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Capture Ecuador with Kristy Kutch

Capture Ecuador

with Kristy Kutch


Ecuador is an incredibly beautiful country, with nearly every type of dramatic landscape and venues packed into its small area; the highlands, nestled in the breathtaking peaks of the snow-capped mountain range of the Andes where you will stay in 400 year old haciendas. Witness active volcanoes and clear waterfalls dotting the countryside, and Incan ruins which lay hidden in remote spots. There are colorful Inca markets waiting to be explored, painted and photographed. 

In addition to the expansive countryside, our tour takes you to the crown jewel of the natural world, the Galapagos Islands. These islands are set along the equator, 600 miles off the west coast of South America in the crystal clear turquoise seas consisting of 13 major islands, 17 smaller islands and some 40 rocks that make up the archipelago all born from a fiery volcano deep in the Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos have never been part of a continent and have only relatively recently been discovered by man and more recently had human inhabitants. In 1835, the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited the islands and discovered this “living laboratory” which inspired his writings on the Theory of Evolution. Many of the animals on the Galapagos Islands have developed into different species from their continental relatives, and because they have never experienced man as a predator, they show no fear of humans. We visit the islands on the magnificent cruise ship M/V Santa Cruz.

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About the artist

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils.

During this tour you’ll capture colorful rose plantations, authentic Ecuadorian cowboys, unparalleled sea life and the untold beauty of the Galapagos Islands. This is a tour you will not want to miss. Don’t hesitate, register today and join Kristy Kutch and Explore Amazing Places in Ecuador in 2021.

Cost: $8,550.00 Single Supplement: $1,050.00

Our Travel Itinerary

March 8th - 20th, 2021

Monday, March 8th

Tuesday, March 9th

Wednesday, March 10th

Thursday, March 11th

Friday, March 12th

Saturday, March 13th

Sunday, March 14th

Monday, March 15th

Tuesday, March 16th

Wednesday, March 17th

Thursday, March 18th

Friday, March 19th

Saturday March 20th

Arrival in Quito 

Explore Quito and Hacienda La Alegria

Enjoy a true Chagra rodeo

Visit a rose plantation and travel to Cusin

Explore Cotacachi and beautiful Pinsaqui

Discover the Otavalo marketpplace

Cusin in the morning and Quito by evening

Travel to the Galapagos and board our ship

Santiago Island and Puerto Egas

Rabida and Bartolome Islands

Genovesa Island and Darwin Bay

Santa Cruz and the tortoise reserve

International flights home


You can download a full version of the itinerary, complete with times and detailed descriptions of each destination here.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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Included in your Tour:  13 days, 12 nights at unique luxury hotels ▪ Meals per itinerary, including tips ▪ Hotel Baggage handling and driver gratuities ▪ Deluxe motor coaches ▪ Excursions/entrance fees per itinerary 

NOT Included: ▪ Airfare from your hometown to Quito, Ecuador ▪ Airport baggage handling tips ▪ Alcohol or personal room charges ▪ Guide tip (when we provide a guide we recommend $3 - $5 per person)

Price: $8,550 (Double Occupancy), $1,050 (Single Supplement)

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