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Join STI on a new exciting Riverboat through the Amazon Jungle!  Celebrate a New Year’s Eve link none other in Ecuador, then venture into the depths of the Amazon. See the most biodiverse place on earth aboard the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.  We will visit remote ecosystems that few have had the opportunity to experience while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star boutique river hotel.

BACK2BACK! Looking for a full 11-day South America Adventure?  Join our group for the Galapagos Islands and NYE Adventure by choosing the Galapagos Islands & NYE Add-On when you book your Amazon Riverboat trip for the ultimate South America experience!

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Singles Travel International is boarding the Luxury Anakonda for an inspiring adventure with many unexpected, astonishing encounters while discovering the Yasuní largest National Park of Ecuador, a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Each day presents a new adventure, hiking trails to learn about the tropical and medicinal native plants, climbing observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest, exploring black water rivers to seek out the spectacular monkeys, sloths, tapir, parrots, and endemic Pink River dolphins.

Each day we’ll retreat to the unprecedented comfort and service of the beautiful Anakonda, with an outdoor Jacuzzi, spectacular sun decks, and impeccable modern suites. Each suite includes a French balcony, air conditioning, and panoramic ceiling-to-floor windows to take in the lush landscapes of the Amazon rainforest. We’ll be treated to all meals aboard Riverboat adventure where the Anakonda is proud to present irresistible and refreshing tropical cuisine. Our inner foodie will be delighted with tastes from the most diverse plants of the region, alongside expertly prepared traditional Ecuadorian and international dishes.

This is a unique voyage that few people are fortunate enough to experience, mixing the true adventure of the Amazon with the unparalleled comfort of a resort hotel.  Learn about the beautiful, bizarre and sometimes strange flora and fauna of the rainforest from expert and passionate guides.  We will immerse ourselves in the culture and history of the remote Ecuadorian Amazon and enjoy an experience we’ll be telling friends and family about for years and years to come!

Looking for a full 11 day South America Adventure?  Join our group for the Galapagos and NYE Adventure and choose the Amazon Luxury Riverboat Add-On for the ultimate South America experience!

Inclusive Features of our Luxury Riverboat Tour of the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest:

  •  7 Days & 6 Nights Accommodations, 2 Nights Quito, 4 Nights Anakonda Luxury Riverboat
  • All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners starting with Welcome Dinner on December 30, through Breakfast on January 5, 17 Meals. While aboard Anakonda meals include unlimited water, coffee and tea – all other beverages available for purchase
  • Welcome to Ecuador with bilingual STI Concierge in Quito, and English speaking Concierge aboard the Anakonda
  • Programmed visits according to the itinerary with a certified English speaking naturalist guide
  • Thermal Hot Springs and Amazon Community entrance fees
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner with Music & Dancing, Ecuadorian Traditions, Gourmet Buffet and Champagne Toast at Midnight
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Quito (UIO) to Coca (CCC)
  • Excursions, Tours, Airport Transfers, and Transportation
  • All Ecuadorian Taxes and Service Fees

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Additional Mainland Ecuador Night Stays and Excursions. Additional nights are available at $159 per person and includes Airport Transfers, Breakfast, and all Ecuadorian Taxes and Service Fees. Additional Mainland Excursions can be quoted by contacting hosts.
  • Additional Spa Day Add-On

NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip flights to Quito (UIO)
  • Mandatory Travel & Health Insurance Required by the Government of Ecuador
  • Alcoholic Beverages, and Personal Snacks, and additional Beverages aboard the Anakonda Riverboat
  • Additional Hotel options including but not limited to Phone Calls, Internet, or Massage Services
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal changes to the planned itinerary

*** Please Note: Wi-Fi will be available at both the hotel in Quito and aboard the Anakonda, however the connection aboard the Anakonda may be extremely limited in the remote areas of the Amazon.

Itinerary

Dec 26 - Jan 1::  Optional Galapagos and NYE Adventure
Mon, Dec 30::  Day 1: Arrival in Quito (UIO), Welcome Dinner
Tue, Dec 31::  Day 2: Papallacta Thermal Springs and New Year’s Eve Celebration
Wed, Jan 1::  Day 3: Travel to Coca and Board the Anakonda
Thur, Jan 2::  Day 4: The Heart of the Yasuni National Park
Fri, Jan 3::  Day 5: Quechua Family & Canoeing in a Blackwater Lake
Sat, Jan 4::  Day 6: Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy Tower
Sun, Jan 5::  Day 7: Departure
Sun, Jan 5::  Optional Spa Day Add-On
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Tour Begins in Quito (UIO) the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2019 and ends Jan. 5, 2020. 

