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About New Years Eve Ecuador Adventure 2018-19
Are you craving something new and adventurous? Want a New Year’s Eve celebration you’ll never forget? Try Ecuador! Spent the week Zip Lining, White Water Rafting, Hiking at 14,000ft, Horseback Riding, and more – then relax it all away in the rejuvenating Thermal Springs! Plus with your own room and all meals included, this package is an unbeatable value!
Discover the atmosphere and culture of Ecuador with daily hiking, zip-lining and rafting adventures this New Year’s Eve! The delightful Garden Hotel San Jose, perfectly located in the tranquil valley outside Quito, will be your Ecuadorian ‘home away from home’. Savor the tranquility and bliss of the Andes in a week packed with exhilarating excursions, culinary treats and unique experiences you’ll be talking about for a lifetime! Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an unforgettable party experiencing Ecuador’s unique traditions for an epic night.
Our local concierge team, Robert and Sarah, will be sharing their passion for Ecuador, answer any questions and keep the fun building all week!
Inclusive Features of our Tour:
- 7 Nights Accommodations Including All Taxes and Service Fees (24%) at the Garden Hotel San Jose with pool, hot tub, gym and spa.
- Daily Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
- Zipline in the Mindo Cloud Rainforest
- Whitewater Rafting in the Amazon Rainforest Basin
- Equator Tours including the Itiñan Solar Museum, Templo Del Sol and Pululahua Volcanic Crater
- Day Tour of the Cathedrals and Cobblestone Streets of Old Quito
- Telefériqo Cable Car Ride to 14,000 ft for incredible views overlooking Quito
- New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown Quito
- Hike or Bike through the Chiche Canyon
- Restorative day at the Odorless Thermal Springs of Papallacta
- Round-trip Airport Transfers
- All ticket and transportation costs for itinerary excursions
- Special Attention from our gracious hosts Robert Bucheli and Sarah Gailey
- Company of Other Adventure Seeking Singles
- Roundtrip Airfare to Quito (UIO)
- Alcoholic beverages, snacks, incidentals such as laundry, and gratuities to STI hosts, hotel staff and local guides ($10-$15 daily).
- Hotel incidentals such as personal bar or restaurant purchases, spa services
- Any personal changes to the planned itinerary
- Additional Night Stays may be added before or after the tour. See Prices & Options Page for more details.
- Additional Excursions or Multi-Day Tours may be added on before or after the tour. Contact info@EcuadorMVI.com for more details.
*This tour is directed by Robert and Sarah Fernandez, owners of Mountain Views Inn, MVI. Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of the MVI staff. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Tour Begins in Quito, Ecuador (UIO) on December 26, 2018 and Ends January 2, 2019
Day 1 – Wednesday (December 26)
Welcome to Ecuador (D)
Upon arrival, you’ll exit customs to be greeted by your driver. Travel to the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose where you’ll be welcomed and guided 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 and ask any last minute questions about the week’s itinerary.
Day 2 – Thursday (December 27)
Tour of the Equator (B, L, D)
Kick off your Ecuador Adventure by exploring the Equator and learning about the natural phenomenon that make this such an amazing location. First we’ll see the Temple Del Sol which provides a very spiritual aura and connection with the earth and sun. Here we will be able to learn more about the culture of indigenous Ecuadorians, the healing properties of essential oils, and view the beautiful art gallery of world renowned artist Cristobal Ortega. Next, visit the lookout point located at the edge of the Pululahua Crater to see the center of the volcanic crater and the
Finally, tour the always fun, interactive Intiñan Solar Museum. We will learn about the indigenous culture and witness the effects of the Equator’s gravitational forces on water currents, personal strength, even balancing an egg on a nail!
Day 3 – Friday (December 28)
Amazon Whitewater Rafting (B, L, D)
Today’s beautiful drive through the volcanic mountains takes us 2.5 hours away to the Amazon. The Quijos River offers an excellent 3-4 hour Level III rafting excursion with many challenging rapids that is famous with kayaking and rafting fans. Midway we’ll stop for lunch and games in the sand. Then continue to experience this rafting tour in the beautiful tropical rainforest surrounded by rich flora and fauna.
After rafting we’ll get a chance to see the powerful Cascada Magica, a giant waterfall where super adventurous people dive in to feel the force of the falls. After working up some big appetites, we’ll be treated to an amazing dinner in a true rainforest cafe.
