- Arrival transfer from Quito airport to the hotel on day 1
- Tour extensions, optional programs and upgrades
- Any personal expenses
- Drinks during mealtime that are not listed on the itinerary
- Checked luggage for all flights
- Early check-in, late check-out and hotel extras
- Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping for driver and guide: a total of $70 per person for the whole trip
- Municipality taxes that customers will have to pay when checking in/out at the local hotels (approximately U$1 per person per day) if applicable
- Single Supplement for a solo traveler is $399
Group Size: 10 - 35 people for each departure date
ALL PRICES ARE IN USD
Early Bird - Standard Plus category Hotel Upgrade: $249 per person (original $399 per person)
1. Initial Deposit: $300 per person at the time of booking
2. Second Deposit: $300 per person due 2 weeks after the Initial Deposit
3. Final Payment: 150 days prior to the trip departure date
**Additional $900 per person refundable deposit is required if taking the Pre-tour Extension Galapagos Island Cruise
Cancellation Penalty (per person): (days prior to the trip departure)
150 days or above$300 as the penalty
149 - 91 days $300 + 50% of the tour fare as penalty
90 - 31 days $300 + 75% of the tour fare as penalty
30 - 0 days100% of total fare
Arrive Quito, Ecuador
Take the international flight to Quito from your hometown. Arrive Quito and you can join our optional transfer to the hotel or arrange your own. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Transfer from Quito Airport to Hotel: $25 per person
Free day to choose from different options to explore in Quito or to walk in the old town.
(Choose Only One from Below)
Optional Program -Half Day City Tour + Equatorial Line: $109 per person
This tour will depart early in the morning with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and a visit to the Basilica where you can have nice photos of the city, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses, then continue with a short visit of the Independence Square. From here, we can admire the presidential palace and the main cathedral. After this, we will visit the amazing La Compañía Church and its gold-plated interior, San Francisco Church and its surrounding area that are the reasons why in 1978 Quito was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Around midday, the tour will continue to the monument at the Middle of the World.
Optional Program - Full Day Otavalo Local Market: $119 per person
Leaving Quito after breakfast with your guide, heading to Otavalo, famous for its artisan market, full of vibrant colors, where you will find typical handcrafts and souvenirs. On route we will pass by Guayllabamba town where you can try its typical fruit the cherimoya. We can admire the beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains in the area. When getting to Otavalo, one of the most recognized markets in Latin America, we will visit the Plaza of Ponchos to find all kinds of handcrafts, our guide will give you some free time to enjoy bargaining and buying souvenirs to the nice Otavaleños. After this activity, we will get to one of the several indigenous communities who undertook an initiative in rural community tourism to have an authentic and sustainable direct interaction with indigenous communities. One of the families will offer food and an opportunity for cultural exchange. The visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a unique lifestyle and to expand their world views. This will provide you a more human style of tourism, based in authenticity and nature, which allows you to experience the contact with nature and share daily life with local people. You are also investing in sustainability of the host community. We will return to Quito late afternoon after a full day spent in Otavalo and you will be taken to your hotel.
Quito to Cotopaxi
Depart after breakfast towards the Cotopaxi National Park, one of the most important visits in Ecuador, it has the highest active volcano in the world. We can observe the endemic flora and fauna of the area like wild horses, deer, llamas and more. We will visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano, 4757 meters, or go hiking to observe birds. After having visit this amazing place, you will be taken to your hotel.
Cotopaxi to Riobamba
After midday the guide will take you to Riobamba. Before taking this transfer we suggest you to enhance your experience with the following optional activities:
Optional Program -Pujili, Saquisili markets: $39 per person
We will visit the renowned markets of Pujili or Saquisili. A visit to Ecuador for many people is not complete until getting to a traditional market where you can barter and trade with people from surrounding villages and towns gather together on a regular basis to sell their crafts and trades and to purchase new supplies. When you buy souvenirs at markets, you are supporting the local economy and helping countless families to survive from year to year. Pujili and Saquisili markets has more authentic feel than certain other markets in Andean region and has fewer tourists. The variety of goods there is often more beautiful and carefully crafted than those found in more easy-to-reach places where stock goes quicker, and they must produce more.
Optional Program -Roses Plantation: $89 per person
After breakfast we will go to one of the roses plantations located in the area. In Ecuador, roses plantations have the advantage of all year perpendicular sun light. This allows for stems and buds to grow naturally long and straight. The cool and dry weather reduces the plagues risks and the use of chemicals. That is why Ecuador is the perfect location to produce roses all year round. Many roses plantation include a snack and some products based on roses flavors.