 

Day 1 – Monday (December 30)

Arrival Quito, UIO (D)

Upon arrival in Quito, you’ll exit customs to be greeted by your driver.  Travel to the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose where you’ll be welcomed for check-in to your room.  Guests arriving in the afternoon can enjoy the many onsite amenities at San Jose before joining the group for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation at about 7:00 PM. Meet your hosts and fellow travelers.

Day 2 – Tuesday (December 31)

Papallacta Thermal Springs and New Year’s Eve Celebration (B. L, D)

Enjoy some time at the hotel to relax before an New Year’s Eve night to remember!  At 7 PM, board the party bus to join in the fun and culture of the local celebrations. Hear stories about the Ecuadorian traditions, hop on and off the bus to join the party!  At 9 PM the bus will return to the hotel for an incredible New Year’s Eve Dinner Fiesta.  With a gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, plus champagne toast at midnight!

 

Day 3 – Wednesday (January 1)

Travel to Coca and Board the Anakonda (B, L, D)

Our adventure begins in the city of Quito, Capital of Ecuador. After taking a short 30- minute flight from Quito to the Amazon city of Coca, located in the Province of San Francisco de Orellana, we will transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe to begin our journey down the river for approximately an hour and a half, taking in the first sights and sounds of the Amazon. Soon, we will reach the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises and receive our welcome aboard.

Once we have settled into the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruises, we will be joined by expert local naturalist guides who will provide us with a brief and informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon, after which guests will have their first opportunity to discover the exciting features of our cruise ship: spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and the observation deck that allows us to admire the changing rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River.

After dinner, we will plunge straight into the Amazon by going for a nighttime forest walk to observe the forest’s nocturnal activity and experience the thrill of the vivid noises and aromas that come from so much biodiversity.

Day 4 – Thursday (January 2)

The Heart of the Yasuni National Park (B, L, D)

Early in the morning, we will visit Yasuni National Park. This is a pristine and relatively undisturbed region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our guests will be pleased to learn that this is the home of the legendary Pink River Dolphin! In this area we can also find anacondas, river turtles and various primate species, as well as the colorful Hoatzin, a unique bird that is known locally as the “Stinky Turkey”.

Later in the afternoon, we will go canoeing in a blackwater lake, home to giant otters and the magnificent, albeit elusive manatee. We will also enjoy a pleasant hike in the Riparian/Gallery Forest, where we have the chance to spot a flock of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants by the “Giant Fig Tree”, a truly majestic tree that is home to an abundance of wildlife, much like the “Giant Kapok Tree”.

Day 5 – Friday (January 3)

Quechua Family & Canoeing in a Blackwater Lake (B, L, D)

We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Quechua family located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will receive cultural immersion and the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community.

We will then board the Manatee Amazon Explorer for lunch and some leisure time as we continue our navigation upstream. At this time, our guests will be delighted with our life onboard experiences and participate in a cooking class with our expert chef who will share recipes and techniques using fresh and organic ingredients to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home. Guests are also invited to try their hands at making traditional handicrafts or enjoy our onboard facilities such as: a relaxing massage at the Rainforest Spa, a spectacular ever-changing scenery view from our Amazon Hut Tub, a delicious cocktail at our Bar and Lounge or just admire the amazing sunset or the stargazing at night from our Observation Deck Lounge. For our more active guest a kayaking activity is the best choice to explore the nature around. There is an option for everyone!

Day 6 – Saturday (January 4)

Forest Adventure & Observation Canopy Tower (B, L, D)

Our guests can relax and enjoy the Anakonda Amazon Cruises during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest for a walk to discover a myriad of different animals and plant species that can only be found in the Amazon basin.

In the afternoon, we will visit a canopy tower, built against a giant Kapok tree. The perspective at the top of this observation tower is truly glorious, looming above the lush treetops and providing a view of the sheer vastness of the Amazon Basin.

