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Great Escapes: Ecuador & the Galapagos – Giant Tortoises, Fur Seals & Red Footed Boobies
    • 5995 $
    • 1995 $
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Snow-capped mountains, amazing culture and the enchanting Galapagos Islands – all combine to make Ecuador one of the most intriguing countries in South America. Explore the historic sights and exotic sounds of Ecuador’s capital city, shop to your hearts content in Otavalo, South America’s most famous Indian Fair and revitalize your body and soul in the hot thermal spring pools of Papallacta. Discover the doorway to El Dorado with the majestic peaks of the Andes Mountains glimmering in the background.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
  • Flights between Quito/Galapagos/Guayaquil.
  • Superior and best available accommodations at hotels and cruise ships in Ecuador.
  • All meals on Galapagos cruise and other meals as indicated.
  • 5-Days/4-Nights Cruise to the Galapagos Islands on the M/V SANTA CRUZ II. Naturalist guides
    provided aboard the ship. Accommodations are in double, air-conditioned cabins, with private
    facilities, based on Horizon Deck Explorer cabins. Single cabins on board SANTA CRUZ II are limited.
  • Gratuities for baggage handling, hotel tips and taxes.
  • Complimentary baggage tags.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance.

Your journey begins as you board your flight to Quito. Upon arrival in the evening, you will be escorted to your elegant hotel which is located in the heart of historic “Quito Antigo” and surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. An official National Treasure, Patio Andaluz holds centuries of history within its walls and is a marvelous building of Colonial origin, which offers every visitor an experience not unlike turning back in time. It was part of the original Solaris (original building sites) that constituted the City of San Francisco of Quito at the time it was founded. Enjoy the enchantment and comfort that this elegant boutique hotel offers, with large arches, balconies, and towering attics that gives the feeling of being in the republican era. The inviting guestrooms have hard wood floors, vaulted ceilings, original works of art and fresh picked flowers and feature colonial style headboards, armoires, Latin work desks with antique lamps, color televisions and large windows. Hotel amenities include a coffee shop, full gourmet restaurant, a Tapas wine bar, spa, gym and solarium. Overnight at the HOTEL PATIO ANDALUZ. www.hotelpatioandaluz.com

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This is truly a destination that is great to travel to year-round. In the Galapagos, the climate is generally pleasant. Due to mist, cloud cover and cool Pacific breezes, conditions are rarely hot. In Quito, over 9,000 feet above sea level, the temperature ranges from 55ºF at night to 78ºF at noon. The Coast’s climate (Guayaquil) is generally warm and can be quite humid.