ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

YOUR TOUR DOSSIER ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS Quito, the Galapagos Islands & Guayaquil Our tour to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is your chance to experie...

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ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS Quito, the Galapagos Islands & Guayaquil

Our tour to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is your chance to experience one-of-a-kind wildlife watching. Get unusually close to sunbathing iguanas, playful sea lion pups and male frigate birds who proudly display their red pouches. Swim with turtles, marvel at the majestic volcanoes and be taken aback by the magical charm of the islands. City tours of Quito and Guayaquil give an excellent insight into the country’s vibrant past. This tour allows you to access one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world. This document aims to give you all the information that you require for a smooth and comfortable trip to Ecuador and the Galapgos Islands. Please take the time to read this dossier to familiarise yourself with all the aspects of our tour. It includes important information such as flight details, visa requirements and travel insurance. DAY 1: UK to Quito, Ecuador Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito. DAY 2: Quito Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. DAY 3: Quito B/L In the morning enjoy a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch. DAY 4: Quito to The Galapagos Islands B/L/D Fly to Baltra Island this morning where you will be met and transferred to Santa Cruz via a short ferry crossing. After a welcome drink and a leisurely lunch, your guide will take you to see the island's famed giant tortoises. These gentle giants roam freely between the national parks and boast lifespans of over a hundred years. Next visit the lava tunnels; formed by rivers of fast flowing liquid lava, a walk through these passageways will take you on an exciting journey back in time to the very formation of these volcanic islands.

DAY 5: The Galapagos Islands B/L/D Today, take a boat trip out to one of the bio-diverse Galapagos isles. Here you have the opportunity to view a selection of wildlife the islands are so revered for. Spot iguanas lazing in the shade of cacti, blue-footed boobies and sea lions perched on top of rocky outcroppings or frigate birds showing off their vibrant red pouches. Before lunch get a sea lion's view of these magnificent creatures and other marine life such as sea turtles, rays and tropical fish as you snorkel around the bay.

In the afternoon, take an optional excursion with the Plant a Tree volunteering programme. Leave your ecosignature on the island as you clear a patch of land and plant an indigenous tree, adding a personalised plaque to your newly-planted sapling.

DAY 9: The Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil B/L Returning to Baltra Island, you will catch a flight to Guayaquil, Ecuadors largest city known as the gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. Transfer to your hotel to DAY 6: The Galapagos Islands B/L/D After breakfast, journey on foot through arid, aromatic rest and relax, the rest of your day is at leisure to forests that hug the spectacular white sandy coastline meander round the large selection of cafes and art galleries. of Tortuga Bay to arrive at hidden blue lagoons. These natural pools are perfect for swimming or DAY 10: Guayaquil B snorkelling in, or rent a kayak and paddle close to Embark on a guided morning walk of the city. white tip sharks, turtles and schools of rays on the Starting at the Malecon 2000, an impressive tranquil lagoon of Playa Mansa. boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River, you will then visit the picturesque neighbourhood of Las Penas DAY 7: The Galapagos Islands B/L/D Embark on another boat trip to a different island today before strolling down Avenue 9 de Octubre, the main to enjoy more wildlife spotting and snorkelling, where downtown district. Finish at Parque Bolivar, one of the only parks in the world to have land iguanas. you can observe flamingos, frigates, mocking birds and blue-footed boobies. DAY 11: Guayaquil to the UK or Extension Transfer to Guayaquil airport for your flight to the UK, DAY 8: The Galapagos Islands B/D or continue on to your chosen extension. This morning, travel to the viewpoint at Cascajo, where you can enjoy phenomenal views over Santa Cruz and the other islands of the archipelago. Continue on to Trapiche, a local farm where you can PLEASE NOTE: The order of your itinerary may watch the fascinating process that locals use to vary during your time. produce alcohol from sugarcane. Next, visit beautiful Garrapareto beach for time to relax on its soft sands and enjoy some birdwatching and snorkelling.

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All accommodation is 4H and features an en suite bathroom and air conditioning. Sunspot has visited and inspected all hotels used, as well as the cruise, to ensure that they meet the high standards of service which we require for our clients. If the hotels or cruise detailed are not available, alternatives will be used of a similar standard. Please note: the hotels listed are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent in a document, along with your final flight information, approximately 10 days before you travel.

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Your hotel information Quito (2 nights): 4H Dann Carlton Hotel - República Del Salvador N34-377 e Irlanda, Quito, Ecuador, Contact number: +593 2-397-2600 Santa Cruz (5 nights): 4H Royal Palm Hotel - Km 18 Via Baltra Isla Santa, Cantón Santa Cruz, Ecuador. Contact number: +593 2-252-0000 Guayaquil (2 nights): 4H Unipark Hotel Clemente Ballén 406 y Chile, Clemente Ballen y Millán 406, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador Contact number: +593 4-232-7100

South America

On your arrival On your arrival in Quito you will be met by a representative from our local agent, Pure! Ecuador, holding a sign displaying: “Sunspot”. The Sunspot/Pure! Ecuador representative will show you to your transfer vehicle. Your representative available 24 hours a day should you have any queries.

