The Real Deal Vacation package to Ecuador includes airfare from Miami on Copa Airlines; three nights at the Grand Hotel Mercure Alameda Quito (your first two nights and the final night); one night at Cabanas del Lago in Otavalo; one night at the Termas de Papallacta; two nights at La Casa del Suizo at Punta Ahuano in the Ecuadorian Amazon; one night at Hacienda Leito in Patate; one night at Hacienda La Cienega in Cotopaxi; all transfers and transportation within the country; 19 meals including nine breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners; an extensive sightseeing tour including all entrance fees and the services of English-speaking tour guides on an air conditioned bus; a Quito city tour, and trips to the Mindo Cloud Forest, the Middle of the World, Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, and the Amazon Rainforest; from $1,429 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Apr. 4, May 2, 2013 ($1,429); add $20 for Mar. 7, 21, Apr. 11, 18, May 16, 2013; add $40 for Aug. 15, 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 24, 2013; add $50 for Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2013; check Gate 1 Travel's website for additional dates.
Gateways Miami ($1,429); additional gateway cities are also available.
The Fine Print 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 between Miami and Quito starts from $523 in early April (Avianca Aerovias). Add to that $233 per person including taxes for three nights at the Grand Hotel Mercure Alameda Quito, $61 per person including taxes for one night at Cabanas del Lago, $72 per person without taxes for one night at Termas de Papallacta, $256 per person including taxes for two nights at La Casa del Suizo, $86 per person including taxes for one night at Hacienda Leito, and $50 per person including taxes for one night at Hacienda La Cienega, and you're already spending $1,281 on airfare and accommodations alone. For just $148 more, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus all transfers and transportation within the country, an extensive touring program including six guided tours, all entrance fees, the services of an English-speaking guide, most meals, and all taxes and fees.
More Indulge in a luxurious spa package at Termas de Papallacta for $45 per person including a 30-minute soak in the hot springs, a 20-minute Turkish bath in the resort's thermal steam cave, and a 30-minute neck and back massage.
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