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Program #21104RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Quito 9,223 ft - 9,883 ft/Papallacta 10,390 ft

Itinerary for Dec 4 — Dec 9, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Termas de Papallacta is located in the Andean highlands (10,890 ft) in the small village of Papallacta. Crisp mountain air, thermal hot springs, and the region's beautiful scenery are all condusive to relaxation. The hotel prides itself in providing healthy and invigorating spa services; offering guests a safe haven where they can escape from the tensions and stress of everyday life and recharge their batteries.

Contact info:
Km 65 via Quito - Baeza
Papallacta, Ecuador
phone: +593-6-2895060
web: http://www.termaspapallacta.com

Room amenities: Private baths and heating. Rooms are located next to the thermal pools.

Facility amenities: Convention center, restaurant, 9 hot thermal pools and 3 cold water pools, snacks/drinks kiosk, and spa services.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like assistance in booking additional hotel nights.


Day One: Wednesday, December 04 - Program #6043 Ends and Extension #21104 Begins/An...
Program #6043 Ends and Extension #21104 Begins/Antisana Ecological Reserve/Papallacta Thermal Pools.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to the Antisana Ecological Reserve.

The Antisana Ecological Reserve comprises approximately 120,000 hectares and includes great views of the snow-capped Antisana Volcano. This protected area is well known among bird lovers who come to try and spot species such as the endangered Andean Condor, as well as Andean Lapwing, Carunculated Caracara, and Black-faced Ibis.


Lunch: At a local hacienda.


Afternoon: Transfer to Papallacta.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy the hotel's thermal pools.


Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Termas de Papallacta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Termas de Papallacta is located in the Andean highlands (10,890 ft) in the small village of Papallacta. Crisp mountain air, thermal hot springs, and the region's beautiful scenery are all condusive to relaxation. The hotel prides itself in providing healthy and invigorating spa services; offering guests a safe haven where they can escape from the tensions and stress of everyday life and recharge their batteries.

Contact info:
Km 65 via Quito - Baeza
Papallacta, Ecuador
phone: +593-6-2895060
web: http://www.termaspapallacta.com

Room amenities: Private baths and heating. Rooms are located next to the thermal pools.

Facility amenities: Convention center, restaurant, 9 hot thermal pools and 3 cold water pools, snacks/drinks kiosk, and spa services.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like assistance in booking additional hotel nights.


Day Two: Thursday, December 05 - Papallacta - Bird Watching in Local Nature R...
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to a private nature reserve situated just 15 minutes from Papallacta. Hike in the reserve's humid temperate forest, taking special notice of unique flora and the region's abundant birdlife.


Lunch: At the reserve.


Afternoon: Return to Papallacta.

The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy the hotel's thermal pools or spa services (additional charge).


Dinner: At the hotel.


Lodging: Termas de Papallacta

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic hacienda situated in the province of Imbabura, 55 miles northeast of Quito.

Contact info:
000000000000000
Pimán, Imbabura, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2566090
Room amenities: Private baths.

Facility amenities: Restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Friday, December 06 - Transfer from Papallacta to Pimán/Highland Flower...
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, depart to the Imbabura province.

Visit a local farm for a look at Ecuador's profitable flower industry. On-site discussion: Introduction to Ecuador's Flower Export Business. View the greenhouse, bouquet operations, and the breeding center.

The farm produces approximately 45 varieties of roses and more than 30 species of tropical flowers. The plantation has 11 hectares of roses and spray roses, in addition to 15 hectares of flowers such as gerberas, sunflowers, and campanulas.


Lunch: At the farm.


Afternoon: Transfer to Hacienda Pimán.

Arrive at the hacienda and check-in.


Dinner: At the hacienda.

Lodging: Hacienda Pimán

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Historic hacienda situated in the province of Imbabura, 55 miles northeast of Quito.

Contact info:
000000000000000
Pimán, Imbabura, Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2566090
Room amenities: Private baths.

Facility amenities: Restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Saturday, December 07 - Pimán - Cuicocha Lake/Handicrafts of Cotaca...
Breakfast: At the hacienda.


Morning: This morning we will travel to Cuicocha Lake and the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve for a scenic walk in the highlands.

The beautiful lake is located alongside Volcan Cotacachi; an eroded volcanic crater that through the years filled with water. The surrounding cliffs are rich with plant and animal life and are now part of the Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas.

Visit Cotacachi town, known for its weavings and leather products.


Lunch: At local restaurant.


Afternoon: Orientation to San Antonio de Ibarra, a small indigenous village with a reputation for its skilled carpenters and wood carving artists. A walk along the main street and the town square will reveal various art galleries and workshops.

Return to the hacienda in time for dinner.


Dinner: At the hacienda.

Lodging: Hacienda Pimán

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de el Salvador
Quito, 00000 Ecuador
phone: +593-22970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini refrigerator, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, gift shop, florist, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Additional hotel nights are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and prices.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Sunday, December 08 - Otavalo Market/A Look at Indigenous Traditions at...
Otavalo Market/A Look at Indigenous Traditions at Peguche Village/Transfer to Quito.

Breakfast: At the hacienda.


Morning: After breakfast, depart for Otavalo, in the northern province of Imbabura.

Enjoy a field trip to the Otavalo Market and an on-site discussion: Otavaleños: Tradition and Globalization.

The Otavalo Market is a famous market dating back to pre-Inca times where locals and visitors can buy or barter food, animals, basic necessities and crafts. Otavaleños are well known for their superior business skills. Examples of their craft can be found at this market and throughout stores in the country.

Transfer to the small village of Peguche for a visit with a local indigenous family. Learn about their long-standing traditions in music, back-strap weaving, and herbal medicine.


Lunch: At local restaurant.

Taste the flavors of Andean cuisine while enjoying a lunch prepared with typical ingredients and products of the Ecuadorian highlands.


Afternoon: Transfer to Quito, traveling through the scenic Imbabura Province.

Imbabura is also commonly referred to as the Lakes Province because of the many lakes that dot its landscape. The highland lakes offer good hunting and fishing for local communities and are an added attraction for tourists visiting the many craft towns north of Quito.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.


Dinner: On your own, to explore local cuisine.


Lodging: Sheraton Quito Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Monday, December 09 - Departures/Flights to the U.S. Arrivals in ...
Depart From: Morning transfer to the international airport to catch your flight to the U.S.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel (dependent on flight times).


Meals Included: Breakfast

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