If you need to contact Pure! Ecuador during your stay the details are: Pure! Ecuador Muros N27-94 y González Suarez Quito Ecuador Contact number: 00593 2 5123358/2 2234336

Emergency contact information Please find below the emergency contact details Pure! Ecuador 24 hour contact number: 00593 98448414

Visas A visa is not required for entry into Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations’ Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity. Your transit card (worth $110) is included for entrance into the Galapagos Islands.

Health and Vaccinations It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. VERY IMPORTANT Please note that due to new regulations from the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador, you will be provided to state any pre-existing medical conditions and your blood type on arrival into the Galapagos Islands. This information can be given to your tour guide on arrival. Please be aware that failure to provide this information by the time you arrive in the Galapagos Islands may result in you being refused entry.

Personal Expenses You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any drinks and personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, and any extra snacks. Approximately £400-£500 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Insurance We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote ‘WK830’ for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Sunspot will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Physical Accessibility This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guides This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival in each destination and will have a regional guide with you during your stay at each place, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Group Size The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tipping Tipping is at your discretion, however we would recommend approximately £2.00 ($3.00) per person per day for your driver and guide. Tips are accepted in US dollars, however should you wish to pay these on a credit card you can do so when you pay for personal expenses on board.

Currency Exchange The currency in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is the US Dollar. Cash machines are available in Quito and Guayaquil, but there will not be a chance to exchange currency during your cruise.

Credit Card Information As normal practice you will be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels. Itinerary Changes The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions. What to Pack • Loose fitting t-shirt or tank top and shorts for your island adventures • 2 pairs of old comfortable walking shoes as these can get damaged from saltwater, volcanic rock and sand • High factor waterproof sunscreen and lip balm • 2 swimsuits and a towel • Wide brim hat • Snorkelling equipment if you would prefer to use your own • Camera and spare batteries • Travel plug adapter - the voltage is 120 volts and is a 2 or 3 flat pin plug • Binoculars • Sunglasses • Waterproof, light poncho or rain jacket • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters,stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc

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Flight and Airport Information Your flight is to Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito with Avianca (AV), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Baggage Allowance Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height + length + width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. Airport Extras

If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras - Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313. Weather and Climate Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

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YOUR SANTA ELENA BEACH STAY Santa Elena, Ecuador

If you have not yet booked this fabulous extension, there is still time to do so, please contact 0843 224 0723

Your add-on to Santa Elena offers a relaxing end to your journey in Ecuador. Unwind on this province’s beautiful beaches, enjoy the calm weather of the Pacific Coast and reflect on your wonderful tour memories. This document aims to give you all the information which you will require during your extension to Santa Elena. Santa Elena The beautiful costal province and town of Santa Elena provides a relaxing setting to complete your tour. Enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer at your resort, unwind on the many beaches or explore some of the area’s sights.

Hotel Your stay will take place at the below resort:

reservations department if you are unsure.

4H Royal Decameron Punta Centinela on All-Inclusive, an excellent resort boasting an oceanfront location along a pink coral beach.

Personal Expenses You will need to take money with you to cover any snacks, as well as personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and drinks.

Hotel information: Km. 10.5 vía Santa Elena, Manglaralto, Urbanización Punta Centinela. Contact number: 00593 43716200

Tour Guides Your stay in Santa Elena is not escorted by a tour guide. All internal transfers are included.

Any alternative hotels or board basis will have been confirmed at booking. Please speak to our

Please note This extension takes place after your main tour.

Weather and Climate in Santa Elena

Please note: Final hotel and flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Shanghai, Wuzhen, Xi’an &

If you have not yet booked this fabulous extension, there is still time to do so, please contact 0843 224 0723

Your extension to Peru is the perfect way to see a little more of South America. You will visit the traditional town of Cusco, as well as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu. This document aims to give you all the information which you will require during your Highlights of Peru tour. Your included meal guide: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch DAY 11: Guayaquil to Lima After a day at leisure in Guayaquil, take an evening flight to Lima. Your guide will meet you on arrival and accompany you to your hotel. DAY 12: Lima and Cusco This morning you will fly to Cusco. In the afternoon your guide will commence your half day tour, taking you around all the most important sites. DAY 13: Cusco & Machu Picchu B/L Today is the highpoint of this extension – a visit to the world renowned Machu Picchu. Board the Vistadome train to climb up through the Andes, then a bus to the summit of the archaeological site.

Constructed on a saddle between two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greatest achievements of South American civilisation.

Personal Expenses You will need to take money with you to cover additional breakfasts, lunches, dinners & purchases.

DAY 14: Cusco B After breakfast at your hotel the rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore Cusco.

Visas British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Peru.

DAY 15: Cusco to UK B After breakfast return to the UK via Lima and Madrid. Hotel Information Lima (1 night): 3H Hotel Casa Andina Classic Centro - Petir Thouars 5444, Lima 00000, Peru, Contact number: 0051 1 4470263 Cusco (3 nights): 3H Casa Andina Koricancha - Calle San Agustin 371, Cusco, Peru Telephone Number: +51 84 252633

Tipping Tipping is a common practice in Peru and it is customary to top on average £2-£3 per person per day. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip. Currency Exchange The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw local currency.

Please note: Final hotel and flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.