The Real Deal Vacation package to the Galápagos and Ecuador includes airfare between Miami and Quito on LAN Airlines; flights between Quito and San Cristobal Island, San Cristobal Island and Isabela Island, and Santa Cruz Island and Quito; a two-hour speedboat ride between Isabela Island and Santa Cruz Island; all transfers and ground transportation; Galápagos National Park Fee and transit control card; two nights at the Sheraton Quito Hotel (one at the start of your trip, and one at the end); two nights at Casa Opuntia on San Cristobal Island; one night at Iguana Crossing on Isabela Island; one night at the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn on Santa Cruz Island; six breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners; an extensive sightseeing program with a naturalist guide on three of the Galápagos Islands, including a walking tour of San Cristobal Island to see the rare birds, sea lions, and iguanas of the island, a snorkeling adventure to see native sea turtles and other unique marine life, a sailing trip to Kicker Rock, a guided hike on "El Muro de las Lagrimas" (a prison built of lava rocks from the island's days as a penal colony), a trip to Tintoreras to see the native Galápagos penguins, a visit to the El Chato Reserve (home to the giant tortoise), a walking tour of the Los Gemelos lava tubes, and a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station; from $3,199 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Feb. 26, Mar. 26, Apr. 23, May 21, 2012 ($3,199).
Gateways Miami ($3,199).
The Fine Print Package price does not include the $45 Ecuador departure tax (paid locally). Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $499. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Oct. 30, 2012; add $300 for all bookings made past Oct. 30, 2012.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between Miami and Quito starts at $739 in late February (American Airlines). Add to that $219 per person including taxes for two nights at the Sheraton Quito Hotel, $150 per person including taxes for two nights at Casa Opuntia, $156 per person including taxes for one night at Iguana Crossing, and $195 per person without taxes for one night at the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn. You would also have to pay $253 per person for the flight between Quito and San Cristobal Island, $158 per person for the flight between San Cristobal Island and Isabela Island, $30 per person for the boat ride between Isabela Island and Santa Cruz Island, and $265 per person for the flight between Santa Cruz Island to Quito, as well as $100 per person for the Galápagos Islands National Park Fee and the $10 per person transit control card, bringing your total without this package to $2,275. For $924 more, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus an extensive sightseeing program with guided nature tours throughout three of the Galápagos Islands, and covers most meals, and all transportation, taxes, and fees.
More Spend more time in Quito after your trip with an additional two-night stay at the Sheraton Quito Hotel for from $299 more per person.
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