Ecuador, Air/7 Nights, From $999
Sightsee in Quito and Otavalo, visit the equator line, and venture into the depths of the Amazon.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare on Santa Barbara Airlines or a similar carrier to Quito; two nights at Hotel Quito in Quito, one night each at the Cabañas del Lago in Otavalo and the Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, two nights at La Casa del Suizo in the Amazon, and one night at the Hacienda Manteles in Patate; breakfast daily, three lunches, and three dinners; guided sightseeing, including a tour of Quito, an excursion to the Middle of the World monument, a visit to the Otavalo market, trips to the Amazon, and a tour of Cotopaxi National Park; entrance fees; the services of an English-speaking tour manager and local guides; transportation by air-conditioned bus; all transfers; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $999 per person—plus airport taxes and fees of up to $80.
When Mar 20, May 22, June 12, July 17, Aug. 7, Sept. 4. and 18, Oct. 9, 2011; add $100 for Apr. 24; $200 for July 3, Nov. 20; $600 for Dec. 25.
Gateways Miami; add $110 for New York City; $180 for Chicago; $239 for L.A.; $289 for Atlanta; $347 for Houston; $380 for Seattle; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are up to an additional $80 per person. An additional Ecuador arrival/departure tax of $45 must be paid in U.S. currency when you check in for your international flight. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $220. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between Miami and Quito in mid-June starts at $344, with taxes (Santa Barbara). Add $86 per person for two nights at Hotel Quito, $34 per person for one night at the Cabañas del Lago, $65 per person for one night at the Termas de Papallacta, $265 per person for two nights at La Casa del Suizo, and $78 per person for one night at the Hacienda Manteles, and your total for accommodations, airfare, and hotel taxes is $872 when booked independently. For $207 more, this Gate 1 Travel package includes airfare, seven nights' hotel, and hotel taxes, plus breakfast daily, sightseeing, admission fees, the services of a tour manager and local guides, transportation, fuel surcharges, and airport taxes and fees.
More Optional activities include lunch after you visit the Middle of the World monument ($21 per person), dinner at Termas de Papallacta ($25 per person), and dinner at Hacienda Manteles ($25 per person). Additional pre- or post- tour nights are not available at Hotel Quito; however, you can add pre- or post-tour nights at the Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda Quito from $52 per person per night.
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