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Highlights Of Ecuador & Peru Ex U.S.A.

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See the Highlights of Ecuador and Peru on this unforgettable 13 day adventure. Tour the historical cities of Guayaquil, Quito and Cusco and see the i...
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Azi Shahidi
I began my career in Cultural Tourism as a lecturer for European educational groups in the Middle East. I studied architecture and graphic design but found in tourism the ideal field to fulfill my love of history, art and people. I have lived on 3 different continents and traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas! I can speak English, French and Farsi fluently and can get by in German, Spanish and Arabic. I am very passionate about the cultural diversities one finds while traveling and my greatest ambition is to keep on traveling. I want to see the great architecture, the flora and fauna, taste the good food, drink the exotic wines, dance to different beats and enjoy the exciting nightlife that our world has to offer. That’s why my favorite destination is South America, it encompasses all of that and more!
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Experience the Best of Ecuador on a tour of this picturesque country that finishes with a 3 night cruise around the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. See the country’s diverse landscapes, from the High Andes to the lush Amazon rainforest, and learn more about the region’s history from your knowledgeable local guides before embarking on the wildlife adventure of a lifetime aboard a stylish yacht.
Tour Highlights
Explore Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, with an expert local guide
Unwind in the High Andes in the magical Papallacta Hot Springs
See the incredible flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest with a naturalist guide
Sail around the Galapagos islands for an unparalleled view of these spectacular islands
Get your camera ready for the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities on the Galapagos
   

Best Of Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise Ex U.S.A 12 Days


DAY
1
USA - QUITO
Make your own way to the airport for your international flight to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Enjoy inflight meals and services. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Quito is the largest colonial town in the Americas and is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, where you will see eclectic architecture ranging from modern skyscrapers to colonial churches.
Overnight in Quito


DAY
2
QUITO CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast today you can enjoy a fully guided city tour of Quito. You will visit La Ronda, a beautiful street in the heart of the old city, and Plaza de la Independencia, the city’s main square. Here you can see the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and several historic churches. You can then enjoy spectacular views of the city and its surroundings from the viewpoint at Penecillo hill, before driving north of Quito to ‘the Middle of the World’, where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. After spending time at the equator you will return to Quito, where you are free to relax and enjoy the city at your leisure.
Overnight in Quito


DAY
3
QUITO - OTAVALO (B)
Today you will depart Quito and drive north to the mainly indigenous town of Otavalo. You can taste exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley before crossing the Equator at Cayambe where, on a clear day, you can see the majestic snow-capped mountains and try some famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese. At the foot of Imbabura Mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador's largest lake - San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous and colourful Otavalo Indian Market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of textiles, including ponchos, rugs, mittens and scarves as well as jewellery and other artisanal work. If time permits you will also visit Cotacachi Village, known for its leather products and home to Cuicocha Crater Lake.
Overnight in Otavalo


DAY
4
OTAVALO - PAPALLACTA (B)
This morning you will travel the same route taken by Francisco de Orellana on his way to explore the legendary “El Dorado”, in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, towards the moors of the Eastern mountain range. During this trip you will see a radical change in scenery due to the changing altitude. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape at 3,300 m above sea level you will discover Papallacta Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural hot waters.
Overnight in Papallacta


DAY
5
PAPALLACTA - AMAZON (B, L, D)
Today you will leave the majestic Andes highlands and travel down into the “Oriente”, or Amazon region.  After breakfast, you will drive to Misahualli and then a short walk of about 45 minutes to see some of the jungle's diverse secondary forest and visit the breathtaking "Cascada de Latas" waterfall, and if you wish you can take a refreshing dip in its clear crystal waters. On your return walk back to the parking lot to continue your journey for Casa del Suizo. Along the way there will be several opportunities to stop for photographs of the lush green valleys and beautiful sparkling waterfalls. Have a refreshing welcome cocktail and relax in the beautiful gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers before enjoying a delicious dinner, accompanied by the nightly sounds of the Amazon jungle. Overnight in Amazon.


DAY
6
AMAZON (B, L, D)
Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge and the morning at leisure. After lunch, back at the lodge you will put on your "wet gear" (rubber boots and rain poncho) and enjoy an exciting walk in the rainforest with your expert native guide.  You will see a great variety of plants and insects, and may be lucky enough to see exotic birds and monkeys weaving around the giant trees. Later this afternoon you will return to the lodge in time for another delectable evening meal served among the sights and sounds of the jungle.


