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Galapagos Islands, October 2017

Join us: 14-Day South America Adventure

Join this once-in-a-lifetime adventure around Quito & the Galápagos Islands with Cosmos, the leader in affordable escorted travel.

    • Tour Value – save up to 30% less than traveling alone.
    • Perfect Hotels – within minutes of the city center.
    • Tour Directors – expert guides make destinations fascinating.
    • Flexibility – customize your experience with optional excursions!
    • Transportation – sit back and enjoy the ride in comfort.
    • … and ME! – your travel agent will be traveling with you!

Departure October 28, 2017. Concludes November 10th.
Base tour rate $3,799.00 per person, a $272 per day average.
Early Bird Promotion! Book by October 25th & save $50 per person.
Can’t go October 28th? Different dates are available upon request.
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Call Cassie at 330-790-1230 to join the group and reserve your space or click here to request more information!

Your 14-Day Adventure Highlights:

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Tour Details

 
Welcome to your 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

Click on your day-by-day itinerary to see how you’ll experience each destination! Items listed in CAPITAL LETTERS are included activities, inside visits, and special features.

 Day 1: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to one of the smallest yet most biodiverse countries in South America. Ecuador offers a panorama of scenery and climates—from the Pacific Coast to the rainforest and the Amazon to the high slopes of the Andes. Upon arrival in Quito you will be met by your Cosmos representative, who will help you get acquainted with this fascinating city near the equatorial line.

 Day 2: Quito

Begin your day with a city sightseeing TOUR that showcases colonial Quito, one of the best preserved historic areas in South America. A walk through Old Town Quito with your guide introduces you to the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage City back in 1978. Stop in Independence Square to see the Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace as well as the cathedral. In San Francisco Square, see La Compañia Church, one of the most beautiful in Quito with its ornate façade and San Francisco Church. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director is sure to offer suggestions.
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 Day 3: Quito-Cochasqui-Otavalo

Depart Quito and head north past often snow-capped Cayambe Volcano, rising 19,000 feet in altitude. In fact, the Equatorial Line crosses the slope of this immense volcano, which is the highest and only point worldwide that the Equatorial Line is covered with snow. Visit COCHASQUÍ RUINS, the largest Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Ecuador, believed to be a ceremonial and astronomical site dating back to 900 AD. During your tour, learn about the theories on this site, where 15 pyramids and 21 tombs have been uncovered. Continue to Otavalo’s famous INDIAN MARKET, considered one of the best in South America, full of textiles, clothes, vegetables, and much more. Stay at a traditional hacienda, and enjoy a COOKING CLASS to learn about Ecuadorian specialties before dinner.
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 Day 4: Otavalo-Papallacta

Head to the Andean village famous for its healing hot springs, Papallacta, where hot water naturally flows from the Andes. First, stop at the working ROSE PLANTATION, where Ecuador’s main export is harvested year-round. The combination of volcanic soil, natural hot springs, equatorial sun, and cool nights makes this region a perfect place for growing the world’s most beautiful roses. Continue to your lodge and relax in one of their nine thermal pools and three cold-water pools. Heated from the Earth’s core due to its proximity to nearby volcanoes, these thermal waters are known for their curative properties.
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 Day 5: Papallacta–Ecuador's Amazon

Crossing over the Andes, follow in the footsteps of Francisco de Orellana, the first European to see the Amazon. Descend the eastern slope of the Andes into the jungle to the banks of the Napo River, where you will board a short CANOE RIDE downstream to your lodge, Casa del Suizo. Arrive at this tranquil Amazonia refuge, surrounded by tropical rainforest, and enjoy a welcome drink by the pool before dinner.
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 Day 6: Ecuador's Amazon

This morning, cruise down the Napo River on a dugout CANOE with your Naturalist to an area for a NATURE WALK to search for tropical birds, monkeys, capybaras, and other animals commonly found here. Also visit the AMAZOONICO, a rescue center developed to rehabilitate rainforest animals. Here you can see coatis, tapirs, monkeys, snakes, and birds. Later, take a WALK on a river island to search for a variety of plants and insects. Also visit the BUTTERFLY HOUSE to learn about their metamorphosis.
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 Day 7: Ecuador's Amazon-Baños

Depart the Amazon region this morning for Baños, known for its famous hot springs that give the area its name. Baños is also called “Gate to the Orient” since its vegetation and climate are almost tropical due to its proximity to the rainforest. Small street cafés, restaurants, and gift shops invite you to enjoy a stroll around the town. Check into your hacienda and relax in the mild mountain climate.
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 Day 8: Baños

Today you will enjoy a free day at leisure. Baños is the perfect spot for outdoor activities. Your Tour Director will be happy to help you choose the right one.
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 Day 9: Baños-Cotopaxi