Day 4 – Saturday (December 29)
TelefériQo Cable Ride to 14,000ft and Tour of Old Quito (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will travel into the heart of Quito at 9,500 feet where our adventure begins by taking a tram ride that takes us to 14,100 feet. At the top we’ll walk and see volcanoes on the left and a panoramic view of the city of Quito on the right. This is a great place for pictures and hiking. Pending availability, you can also choose a horse ride to guide you through the trails. On a clear day you can observe all the famous surrounding volcanoes: Antisana (18,700 ft), Cayambe (18,725 ft), and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft).
After the ferry back down, continue to tour Quito’s Colonial district. The cobblestone streets and European style squares bring the past to life in its museums, convents, carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches. While wandering the streets, stop into La Compañía to marvel at the ornate golden details and catch a perfect sunset photo in San Francisco Plaza.
Day 5 – Sunday (December 30)
Mindo Cloud Rainforest Ziplining (B, L, D)
This morning we depart a little earlier, to travel a 2.5 hour ride to the famous Mindo Cloud Rainforest. Mindo, one of the world’s headquarters for rainforest preservation, is abundant with over 350 species of birds. It is an ideal place to snap photos, swim in lagoons and hike.
Enjoy a quick fruit snack before experiencing an amazing thrill ride, on 10 zip lines, 2000 meters in length that zip along at 100 meters above ground. At the end of the zipline experience a box lunch will be waiting for us in the picnic area.
Then take the Tarabita Skyway basket, a suspended metal cage for spectacular views of the Mindo River Valley. Enjoy a hike through the Rain Forest, visit one or more cascading waterfalls and possibly jump in for a swim in the Nambillo Lagoon.
Day 6 – Monday (December 31)
Tumbaco – Swimming Pool and Chiche Canyon (B, L, D)
This morning, enjoy some down time by sunbathing and rejuvenating by the pool and hot tub. We depart after lunch to the Chiche Canyon 10 minutes away. The canyon can best be described as a mini version of the Grand Canyon, popular with local cyclists with easy trails descending to a beautiful flowing river. Hike, Run or Bike on the trails for 2-3 hours. Bike is optional, must notify host for interest at beginning of tour.
Make sure you’re well rested for a night you’ll never forget! In the evening travel to Quito to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of the city with all the incredible and fun Ecuadorian traditions.
Day 7 – Tuesday (January 1)
Papallacta – Hot Thermal Springs (B, L, D)
Enjoy a day of complete relaxation and rejuvenation after a late night in the city! We’ll depart late in the morning for a ride to the Papallacta Thermal Springs. Bathe in the naturally odorless and volcanic heated spring pools of different sizes and temperatures in Papallacta. This soothing volcanic spring water contains sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium that create a fully therapeutic feeling of rejuvenation and wellness. We return by 5:00 pm to give plenty of time to pack and share a fabulous farewell dinner.
Day 8 – Wednesday (January 2)
Unfortunately the trip comes to an end but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories. Enjoy the hotel amenities until 12:00 PM or you can make arrangements at the hotel for a late check-out for a small charge. You’ll be taken to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. We look forward to having you, your family and your friends return.
Itinerary Changes: Itinerary details are established in advance and subject to change according to unforeseen factors and local conditions such as weather, traffic, construction, or other unforeseen factors. Our itinerary is established in advance by our local operators and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event that conditions prevent an excursion, the staff will accommodate to the best of their ability and per group consensus. Singles Travel International and Mountain Views Inn are not liable for itinerary changes.
Personal Itinerary Requests: We understand that personal needs or preferences might not align with a certain day or portion of the trip, and the staff will do everything possible to accommodate all guest needs. If possible, please notify hosts Robert and Sarah in advance regarding any concerns or requests. If you are not able or choose not to join the group on an excursion you may enjoy a day of rest and relaxation at the hotel with all on-site accommodations at no charge. If you opt for a personal change outside of the day’s schedule there will be additional charges for personal transport, lunch and fees, payable to MVI onsite. Additionally, if you arrive early or stay late, you can inquire about additional tours or excursions offered by MVI.
Meals: Get ready to experience the best of South American cuisine. Hosts Robert and Sarah love sharing their favorite Ecuadorian treats with you. Breakfast will be served daily onsite at San Jose Hotel. Lunch and Dinner locations vary based on the days excursions.