In the evening, we will bravely venture into the river on a canoe to search for black caimans with the help of our flashlights.

Day 7 – Wednesday (January 5)

Departure (B)

Enjoy the last part of our return journey onboard and then disembark the Anakonda Amazon Cruises to take the motorized canoe back to Coca (one-and-a-half-hour ride).  From Coca we will take our flight back to Quito (UIO).  Guests with an afternoon or evening departure can relax at the Airport, or choose an optional Add-On Spa Day at the Hosteria San Jose.

Unfortunately, our adventure comes to an end, but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories. We look forward to having you and your friends with us soon on a Singles Travel International vacation! Have a safe journey back home!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided per the itinerary, a total of 17 meals.

Meals may fluctuate according to the itinerary and seasonal availability.  For any other dietary restrictions or requirements, notify your host at least 35 days prior to arrival.  Every effort will be made to cater to these dietary needs, as long as the products are available in Ecuador.  Please email info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs.

 

Itinerary Changes: Itinerary details are established in advance and subject to change according to unforeseen factors and local conditions such as availability, weather, traffic or construction. In the event that conditions prevent an excursion your host and hotel staff will accommodate to the best of their ability a similar tour. If personal needs or preferences do not align with a certain day or portion of the trip, and the guides will do everything possible to accommodate or assist. However, changes will be the guest’s responsibility and priority will be given to the planned itinerary. Singles Travel International and tour hosts Sarah and Robert are not liable for itinerary changes.

FAQs

You’ll have the chance to visit remote ecosystems that few have had the opportunity to experience while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star boutique river hotel.  You’ll be traveling aboard the Anakonda, a leader in Environmentally Responsible and Sustainable tours in Ecuador.

Apart from highlighting the Amazon to the world, the Anakonda is working hard to promote environmental awareness not only for those who visit, but for our employees and the communities at large, our state-of-the-art vessel were purposely conceived to create the least impact possible on the environment.

The Anakonda is conscious that it operates in an extremely fragile and deeply controversial region and believes in sustainable tourism —giving visitors from other corners of the world the opportunity to experience natural heritage sites as fascinating as the Amazon Basin. This offers an excellent way for local communities to reap financial benefits while protecting and cherishing the land they call home.

Guests should be in good physical health in order to be able to make the most of their Amazon Cruise. Visiting the area involves the use of small motorized boats, and at times may possibly include some wet landings. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the boats occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Walking excursions and hikes may last up to one hour. Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended. Guests choosing to get vaccinations should do so at least 3 weeks prior to departure to ensure no illness during travel.

The Ecuadorian Amazon Basin is a special place, unlike most visitor sites in the world, filled with teeming nature and adventure at every turn. There is no telling what you will see or experience. The unexpected is certainly one of its treasures.
Of course, there are constants as well. The Amazon is located in the lowland equatorial tropics. This is a humid environment. Excursions on land usually take place in the mornings and afternoons, as the temperature rises at midday when we will usually be taking R&R aboard the Anakonda. Weather is relatively constant throughout the year (we’re on the Equator, so there are no strongly demarcated seasons). It can certainly be hotter in New York or Paris in summer than it ever is in Ecuador’s corner of the Amazon Basin.

This is a rainforest, so rain is a normal occurrence. That’s what makes it so lush and wonderful. Often, showers are short-lived and they actually serve to cool the air, which is always welcome and refreshing.

The insects here are marvelous, colorful, bizarre and unique, just like everything else is… Like most everywhere in the world, you’ll find mosquitoes, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised that for the most part they are manageable with a little repellent from time to time. Remember, this is a very intact ecosystem and birds and other animals take care of maintaining a balanced environment, unlike other more developed parts of the world.

Forest trails can be uneven (a walking stick is helpful if you do not feel that you are sturdy on your feet), and in certain segments, can be muddy or flooded. Good traction state-of-the-art mountain hiking boots might be helpful, but are not the best answer. Usually you are better off with rubber boots (which we provide onboard, as well as waterproof plastic ponchos). By the way, clothes should be lightweight and quick-dry (check out our packing list).