Riobamba to Guayaquil
After breakfast, we will depart to Guayaquil city. The guide who has been with you will leave you at the hotel. In the afternoon, a local guide will take you on a walking tour to visit Guayaquil. This excursion consists of various panoramic visits and walks through the city. Our first stop will include the City Hall, Clock Tower and the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguana’s park. After that we will go to the Malecon Simon Bolivar where you will appreciate the Integration square with its southern marketplace and walk surrounding the banks of the Guayas river. We will continue to Las Peñas neighbourhood at the oldest part of the city, you will have the opportunity to climb to the Cerro Santa Ana where you will have wonderful views of Guayaquil and the Guayas river. Return to your hotel to relaxing or keep on discovering the city on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer out to Guayaquil airport and take your international flight home.
**depends on your flight gateway, you may arrive home on the same day
Upgrade Options (must confirm before final payment):
- Upgrade to Standard Plus Hotel Accommodations: $399 per person (Early Bird Special $249 per person)
- Upgrade To Business Class: $2500 per person only between USA and South America International roundtrip
Optional Programs: (check itinerary for details)
- Transfer from Quito Airport to the Hotel: $25 per person
- Day 2 (choose one only) - Half Day City Tour + Equatorial Line: $109 per person or Full Day Otavalo Local Market: $119 per person
- Day 4 - Pujili, Saquisili Markets: $39 per person
- Day 4 - Roses Plantation: $89 per person
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Single Supplement: starting from $9799
**Additional $900 deposit per person is required for booking this extension
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Although covering just 256,370 sq. km. (110,000 sq. miles) Ecuador contains one of the most varied geographies in South America. There are four distinct regions: the Andean highlands, the coastal tropical plains, the Amazon Basin and the Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 km. (600 miles) off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. Quito, on the highlands, is the capital city; Guayaquil, on the coast, is the main port and the largest city in the country.
Of Ecuador's close to 14 million inhabitants, those in the highlands are mainly mestizo, a mixture of European and Native South American extractions. Indigenous peoples live mainly in the Andean highlands and in the Amazon regions. Coastal dwellers are descendants of Native South Americans, Europeans and Africans.
Banks And Businesses
Most city offices and shops open from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday through Friday. Currency exchange facilities are open week days and Saturday morning in major hotels. Banking facilities are not available in remote areas. U.S. dollars are accepted throughout the country. ATM's are easily found throughout the main cities. Cash advances can be made at most banks or ATM's.
Ecuador's currency is the Dollar of the United States of America. U.S. dollars are used for all transactions. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers cheques brought into Ecuador.
Each passenger is allowed two bags of up to 70 pounds (31.8 kilos) each, plus carry-on luggage, photo or video camera, and binoculars. Professional filming equipment, diving and climbing gear require special permits.
110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used. Most outlets are for two flat prongs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Ecuador uses the NTSC system.
Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but Kichwa, the lingua franca of the Inca Empire, is the tongue of the majority of the Indian population. English is spoken in major visitor centers.
Passports And Visas
Valid passports are required for entry into Ecuador. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. Before landing, your airline will give you an embarkation/disembarkation card to be filled out and presented to the Immigration officer.
There is a sales tax added to purchases; hotels and restaurants charge sales tax and service. There is also an international departure tax is to be paid in U.S. Dollars at the airport.
Ecuador has a land area similar in size to England or the State of Colorado (USA) and is divided into four different geographic zones: the Amazon, the highlands, the Pacific lowlands and the Galapagos Islands. Since Ecuador is located right on the equator, the country as a whole experiences no extreme weather changes. Rainy seasons vary in each zone. See our specific brochures for information on each area.
International cuisine is available throughout the country, but try some of the Ecuadorian specialties: humitas and tamales (made of corn and wrapped in leaves), llapingachos (fried mashed potato patties with cheese), ceviche (a saucy shrimp cocktail), and locro (a soup of stewed potatoes and cheese topped with an avocado). There are many excellent restaurants in the main cities and a restaurant guide is distributed free to all visitors upon arrival in Ecuador.
As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest's discretion. Guidelines for tipping will be found in the "Welcome Kit" you receive upon arrival.
Local time on the mainland is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 5 hours (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). Galapagos time is GMT minus 6 hours.
Visitors to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the Cotopaxi National Park and other National Parks and Natural Reserves must pay entrance fees. Such prices vary and are not included in tour rates.
No inoculations are required for entry. Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their physicians about high-altitude travel, as well as preventive measures for visiting tropical areas. Bottled water is advised and available everywhere. For guests traveling to Ecuador's Amazon Region, a yellow fever vaccination is required.