Pass through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” which winds its way through the Andean Mountain chain to COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, a highland zone protected since 1975. On a WALK near Lake Limpiopungo you will have the chance to learn about the typical vegetation and fauna found in the area. Enjoy breathtaking views of Cotapaxi Volcano, standing over 19,000 feet in elevation. Stay overnight in a typical hacienda found in the area, and enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening.
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 Day 10: Quito-Galápagos: Mosquera Islet

Fly to Baltra and transfer with your expert Naturalist to the Galápagos Legend for your 3-night CRUISE. Sail to MOSQUERA ISLET located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions and is an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. After visiting the island, take a dip in the waters and snorkel to see the abundant sea life.
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 Day 11: Galápagos: South Plaza & Santa Fé

Wake up at SOUTH PLAZA and take a walk through an impressive cactus forest populated with land and marine iguanas. Due to the proximity of land iguanas and marine iguanas here, this is the only place on Earth where you will find the Galápagos hybrid iguana. From the summit, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. After lunch on board, visit SANTA FÉ where you will be greeted by a large sea lion colony on its white-sand beach. Continue walking through an endemic cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galápagos Hawk, Galápagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galápagos mockingbirds. Take a swim and snorkel here for a chance to see rays, tropical fish, sea lions and maybe even a Galápagos shark!.
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 Day 12: Galápagos: San Cristobal

Arrive at PITT ISLET on SAN CRISTOBAL where you will walk to the top of a volcanic tuff where you are awarded with several magnificent viewpoints. This is one of the few sites where the three booby species of the Galápagos can be seen together (Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca). You will also find the two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is excellent for dinghy rides where a good range of sea birds can be observed and snorkeling too. At CERRO BRUJO, visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. Your visit ends with time to swim with the sea lions and other marine life.
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 Day 13: Galápagos: San Cristobal-Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the GIANT TORTOISE RESERVE on SAN CRISTOBAL. Learn about the National Park’s conservation programs and breeding programs to protect the endangered tortoise species. Also visit the port village for a last chance at souvenirs before bidding farewell to the enchanted Galápagos Islands. Transfer to San Cristobal Airport and fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
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 Day 14: Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
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Avalon, a sister company to this itinerary, has an amazing intro video!
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Quick Glance at Vacation Highlights

Sightseeing – Quito, Cochasquí, Otavalo, Papallacta, Ecuador’s Amazon, Baños, and Cotopaxi
UNESCO World Heritage Sites – city of Quito, Galápagos Islands
Guides – a local professional Tour Director while touring
Transportation – Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

Welcome to your 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

Explore Ecuador, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, from the Andes and the Amazon to the amazing Galápagos Islands!

Begin in the capitol city of Quito, where colonial history still permeates the air and you are surrounded by beautiful architecture, as well as religious and cultural sites. Head north to the Andean town of Otavalo to visit its famous Indian market, full of textiles, animals, vegetables, and handicrafts. It’s a true glimpse into traditional Ecuadorian culture, which continues during your cooking class and overnight at a local hacienda. Tour a working rose plantation, Ecuador’s main export, before relaxation time in the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. Also spend two nights immersed in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle on the banks of the Napo River. Your time in the Amazon basin will be filled with Naturalist-guided nature walks in search of the vast flora and fauna found in the area, canoe rides, night walks, and much more! From here, continue to the town of Baños, surrounded by the Andes and famous for its year-round temperate weather, beautiful hot springs, and waterfalls. End your vacation with a drive through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Cotopaxi National Park with one of the highest active volcanoes of the same name rising above you.

End your trip of a lifetime with a 3-night cruise through the Galápagos Islands on the Galápagos Legend. Your time in the archipelago introduces you to species of animals that do not exist anywhere else on the planet! From blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, and Darwin’s finches to giant tortoises, sea lions, and iguanas, the wildlife here is prolific. Your time here will definitely not disappoint!

From ancient cities and natural wonders to the Amazon wilds, impressive Andes, and incomparable Galápagos, this vacation to Ecuador has it all! So grab your camera and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime.

Optional Excursions for your 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites & experiences. We also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Cosmos provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions online, or with my assistance.