When we say that things are unexpected in the Amazon, we really mean it. You can’t really know just what you’ll come across. There is always something. The environment is, in general, so different from anything most people have witnessed, that living it for the first time can be a deep life-changing experience. Sound is unbelievable. When paddling along one of the winding black-water streams, we invite you to close your eyes and try to take in the plethora of fascinating sounds that fill the air. The sheer mass and diversity of trees, their amazing height, the ground (we also invite you to take a moment and just look under the leaves… it is here where an important part of the secret of what makes the Amazon such a rich and successful ecosystem lies), just enjoy it, let go, feel the spirits of the Amazon envelope you at every turn…

Absolutely!  Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found. In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 28, 2019.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match is found by 120 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of  tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

The Tour Begins in Quito (UIO), December 30, 2019 and Ends January 5, 2020. Therefore, the tour is 7 days/6 nights.  You can purchase additional nights in Quito as needed by checking the Price My Trip Page.

The tour includes 2 Nights Accommodations in Quito, 4 Nights aboard the Anakonda Riverboat.

Suites on the Anakonda Amazon Cruise are groundbreaking in every sense. The Anakonda brings all the perks of comfort to Amazon cruising in Ecuador, offering comfortable standard suites (20 m2 / 215 ft2) that include ceiling-to-floor windows, access to a French balcony, and air conditioning, and four deluxe suites (24 m2 / 258 ft2 ) included the same amenities, but with a private balcony and whirlpool bath tub. Each room offers guests extraordinary views of the sights and spectacles of the Amazon. Although somewhat limited, Wifi access is available.

The Anakonda sets a spectacular al fresco dining experience, offering refreshing and irresistible tropical cuisine. These Ecuadorian dishes highlight the rich ingredients from the most diverse plants and trees of international origins. Enjoy all facets and food offers, this is an excellent opportunity to explore.

For any dietary restrictions or requirements, notify your host at least 35 days prior to arrival.  Every effort will be made to cater to these dietary needs, as long as the products are available in Ecuador.  Please email info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH:
Guests should be in good physical health in order to be able to make the most of their Amazon Cruise. Visiting the area involves the use of small motorized boats, and at times may possibly include some wet landings. The daily nature excursions may include walking on irregular terrain, and getting in and out of the boats occasionally requires a degree of physical effort. Walking excursions and hikes may last up to one hour. Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended.

INSURANCE:
Travelers on the M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise are strongly advised to purchase trip cancellation insurance, which will reimburse the cost of air tickets and other non-refundable trip payments. International medical, baggage loss, and delay insurance are also recommended. Unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we will not reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.

VESSEL REPLACEMENT:
M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise reserves the right to replace the vessel if considered necessary (i.e. force majeure or mechanical failure). Should travelers not agree to this option, M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise reserves the right to cancel the trip upon a pro rata refund per cruise night not used or, as an alternative, will offer credit toward a future cruise on board M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise.

VISITS TO THE AMAZON COMMUNITIES:
Some of the visits programmed on the different itineraries are within protected areas, and visitors are required to comply with local rules and regulations. Naturalist guides will inform passengers of these rules. M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, represented by its onboard guide, reserves the right to deny any passenger disembarkation for visits should any of these regulations are ignored or violated.

Ecuador requires a valid passport from all people entering the country and proof of return tickets to the traveler’s home country or another country after Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure from Ecuador. We recommend keeping your passport safely at the resort, and carry a copy with you at all times while in Ecuador.

Medical insurance is mandatory to enter Ecuador and can be satisfied by your travel insurance.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

Medical insurance is mandatory to enter Ecuador and can be satisfied by your travel insurance.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.  Travel insurance is also highly recommended for this tour as unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we are not able to reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 28, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after August 28, 2019, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $750.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

Between August 28 and September 27, 2019 – 50% penalty applies.

Between September 28 and October 27, 2019 – 75% penalty applies.

After October 27 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty applies.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

Make sure you’ve reviewed the Trip Options and made all reservations so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive Add-Ons.

Ecuador requires a valid passport from all people entering the country and proof of return tickets to the traveler’s home country or another country after Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure from Ecuador.  Please submit a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 28, 2019). Click here to upload to our secure folder.

