About New Years Eve in Ecuador
Are you craving something new and adventurous? Tired of the same old scenery? Try Ecuador! Our activities include Amazon rainforest hikes, zip lining, level III rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, thermal spas and more!
Looking for excitement and adventure? Join our group of adventurous and active singles in the Middle of the World. We’ll explore the nearby wonders such as volcanoes, lakes, wetlands, forests and natural waterfalls. Numerous excursions and day trips have been specially designed for singles with visits to Quito and the Equatorial Monument. We’ve also included trekking, river rafting, horseback riding, ziplining, a shopping spree at an indigenous market and a relaxing excursion to natural hot springs. Your guides will take you through the Andean Heartland to all the best sites, with an unforgettable New Year’s celebration in Quito.
Inclusive Features of our Tour:
- 7 Nights Accommodations at the Garden Hotel San Jose or similar top rated hotel with pool, hot tub, gym and spa. Perfectly located in the tranquil valley outside Quito.
- Daily Breakfast
- Daily Lunch
- Daily Dinner
- All Taxes and Service Fees (22%)
- Visit to a Local Farmer’s Market in Tumbaco
- Tour Itiñan Solar Museum at the Equator
- View the Puluahua Volcanic Crater
- Visit Templo Del Sol
- Tour the City of Quito
- Whitewater Raft in the Rivers of the Amazon Rainforest
- Zipline in the Rainforest
- Swim in the Nambillo Rainforest Lagoon
- Rainforest Hike and Waterfall Viewing
- Explore the Chiche Canyon; walk or run (biking optional)
- Take a Cable Car Ride on the Teleferico
- Hike and View Volcanoes at the top of Teleférico (Horseback Ride Optional)
- Quench in the Thermal Springs of Papallacta
- Free Time to Swim, Sunbathe and relax in the Hot Tub
- Farewell Dinner
- Daily transportation to and from all adventure tours
- Round-trip Airport Transfers
- 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.
- Hotel Spa services
- Any personal changes to the planned itinerary
- Additional Night Stays and Excursions may be added before or after the tour. Each additional night is $150 per person and includes Meals, Taxes, Tips and Service fees. Excursion packages available starting at $100.
*This tour is directed by Robert Bucheli, owner of Mountain Views Inn. Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of the Mountain Views Inn 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.
Sample Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome and Orientation
Day 2: Equator – Farmer’s Market, Intiñan Solar Museum, Pululahau Volcanic Crater & Temple Del Sol
Day 3: Amazon – Whitewater Rafting
Day 4: Tumbaco – Swimming Pool & Chiche Canyon (Bike Optional)
Day 5: Quito – Teleferico Cable Ferry Ride, Hike and Quito City Day
Tour (Horseback Optional)
Day 6: Mindo Rain Forest – Zipline, Hike and Swim
Day 7: Papallacta – Hot Thermal Springs
Day 8: Departure
Day 1 – Monday (December 26)
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival, we are welcomed and guided to our room. Settle in by relaxing for the evening in our room or unwind by the game room, outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Meet others as they arrive throughout the evening. Join everyone for a welcome dinner where our menu and excursion itinerary will be discussed with the host.
Day 2 – Tuesday (December 27)
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am.
Equator – Farmer’s Market, Intiñan Solar Museum, Pululahua Volcanic Crater & Temple Del Sol
We will commute to a typical farmers market located 5 minutes away in Tumbaco where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. Here we’ll see a wonderful array of colorful, edible and exotic items.
We then travel for 1 hour to stand with a foot on each hemisphere on the Equator and tour the always fun, interactive Equatorial Intiñan Solar Museum. We will learn of the indigenous culture and understand the effects of the gravitational forces with water and balancing an egg on a nail!
Nearby is 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.
Finally we visit the lookout point located at the edge of the Pululahua Crater to see the center of the volcanic crater and the beautiful landscape.
Day 3 – Wednesday (December 28)
Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m.