CITY: Quito
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Middle of the World Travel to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador’s native groups. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops that sell postcards and souvenirs. At the end of the day you’ll receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator!
Approximate value: $33 USD per person (standard price listed is for a private excursion)
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Panoramic Quito by Night with Dinner Drive into the old Colonial city for views of the romantic plazas and the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture. Then, to one of the hills surrounding the city for a panorama of twinkling lights covering the valley below. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants of the city.
Approximate value: $110 USD per person
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CITY: Baños
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Biking through Baños Experience an active and invigorating afternoon when you take to bicycle! Start your bike tour with a downhill ride to Rio Verde for (approximately 11 miles). Along the way, enjoy the amazing landscapes and views of waterfalls and cloud forests. After a short cable car ride for some impressive views, continue on bike to the small village of Rio Verde, where you will continue on foot – hiking up to El Pailon del Diablo waterfall. Approximate value: $45 USD per person
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Horseback Riding Explore Banos by horseback as you head out for a ride along the the perimeter of the Tungurahua Volcano. Take in the panoramic scenery and enjoy the fresh air of this high elevation.
Approximate value: $32 USD per person
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CITY: Guayaquil
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Guayaquil City Tour On this city tour, get to know the most interesting parts of this tropical and busy metropolis. Visit the Parque Simon Bolivar and the cathedral to learn about its history and the fire that destroyed a lot of the city. Only the small quarter Las Penas was preserved from this fire and is now the oldest and last picturesque vestige of colonial Guayaquil. Get a glimpse of the artist-quarter, where daily small open-air exhibition of paintings and sculptures can be seen, and visit the beautiful promenade. Finish the city tour at the cemetery, where a fascinating display shows the difference between wealth classes throughout Guayaquil’s history. Approximate value: $52 USD per person
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City Tour & Historical Park Follow your city tour (described above) with a visit to the Historical Park. You’ll be transported to a world where past becomes present. See the species that used to populate the ancient province of Guayaquil, from deer to tapirs, and monkeys to wild cats. Then, travel back to a late nineteenth century suburb, where the streets and houses bring you a little closer to Ecuador’s recent past. Watch and participate in the duties of the hacienda here, and discover this unknown side of coastal life, a side which has remained virtually unchanged since the colonial era. Approximate value: $69 USD per person
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City Tour & Municipal Museum Following the city tour (described above), you will visit the municipal museum. In carefully designed displays, it will reveal the rich history of Guayaquil and its surroundings, from the first settlements to the terrible fires that nearly destroyed the entire city.
Approximate value: $64 USD per person
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Take a look at where you will be staying on your 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos!

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

    • QUITO: Grand Mercure Alameda (F)
    • OTAVALO: Hacienda Chorlavi (MF)
    • PAPALLACTA: Hotel Termas de Papallacta & Spa (F)
    • ECUADOR’S AMAZON: Casa del Suizo (MF)
    • BAÑOS: Hacienda Leito de los Llanganates (MF)
    • COTOPAXI: Hacienda la Cienega (MF)
    • GALÁPAGOS CRUISE: onboad the Galápagos Legend (F)
    • GUAYAQUIL: Unipark Hotel Guayaquil (SF)

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SF = Superior First-Class
F = First-Class
MF = Moderate First-Class

Check out photos of the 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.

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Quito.at.night…………………………………..Mitad del Mundo equatorial line…………….Cotopaxi volcano
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Andes.hillside………………………………….farmer’s market………………………………..rain forest
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Butterfly.in.Amazon……………………………Amazon lily pad……………………………….biking in Baños
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horseback.in.Baños……………………………Galápagos flamingo………………………….Galápagos Giant Tortoise
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Galápagos.Great Frigate Bird………………..Galápagos Land Iguana……………………..Galápagos’ Liripari Lago
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Pricing details for your 14-day Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure with Cosmos

Please Note: Information has been shared directly from the Cosmos itinerary, and may not include the most up-to-date information or details.
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Please Note: exact prices for 2017 vacations may vary month by month. This tour is estimated at $3,799 per person, but it subject to change. This includes the tour components only. Prices do NOT include air travel. Promotional rates are offered for a limited time only. Call Oddball Escapes to discuss estimated rates, current promotions, and availability.
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Flights: Dates & prices do not include flights to/from Ecuador. Nor does the tour price include intra-vacation air segments to/from the Galápagos Islands. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the intra-vacation flights from Cosmos. Oddball Escapes will quote these rates at the time of booking. (Rates for air travel vary often, and are therefore quoted separately to ensure you receive the most accurate air rates for your travel dates.)
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Receive discounted rates! Because multiple families want to take this trip, Oddball has created a “group” so that you receive extra benefits. As the group grows, so may the benefits and/or discounts! Of course, the exact benefits will not be determined until we get closer to the date, as our group will continue to grow between now and summer of 2017.
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What does it mean to be a part of a group? So, you will not be required to “hang out” and become best buddies with others in the group! You take your vacation, and other families take their vacation. But, you WILL be traveling with others, so why not let Oddball coordinate your travel plans as part of a group so that you get MORE from your vacation?!
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Start planning now? Exact pricing may not yet be available, but we ARE talking with families and individuals now who are interested in this tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. Contact Cassie for more details regarding this tour.
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Secure your spot. A $250 per person deposit secures your spot on this tour. This deposit can be placed now.
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Your Travel Agent goes with you! Cassie is super excited to be a part of this tour to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands! She lived there for nearly 3 years! As a previous tour guide, Cassie is excited to go alongside you to experience this wonderfully diverse country!