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The Many Faces of Ecuador: The Coast, Highlands, and the Amazon

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Program #16488RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Meals: 31 total, 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Sheraton Quito Hotel: Quito, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Sheraton Quito Hotel is located in the capital's financial and commercial zone and also nearby the Colonial Old Town, a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Enjoy the on site restaurants featuring fusion foods and live piano music in the lounge. Relax your soul, mind, and body or workout in the fitness center located on the 11th floor with breathtaking views of the modern Quito.

Contact info:
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Republica de El Salvador
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-2 2970002
web: www.starwoodhotels.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, Internet access, mini bar, telephone, free newspaper, and cable TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, 24-hr room service, complimentary WiFifi in public areas, fitness and spa facilities, laundry/valet service, tour desk, gift shop, florist, business center, and meeting rooms. The hotel offers airport transfer services for an additional cost. Guests can request this service by calling the hotel directly or by emailing guestservice@sheraton-quito.com. The hotel needs flight details in order to confirm the service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 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 in time: 3:00 PM

Sacha Lodge: Coca - Amazonia/Napo River, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Sacha Lodge is located in the heart of the Amazon and is strategically situated beside a tranquil oxbow lake, Pilchicocha. The lodge was carefully designed to be comfortable for travelers while preserving the flavor of the jungle.

Contact info:
5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region
Coca, Ecuador
phone: +(800) 327-3573
web: www.sachalodge.com

Room amenities: Cabins have high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, constructed with traditional materials. Each room has a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower and contains ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds.

Facility amenities: Accommodations are provided in double cabins with thatched roofs and private shaded terraces. Buildings were constructed with traditional materials and blends seamlessly with the jungle. A raised lookout located above Sacha's lounge and bar provides guests with wonderful views of the Pilchicocha Lake and the surrounding forest. Electricity is provided by a generator.

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

El Monasterio de Cusin: Otavalo, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: This charming hotel is housed in a restored 17th century Andean estate. The equatorial line and snowcapped Cayambe Mountains are only 30 minutes away. Winding cobblestone pathways, fountain courtyards, and perennial gardens offer inviting spaces where guests can relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Contact info:
P.O. Box # 123
Otavalo - Imbabura
San Pablo del Lago, Imbabura, Ecuador
phone: +593-6-2918013/17
web: www.elmonasteriodecusin.com

Room amenities: Rooms have wood-beamed ceilings and log burning Kiva fireplaces, and are decorated with Andean crafts. Private bathrooms have thick cotton towels and hairdryers. Hot water bottles on request.

Facility amenities: Horseback riding, stables with arena, mountain biking, an internet cafe, basketball, squash and volleyball courts, a game room for pool, table-tennis and darts, and two television viewing rooms with an extensive and highly selective video library. 24 hour laundry service is available.

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

Abraspungo Hotel: Riobamba, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hosteria Abraspungo is located at the 3.5 kilometer marker on the way to Guano, in a residential suburb named “Las Abras”, in the city of Riobamba. It’s name comes from two words: “Abras” from the Spanish word “abra”, which means a deep rupture in the hard earth, caused by erosion from water. “Pungo” from the Quichua word “pungu”, which means door or entrance. Abraspungo is also the name of a glacial valley which is located between the mountains Chimborazo and Carihuairazo, at 4.000 Mts. above sea level. The idea to build Abraspungo, began with the purpose of providing comfortable and peaceful lodging for our customers, in peaceful countryside surroundings which offer the special micro-climate characteristic of the Guano valley.

Contact info:
Km. 3 1/2 Vía Riobamba - Guano
Riobamba, Ecuador
phone: +593-3-2364031
web: www.abraspungo.com.ec/

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, and room service.

Facility amenities: Fax and email service, restaurant, bar, laundry service, conference room, and mail service.

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

Hotel Santa Lucia: Cuenca, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: One of Cuenca Ecuador's most historic antique buildings, is located in the Old Town district of Cuenca, which is a living museum itself. The house where the Santa Lucia hotel is located was built by the first governor of Azuay province, Don Manuel Vega Davila, in 1859. The house remained in the Vega family for over a hundred years, being a peaceful witness of important episodes of the history of southern Ecuador.

Contact info:
Antonio Borrero 8-44 y Sucre
Cuenca, Ecuador
phone: +59 3782-8000
Room amenities: Digital Safebox DDI Phone Cable Television Private Bathroom

Facility amenities: Santa Lucia hotel has rescued and preserved this piece of Cuenca heritage, keeping this house as an example of the architectural style of the last part of the XIX Century Ecuador.

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

Elevator: Yes

Hotel Oro Verde: Guayaquil, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: Oro Verde Hotel Guayaquil is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Ecuador. Strategically located in the downtown commercial and banking heart of the city and only eight minutes from the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

Contact info:
9 de Octubre Street
Guayaquil, Ecuador
phone: +593-4-2327999
web: www.oroverdeguayaquil.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, air conditioning, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, direct-dial telephone, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and reading light over each bed.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bar, delicatessen, pool, fitness center, spa services, business center, Internet access, 24-hr room service, laundry/dry cleaning, shops, and meeting rooms. The hotel offers a complimentary airport transfer service. The service can be confirmed by calling the hotel or sending an email to ov_gye@oroverdehotels.com with pertinent flight information.

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
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for availability and rates.



The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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