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FAM Trip to Ecuador 2018

8 Days / 7 Nights

Package Overview

May 9 - 16, 2018

For travel agents and a companion only: Ecuador highlights with the Galapagos.

Agent Commission Starting At: $95.00

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $950.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Transfer from the airport to the hotel. 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.

Accommodations in Quito.

Day 2

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to San Francisco Market:

This is one of the oldest markets in the city. It has been around for over 120 years and has the charm, tradition, and flavor of the typical Quiteño markets. Here you can find fresh groceries, vegetables and fruits as well as food stands, herbs (for ritual cleanses to improve health and energy). There is a giant food court where visitors can taste typical dishes such as hominy, llapingachos (fried potato cakes), locro de papa (potato soup), chicken stew, hornado (slow roasted pork), and nutritious juices made from fruits and vegetables. The majority of the merchants work the same stands their families have for generations.

Visit to Cathedral Church’s Domes:

The Cathedral is one of the oldest temples in South America. Its construction includes styles such as the Baroque, Moorish, Rococo, Neo-gothic, and Neo-classic. This temple has domes that allow visitors a majestic view of the architectural complex surrounding the historical center. One of the domes has a weathercock, which has inspired a singular legend called “El Gallito de la Catedral”. At night, the domes are beautifully illuminated, making it a must-see attraction.

Visit to La Compañia de Jesus Church:

Considered to be the “Jewel of the Baroque Period in America”, this place overwhelms visitors with the beauty and splendor of its temple, which is covered in gold leaf. Its Baroque facade is a work of art built from volcanic rock. The great altar, crafted by Bernardo de Legarda, contains the sculptures of the four religious communities that evangelized Quito. The construction of the church took 160 years, beginning in 1605. Its architectural design used two emblematic Jesuit temples in Rome as reference: Il Gesú and San Ignacio. The temple of La Compañía was built by the hands of countless artists from the "Escuela Quiteña", mostly anonymous, who demonstrated their skill and commitment by carving and gilding every inch of the church with fine sheets of 23-karat gold.

Lunch time.

Visit to "La Ronda Neighborhood" - Taracea - Forja Artística - Humacatama - Dulce Placer (Quesadilla and Ice Cream)

La Ronda is a traditional street representing bohemian art and old Quito. It is Quito’s oldest street and is known for food, crafts, and outdoor entertainment, especially at night. It was here that musicians played (pioneers of the pasillo), artists painted, and the poets of the 1930’s mingled. One block south of Plaza Santo Domingo is the Centro Histórico where you can see and play games of the past like tops, yo-yos, wooden dolls, and hopscotch. This is also the place to take photos of artisans at work with silver, straw and tin at shops like Zalabartes, Humacatama, and Chez Tiff. You will also find artisans creating with chocolate, honey, wood, and textiles. You will smell quesadillas, empanadas, bread and canelazo - an alcoholic hot drink made with brandy and cinnamon that is consumed in high areas of Ecuador and neighboring countries. At night, you will find musicians singing traditional songs to compliment your food in bars and restaurants. In La Ronda you will also experience art like sculptures, credenzas, even saddle bags where traditional baroque and European iconography are fused with indigenous and modern art.

Accommodations – Quito

Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3

Friday, May 11, 2018

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to the Middle of the World Monument

Here visitors can experience Latitude 0 and place a foot in each hemisphere at the same time. They can also learn about the work of the scientists who participated in the Geodesic Mission, and their work in delimiting the earth’s hemispheres. The city of the Middle of the World has several museums, restaurants with a typical Ecuadorian menu, handcraft shops, and much more. The headquarters of the UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) is nearby, built next to the city, promoting unity among South American nations.

Visit to Intiñan Museum

Guides at this museum recreate fun physics experiments to show visitors that they find themselves at 0° Latitude, which has been confirmed by using methods such as GPS. Here, visitors can see an egg stand on its own atop the head of a nail, or how water drains counterclockwise, depending on the hemisphere in which they find themselves. They can also learn about Pre-Colombian cultures from the area, their advances in science, astronomy and their world-view.

Visit to Pululahua View Point

Few places are as dazzling as the Pululahua volcano, which has been dormant for thousands of years. Its crater is a calm valley and is moistened by the fog. This is a splendid place to explore and to stay. The volcano is in the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, which has 13,000 hectares of land and shelters many plant species and a wide variety of fauna. The Pululahua is one of the only inhabited craters in the world, which you can descend into on foot.

