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Jan 25, 2018
I've had a lot of folks asking about the Ecuador trip. Jessie and I are incredibly excited about it, and she's taken a lot of time and effort in pulling together a phenomenal trip.
This trip is an exceptionally good value, once-in-a-lifetime vacation where you'll be treated to some of Ecuador's finest luxury accommodations from May 26 to June 2, 2018.
This is more than a vacation - it's an adventure you'll remember forever.
And, I'll be there to help you get the absolute best travel photos you've ever taken with group and one-and-one tips, pointers, and technical advice.
Here are some of the details and a few of the many highlights. Pricing info may be found at the bottom of the page:
May 26: Quito for two nights at Hotel Casa Gangotena – boutique hotel Named one of Travel + Leisure's Best Hotels of the World.
***Explore Quito museums, monasteries and the golden altars of its many churches * Stand with a foot on each hemisphere in the Middle of the World Memorial * Visit Quito's colonial quarter (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) the largest and best preserved of South America. Insider highlight: Visit the former home of Ecuador's most important modern painter.
May 28: Early-morning drive to the incredible Mashpi Lodge - as featured in an episode of BBC's Amazing Hotels.
We'll spend two nights in this glorious glass-walled, eco-friendly hotel sitting amid the treetops in the Cloud Forest on land purchased specifically to conserve this endangered natural resource.
***Napa Trail excursion through the Chocó region and cloud forest * Aerial bicycle atop the tree canopy where 70% of the forest's biodiversity is found * Optional 30-minute informational lectures given by the resident biologist or one of the naturalists * Tropical orchard where bananas, manioc, cacao, hot chili peppers, coffee, and wild raspberries are grown * One-of-a-kind bird-watching opportunities * San Vicente waterfall * Copal Waterfall - spectacular waterfall over 50 miles high * Unique cuisine inspired by native ingredients and flavors of the forest.
May 30: Drive to Hacienda Zuleta for a three-night stay. Zuleta is a colonial working farm in the Andean mountain range, which was the home of a former President of Ecuador. Zuleta was named one of the world's "Top Ten Finds" by Outside Magazine.
***Experience life in the Andes * Andean Condor Programme * Homemade organic Ecuadorian cuisine * Horseback riding * Bird watching * Hiking * *Mountain biking * Organic gardens
June 2: Hour drive to Quito Airport for return flight back home
$3800 per person includes:
All luxury accommodations (based on double occupancy)
All meals (except dinner on Day 1 and 2)
Numerous tours and activities
Expert English-speaking Guides
Transportation to the hotels and to and from activities
Fun-loving hosts, Susan Bertram and Jessie Cassar
Excludes airfare and airport transfers.
Airport transfers included if you travel on these flights:
May 26 Delta #673 Depart ATL 5:55 pm, Arrive Quito 10:13 pm
June 2 Delta # 680 Depart Quito 11:30 pm, Arrive ATL 5:46 am
RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY JANUARY 26 AND SAVE $75! $3725 PER PERSON.
January 26 - Deposit $500 per person
February 26 - Final payment due
Credit card payment, please add 3% processing fee
Or mail check to:
Seven Piedmont Center
3525 Piedmont Road, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30305
See you between the raindrops!
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