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Quito is elevated at 9190 ft *1.74miles) above sea level, which makes it the highest official capital city in the World. Quito’s historic centre, was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites and is one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved in the Americas.
There are two equator lines in Ecuador, the official line (the Mitad del Mundo Monument) and the original line (the Museo Inti Ñan), both only 260 yards (approx 2.5 football fields) apart. The museum tour is absolutely fantastic.
<strong>Cotacachi & Otavalo</strong>
Otavalo is a town in the Andean highlands in the Imbabura province of northern Ecuador. It’s surrounded by volcanoes including the Imbabura Volcano. It's known for its Otavalo Market in the central Plaza de Ponchos, where traditionally clad indigenous townspeople sell colorful textiles and handicrafts.
Cotacachi - The name refers to one of Ecuador's leading artisanal manufacturers of leather and leather goods. i.e. the leather capital of Ecuador.
<strong>Banos - </strong><strong>El Pailón del Diablo and </strong><strong>Casa del Arbol</strong>
Baños de Agua Santa is a city in Ecuador’s Tungurahua province and a gateway to the nearby Amazon Basin. It’s known for access to trails on the active Tungurahua volcano just south, and for its mineral-rich hot springs. To the east, El Pailón del Diablo a powerful and dramatic waterfall on the Río Pastaza.
Casa del Arbol is a seismic station above Banos that has a swing under a tree house allowing for a fantastic and thrilling view (if the clouds don’t obscure it) of the jungle below and of the Tungurahua volcano.
<strong>Cuenca & Cuenca Banos</strong>
The city of Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay Province and is located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) above sea level. It is widely regarded as the most European city in the country of Ecuador due to its highly 16th and 17th century era Spanish colonial architecture resembling cities and architecture throughout Spain.The centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cuenca is well known for its stunning architecture, tourist attractions, restaurant and Panama Hat factories and museums.
If you ever dreamed of spending every day at the spa, Baños de Cuenca has got you covered….literally in mud! Enjoy the famous Piedra de Agua – an oasis of red rocks, mud baths, steam rooms and boxes, contrast pools, lounge chairs and a wine bar and restaurant.
Guayaquil is a port city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar promenade. At the north end of the promenade is Las Peñas, a neighborhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the city.
The BCT provides hotel as you attend the Ecuador English Regional Convention will be located near the promenade and Iguana Park. Full of great restaurants and unique shopping.
<strong>Montanitas & Puerto Lopez (Whale Watching)</strong>
Montañita is a village on Ecuador's Santa Elena Peninsula, known for its beaches with strong surf breaks, world class surfing and bohemian vibe. Lively bars, nightclubs and thatch-roofed restaurants line the streets. Farther north along the coast are many villages such as Olón and Puerto Lopez. Also nearby is the cloud forest of the Chongón-Colonche mountains.
Puerto López is a small fishing village set in an arched bay on the Pacific coast in the Ecuadorian Manabí Province. Puerto Lopéz is the Machalilla National Park headquarters. The main industries include fishing, ecotourism and prime whale watching. 25 miles offshore is Isla de la Plata (named from its history as a pirate hideout, the Island of the Silver), also referred to as "The Poor Man's Galapagos.”
<span style="color: #008000;"><strong>Ecuador English Regional Convention</strong></span>
A unique spiritual event. Beautiful outside pavilion, near Guayaquil, with Iguanas wandering the grounds watching us watch them. Even though there are just a few English Congregations in Ecuador (about 6 or so) the English RC sometimes goes over a thousand in attendance. It is THE PLACE for networking for those who are thinking of serving where there is a need in the English field in a foreign country. Very encouraging.
Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. For those interested in colonial monuments, archaeology enthusiasts, handicraft collectors, bird watchers, museum aficionados, beach lovers and those who like to eat splendid food Lima is for you. An abundance of exquisite cuisine gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality and makes tourism in Lima a unique experience in South America.
<strong>Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Pisac</strong>
The indigenous name of this city is Qusqu. Spanish pronounced it Cusco or Cuzco (elevation 11,200 ft), a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.
Ollantaytambo is a village in the Sacred Valley of south Peru, set on the Urubamba River amid snow-capped mountains. It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. The village's old town is an Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets and adobe buildings.
Pisac is a village in southern Peru’s Sacred Valley region. It's known for its lively handicrafts market in the main square. A large section of the market is dedicated to peruvian-oriented souvenir stalls where you can find weavings, jewellery, ponchos, hats, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and a whole range of other gifts and souvenirs to take home with you.
<strong>Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu</strong>
Aguas Calientes lies in a deep gorge below the ruins. A virtual island, it’s cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Despite its gorgeous location, Aguas Calientes has the feel of a gold rush town, with a large itinerant population. A haven for trekkers and tourist alike.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above Aguas Calientes and the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.
<strong>Puno & Lake Titicaca</strong>
Puno is a city in southern Peru on Lake Titicaca. A regional trading hub, the city's also considered Peru's "folkloric capital" owing to its traditional festivals featuring vibrant music and dancing. Landmarks include the Andean baroque-style Puno Cathedral and the Yavari, a 19th-century steamship (now a bed and breakfast).
Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America's largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it is Titicaca National Reservation, sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs. Home to the Uros, famous and ancestral people that live in floating artificial islands.
<strong>Colca Canyon & </strong><strong>Arequipa</strong>
Colca Canyon, a river canyon in southern Peru famed as one of the world's deepest, is a well-known trekking destination. It's a habitat for the giant Andean condor, on view from overlooks like Cruz del Condor. The canyon landscape comprises a green valley and remote traditional villages with terraced agriculture that predates the Incas.
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it's filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is a stately main square anchored by the Plaza de Armas.
<strong>Peru English Convention Lima - Optional </strong>
Over the years a large number of foreigners have picked Peru as their residence, and a great door of activity was open in the past 3 years. The Peru English Regional Convention affords a wonderful opportunity for those thinking of serving where there is a need to network with others who have the same goal or have achieved that goal. Almost all the speakers plus those in attendance are missionaries, need greaters and bethelites. The convention is held in a beautiful Kingdom Hall in Lima (use link below). The only South American capital city on the Pacific Ocean.
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<strong>Sunday, July 1, 2018</strong>
Arrival Lima Transfer to Hotel Miraflores area
<strong>Monday, July 02, 2018</strong>
Visit Lima Bethel, Lunch, City Tour to Colonial City and Miraflores, Evening visit to Barranco (optional Dinner/Folk Show)
<strong>Tuesday, July 03, 2018</strong>
Flight to Cuzco, Arrival and Hotel accomodation, Evening City Tour
<strong>Wednesday, July 04, 2018</strong>
Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Buffet Lunch included, Train to Machu Picchu area, Arrival to Aguas Calientes hotel
<strong>Thursday, July 05, 2018</strong>
Tour to Machu Picchu Citadel, enjoy evening Aquas Calientas
<strong>Friday, July 06, 2018</strong>
Train to Cusco with a stop over in the ancient city of Ollanuaytambo and Pisac
<strong>Saturday, July 07, 2018</strong>
Excursion tour to Puno Baroque Route, Many stops, buffet lunch included
<strong>Sunday, July 08, 2018</strong>
Visit to Lake Titicaca and the Uros and Taquile tribes
<strong>Monday, July 9, 2018</strong>
Tour Bus towards Colca Canyon Arequipa, Arrival to Hotel
<strong>Tuesday, July 10, 2018</strong>
Visit of the Canyon and the Condor Bird observatory, Transport to Arequipa
<strong>Wednesday, July 11, 2018</strong>
Visit to the City of Arequipa, Lunch for typical Picanteria (local cousine) Flight to Lima and transfer to hotel
<strong>Thursday, July 12, 2018</strong>
Flight Lima to Quito
<strong>Friday, July 13, 2018</strong>
From Quito travel to Cotacachi (known for it's leather goods and crafts) & Otavalo (best known for its vibrant Inca market) with vistas aplenty along the way.
<strong>Saturday, July 14, 2018</strong>
Full Day visit Papallacta Hot Spring Water & Spa. Enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating baths of Termas de Papallacta.
<strong>Sunday, July 15, 2018</strong>
Visit and tour both the Historical and the literal Middle of the World sites. Explore Centro Historico. Top off the day at Pims Restaurant with superb food and magnificant views.
<strong>Monday, July 16, 2018</strong>
Travel by bus Quito to Banos Hotel
<strong>Tuesday, July 17, 2018</strong>
Banos - Enjoy two unique excursions. Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) Water Fall and whats know as the wildest swing ever at Casa del Arbol
<strong>Wednesday, July 18, 2018</strong>
Leasure morning Banos or half day exploring Puyo the 'Door to the Jungle' - short stroll Paseo Turístico. Evening meeting with local Congregation and night view Tungurahua Volcano
<strong>Thursday, July 19, 2018</strong>
Travel by bus Banos to Cuenca. Enjoy evening Cuenca.
<strong>Friday, July 20, 2018</strong>
Panama Hat factories, Markets, Vistas, Culinary Delights and Shopping Delux in and around the Main Plaza.
<strong>Saturday, July 21, 2018</strong>
World Class Spa retreat. Volcanic mud baths, steam baths, hot pools, wine, food, rest and relaxation.
<strong>Sunday, July 22, 2018</strong>
Travel scenic route rom Highlands of the Andes (Cuenca) through Banana Plantations to the Metroplex of Guayaquil
<strong>Monday, July 23, 2018</strong>
Travel from Guayaquil through Provincia de Santa Elena to Coast. Explore the playas and beach area to Montanitas, Shop and Play Montanitas
<strong>Tuesday, July 24, 2018</strong>
Explore and enjoy the beautiful Montanita Beach. Surf and/or take Surfing lessons. Shop among all the talented street vendors. Savor the many flavors of all the tropical fruit stands.
<strong>Wednesday, July 25, 2018</strong>
Check out Puerto Lopez. Enjoy what many believe to be the best Whale Watching along the Americas Pacific coast
<strong>Thursday, July 26, 2018</strong>
Travel Montanitas to Ecuador Branch near Guayaquil. Tour Branch, enjoy evening in Guayaquil/Boardwalk.
<strong>Friday, July 27, 2018</strong>
All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. "Full Package" prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees.
Regarding Land Package Pricing:
Land Package prices signify that...
- ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
- ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
- ...BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
- ...while your transportation is provided during the tour you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
Click here to read about the advantages of booking a 'full package' trip versus a 'land package' trip.
<li>In-Country Air and Train Tickets</li>
<li>Airport to Hotel Shuttle Service Full Package</li>
<li>Entrance to Parks, Monuments and Hot Springs</li>
<li>Day by Day Transportation for Touring</li>
<li>Breakfast Each Day</li>
<li>Rooming as Requested</li>
<li>Whale Watching Tickets</li>
<strong>What's Not Included</strong>
<li>Airport to Hotel Shuttle Service Land Package</li>