Starting August 6, 2018, Medical insurance is mandatory for all tourists visiting Ecuador and can be satisfied with your travel insurance.  All tourists and travelers entering Ecuador will be required to submit a certificate, invoice or proof of international travel insurance, whether public or private, valid for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.

If you haven’t already made flight reservations, consider making reservations as early as possible.  Flights around holiday dates may be limited and high price increases can be expected if booked last minute. Early arrival is recommended to prevent avoid missing the cruise due to flight or baggage delays, and additional nights in Quito are available as Add-Ons. Our STI reservation specialists are available for assistance with airfare, travel insurance or to review your reservation and recommend additional services.

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details. Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc. Contact us with your travel requests.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted on the Your Travel Documents button on the trip page 21 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Plan your flights into Quito (UIO) by December 30, 2019.  Once your flight lands you will proceed through customs and collect your bags.  Our package includes airport transportation and a host or driver will meet you at baggage exit with a sign with your name. They will take you to the hotel, about 20 minutes away where you will meet your fellow travelers.

Guests arriving to the Hotel by 7:00 PM December 30 can join the welcome dinner.  Guests arriving late in the evening are recommended to purchase snacks or meals at the airport if needed as the restaurant closes between 9-10 PM.  Later arrivals will meet the group for breakfast at 8 AM on December 31 to prepare for departure to the Papallacta Hot Springs. Early arrival is recommended to prevent avoid missing the cruise due to flight or baggage delays, and additional nights in Quito are available as Add-Ons.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course! Early arrival is recommended to prevent avoid missing the cruise due to flight or baggage delays, and additional nights in Quito are available as Add-Ons. Additional nights in Quito can also be purchased for before or after the tour. Each additional night is only $159 per person and will include airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, and all Ecuadorian tax and service fees. To ensure your reservation is made with the group and airport transportation is arranged, additional nights must be paid for in advance with STI.

Additional excursions can also be planned for early arrivals or late departures. Please contact hosts Sarah and Robert at info@ecuadormvi.com as soon as possible to confirm cost and make reservations.

To accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, international airfare into Quito (UIO) is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.  Contact a reservation specialist for help purchasing your airfare.

Your roundtrip flights between Quito and Coca are included as part of your vacation package: Quito to Coca Departs Quito UIO on 11:00AM on January 1, and we will arrive back to Quito UIO about 2:20pm January 5.

Plan your flights into Quito (UIO) on December 30, 2019.  Plan to arrive by 5 PM in order to enjoy the welcome dinner at 7 PM.  Early arrival is available with extra nights in Quito Add-Ons to ensure flight delays don’t cause you to miss a moment of fun. Plan your flights out of Quito on January 5th with departures after 5:30pm.  Additional time is recommended and extra nights in Quito are available to prevent potential delay from causing a stressful return home.

Our package includes airport transportation. Once you arrive in Quito you will proceed through customs and collect your bags.  A host or driver will meet you at baggage exit with a sign with your name. They will take you to the hotel, about 20 minutes away where you will meet your fellow travelers.

Guests arriving late in the evening are recommended to purchase snacks or meals at the airport if needed as the restaurant closes between 9-10 PM.  Later arrivals will meet the group for breakfast at 8 AM on December 31 to prepare for departure to the Papallacta Thermal Springs.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Your package includes all airport transfers and ground transportation throughout the tour. Guides will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotels.  If you are staying additional nights in Quito, please review taxi and personal driver options with your local concierge.

The tour does not include Ecuador required international health insurance which can be satisfied with travel insurance. Travel insurance is highly recommended for this tour as unfortunately, if you miss the vessel because of a weather-related flight cancellation, we are not able to reimburse the cost of the reservation, since flight cancellations are beyond our control and we have to comply with our schedules.

Package does not include gratuities to hosts ($10-15 per day for excellent service) or local guides ($2-10 for excellence on special excursions).

You are responsible for alcoholic beverages, personal purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, incidentals such as massages, laundry and meals outside of the established itinerary.

Additional nights in Quito are available for $159 per person, per night and include airport transfers, lodging, breakfast, and the 24% Ecuadorian tax and service fees. In order to ensure your reservation is made with the group and airport transportation is arranged, additional nights must be paid for in advance with STI. Please contact hosts Sarah and Robert at info@ecuadormvi.com as soon as possible if you would like to quote additional excursions for early arrival or additional nights in Quito.

