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Reading Week Feb22 in Ecuador

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Price $2399 $1749 9 Days
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Reading Week Feb22 in Ecuador

$2399 $1749 per person

Trip Highlights

It’s reading week, but you can read while having some fun traveling, right? Discover the tremendous biodiversity of the Amazon Basin during a stay in a jungle lodge and raft a level-3 river. Travel down the Avenue of Waterfalls and soak in the natural hot springs in Baños, a town that offers amazing night life and adrenaline sports like paragliding, zip lining, repelling, and more.  Watch wild horses run through Cotopaxi National Park as you mountain bike down one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. Step back in time in Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, exploring historical sites and maybe climbing to the top of the Basilica’s towers. This is going to be an adrenaline packed adventure-of-a-lifetime! Or you can just read… 

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador (-/-/-)

Day 2: Travel to the Amazon Basin (B/L/D)

Day 3: Community Visit & Napo River Tubing (B/L/D)

Day 4: Jatunyacu River Rafting & Travel to Baños (B/L/-)

Day 5: Adventures in Baños (B/-/-)

Day 6: More Adventures in Baños (B/-/-)

Day 7: Avenue of Waterfalls & Avenue of Volcanoes (B/L/D)

Day 8: Bike down Cotopaxi Volcano & Return to Quito (B/L/-)

Day 9: Free Day in Quito & Home (B/-/-)

*(B/L/D) = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, when included in package; (-/-/-) when not.

 

 

