Boca Raton Middle School - Galapagos & Ecuador March 17-24 - 2012
South America
Countries Visted:
8 days / Trip Code: Group 21-10678
$2590.00 (double / per person)

Trip Overview:
The Galapagos Islands is an amazing destination and unlike any journey you have experienced. Explore the Andes and its markets to experience a real South American journey of contrast.

The Coral 2 is a luxury yacht and a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows.
Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Waking up to the sights of a new island each morning sets the stage for their very own evolutionary process, from initial curiosity to the sheer excitement of knowing something new and wonderful is out there waiting to amaze them.

Every day brings new surprises and they will want to be ready. Let kids come face-to-face with cool animals, swim and snorkel with colorful fish, learn about evolution in a fun way, meet the famous Lonesome George that has become the icon of conservation. Our guests will enjoy the different activities offered on board like stargazing, a visit to the bridge to meet the Captain, T-shirt dye, Wii, handcrafts, and much more. We offer a special menu for children that will satisfy even the most picky-eater.

This Adventure Includes:
>R/T Flight from Miami to Quito Ecuador - and Taxes - Lan Ecuador
>R/T Flight from Quito to Galapagos Islands and Taxes - Aero Gal
>4D 3N Galapagos Islands Cruise on the Coral 2 yacht
>All Meals and services on board Coral 2
>Breakfast at the Lodges
>Galapagos Park Entrance fee and INGALA Transit Card
>2 nights Hotel Vieja de Cuba Quito - Dbl Std Rooms w Breakfast Included
>Guided excursions on tours on the islands
>Otavalo Guided tour - Markets and Culture Experience - Overnight Magdalena Community private local home - not hotel or lodge. Some meals additional.
>Extensions - Amazon or Pappalacta Hot Springs - As described

This Adventure Does Not Include:
>Some Meals as noted - Lunches & Dinners not included at the lodges
>Tips and Gratuities - Boat Crew
>Additional purchases on the boat, sundries, etc
>Travel Insurance and excess luggage fees

Service Level:
Four Star Level (The Four Star service level features deluxe suite, 4 star accomodations. Some meals may be provided. Programs feature private guides and customized personal adventures.)

Physical Demand Rating:
1 (Very Easy)

Departure Info:
> Must arrive for international airport 3 hours prior to departure.
> Must have a valid passport not expiring before Sept 30, 2012 or it must be renewed
> The package price is based on a total of 20 or 36 paid guests aboard Coral 2 or Coral 1, If our group does not reach this size, the price may be adjusted, unless the operator sells the remaining cabins.
>Luggage restrictions may apply
>Airfare quoted/ included in the package price is valid until Oct 15, 2011 and may increase.
>We will try to meet all cabin requests and ask that each traveler cooperate on this issue since we will be outdoors most of the day.

Recommended Add-ons:
2D / 1N Antisana Volcano and Papallacta Hot Springs $585.00
Effective Dates 03/23/2013 ~ 03/24/2013
This is a spectacular excursion to the high Andes of Ecuador, into the paramo and the montane forest, rich in unusual flora and fauna. The voyage starts with a drive to the Antisana volcano, the fourth in altitude in Ecuador, covered with glaciers and snow, and the surrounding Ecological Reserve. The climb and spectacular scenery on Antisana begins with close-up views of a massive glacial moraine, dating back to 11,000 year ago, jagged rocky peaks and a vast sweep of paramo vegetation above the tree line. Overnight at Termas Papallacta Springs Resort. (B,L)
2D / 1N Cotopaxi Volcano and Overnight $587.00
Effective Dates 03/23/2013 ~ 03/24/2013
Day 1
Early departure and travel on the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields. After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it's up a dirt road for approximately one hour. Upon arrival to the park there is an introductory briefing about the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its flora and fauna in the small Interpretation Center. Continue on to Limpiopungo Lagoon to observe a variety of birds and occasionally wild horses. On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is the backdrop. A short walk around the lagoon allows the observation of the Andean flora.

Day 2
The second day of the excursion includes a visit to a colorful Indian market of the area (depending on the day of the week), the tiny village of La Victoria famous for the potteries and time to explore the countryside and small towns surrounding the Hacienda La Ciénega, on foot, bicycle or horseback.

Entrance fee to Cotopaxi National Park is extra.
The order of the visits may vary - depending on the weather and the day of the week.

A Once day tour with lunch and return to Quito is available for a lower price then and overnight
Amazon: 3D / 2N Night Cotocacha Lodge $559.00
Effective Dates 03/23/2013 ~ 03/25/2013
Great comfort, excellent food, warm hospitality and spectacular rain forest scenery will surround you during your Amazon rainforest experience. Cotococha offers high quality tours lead by experienced native guides. An expert local guide will assist you choosing the excursions according to your wishes and interests. Most itineraries in our Amazon Tours include visits to the local communities, hikes in the rain forest, canoe trips, night walks, cascade visits, river tubing or rafting, and other activities.

Additional Trip Notes:
March Weather Chart:

Marine Iguanas nest on Fernandina and North Seymour Islands.
Frigate birds mating season starts on San Cristóbal and Genovesa islands.
Weather: wet and humid.
Perfect time for snorkeling.