The itinerary is established in advance and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. However, if you opt to do something that is different than or in addition to what is planned for the group, you are at your own expense.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 20 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Travel Directors are waiting to meet you (in this case, Robert & Sarah, from Ecuador MVI). Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The nature of the trip is trying something new, challenging yourself and motivating those around you. The bonds that develop on our adventure tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Be sure and take advantage of our community features including the viewing of profiles of those already signed up to go. Send messages and meet your fellow travelers even before you take off!

Our Adventure is perfectly suited to physically active members in the 35-65 age range. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ages or ratios.

While traveling through Quito, prepare for high elevation with warm days reaching temperatures to the mid 80’s and evening temperatures dropping to the low 60’s.

The Amazon is located in the humid equatorial tropics with average temperatures between the mid 70’s to upper 80’s.  This is a rainforest, so rain is a normal occurrence.  Often, showers are short-lived and they actually serve to cool the air, which is always welcome and refreshing.

The following are current baggage restrictions for the flight from Quito UIO to Coca CCC only.  For your international flight into and out of Quito UIO you must verify with your carrier for the latest and most accurate restrictions.  Casual, comfortable clothing and conservative packing is highly recommended for this trip.

Check-in luggage: 1 Piece with a weight of 50lbs. Total dimensions not to exceed 62 inches (height+length+width)

Carry-on luggage: 1 Piece, not to exceed 22lb or 45 inches (height+length+width)

Standard international airline baggage quantity, weight, and size restrictions vary greatly by airline and seat purchased.  Please verify with your carrier for the latest and most accurate restrictions.

Please abide by the carry-on luggage restrictions. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. All items must be stored in a clear, 1 quart, zip lock bag.

Just in case your luggage is lost, we strongly recommend that you pack a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage. Do not pack money, travel documents, jewelry or medicine in your checked baggage. Hand carry these essential items!

While traveling through Quito, prepare for high elevation with warm days reaching temperatures to the mid 80’s and evening temperatures dropping to the low 60’s.

For New Year’s Eve, a full celebration with music and dancing, Ecuadorian traditions, gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, and champagne toast will be provided onsite at the hotel. Dress to your comfort from nice casual to dressy.

The Amazon is located in the humid equatorial tropics with average temperatures between the mid 70’s to upper 80’s.  This is a rainforest, so rain is a normal occurrence.  Often, showers are short-lived and they actually serve to cool the air, which is always welcome and refreshing.

While in the Amazon, jeans are NOT recommended, and try avoiding bright colored or white wear, so as not to distract (or frighten) certain animals. The more camouflaged you dress the better!  Spring/summer clothing is best, with lightweight layers and a warm jacket or sweatshirt. Lightweight, long sleeves and pants will help minimize exposure to bugs and sun.

The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos is the US Dollar, so no exchange is necessary.  We recommend you bring US dollars in small denominations, $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills that are not too old, worn or ripped for personal purchases, drinks beyond water/coffee/tea aboard the Anakonda, incidentals and tipping.  Please remember the tip for the local guide is not included in our package price. We recommend $20/day, per guide, per person.

**Packing Tips:** Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.  This tour includes boat and bus rides.  If you suffer from motion sickness, Dramamine or a similar medication is recommended.

**Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.**

– Reusable water bottle

– Flashlight with extra batteries
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking or hiking shoes for easy to medium terrain
– A pair of shoes for the hotel and onboard the Anakonda
– Water shoes or secure sandals for snorkeling and walking along beaches
– Clothing for walking/light hiking and casual evening attire, Jeans are NOT recommended in the Amazon, Sweater or Fleeces are recommended for chilly evenings
– Bathing suit
– Lightweight rain gear, poncho, small sturdy umbrella
– Sunglasses, sun block (30 or higher for face), sun hat, baseball cap or visor
– Hairdryer
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials
– Personal washcloth, Makeup remover towelettes
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Mosquito repellant
– Photography Equipment: Water Protection, extra memory cards and batteries recommended
– Ziplock or plastic bags to carry wet clothing
– Binoculars

– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!

– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, anti-bacterial medication, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), neosporin, anti-itch cream.