Amazon – Whitewater Rafting
We will take a beautiful drive 2.5 hours away to the Amazon. It has become famous with kayaking and rafting fans. The gorgeous Level III Rivers are perfect to practice these sports. The Quijos or Chaco River offers an excellent 3-4 hour rafting excursion with many challenging rapids. During the tour we will have hamburgers that will hit the spot. We will continue to experience this rafting tour in the beautiful tropical rainforest with a rich flora and fauna.
Day 4 – Thursday (December 29)
Breakfast is served at 7:00 am.
Mindo Rain Forest – Zipline, Hike and Swim
This morning we depart a little earlier, to commute on a gorgeous 2.5 hour ride to the Mindo Rain Forest. It is set on 47,444 acres of the nationally protected reserve, Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo. 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.
We then travel to the Tarabita Skyway Basket over the Mindo River Valley. We will travel in a suspended metal cage powered by an old engine car that will provide spectacular views. Let’s enjoy a hike through the Rain Forest and time permitting, visit one or more cascading waterfalls and possibly jump in for a swim in the Nambillo Lagoon.
Day 5 – Friday (December 30)
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am.
Quito – Teleferico Cable Ferry Ride, Hike and Quito City Day Tour (Horseback Optional)
After breakfast we will travel 1 hour to 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. We can chose to ride a horse; this is an optional activity that can be done pending availability. On a clear day you can observe the surrounding volcanoes: Antisana (18,700 ft), Cayambe (18,725 ft), and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft).
Enjoy a box lunch overlooking spectacular views of Quito and its surroundings.
We go back down the cable ferry and then continue to tour Quito, which brings the past to life in its museums, convents, carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches.
Day 6 – Saturday (December 31)
Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m.
Tumbaco – Swimming Pool and Chiche Canyon (Bike Optional)
This morning, enjoy some down time by sunbathing and rejuvenating by the pool and hot tub.
We depart after lunch at 2 p.m. to the Chiche Canyon 10 minutes away.
We depart after lunch to Chiche Canyon 10 minutes away. The canyon can best be described as a mini version of the Grand Canyon. It stretches as far as the eye can see. It has a beautiful flowing river at the base of the canyon and marked trails easy to follow. Hike, Run or Bike on the trails for 2-3 hours.
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 – Sunday (January 1)
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am.
Papallacta – Hot Thermal Springs
After breakfast we will travel 1.5 hours to the entrance of the Amazon Jungle. Bathe in the natural thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures in Papallacta. This soothing volcanic natural thermal spring water contains sulfites and heat that produce a very therapeutic feeling of rejuvenation and wellness. We return by 5:00 pm to give plenty of time to pack and eat a fabulous farewell dinner.
Day 8 – Monday (January 2)
Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.
Unfortunately the trip comes to an end but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories. MVI transportation will take us to our flight 3 hours before our 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 Robert 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 as provided by the Host, there will be a $150 additional charge for personal transport, lunch and fees, payable to MVI onsite. Additionally, if you arrive on the 25th and you would like to add on a day tour, your cost will be $100 and includes transport, lunch and any fees.
Meals: We serve breakfast and dinner daily. Meals may fluctuate according to the itinerary and seasonal availability. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be easily accommodated. Please notify info@EcuadorMVI.com with any allergy or dietary needs. The chef will prepare traditional and authentic Ecuadorian meals, giving you a true Ecuadorian experience. All food served and prepared is fresh and with fruits and vegetables from local farmers.
- Breakfast will be a rejuvenating selection of eggs, bread, yogurt and granola, coffee or tea and an exotic tropical juice.
- Lunches will include sandwiches, tamales, corn, chochos, tostado, fava beans, with snacks and fruit available throughout the day.
- Ecuadorian soups are a special treat. Each day will feature a different soups such as quinoa, potato and avocado, green ball plantain with cabbage, chicken soup, cream of tomato, mushroom and asparagus. 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.