Drinking Water And Drinks
Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels, ships and lodges. Ecuadorian beer is excellent, and bottled soft drinks are available everywhere. Coffee and tea are usually served at the end of meals.
Lightweight woolens are ideal for the highlands; and warm jackets are essential after dusk at high altitudes. Cottons for the Amazon, Pacific lowlands and Galapagos. Dress is informal. Dressing in layers is ideal. Do not forget swimming wear and comfortable walking shoes.
Some tours and programs are not suitable for smaller children, and thus not recommended for them. Children over eight will have no problem in the mainland or in Galapagos. Hotels in the major cities cater to children of all ages, providing children's menus, baby sitters and extra beds/cribs.
Terms and Conditions
Any of travel products or services that you purchase from UTOvacation contains a contractual agreement between you and UTOvacation and it represents that you have agreed to UTOvacation Terms and Conditions. Please make sure that you read carefully before making any payment. Reservation Online Reservations Step 1. Visit UTOvacation website: www.utovacation.com, login or Register your account. (Learn how to book online Click Here) Step 2. Choose your desired departure date and departure city Step 3. Enter the travellers’ information according to their passport. Please identify and provide the contact information for the main passenger. All communication from UTOvacation will be sent to the main passenger only. Step 4. Make a deposit online A Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to secure the space. A full payment is required when booking if the package is a special on-sale product. Step 5. Finalize the booking. Final Payment Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 150 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred. * In addition, some products may require a second deposit before final payment. Please carefully review your product pages for reference. Step 6. Trip Confirmation. A final trip confirmation by email including day by day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information will be sent to the main contact passenger approximately one month before departure. By booking your tour online with UTOvacation.com you acknowledge and agree to all three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable. Offline Reservations Step 1. Complete the reservation. Call 1-855-526-1286 to request Booking Form. Fill out all the information on the Booking Form with an authentic signature and date on the bottom of the second page. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure documentation accuracy and travel documents validity. You will be liable for the full loss caused by incorrect information. By the time you full-fill the booking form, you have agreed to receive correspondence from UTOvacation which might include newsflash, email blast or any other promotions in the future. Email/Fax your current and valid Passport Copy with the Booking Form together to email@example.com/416-251-7778 Step 2. Finalize the booking. Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 150 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred. * In addition, some products may require a second deposit before final payment. Please carefully review your product pages for your reference. Step 3. Trip Confirmation. A final trip confirmation by email including day by day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information will be sent to the main contact passenger one month prior to departure. Make the reservations. A Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to secure the space. We accept cash, cheque, money order, debit card, credit card, email transfer, TD transfer. A full payment is required when booking if the package is a special on-sale product. By booking your tour offline with UTOvacation.com, you acknowledge and agree to all three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable. Travel Visa The following documents from the passenger are required if travel visa is applied through UTOvacation’s Visa Center:
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*Remarks: If acquiring a visa on your own, the supporting documents will be provided from UTOvacation One Month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $50 administration fee Trip Cancellation and Eligible Refunds Please ensure you have read the Trip Cancellation Policy in full and have not scrolled past or by-passed this section. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify a tour prior to departure date. An alternative departure date will be offered for no extra charge. All passenger cancellation or change requests must be confirmed in written form by email or fax including your reservation number, full name and date of travel, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Any cancellation of issued flight tickets before outbound departure (all the segments are unused) at the originally issued place would incur a 100% penalty of the issued ticket. No refund will be issued once travel has begun. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure. All reservations, except where specified:
Number of Days Prior to Departure
Cancellation Penalty (Per Person)
150 days or above
91 - 149 days
$300 + 50% of tour fare as penalty
31 - 90 days
$300 + 75% of tour fare as penalty
0 - 30 days
100% of the tour fare as the penalty
No refund will be available on departure date and/or after the tour has commenced (Including denied and/or rejected by Immigration Department or Custom of destination or Cruise port terminal officer). No refund or reimbursement will be available to passengers who voluntarily forego meals, cruise, tours and/or accommodations. A surcharge may apply should there be any additional fees occurred from services refused by the passengers. i.e. Since air ticket, cruise ticket, transportation, accommodation, and meals have to be arranged in advance during high season (i.e.Holidays, Special Events, and other important activities and conventions), no departure date changed is allowed. No refund will be available on departure date change and/or booking cancellation. Any other charges, refunds or rebates caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fire, weather, governmental and local authority's order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by accident is beyond the responsibility of UTOvacation and therefore, you agree to hold UTOvacation harmless and non-liable for any refunds or compensation outside of the previously defined refund structure. Furthermore, should the traveller violate any local/provincial or national laws during their travels, UTOvacation is not responsible or liable. By this signing the agreement the client agrees to any offer of a voucher, future company credit, or alternative arrangements as determined by management at that time. No refunds will be offered for Travel notices except for complete travel bans (Canada Travel Advisory Level 4) (USA Travel Advisory Level 4) which have occurred after the date of booking. Should an outright travel ban be implemented by the departing or destination country/city, a full travel credit will be offered. Refunds will not be granted for pre-existing situations at the destination country at the time of the booking. Please note, should UTOvacation incur any unexpected costs from its suppliers, these costs would be subtracted from and balance/travel credit issued to the passenger Please note, any refunded amount will not include fees associated with Travel Visa’s which have already been issued or any services that have already been delivered. All reschedule tours are consider non-refundable; regular cancellation policy does not apply.