Lunch time

Craft Beer Experience at Cervecería Gourmet

Whether it’s toast, wheat, barley, or malt, and high or low fermentation, craft beers have seduced the most demanding palates and Quito is no exception. The origin of beer in Quito has a historical tradition dating back to 1535, when the construction of one of the most important religious architectural complexes of the city was begun, the convent of San Francisco. The cloister of this temple was where the first beers were made by the priest Fray Jodoco Ricke, who brought the first seeds of barley and wheat to the country. Herbs and spices from the garden were added, producing an alchemy of flavors and aromas. Today, this refreshing drink returns rejuvenated and with renewed nuances, the product of new recipes that combine different types of hops, malts and Andean grains to produce singular and different flavors.

Accommodations in Quito

Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Breakfast and Check out

Drive north towards Imbabura “the lakes” Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayllabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its 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 Otavalo Indian Market, the famous market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings, such as their famous ponchos, and other textiles like rugs, mittens, and scarves. This market is like a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work. Afterward we will head to Hacienda Zuleta, which is a colonial hacienda, with 1700 hectares of productive land that has belonged to the family of former President Galo Plaza Lasso for more than 100 years. In Zuleta, you are a guest of the family, and will be received as such. Here in Zuleta, we will enjoy a two hour horseback ride in the beautiful surroundings of this hacienda.

Accommodations – Hacienda Zuleta

Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Breakfast and check out. Head back to Quito.

Flight to the Galapagos – Baltra

Arriving to Baltra, we will take a shuttle to Santa Cruz Island where we will reach the highlands with its green vegetation where we will stop to visit a Ranch. Here we will be able to see Giant Turtles in their natural habitat. After lunch at the ranch, we will head to Puerto Ayora to check in to our selected hotel.

Accommodations

Meals included: B/L

Day 6

Monday, May 14, 2018

Breakfast at hotel

Navigable Excursion – Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plaza or Santa Fe Island

Today you will have the opportunity to do a navigable excursion to another Island, in order to discover the diversity of the Galapagos Islands. The tour consists of a hike around the island, and afterwards you can snorkel, swim or just relax. Based on availability, we can confirm one of the following tours: Bartolome Island: Discover amazing landscapes and fascinating geological formations. Here you will have great opportunities for snorkeling.

North Seymour Island: The main fauna species of this island are Land Iguanas, the Magnificent Frigate birds with their incredible scarlet pouch, blue-footed boobies and their courtship dances and sea lions surfing across the waves.

South Plazas: This is a small island but has an outstanding concentration of wildlife, dramatic cliffs, a spectacular natural red carpet of algae and great contrasts.

Santa Fe: This Island has a lot of diversity. The lagoons of Santa Fe Island provide an excellent place for snorkeling alongside colorful fishes, sea lions, giant tuna and even small sharks that are often sighted in these environments.

Accommodations

Meals included: B/L

Day 7

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Breakfast at hotel

Same as yesterday – choice will be determined on site.

Meals included: B/L

Day 8

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

After breakfast, check out

Charles Darwin Station Tour

We will travel to the Charles Darwin Station, which is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation, as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of varied sizes and shapes. Travelers here can freely walk and get their photos taken with the tortoises. Among other inhabitants at the center, you can see the land and marine iguanas and different species of birds.

After the tour, transfer to the airport, fly back to GPS and connect back to the USA.

Meals included: B/-/-

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Private transfers with an English speaking guide
  • Accommodations in suggested hotels
  • Meals as per the program (B: Breakfast ,L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Excursions mentioned in the program with an English speaking guide
  • Transfer Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide on all Excursions
  • Contribution to the local community

 Package Does Not Include

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities – note amount and pre-pay
  • Additional activities outside of those listed in itinerary
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Airfare to/from Galapagos; estimate $575 per person
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US $100 per person)
  • Galapagos Migration Card (US $20 per person)

 Package Notes

  • The daily boat trips are subject to availability, weather conditions and Galapagos National Park authorizations. Possible places to visit: Bartolome, North Seymour, South Plazas, Isabela, and Santa Fe.
  • The itineraries are subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions, Galapagos National Park authorizations, operational issues or passenger safety.
  • Non agent guest of agents pay an additional $150
  • Single pricing available upon request
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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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
  • San Francisco Market
  • Cathedral Church
  • La Compania de Jesus Church
  • La Ronda
  • Middle of the World
  • Pululahua Crater
  • Otavalo Indigenous Market
  • Hacienda Zuleta
  • Galapagos