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.
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
*Before you register, please read Explore Amazing Places Terms and Conditions
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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