- Breakfast will be served daily at San Jose starting at 7:00am. Enjoy a full buffett of freshly prepared American Style eggs, meats and baked goods, alongside a European selection of cheeses, yogurt, granola, and breads, with fresh fruit, coffee, tea and an exotic tropical juice.
- Lunches will vary between boxed style and restaurants depending on the day’s excursion. include sandwiches, tamales, corn, chochos, tostado, fava beans, with snacks and fruit available throughout the day.
- For dinners, Ecuadorian soups are a specialty. Main Dishes will include traditional proteins like chicken, ground beef, pork, fish and shrimp, with delicious sides such as potato, assorted vegetables, white carrot puree, beets, rice, potato pancakes stuffed with cheese, fava beans, mote, pasta and plantains.
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.
Starting August 6, 2018, Medical insurance is mandatory for all tourists visiting Ecuador. 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. Our STI reservation specialists are available for assistance with airfare, travel insurance or to review your reservation and recommend additional services.
Are you thinking about the Galapagos, visiting the Amazon Jungle, or just need an extra night to get the best flight deal? Contact your hosts Sarah and Robert at email@example.com for additional help on getting the best deals on bundled tours.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
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Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Also, starting August 6, 2018, Medical insurance is mandatory. 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.
Starting August 6, 2018, Medical insurance is mandatory. 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 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.
The tour begins in Quito on December 26, 2018, and ends the January 2, 2019. Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 days.
Add our 4 or 6 night Galapagos extensions for the ultimate adventure!
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 September 26, 2018. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after September 26, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
After deposit, a minimum charge of $300 plus credit card charges if applicable.
After September 26, 2018 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Our package includes airport transportation and a guide will meet you at the Quito Airport UIO. After exiting customs, you’ll find your guide holding a sign with your name and the initials MVI. Your guide will take you to the hotel, approximately 15 minutes away, where you will meet your fellow travelers.
As guests arrive through Day 1, feel free to explore the grounds and enjoy the onsite amenities. Everyone who arrives to the hotel by 7:00pm will meet at the restaurant for a special welcome dinner. Meet your hosts and new friends while enjoying a fantastic traditional Ecuadorian dinner.
Please submit your flight schedule and photocopy of your passport to us no later than December 1, 2018. Make sure to include your airline and flight number so we can track flight changes or delays for your pickup. Email us at email@example.com.
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! 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 the 24% 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.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare 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.
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.
Flights from major US cities usually depart and arrive in Quito on the same day. Schedule your flight to arrive before 5:00 PM on December 26 to enjoy the onsite Hotel amenities and participate in the Welcome Dinner and Orientation. All flights will be tracked by the Hosts directly to ensure safe arrival and give details for meeting the group in the morning. Check in starts at 2:00 PM on December 26.
Return flights are also usually same day and Quito has many red-eye flights. Guests will be able to take part in all scheduled excursions the final day if departure flights are booked after 11:00 PM, January 1. Hotel checkout time is 11:00 AM Noon, January 2nd. Later departures may arrange a late check-out through the hosts for a minimal cost paid onsite.
Additional nights may be booked for early arrivals and late departures.
Adding Galapagos? Our return flights from the Galapagos to Quito arrive at 6 p.m. on January 5 and January 8. Therefore, you may be able to make an international connection the same day. If unable, add an extra night in Quito for $159 including hotel, tax, breakfast and round-trip transfers.
The tour does not include round-trip airfare or travel insurance. Book airfare as soon as possible for greatest savings. Starting August 2018, in order to enter Ecuador all tourists will be required to show proof of travel insurance.
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.
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. Please contact hosts Sarah and Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to confirm cost and make reservations.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 28, 2018.
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 departure, including roommate changes once on tour 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 found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.
The lodging for this tour is at the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose, a restored colonial hacienda with newly updated rooms, each with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The grounds are exquisite with acres of gardens and walking trails, two pools, a Jacuzzi, workout room and spa. It is centrally located between our various excursions, an easy commute to the airport, and in a tranquil valley outside the traffic of the city.
Breakfast is served every morning from 6:30-9:30 AM and consists of a full service American style breakfast buffet including freshly prepared juices, cereal, yogurt, eggs and more. Lunches and Dinners will be served either on location or at the hotel depending on the day’s excursion.
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. For over 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 Concierge Team is waiting to meet you (in this case, Robert & Sarah from 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 Ecuador Adventure is perfectly suited to physically active members in the 35-60 age range, who are fit and practice a regular routine of exercise. 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.
