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Ecuador, Air, Tours, 7 Nights, From $1,049

Venture into the Amazon jungle, soak in the natural hot springs of Papallacta, and examine the wares at Otavalo Market.

Quito, Ecuador

Explore the city of Quito, Ecuador with this Real Deal.

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The Real Deal Airfare from Miami to Quito on LAN Ecuador; two nights at the Hotel Quito in Ecuador's capital city; one night at Cabanas del Lago, overlooking San Pablo Lake five miles outside of Otavalo; one night at Termas de Papallacta, famous for its natural thermal springs and coldwater pools; two nights at Casa del Suizo in Punta Ahuano, nestled in the Ecuadorian Amazon; one night at Hacienda Manteles in Patate—next door to Llanganates National Park and known for its views of the Tungurahua Volcano; 14 meals—seven breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners; sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary; an English-speaking local tour guide for a Quito City Tour, Middle of the World tour, and tours of the Otavalu Market, the Amazon jungle, and Cotopaxi National Park; all transfers between cities; and airline fuel surcharges; from $1,049 per person—plus up to $88 in airport taxes and fees.

When Feb. 26, Mar. 4, 11, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 2012 ($1,049); add $50 for Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 2012; add $150 for Jun. 10, Aug. 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2012.

Gateways Miami ($1,049).

The Fine Print Total price does not include a locally payable $45 Ecuador departure tax. Airport taxes and fees cost about $88 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $191. Passports must be valid for at least six months past the date of travel. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Why It’s a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from Miami to Quito starts from $453 in late February (LAN Ecuador). Add to that $154 per person including taxes for two nights at Hotel Quito, $43 per person plus taxes for one night at the Cabanas del Lago, $78 per person plus taxes for one night at Termas de Papallacta, $260 per person including taxes for two nights at Casa del Suizo, and $68 per person plus taxes for one night at Hacienda Manteles, and you're paying $1,056 for airfare and accommodations alone. For $7 less, this package gives you airfare, seven nights' accommodations in several Ecuadorian cities, transfers between them, most meals, five tours, and all taxes and fees.

More Visitors to the Ecuadorian Amazon are encouraged to bring insect repellant, since mosquitoes are common. No immunizations are required to travel to Quito, however a Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for visitors to the Amazon jungle. Consult your doctor for more information. It is also suggested that travelers allow a few hours to acclimatize since Quito, Otavalo, Papallacta, and Patate are located over 8,000 feet above sea level. Pack for cool, dry temperatures, and bring plastic bags to protect your valuables from rain while traveling through the Amazon.

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