- A different fresh exotic juice will be available at all meals served at MVI including mora, naranjilla, orange, watermelon, papaya, mango, strawberry, taxo, pineapple, tree tomato and guanabana. All fresh juices are great for cocktails and sangria, ask your host for the selection of spirits available.
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
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 email@example.com.
The tour begins in Quito on December 26, 2016, and ends the morning of January 2, 2017. Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 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 September 26, 2016. 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 $75.00 plus credit card charges if applicable.
Between September 25, 2016 and November 25, 2016 – a $300 penalty applies
After November 25, 2016 – 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 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, 2016. Make sure to include your airline and flight number so we can track flight changes or delays for your pickup. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Guests who sign up for our 7 day tour may arrive as early as December 25th and stay additional days in January. Each additional night is only $150 per person for 1 night’s lodging, (1) dinner and (1) breakfast and (1) airport transfer to or from Quito UIO. Any additional transportation or services such as tours will have additional costs to be determined and paid on site in Ecuador.
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.
Flights from major US cities will depart and arrive in Quito on the same day. Return flights are also same day, so schedule your flight to arrive in Quito on December 26 and depart from Quito, January 2, 2016.
The tour does not include roundtrip airfare to Quito UIO. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages, personal purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, incidentals such as massages, laundry and gratuities to STI hosts ($10-15 per day), and local guides.
The itinerary is established in advance by our local operators 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.
Additional nights are $150 per person, per night and include lodging, breakfast, and the 22% Ecuadorian tax and service fees.
Additional tours are available and are at cost, paid directly on-site in Ecuador. If you are interested in additional tours, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to make reservations and confirm cost.
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 Friday, September 25, 2015.
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.
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.
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 6:30-9:30am and consists of a full service American style breakfast buffett 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. In 18 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 Director 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.
Our Ecuador Multi Sport Adventure is perfectly suited to physically active members in the 35-55 age range, who are fit and practice a regular routine of exercise 2-3 times per week. 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.
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!
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 14,000ft. 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.
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 only approximately 15 miles from the Equator. Bring along spring/summer clothing and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as khaki, brown and white that you can layer if necessary. Comfortable hiking shoes are a must. Bring a fleece sweatshirt for those chilly evenings.
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 boots
A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc)
Comfortable pair of water shoes or sandals for snorkeling and walking along beaches
Clothing for walking/light hiking, beach wear, and evening attire for restaurants
A bathing suit
Lightweight raingear, poncho
Sunglasses, sun block (30 or higher for face), sun hat, baseball cap or visor
Toiletries: all your daily essentials
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 eyewear 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.
Photography Equipment: Water Protection, extra memory cards and batteries recommended
Ziplock baggies to carry wet clothing
Old clothing to donate to local church/school
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.
Upon entering it is mandatory for visitors to complete an international embarkation/disembarkation card; it is then stamped with your passport. Do keep this card in your passport; losing it can make problems when exiting the country along with spot checks on buses, clubs, restaurants or in the streets.
110 Volts, 60 cycles which is the same as the US.
Ecuador does not practice daylight savings time and therefore, in comparison with the US, is on Central Standard Time or GMT -5:00 part of the year and Eastern Standard Time or GMT -4:00 for the other half. During our tour, Ecuador will be in CST.
The currency used in Ecuador is the US dollar.
Most locations do not accept major credit cards. For incidentals and small vendors you will need US dollars in small denominations, $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills that are not too old, worn or ripped. ATM machines are usually located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. Our package is all-inclusive, so you will not need large amounts of money other than for shopping, a few lunches and nightlife, all of which are very reasonable. Estimate $10-$15 per outing.
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 or even a Latin American specialist if your doctor is not qualified sufficient to help. 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 resort is located in a beautiful valley outside Quito, at a height of about 8,000 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 heaving drinking 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.
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.
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 the Mountain Views Inn. 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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