Ecuador & Galapagos
August 04, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Welcome to Ecuador and the Galapagos!

A haven for wildlife you won't find anywhere else on planet earth and a model of conversational research, the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador are a must see. The way that the ecosystems interact and exist as if untouched by man is truly majestic. This trip will change the way you see the world.

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  • RSVP: Friday, June 05, 2020
  • Final Balance Due: Friday, June 05, 2020
  • Member Fees: $10,499.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $10,749.00
  • Deposit Amount: $2,500.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,650.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, August 04, 2020 | Quito
Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arrival in Quito, your private guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to the hotel directly. Quito, nestled at the foot of Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and the beauty of its well-preserved colonial center. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, arts and academics flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic center’s splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city’s preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978. The city is stunningly situated in an Andean valley at 9350 feet, making it the 2nd highest capital city in the world.

Special welcome dinner is at Theatrum restaurant.

DAY 2, August 05, 2020 | Quito-Napo
Quito-Napo

After an early and delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Quito international airport to take your domestic flight to Coca.

Napo Cultural Center is located on the south bank of the Napo River, the largest river of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Yasuni National Park. Start your journey in Coca by boarding a comfortable, motorized canoe. The canoe trip down the river takes about two hours and the delegation will receive a boxed lunch. You will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, and terns flying about lush landscapes. Once you arrive at Napo Cultural Center, you will be warmly welcome with a traditional drink and lunch at the Ecolodge, and then shown your cabin amidst the teeming wilderness in one of the Earth’s most biologically diverse places.

In the afternoon, take a short walk down to the banks of the Napo River to witness a beautiful sunset. Afterwards, return for dinner and rest.

DAY 3, August 06, 2020 | Quito-Napo
Quito-Napo

After breakfast, board the boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick. An easy access area brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws, depending on the season, weather conditions, and general good fortune.

Next visit the Interpretation Center "Kuri Muyu," led by the women of the community. Learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, traditions, and traditional use of natural resources directly from people in the community. We return for lunch and take a break in the lodge.

After some leisure time, climb up an observation tower to see a variety of fascinating creatures—howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots, and sloths. Return to the hotel in a motorized canoe for a traditional dinner.

DAY 4, August 07, 2020 | Napo
Napo

Breakfast visit around the community projects, talk about the worldview Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama Cuna road, excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní. Start your day with a lovely breakfast and then visit the community projects. There, talk with the indigenous Kichwa people about worldviews and medicine, sharing authentic insight between cultures. With newfound knowledge, walk along the Mama Cuna road for an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife and plant life. We will return for lunch and rest at the lodge.

Once at Añangu stream, you will board a small canoe and head down the river in a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to see nightlife alligators and to listen to the sounds of nature at its purest. Return to hotel in motorized canoes for a traditional dinner. Take care to get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s adventure.

DAY 5, August 08, 2020 | Napo-Otavalo
Napo-Otavalo

The delegation will rise at 4:30 am to partake in an ancient Kichwa tradition—preparing and drinking wayusa tea. Wayusa, also called guayusa, is a sweet, caffeinated herb that is revered throughout Amazon communities for its medicinal properties and spiritual importance. As you savor this revered tea, listen to Kichwa songs and chat peacefully as dawn arrives. After breakfast, take a motorized canoe back to the city of Quito, where you will meet your private guide and driver and drive directly to your hotel in Otavalo.

DAY 6, August 09, 2021 | Otavalo-Quito
Otavalo-Quito

After breakfast, you will visit the Taita Gundo. Taita Gundo is a family project directed by the prestigious musician Ali Lema; this project was born from the need to rescue the construction, elaboration, and interpretation of musical instruments of the Andes such as pingullos, dulzainas, quenas, quenachos, quenillas, rondadores, pallas, sikuris, zampoñas, and many more.

Located in Peguche, the community most famous for its art and manufacture, Taita Gundo offers all visitors a wide sample of musical instruments and rhythms rooted in Kichwa culture. They maintain a permanent school for the construction and interpretation of wind instruments, and students play regularly at both local and national events. Afterwards, you will continue with your visit to the next project, Kawsaymi. This project is run by the Fuerez-Anrango family, who are dedicated to presenting incredible gastronomical experiences. The name “Kawsaymi” is Kichwa for “our living culture,” and it summarizes the family’s focus on promoting traditional Andean cuisine while also preserving and presenting their customs to visitors. Without a doubt, the gastronomy workshop is an original and unforgettable activity. It combines a variety of native flavors, which flourish in the Kawsaymi kitchen with the richness of natural products and various preparation methods. The family offers a diverse array of culinary products—with techniques for beginners to advanced chefs. After a joyful and interactive class, enjoy the dishes you’ve created. After a delicious meal, you will be dropped off at the hotel in Quito.

DAY 7, August 10, 2020 | Quito-Galapagos
Quito-Galapagos

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. You will be met and transferred to M/V Galapagos Legend, where you will check into your cabin and then receive an introductory briefing and safety drill.

