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Agents Only - FAM Trip to Ecuador 2017

8 Days / 7 Nights

Package Overview

October 8 - 15, 2017 For travel agents only: Ecuador highlights with Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Devil's Nose, Ingapirca Ruins, Cuenca, and Guayaquil.

October 3-8 Pre-tour Amazon Cruise options on the Anakonda

Agent Commission Starting At: $97.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $975.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, October 8

Upon arrival in Quito, a bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and will transfer you to the hotel. The guide will be able to assist you in anything you may need.

Overnight at Casa Gangotena

Day 2

Monday, October 9

City Tour and Middle of the World

The tour begins with a visit to Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest in South America. Our first stop is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda, which used to be the home of musicians, poets and politicians long ago. Here we will learn about the traditions of the city, with an explanation of the different local spices that are used for typical Ecuadorian cuisine. Continuing, we will visit a site where metal and wood designs are hand crafted for use in traditional churches and furniture decoration. Next we will visit Independence Square, which is surrounded by important historical buildings: the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America. Not to be missed are the Church of San Francisco and the Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally, we will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill, to see the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanos.

We will drive 30 km north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World, where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located at the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to Quito.

Meals included: B,L

Overnight at Casa Gangotena

Day 3

Tuesday, October 10

Cotopaxi National Park and Indigenous Market

We will drive along the Pan-American Highway known as "The Volcanoes Avenue" towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (5,897 meters). We will drive on a gravel road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo Lake, located 3,800 meters above sea level along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon, we will visit an Indigenous Market in this area. Afterwards we will continue to Baños for our accommodations.

Meals included: B,L

Overnight at San Agustin del Callo

Day 4

Wednesday, October 11

Baños Waterfall

After breakfast, we will visit Baños. This small city is located in a valley with waterfalls and hot springs. Our tour will begin by visiting the famous waterfalls “Manto de la Novia” and “Pailon del Diablo;” later we will go to a lookout point to see the Tungurahua active volcano. In the afternoon, we will drive to Riobamba through “El Arenal,” an arid location on the slopes of Chimborazo Mountain. This gigantic mountain was included in the famous 1802 expedition led by the renowned German scientist Alexander Von Humboldt. If time and weather allow, this location offers amazing views of wild llamas, vicunas and alpacas. Accommodation in Riobamba.

Meals included: B

Overnight at Abraspungo

Day 5

Thursday, October 12

Devil's Nose Train Ride - Ingapirca Ruins - Cuenca

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we will drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose.” Due to the land topography, this is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly called “the most difficult railway in the world.” The descent is not an ordinary one; we start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and descend to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes, on zigzag railway tracks. After a quick boxed lunch, we will drive to Ingapirca Ruins, the best preserved and unique Inca ruins in Ecuador. Arrival in Cuenca.

Overnight at Mansion Alcazar

Day 6

Friday, October 13

Cuenca City Tour Half Day

After breakfast, we will begin with a tour to the city’s Historic Center. We will visit the church of San Sebastian, a picturesque and traditional neighborhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place, the Calderon Park, the Flower Plaza, the Church “del Carmen,” and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, one of the largest churches in South America. We will also visit the city’s first cathedral, Cathedral “El Sagrario,” commonly known as the “Old Cathedral.” Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaborate process of making the finest hats.

The tour continues with a visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” a communion of architecture and the natural environment. The houses are attached to the incline, displaying their majesty and charm. The tour will finish at a scenic viewpoint, the “Mirador de Turi,” where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains.

In the afternoon, we will travel 30 minutes from Cuenca to the El Cajas National Park, with over 200 lagoons and an area of 28.544 hectares. It is a very important water resource for Cuenca and Ecuador. The National Park achieved the international Ramsar wetland categories in 2002. It is an area of international importance for bird conservation and a Candidate Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rivers and tributaries that originate here flow into the Pacific and Amazon. Also, we can find the “Intercontinental Water Division” in this area. We will drive to Guayaquil city.

Meals included: B

Overnight at Mansion Alcazar Cuenca

Day 7

Saturday, October 14

breakfast - check out

We will travel 30 minutes from Cuenca to the El Cajas National Park, with over 200 lagoons and an area of 28.544 hectares. It is a very important water resource for Cuenca and Ecuador. The National Park achieved the international Ramsar wetland categories in 2002. It is an area of international importance for bird conservation and a Candidate Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rivers and tributaries that originate here flow into the Pacific and Amazon. Also, we can find the “Intercontinental Water Division” in this area. Following is a visit to to Cacao Farm

Then we will drive to Guayaquil city with a site inspection Wyndham Hotel and light snacks to hold you over until dinner.

Despedida Dinner at Caracola Azul Restaurant

Accommodation in Guayaquil at the Hilton Colon

Meals included: B, LL,D

Day 8

Sunday, October 15

Following Breakfast as time allows Check out

Guayaquil tour - The city tour of Guayaquil takes place in the downtown area where we begin by visiting Las Peñas district, located at the slopes of Santa Ana Hill. From this point, we can enjoy an excellent view of the modern Malecon 2000, located on the shores of Guayas River, which is a fine example of original architecture in Guayaquil. At Malecon we will visit La Rotonda, an important monument that commemorates the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin. We will also see the Moorish Clock Tower and many other sights. Afterwards, walk in the old town through 9 de Octubre Avenue, to visit the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguanas and Centenario Park. In the afternoon, transfer out to the airport.

Pre Tour Option – Amazon M/V Anakonda Cruise October 3-8

Agent rate $785 pp in dbl

October 3 - arrival to Quito – transfer into hotel

Hotel shuttle to transfer to hotel

Wyndham airport hotel overnight

October 4 – Quito – Coca – Napo River

Breakfast and check out. Use hotel shuttle for transfer to airport.

Departure from Quito (air priced separately). A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the M/V ANAKONDA AMAZON CRUISE. Throughout the journey, we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

October 5 – The Heart of Yasuni

After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn. After lunch, the M/V Anakonda navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as "the Stinky Turkey". The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world.

October 6 – Meeting the Community – Activities on board – Island Exploration

Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador. We return on board the M/V Anakonda for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

October 7 – Observation tour – Limoncocha Biological Reserve

In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin. In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Anakonda for dinner.

October 8 – Return to Quito to join Land FAM

In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride); flight to Quito. Join FAM

Companion rate $1471.50

Normal rate is $2943 pp

Included:

Transportation to and from Coca airport

Accommodations on board

Scheduled visits according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide

Unlimited supply of hot water, coffee and tea

All meals on board

Not included:

Domestic air round trip Quito to COCA (estimate $200 pp)

Community entrance fee $70 pp (subject to change)

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Gratuities

Personal expenses

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private bilingual guides during the mentioned excursions

 Package Does Not Include

  • Drinks and meals not mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • international air

 Package Notes

  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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8 Days / 7 Nights Ecuador Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Quito
  • The Equator
  • Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Baños
  • Devil's Nose
  • Ingapirca Ruins
  • Cuenca
  • El Cajas National Park
  • Guayaquil