Weather in Tumbaco is similar year-round, with warm sunny days giving way to cool nights. Our resort enjoys the perfect weather with 60’s in the early morning and nighttime, but reaches temperatures of 75-80 during the daytime, all year round.
Our excursions will take the group on sunny canyon walks, into the misty cloud rain forest, and to a windy 14,000 ft. Rain is a possibility throughout the week, varies year to year and can make cool evenings feel chillier. Due to the high altitude, the sun on clear days can feel more intense. So be prepared to experience a range of temperatures and climates with comfortable layered clothing.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
Get ready for a packed adventure itinerary! Comfortable, casual clothes are recommended throughout the trip. Most days will be busy with excursions from morning to night, no need to pack separate clothes for dinner in the evenings. The one exception is New Year’s Eve, where you will have the afternoon to rest, change and dress as you like for the evening – casual, dressy or even a fun costume!
Ecuador is at a higher altitude than most travelers’ home city. Be prepared for cool evenings and a much hotter sun. Not only are we higher, we are traveling near the Equator, making sunburn possible even if you rarely get burned. Rain is always possible, and mixed with high altitude can make you feel very chilled.
Prepare for temperatures between 55-88 F. Bring along spring/summer clothing with lots of layers. Lightweight long sleeves and long pants are most flexible for a variety of temperatures and provide protection from the sun. Bring a warm sweatshirt, fleece or jacket for chilly evenings. Comfortable hiking shoes are a must. You will also need a swimsuit for rafting at the hot springs. Water shoes are recommended for rafting as flip-flops or sandals can be lost to the river.
**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.
**Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.**
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in hiking shoes for easy to medium terrain
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc.)
– Water shoes for rafting
– Eyeglass/Sunglass cord for protection when rafting
– Clothing for walking/light hiking, lightweight long sleeves and long pants are the most flexible for a variety of temperatures and provides protection from the sun
– Bathing Suit
– Lightweight raingear, poncho
– Sunglasses, sun block (30 or higher for face), sun hat, baseball cap or visor
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials
– Personal washcloth, make-up remover towlettes
– 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!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eye-wear in case of loss.
– 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.
– Mosquito repellant
– Photography Equipment: Water Protection, extra memory cards and batteries recommended
– Ziplock baggies to carry wet clothing
– Old clothing to donate to local churches & schools
Ecuador’s food and water systems 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 full meal package with carefully planned meals and restaurants. The water and ice provided with your meals can be well trusted. If you choose to eat at restaurants outside the group itinerary, its 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.
110 Volts, 60 cycles which is the same as the US.
Ecuador does not practice daylight savings time in comparison with the US. Quito is at UTC -5:00. During our tour, Ecuador will be in CST.
The currency used in Ecuador 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, souvenirs, New Year’s Eve beverages, 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. Today immunizations against smallpox and Cholera are not necessary or recognized even by the World Health Organization.
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.
Two excellent websites outlining the major precautions are: www.cdc.gov and www.who.int which are the official sites for the centers of disease control prevention and the World health organization respectively.
**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.
Use bottled water when possible as the iodine taste can be overpowering. Also, always wash and clean fruits thoroughly before eating as well as your washing and drying your hands on clean hand towels or paper tissues. Brush teeth with bottled water and avoid eating uncooked foods unless you are familiar with the source.
Our Hotel is located in a beautiful valley outside Quito, at a height of about 7,000 feet. The excursions on this tour will be at varying altitudes from 6,000 feet to nearly 14,000 feet. Altitude sickness is rare and very few guests have had problems due to the altitude. Sickness is usually avoided by acclimatizing during the first 1-2 days of the trip, not ascending over 9,000 feet in a single day, drinking lots of fluids and avoiding cigarettes and alcoholic beverages until adjusted to the change. Please note that if you have a history of altitude sickness, diabetes, hypertension, or any medical problems that affect breathing, you should check with your doctor before traveling to Quito.
It is very important to dress in layers including warm jackets and sweaters to adjust for temperature changes through the day.
With the high altitude, you will be at higher risk for sunburn. Always use a high S.P.F. sun block, minimum 15 for body and 30-50 for face and shoulders. Sun block should be used daily and reapplied as needed. Light weight long sleeves and pants, hats and visors are also recommended.
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. Instructions on international dialing codes will be provided. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
**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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Meet Your STI Concierge
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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