Adventure Type:
Adventure Cruises

Budget: $2501 ~ $5000

Days: 8

March 17 2012:
Arrive Quito, Ecuador
Depart Miami: 2:00pm
Arrive Quito: 510pm
>transfer to Hotel Vieja Cuba Hotel -
>No meals - Overnight - Dbl Standard Room

March 18 2012:
Flight to Galapagos and Board the Coral 2
Depart hotel 5:20 am
Transfer back to the airport and flight to Galapagos -
Depart on Areo Gal 7:20 am flight

(3 hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the
airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a
bus drive to board the Coral 2 - Set sail and begin cruise

PM – Charles Darwin Research Station
(Santa Cruz) Dry landing. We visit the Station
where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding
program takes place and you will have the
opportunity to meet Lonesome George,
the last surviving specimen of his species
and symbol of our efforts to preserve the
fragile Galapagos environment. It is an excellent
place for visitors to be photographed with them.
Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety
Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin
Station also works providing environmental education
to communities and schools within the islands,
and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will
also have some free time to visit the town and shop
for souvenirs. Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 visit
Meals Included (B,D)

March 19 2012:
Santa Fe Island
Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded
by a sea lion colony; we continue walking through
an endemic cactus forest as we search for 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 Galapagos
Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of
the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds.
Deep-water snorkeling.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk

Day 3: PM - South Plaza (Plaza Island)
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet.
The walk begins with an impressive cactus
forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas;
as we reach its highest point, be on the look out
for tropicbirds and a bachelor sea lion colony.
In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller
sized land iguanas. The population is approximately
300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of
vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the
fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their
proximity with marine iguanas, where we will
encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
All Meals

March 20 2012:
Rabida Island
Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique
beaches; Rábida is considered the epicenter of
the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its
volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found
from July through September and nine species of the
famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We
will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe
nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where
marine life is particularly active.

Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

PM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz;
behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with
iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds,
and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic
vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes,
and much more. This beach is one of the main
nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female
can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70
eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without
breeding. At this site we will also find the
remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of
the United States Navy when they operated an airbase
on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the
beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in
English was hard to pronounce for the local people.

Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

March 21 2012:
Daphne Island and Return Flight to Quito
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that
was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s
finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds,
Swallow-tailed Gulls, and Brown Noddies. Afterwards, we transfer directly to
Baltra Airport for return flight to Quito. Aero Gal Flight departs 10;40am.
Transfer to Hotel Vieja Cuba
Overnight. Dbl Standard Rooms
Meals Included: (B) Not included: (L,D) on own

March 22 2012:
Otavalo Markets - Chaski Route - Andes Highlands - Magdalena
Depart early am for trip to The Andes and the Karanki Community

The Kichwa- Karanki indigenous community of Magdalena is located at approximately 9,842 feet above sea level at the slopes of the Imbabura Volcano with a most privileged location surrounded by valleys and lagoons, home to Atahualpa, the last of the Inca Emperors. It is immersed in this remarkably breathtaking pastoral setting that the Karanki keep the same harmonious relationship with their environment they’ve kept for centuries, tending to their livestock, cultivating their land and enjoying the clear mountain air.

Kleintours and Adventure Expeditions has developed a social and community-based tourism project to help them improve their living conditions by creating jobs and promoting ethnotourism. We have adequate comfortable rooms with private bathroom and hot water so tourists who want to participate in their cultural traditions can lodge with them and enjoy exquisite meals prepared with the crops of the land and the sumptuous mornings of the magnetic Ecuadorian Andes.
Meal Included; (B,L,D) Overnight in this community - at locals homes.

March 23 -24 2012:
Extension Tours According to Schedule
Morning: Community Activities - Depart at 1200p Private Transfer and
the group splits up at pre designated meeting point. Amazon Group will actually connect with Papallacta group at the springs for the afternoon then continue onward to the Amazon.
There will be private transfer for each group of ten at this split up point. Amazon Group will stay two nights. and depart on March 25

Cotococha Lodge - 2 Nights
Meals Included: (B,D)

Pappalacta Springs Lodge - 1 Night
Meals Included: (B)

March 24 or 25 2012:
Transfer to Quito International - Return Flight to USA
Depart for Quito International Airport - Return Flight Home
Depart on Lan Airlines at 6:35pm - Arrive at Miami at 11:40pm
We will need to Arrive at the Airport at least three hours before departure
Meals Included: (B)Separate transfer depending on extension to airport.

Pre-Trip Travel Information:
A Preparation list of what is required will be sent at time of final booking. Here are a few questions and answers:

What do you mean with Dry Landings and Wet Landings?
On a dry landing, passengers step directly from a dinghy to rocks or onto a dock. We recommend: walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellent and a light jacket. Wet Landing means that the dinghy edges up onto a beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or slippers, towel that will be provided by the crew while disembarking, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, plastic bag, well insulated cameras and a windbreaker.

What can I pack for the excursions?
For shore excursions comfortable clothing is a must, preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket, binoculars, camera and a good memory. Sun rays are very strong in the Galapagos Islands. Do not forget to take with you enough high grade sun block. Also, put your cameras in self-sealing plastic bags to protect them from the water, especially during landfalls.

What would happen if I get seasick?
We hardly get a seasick passenger on board. However, we have seasick medication on board all our ships, but if you are particularly sensitive you can bring your own medication.

Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Ecuador. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. On board our yachts you will find bottled water in your room. Ice used onboard the yachts is generally made with purified water as well.

Do you provide biodegradable shampoo and soap on board?
Yes, we supply all travelers with these items as part of our conservation policy, but if you want to bring your own please make sure they are biodegradable. Thank you.

Do we need to bring our own towels?
No you don't. For your convenience we provide bath and beach towels during your cruise.

Cancellation Policy:
For all cancellations that occur prior to our cancellation schedule, a $150.00 /person fee will be deducted to cover administration fees.

Required Deposit Per Person:

Deposit Note:
Initial Deposit due Oct 1: 2012: $350.00/ person
Airfare of $848.00 +/- will be due by Oct 17: 2011
2nd payment $1000.00 due by Dec 1: 2011 - No Refunds for airfare per airline guidelines.
Final Payment and extension trip payment due by Jan 15; 2012.

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