Trip Details        

  • Cost per person: Sale price $1,799.00 CAD (for a limited time – if you are seeing this, it still applies); Regular price: $2,399.00 CAD (25% off!) 
    • Based on double occupancy. Single supplement $499.00 (or we would be happy to try to match you with someone).
  • Dates:  Saturday, February 19 – Sunday February 27, 2022 (9 Days/8 Nights) 
  • Group Size:  Minimum 8 people, maximum 16.
  • Inclusions: All taxes; all ground transportation in private vehicles, all accommodations (6 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a jungle lodge); all entrance fees & activities included in the itinerary; English-speaking Tour Leader; and several meals (8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners, listed in Tour Plan as (B/L/D), with vegetarian options always available; validated offsets of your international airfare.
  • Exclusions: international airfare; airport transfers; tips; alcohol; activities and meals not listed in itinerary (detailed in the TOUR PLAN Tab above, as is more details on PRICING Tab). Return airfare at the time of publishing this package was under $500 CAD from Toronto. 
  • Payment: fully refundable deposit of $500 required to hold your spot. Balance required two calendar months prior to travel. See “Pricing” tab on the top right of this page for more details.
  • All payment(s) may be made by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card via PayPal. 
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Quito
  • Included
    Accommodations
    Activities (detailed in itinerary)
    All Taxes
    All Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)
    English-speaking Tour Leader
    Meals (detailed in itinerary)
  • Not Included
    Airport Transfer (Arrival)
    Airport Transfer (Departure)
    Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages
    Personal Expenditures
    Return International Airfare
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Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador (-/-/-)
Welcome to Ecuador! On this day you will meet with your guide in the afternoon for a briefing about the details of your wonderful upcoming trip. If you arrive early, there is lots of fun to be had in the capital of Ecuador. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the western hemisphere, separated into the old colonial centre, where your hotel is located, and the newer more commercial centre. The long, skinny city sits almost directly on the equatorial line, nestled among volcanoes, at over 2,800 meters (almost 10,000 feet) above sea level. You may feel the altitude a little right away, so take the opportunity to acclimatize. The natural remedy of coca tea is at your disposal in the hotel lobby, as needed. The old city is full of beautiful historical buildings, squares, and churches, many of which are a very short walk from the hotel.
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Day 2: Travel to the Amazon Basin (B/L/D)
This will be a long day of travel with amazing scenery along the trip, high up over the Papallacta Pass and then down into much warmer climes, with waterfalls lining the way. The journey from Quito to Tena takes about five hours. Then a vehicle from the jungle lodge will pick you up in Tena and take you the rest of the way - about another 45 minutes. You will arrive just in time for a welcome lunch, before heading out with your local guide for a hike into the jungle to learn about medicinal plants and life in the Amazon, as well as visiting the Giant Ceibo tree. Later in the afternoon, return to the lodge and learn how to prepare chocolate from scratch, which you will be able to enjoy on top of your dessert after dinner tonight.
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Day 3: Community Visit & Napo River Tubing (B/L/D)
Enjoy breakfast before getting into a motorized canoe to navigate the Napo River. Visit a local Indigenous community and get to know a resident family who will share their lifestyle and customs with you. Don´t forget to try chicha, the local drink your hosts will prepare just for you. After lunch, it's time for tubing, a relaxing activity of taking in the sites and wildlife while floating down the Napo River - a major tributary of the Amazon River.
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Day 4: Jatunyacu River Rafting & Travel to Baños (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tena for your rafting adventure. The Jatunyacu River is located about an hour from the city of Tena. Gear up and hit the river - following a detailed safety briefing from your local guide. This is a Level III river, however no previous experience is required. The trip offers a fun variety of rapids mixed with calmer sections. After a few hours in the raft, you will stop for lunch on one of the river's beaches. Then it's back on the raft for another hour of fun before arriving to Puerto Napo, where your rafting adventure ends. You will have the opportunity to shower and change clothes in Puerto Napo before the next leg of the journey. Then a private bus will take you to Baños. The journey from Tena to Baños will take around 3 1/2 hours. After settling into your rooms, you will get a brief walking tour of the area surrounding your hotel. The evening is yours to explore the town at your own pace, including dinner at your choice between a variety of options within close proximity of the hotel. Prior to heading out for dinner would be a good time to look at booking whatever you feel up to the next day (if that's necessary), whether local spa services or something more adventurous. There are LOTS of options here. The best hot springs in town are very affordable and less than five minutes from your hotel.
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Day 5: Adventures in Baños (B/-/-)
Enjoy a day on your own in Baños. There are lots of optional activities to choose from today - from relaxation to big adrenaline fun. Let's see what you feel up to!
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Day 6: More Adventures in Baños (B/-/-)
Another free day in Baños? Yep. There are that many things to choose from. The nightlife is a lot of fun seven days a week here too.
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Day 7: Avenue of Waterfalls & Travel to Cotopaxi National Park(B/L/D)
This morning after breakfast, it's time to pack up and move on. The day will start with a trip down the Avenue of Waterfalls, a dramatically beautiful highway that boasts 19 waterfalls in total. You will get out to hike the most beautiful of them, called the Pailon del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron).  At a waterfall a little further down the river, you will also get out to cross a deep valley by cable car to see another spectacular waterfall, the Manto de la Novia. Next you will be heading to take the way to the stunning Cotopaxi National Park.
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Day 8: Bike down Cotopaxi Volcano & Return to Quito (B/L/-)
Your biking adventure starts at the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park, where you will meet your local biking guide. Take a drive in one of the 4x4 jeeps for about 40 minutes - to the base Cotopaxi to the base of the glacier, and then take some time to test your bike, gear up and listen to your local guide's safety briefing, before you begin pedaling alongside Cotopaxi volcano. The path is mostly flat and allows for plenty of stops on the way. Be sure to keep your eye out for condors flying overhead and the wild horses that run freely through the park. Your chances of seeing both are excellent. After a few hours, you will stop to enjoy a fresh meal while resting your legs. Then it's back on your bike for another hour, eventually reaching the park's entrance, where your biking adventure comes to an end. Return to Quito for the night. Maybe dinner out on la Ronda? That's a very fun street just a few minutes walk from the hotel, often with live music. Have you tried guinea pig yet? There are some great restaurants on La Ronda too.
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Day 9: Free Day in Quito & Home (B/-/-)
There are no activities planned today. You can leave your hotel at any time, and breakfast is included when the timing is right for you. If you have some time before your flight leaves (give yourself at least an hour to get to the airport), you may want to explore the old part of the Quito, close to the hotel, to see some of the spectacular sites and squares. Stroll through Plaza Grande (also referred to as Independence Plaza) and through the Archbishop's Palace to try some traditional candy. From here, walk about 800 meters uphill to reach the Basilica del Voto Nacional – where we would strongly encourage you to daringly explore the church from the top towers for incredible views and photos opps. We hope you have had a wonderful reading week traveling in Ecuador!
Pricing is in $CAD, per person, and includes all applicable taxes:
  • Cost per person: Sale price $1,749.00 CAD (for a limited time - if you are seeing this, it still applies); Regular price: $2,399.00 CAD (over 25% off!) 
    • Based on double occupancy. Single supplement $499.00 (or we would be happy to try to match you with someone).
  • Dates:  Saturday, February 19 - Sunday February 27, 2022 (9 Days/8 Nights) 
  • Group Size:  Minimum 8 people, maximum 16.
  • Inclusions: All taxes; all ground transportation in private vehicles, all accommodations (6 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a jungle lodge); all entrance fees & activities included in the itinerary; English-speaking Tour Leader;  most meals (8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners, listed in Tour Plan as (B/L/D), with vegetarian options always available; validated offsets of your international airfare.
  • Exclusions: international airfare; airport transfers; tips; alcohol; activities and meals not listed in itinerary (detailed below). Return airfare at the time of publishing this package was under $500 CAD for the best flight times. Although we don't book your airfare, we will give you tips.
  • Payment: fully refundable deposit of $500 required to hold your spot. Balance required two calendar months prior to travel. See "Pricing" tab on the top right of this page for more details.
  • All payment(s) may be made by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card via PayPal. 
Notes on Pricing
  • This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made. Availability of all services is guaranteed upon confirmation of reservation.
  • Small changes in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on changes in the weather, road conditions, flight schedules and/or room availability. Therefore, quoted rates might change accordingly.
Booking International Flights
For the time being, international flights will be left out of packages. This will not only allow you to pay for flights with points or whatever method you want that may allow you to accrue some points, but it also allows you to choose the flight times that make the most sense for you, as well as to add on days or otherwise. Furthermore, if a cancellation does have to happen for some reason, airlines are well positioned now to deal with clients one-on-one, providing excellent assurances that you will get your full money back or receive a travel credit. It’s much easier on a direct basis.  
Single Supplements
If you want to stay in your own room, we get that. The addition of a single supplement charge is included in the pricing above. If you would rather keep the price down, we would be happy to try to find you a roomie. We have helped start many lasting friendships through our care to put the right people in rooms together. It helps when it is the right fit. Please get in touch if you want us to help you find a roommate for this trip. We will ask you a few key questions to try to match you with someone.  
Other Currencies
We would be happy to provide you with a quote in your currency of choice - please get in touch to let us know what that is, whether USD, Euros or otherwise.