Ecuador, Air, 7 Nights, from $1,299

Discover natural beauty and ancient cultures, from the Andes to the Amazon.

By , Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011, 3:00 PM

Cotopaxi looming over Quito, Ecuador.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Quito on LAN or American Airlines; two nights in Quito at the Sheraton Quito Hotel; one night in Otavalo at Puerto Lago Country Inn; one night in Papallacta at Termas de Papallacta; two nights in Amazonia at La Casa del Suizo; one night in Patate at Hacienda Leito Los Llanganates; seven breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners; round-trip hotel transfers; all sightseeing ground transportation; the services of an English-speaking guide on tours of Quito, the Otavalo market, natural springs in Baños, and the volcanic peaks of Cotopaxi National Park, among others; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,299—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of up to $110.

When Jan. 23, 2012 ($1,299); add from $100 for Feb. 20, Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 28, 2012; from $130 for Dec. 12, 2011; from $200 for June 11, 2012; from $230 for Dec. 26, 2011.

Gateways Miami ($1,299); add from $270 for Washington, D.C.; from $275 for Detroit; from $300 for Boston and L.A.; from $350 for Chicago; from $360 for New York; from $440 for Philadelphia; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $110 in airport taxes and fees or $45 in Ecuador departure tax. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $275. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Oct. 12, 2011, for $300 in savings.

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Why It's a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from Miami to Quito starts from $491 with taxes for travel in late January (Santa Barbara Airlines). Add to that $188 per person, including tax, for two nights at the Sheraton Quito Hotel, $52 for one night at Puertolago Country Inn, $82 for one night at Termas de Papallacta, $343 for two nights at La Casa del Suizo, and $67 for one night at Hacienda Leito Los Llanganates, and you'd be paying $1,223 for just the airfare and accommodations. For just $186 more than that, this package covers the flight, seven nights' hotel accommodations, plus 20 meals, all ground transportation—including round-trip airport transfers and cross-country sightseeing—plus the services of an English-speaking guide and all taxes and fees.

More Extend your stay in Quito from $145 per person per night, based on double occupancy, plus an additional fee of $100 per person.

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