On Bartolomé Island, discover a fascinating landscape that resembles the moon, formed by different volcanic parasitic cones. Climb to the summit and bask in its impressive views of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock. The delegation will encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Spend time at the beach for a great opportunity to go snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles, and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life.

DAY 8, August 11, 2020 | Galapagos
Galapagos

There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the islet, begin your journey along an impressive cactus forest where about 300 colorful yellow and red land iguanas live. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana, which takes to the water as easily as the land. When reaching the highest point, you can spot tropical birds. During the dry season (June – January), the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation changes into a bright red landscape.

Off Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, you will discover North Seymour, a land formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions. Take an approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. You will also encounter land iguanas, sea lions, and on a lucky day you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

DAY 9, August 12, 2020 | Galapagos
Galapagos

Today your journey takes you to Pitt Point, San Cristóbal Island. Start with a wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail follows a long beach and climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff with several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Travel next to Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen, such as the Blacknecked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, and Whitecheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

DAY 10, August 13, 2020 | Galapagos - Quito
Galapagos - Quito

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. You will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink, and shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. After your visit, depart for the airport for your return flight to Quito.

DAY 11, August 14, 2020 | Quito
Quito

After breakfast, drive north to the equator at the Intiñan Museum, which displays examples of pre-Columbian life in Ecuador and offers demonstrations on the unique geography, astrology, and natural sciences of the region around the equator. Lunch will be served at a typical Ecuadorean restaurant. After lunch, we return to the city center for a tour of colonial Quito. This afternoon's sightseeing demonstrates why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at San Francisco Church and its museum of religious art, La Compañía and the seven tons of gold gilding its glittering walls, and the bustling Independence Plaza, flanked by the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Quito. Rich in artistic treasures, fine woodcarvings, and flowering balconies, this historic center is the lifeblood of Quito.

At the tour’s end, you will attend the performance by the children’s choir “Los Niños Cantores del Pueblo.” In Ecuador, there are many children who have started working at an early age because their families that have fallen into poverty. Los Niños Cantores del Pueblo (Chanting Children of the People) is a life-changing alternative that allows children to fight for a brighter future through song. This children’s choir project started back in 2008, and since then it has become key in eliminating child labor. These children have participated in music events, such as “66 Europees Musiekfestival Voor de Jeugd Neerpelt Bélgica”, where they won 2nd place thanks to their moving performance!

DAY 12, August 15, 2020 | Departure
Departure

After checking out of your hotel, you meet your guide and transfer to Quito International Airport in time for your flight home.

  • Spanish
  • Dollars
  • Lochre de Papa, Lapingachos, Cuy (guinea pig)
  • Montanita Spanish School, Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, Galapagos Islands
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Mary Jean Eisenhower

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower's, first term in office as President of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in nearby Gettysburg, PA, in a home with property abutting the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. 

She attended several schools in Pennsylvania until her father, John, was named as US Ambassador to Belgium. She lived in Brussels with her family from shortly after her grandfather's death in 1969 through 1972.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is President of People to People International, which was founded September 11, 1956 by her grandfather, then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mary says that she joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream of her own. In 1961, President Eisenhower brought PTPI in to the private sector, with the financial backing of his friend Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards. 

Mary Eisenhower established the PTPI Friendship Fund in 1999 following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The fund is designed as a way for people to help the friends and facilities they visit throughout the world and to help the PTPI Chapter network assist each other in humanitarian and educational endeavors. To date, the fund has provided assistance to causes such as the Global Humanitarian Eradication of Landmines; Children's Mercy Hospital in London, England; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of September 11, 2001 and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Operator International Children; New Horizons (a library project in Vietnam); The Survivors of Rwanda; Japan Tsunami Relief, Haiti, and Friends of Egypt, among others. 

Following September 11, 2001, Mary's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and conflict management. Her vision resulted in "Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action" and "The Global Peace Initiative." Both efforts have brought people from diverse areas, more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, to discuss issues, how each are affected and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today. In total, Mary Jean has visited or established programing in over 74 countries, many multiple times. 

Highlighted awards of Mary's are: the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from Slovak Republic; The Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador from The Peoples' Republic of China, Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. Eisenhower has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewel College; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from York College. She has served as a Fellow at Stanford University and The Churchill Foundation at Westminster College. 

INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accomodations
  • Airport Transfers
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Guide
  • Admission Fees
  • Domestic Flights
  • Domestic Flights
  • 11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches + 1 Boxed Lunch, 8 Dinners
  • Gratuities
  • Wifi in Quito and Otavalo

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal use
  • Meals not included
  • Wifi in Amazon & Galapagos
  • Galapagos Portion: -Rental Kayak: Price per cruise 40USD -Rental Wetsuit
TERMS & CONDITIONS

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.

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STUDENT TRAVEL

PTPI has selected Enriching Cultural Experiences International (ECE International) to be our licensed global travel provider, replacing our previous provider, Ambassadors Group, Inc. They will manage an extensive world-wide partnership for both student and adult travelers, to create unique and well-organized experiences that incorporate the mission set forth by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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