komfortablen Reisebus-Sitzen, ist gleichzeitig alles für ein autarkes Wildcamping an Bord.
Jeder Truck mit seiner markanten orange-weiße Markierung ist ein Unikat. Da sie alle etwas unterschiedlich sind, unterscheidet sich die Ausstattung leicht von Lkw zu Lkw. Meist ist aber folgendes an Bord:
- Integriertes Fahrerhaus
- Bequeme Reisebus-Sitze - nach vorne gerichtet, abgesehen von vier nach hinten gerichteten Sitzen an zwei Tischen
- Seitenmarkise für Sonnen- / Regenschutz
- Schließfächer fürs Gepäck
- Trinkwassertank mit einem Fassungsvermögen von ca. 350 Litern sowie 60-80-Liter-Kanistern
- Große Kraftstofftanks für weite Reisen
- Tontechnik mit MP3-Player-Anschluss
- 12V Ladestationen (nur einige Trucks)
- Versteckter Safe für Geld und Pässe
- Integrierter Kühlschrank
- Große Lagerräume für Lebensmittel, Kochutensilien, Expeditionsgeräte usw.
- Bücherregal / kleine Bibliothek
Standardausstattung für jeden Truck:
- Zelte mit integrierten Moskitonetzen
- Campinghocker und Tische
- Kochutensilien, Gas und Essgeschirr
- Camping Lichter
- Verschiedene Werkzeuge und Ersatzteile
- Sandmatten (falls der Truck mal steckenbleibt
Diese Reise ist auch in umgekehrter Richtung buchbar: