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Ecuador: Guayaquil, Cuenca, The Coast + Andes | 9 Day Tour
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The Overview

<strong>Guayaquil </strong> 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 neighb
<strong>Guayaquil </strong>

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>Montañita & Puerto Lopez</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.”



<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.
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Suggested Itinerary

<strong>Day 1 Friday Dec 7, 2018</strong>

Arrive Guayaquil



<strong>Day 2 Saturday 8, 2018</strong>

Travel from Guayaquil through Provincia de Santa Elena to Coast. Explore the playas and beach area to Montañita, Shop and Play Montañita



<strong>Day 3 Sunday Dec 9, 2018</strong>

Check out Puerto Lopez. December is not whale watching season so enjoy the Poor Man’s Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, instead. Known for it’s many birds, like the famous Blue-Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies (learn why they’re called boobies), Galapagos Albatrosses, sea turtles, sea lions and great snorkeling.



<strong>Day 4 Monday Dec 10, 2018</strong>

Explore and enjoy the beautiful Montañita 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>Day 5 Tuesday Dec 11, 2018</strong>

Travel Montañita to Ecuador Branch near Guayaquil. Tour Branch and enjoy evening in Guayaquil/Boardwalk.



<strong>Day 6 Wednesday Dec 12, 2018</strong>

Travel scenic route from the Metroplex of Guayaquil through Banana Plantations to the Highlands of the Andes to Cuenca



<strong>Day 7 Thursday Dec 13, 2018</strong>

World Class Spa retreat Baños Cuenca. Volcanic mud baths, steam baths, hot pools, wine, food, rest and relaxation. Cuenca Markets, Vistas, Culinary Delights and Shopping Deluxe in and around the Main Plaza.



<strong>Day 8 Friday Dec 14, 2018</strong>

Panama Hat factories, with a bus full of Hat boxes and gifts travel from Cuenca to Guayaquil



<strong>Day 9 Saturday Dec 15, 2018</strong>

Depart Guayaquil

All prices quotes herein are in USD.

<ul> <strong>Land Package Only</strong> <li>4 to a room: $804 </li> <li>3 to a room: $834 </li> <li>2 to a room: $864 </li> <li>1 to a room: $964 </li> </ul>

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...

  1. ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
  2. ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
  3. ...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.
  4. ...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.

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All itineraries are subject to adjustment as required. Confirmed, final and detailed itineraries (and additional important travel details) are posted in individual online reservation 'desktops' 30 days before their respective departure dates.

A deposit of $350 per person is required at the time you make your reservation to ensure your space on the tour. Refunds are possible only to those who purchase travel insurance, provided cancellation conditions are met. Payment in full is due 90 days before the trip departure date. Learn more ». Hotel information will be provided 90 days from the trips departure date for those who've confirmed their reservation(s).

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