DAY
7
AMAZON - BAÑOS (B)
Today you will depart the Amazon and travel east to Baños, a small city located in a valley of scenic waterfalls, tempting hot springs and the impressive Tungurahua volcano. Visit the famous waterfalls “Manto de la Novia” and “Pailon del Diablo”, before enjoying incredible views of the active Tungurahua volcano from a lookout point.
Overnight in Baños


DAY
8
BAÑOS - GUAYAQUIL (B)
Your destination today is the bustling city of Guayaquil. On arrival you can enjoy a city tour visiting the picturesque Las Peñas area and the Malecon, the lively square overlooking the Guayas River. At the Malecon you will visit some important historical sites, including La Rotonda, a monument that immortalizes the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin. Afterwards you will walk through the old town and visit Seminario Park, which is home to many iguanas!
Overnight in Guayaquil


DAY
9
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE (SANTA CRUZ) (FLIGHT) (B, L, D)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island, one of the world famous Galápagos Islands. On arrival you will be met by our experienced cruise staff and escorted to your boat. This afternoon you will sail to the island of Santa Cruz where you can enjoy a tour of the highlands, a lush, deep green area populated with Scalesia trees. Here you will have the opportunity to observe the famous Giant Tortoises in their natural environment and see underground lava tubes that are over half a mile long – walking through them is a surreal experience!
Overnight onboard the Yacht


DAY
10
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE (FLOREANA) (B, L, D)
This morning you will sail to Floreana Island visited the island in the 18th century – the tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards and sort through and visit fascinating Post Office Bay. You will see the unofficial mailbox created from a wooden barrel by whalers who left mail to deliver at home. This afternoon you will visit Cormorant Point, home to a large flamingo lagoon where you can also see other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails. You will have the chance to see some of the island’s distinct beaches, including “Green Beach”, which has a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and “Four Sand Beach”, which is composed of white coral.
Overnight onboard the Yacht


DAY
11
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE (ESPANOLA) (B, L, D)
Today you will sail to Española Island and visit Suarez Point, where you can enjoy a hike out to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. There is also a famous blowhole here, where water spurts high into the air. This afternoon you will visit Gardner Bay on the eastern side of the island, the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has a beautiful white sandy beach where sea lions bask in the sunshine; this is a great place for diving and snorkeling.
Overnight onboard the Yacht


DAY
12
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE (SAN CRISTOBAL) – QUITO (DEPART) – USA (B)
This morning you will visit Kicker Rock on the island of San Cristobal, where the rocks stand hundreds of feet above the ocean, jutting out of the water. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life, including turtles, sharks and occasionally even manta rays. This afternoon you will be transferred to San Cristobal airport for your flight home via Quito.

Prices are on a twin sharing basis. A single supplement for up to $1649 applies for this tour.

Departures from Washington (IAD) and Chicago (ORD) add $100 to New York (JFK) price.
Departures from Los Angeles (LAX and San Francisco (SFO) add $300 to New York (JFK) price.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Ex Miami (MIA) Ex New York (JFK) Land Only
05 Jul 2017 16 Jul 2017 USD $ 3649.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
02 Aug 2017 13 Aug 2017 USD $ 3649.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
30 Aug 2017 10 Sep 2017 USD $ 3649.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
13 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 USD $ 3449.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3599.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
27 Sep 2017 08 Oct 2017 USD $ 3449.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3599.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
04 Oct 2017 15 Oct 2017 USD $ 3649.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
18 Oct 2017 29 Oct 2017 USD $ 3649.00 Per Person USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 2475.00 Per Person
08 Nov 2017 19 Nov 2017 USD $ 3649.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2475.00 SOLD OUT
15 Nov 2017 26 Nov 2017 USD $ 3649.00 Per Person USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 2475.00 Per Person
03 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
07 Feb 2018 18 Feb 2018 USD $ 3749.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 3849.00 SOLD OUT USD $ 2575.00 SOLD OUT
07 Mar 2018 18 Mar 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
21 Mar 2018 01 Apr 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
04 Apr 2018 15 Apr 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
18 Apr 2018 29 Apr 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
02 May 2018 13 May 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
15 May 2018 27 May 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
06 Jun 2018 17 Jun 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
20 Jun 2018 01 Jul 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
04 Jul 2018 15 Jul 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
01 Aug 2018 12 Aug 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
22 Aug 2018 02 Sep 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
05 Sep 2018 16 Sep 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
19 Sep 2018 30 Sep 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
03 Oct 2018 14 Oct 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
07 Nov 2018 18 Nov 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person
21 Nov 2018 02 Dec 2018 USD $ 3749.00 Per Person USD $ 3849.00 Per Person USD $ 2575.00 Per Person

Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
International return air from Toronto or Miami
Return domestic flights to the Galapagos Islands
Private airport transfers
Meals mentioned in the program as included
(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Transportation and sightseeing as per itinerary
Services of English speaking guides
Internal flights between Ecuador land and Galapagos Islands
All Air taxes and Fuel surcharges
Items of personal nature, Tips and gratuities
Optional excursions
Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp)
Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp)
Visa fees if applicable
Travel insurance
International and domestic flights for Land only option
Any items not mentioned as included
11 Nights
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Hotel Grand Mercure Alameda Real (Quito)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The Hotel offers all the amenities a business or leisure traveler requires, including tips on the city’s cultural life and sightseeing options, dining recommendations all in keeping with our promise of giving you a city to explore. 147 comfortable rooms, all with Wifi internet connection offer you a pleasant environment where you can combine business with pleasure; 41 rooms and suites privilege will bring you a personalized service, wich it will cover all needs and expectations of our most demanding customers.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Casa del Suizo (Amazon)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
La Casa del Suizo is a peaceful and relaxing lodge in the Amazon, located on the shores of Ecuador’s majestic Napo River which is just a stone’s throw away from the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. The lodge itself is situated right above the riverbank and commands unbeatable views of the magnificent jungle surrounding it. The 75 modern rooms provide full electricity, hot water and ceiling fans to make your stay with us more comfortable. Each room has its own terrace as well, with an exquisite view that may be peacefully absorbed from a comfortable hammock. With a magnificent panorama of the Napo river, our guests may also enjoy our swimming pool, outdoor dining area and pool bar, which offer an array of delicious tropical drinks.
Hotel Las Palmeras (Otavalo)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
This 150 year-old hacienda, with its towering palm trees and garden cottages with roaring log - fires, is tucked in a lush mountain valley less than two hours north of Quito, Ecuador. From the hotel it is a brief downhill walk to the bustling indigenous markets of Otavalo. Tile-topped earthen walls contain an ever-blooming perennial garden with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado, black-current, etc., which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds, vermilion fly-catchers, etc. The inn's thick adobe walls preserve the day's warmth for the cool mountain nights, and roaring eucalyptus log - fires provide a cozy atmosphere.
Termas de Papallacta (Papallacta)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Termas Papallacta is a Hot Springs Spa and Resort located in a magical High Andes landscape. More than a destination, it is an integral holistic experience that will awake all your senses. The hotel boasts 32 rooms made of preserved wood, with private bathrooms and under-floor heating,
Hotel Sangay (Baños)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Sangay Spa Hotel is located next to an impressive 80 meter waterfall and across the street from the most famous thermal baths in the City of Baños, ´La Virgen´ which have stimulating health restoring properties. Our 84 years of experience delivering quality service to our customers make us the best option for lodging in one of the most important tourist destinations of Ecuador. In 1933 the Hungarian Architect Babinsky reaches the city of Baños de Agua Santa and built what we now know as the Sangay Spa Hotel, in front of the thermal pools. He built the Hotel with a European Renaissance style with 21 spacious rooms, a cafeteria and a restaurant with large windows where one can admire the valley, mountains, beautiful gardens with exotic plants and flowers from this area. A swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, polar pool, tennis and squash courts were later added to the property.
Grand Hotel Guayaquil (Guayaquil )
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Set along a bustling downtown street, this modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from Malecón 2000, a boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River, and 2 km from the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo. Warmly decorated rooms and suites have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and desks. Room service is available. There's a refined restaurant, a 24-hour coffee shop and a cozy bar featuring live music. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a terrace with a pool table, as well as a business center.
Eden Yacht (Galapagos)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
This sleek motor vessel was custom-built in 1996 for Galapagos cruising, and completely refurbished in 2010. Eden's elegant interior and refined details are sure to please guests. It's eight ocean view double cabins all have private bathrooms and a generous hot water supply. Additionally, there is a library, TV/VCR area, restaurant/bar, and a sun deck on board. Enjoy delicious Ecuadorian and international delicacies in the buffet area, and socialize with fellow travellers over an ice-cold beer in one of two comfortable social areas.
Hi Keren:

I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time on our trip to The Galapagos, Guyaquil and Quito. Although I am not one for group travel we both thought the value was excellent, the hotels were good and the food was much better than we had anticipated.

We were very lucky as our flights out of Miami were booked on Avianca which is part of the Star Alliance. Javier and I are both Star Alliance Gold and they upgraded us from Miami to Bogota, gave us bulkhead or emergency exit row seating on the other flights and we were able to use their lounges.

Just wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with all aspects of the tour.

Thank you,

Michael C , May 2017
 
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