For New Year’s Eve, a full celebration with music and dancing, Ecuadorian traditions, gourmet dinner and dessert buffet, and champagne toast will be provided onsite at the hotel. Dress to your comfort from nice casual to dressy.

The food and water systems of Ecuador are well developed, but safety is recommended to ensure you have no problems during your trip.  Stick to bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.  Bring a reusable water bottle which can be filled at the filtered water stations in the hotel.

Your tour includes a meal package with carefully planned meals and restaurants.  The water and ice provided with your meals can be well trusted.  For meals outside the group itinerary, it is recommended to take care or avoid street vendors and small restaurants. Raw fruits and vegetables must be cleaned properly to ensure they are sterilized and not contaminated with untreated water.  Check with your hosts for recommendations on the best restaurants to visit.

110 Volts, 60 cycles which is the same as the US.

Ecuador does not practice daylight savings time and in comparison with the US.  Quito is at UTC -5:00.

The currency used in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is the US Dollar.

Many locations do not accept major credit cards and ATM machines availability may be limited.  We recommend you bring US dollars in small denominations, $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills that are not too old, worn or ripped for personal purchases, incidentals and tipping.

Although no inoculations are required, pre-departure health checkups are essential for any major Latin American trip so do check in with your doctor for vaccinations in plenty of time before journeying, we recommend at least 3-4 weeks.  Currently Malaria and yellow fever vaccinations are not required for travelers coming into the region, but they are recommended.

If you choose to get vaccination, we highly advise completing at least 3 weeks prior to travel.  This will allow you to ensure you do not have complications and that you are healthy to travel.  The major vaccinations recommended for Latin America travel to combat diseases are as follows: Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Infectious Hepatitis, & Rabies in the jungle areas or other epidemics that may have recently sprung up such as Meningitis.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

**Take Precautions:** Never eat from street vendor stalls due to contamination of the handlers or street pollution from passing vehicles or drink the local water unless you have purification tablets, preferably iodine based.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info document, available here on the FAQ tab 14 days prior to departure, will include a phone contact number for your Hosts and Hotels. Instructions on international dialing codes will be provided. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

Wi-Fi will be available at both the hotel in Quito and aboard the Anakonda, however the connection aboard the Anakonda may be extremely limited in the remote areas of the Amazon.

**United States:** Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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Sarah & Robert

We love sharing Ecuadorian Sites and Culture through our Mountain Views Inn B&B and Tour Company. Robert's family moved from Ecuador to New York just before he was born. Sarah met Robert on the STI Ecuador NYE Adventure and we married in an epic destination wedding. We're so happy to be sharing the adventures of Ecuador and beauty of the Galapagos Islands, making sure you relax and enjoy the most memorable vacation.

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Although I always dreamed of visiting South America, I cannot say I had given Ecuador much thought. What an oversight; what a delightful surprise! When I saw this trip on Singles Travel International, the adventurous itinerary called my name. I expected it to be good, but Robert Bucheli and all the wonderful staff at Mountain Views Inn make this vacation great. This is the best possible balance between active learning, and being pampered and spoiled Weather is picture perfect here, near the capital of Ecuador. We rose early each morning to the most wonderful breakfasts with coffee, yogurt, fruit and cereals, eggs, toast or rolls of many delightful forms, and bacon. Then all aboard our class-a tour bus for a central adventure – equator, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and the mountain tops above Quito. Each of these central adventures is surrounded by non-stop discoveries on the way there and back again. Lunch is always on the road, including empanadas, sandwiches, tamales, chochos, tostadas with snacks, fruit and exotic teas. On the shorter days, when the destination is closer, gourmet dinner is at the gracious Inn. We got to discover awesome local restaurants for dinner on the longer trips, such as Mindo. Each night, when they poured our tired bodies into our cozy beds, sleep came easy!

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The most life-changing part was not just the country itself which was unbelievable and beauty, but was our hosts Robert and Sarah. They were phenomenal. Robert was an unbelievable foodie, he is a mix of New Yorker and Ecuadorian and really loves his country and really knows good food and really knows the right places to eat. The group dynamics were unbelievable. The whole trip was really life changing for me, I met great people, I had fantastic experiences, and I saw fantastic beauty. I recommend this trip and probably any Singles Travel International trip to anyone who is single and wants to travel with great educated interesting people all over the world.

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