No Show If for any reason, a passenger does not attend the scheduled daily activities during the tour, an additional supplement fee of 100USD per day will be applied. (Only applicable for China discounted tours) Shopping During your Tour Although we would be happy to assist your shopping needs, UTOvacation would not be responsible for price, quality, and service of any goods purchased during the tour. Price Adjustments After the booking is confirmed, if the price increased following the imposition of a surcharge on fuel by the carrier or an increase in the exchange rate, insofar as the exchange rate applicable before the date on which the services are provided has increased by more than 5% since the date on which the contract was entered into; and/or if the increase, without taking into account any increase in the provincial sales tax or Canada's goods and services tax, raising taxes, royalties or reauthorized charges by a competent public authority, is equal to or greater than 7% of the price of services, you may choose between a full and immediate reimbursement of the services or the provision of similar services. Tour Adjustments UTOvacation retains the right to adjust, modify or reschedule tours if deemed necessary. UTOvacation also reserves the right to adjust your tour date or itinerary if it feels it is in the best interest of its passengers especially in cases that involve the health and safety. This may include minor adjustments like the timing of a scheduled tour attraction visit to a complete date modification. UTOvacation will do our best to notify you of any such changes before your departure (Or as soon as possible if you have already departed). Stipulations. Please note, UTOvacation does its’ best to fulfill its tour obligations. However, UTOvacation is not liable for scenarios which impact room availability, tour execution, separate fees or other elements of the tour that is enforced by third party individuals such as local and federal authorities. Tour Credits UTOvacation on occasion may issue Travel Credits as either a reward or because of trip suspension. Travel Credits may be used on any UTOvacation product except for Travel Visa’s or First Class fare upgrades
Travel Credits are non-transferable
Travel Credits are not redeemable for cash
Travel Credits will expire 30 months after original departure date
Travel Credits may be used for more than one tour or destination
Travel Seat Arrangements Seating/Cabin assignment: UTOvacation has no power to control the seating selection on the aircraft or cabin location on the cruise (unless where specified). All the spots are arranged by the airline/cruise line group department or randomly selected by the computer system. Therefore, UTO vacation cannot help the customers to change, reserve, pre-assign seats/cabins. Preferred Seat Upgrade: UTOvacation will not be responsible for any preferred seat upgrade on aircraft (except for business or first class seats). Some cruise packages allow the selection of cabins at the time of booking for an upgraded price; please refer to the product page for details.
Reservation Adjustments Changes to an existing reservation by the passenger for whatever the cause, will incur a $100 per person charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers. *Please note that name changes to airline or cruise line reservations are subject to full cancellation or re-booking. See Airline Name Changes section for specific regulations. Replacing a travelling passenger is subject to cancellation penalties and is not covered by this Reservation Changes policy. Changes or additional requests after departure are subject to local rates at the time of amendment and must be paid directly by the passenger to the service provider. UTOvacation will make its best effort to minimize these costs, however, all payment will be payable by request of the local service providers. There are no refunds for unused services.
Travel Insurance UTOvacation strongly recommends all tour members to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking. UTOvacation does not directly offer Travel Insurance. The Travel Insurance recommended by UTOvacation are facilitated and owned by third party operators. Any Travel Insurance purchased by the passenger is governed by the third party and UTOvacation is not liable or responsible for said insurance.
Baggage Each airline company has its own rules and regulations with the baggage weight, size, and number. The best way to find out the rules and regulations is to go visit the airline company official website. Please note, some destinations baggage is not included in the fair. Refer to your specific tour product page’s terms & conditions for specific baggage allowances.
Tour Fare Includes Please refer to your tour itinerary for the most updated information
Tour Fare Excludes
Visa Application Fee
Any personal charges, such as phone bills, laundry, postage, and baggage over-weight charge, insurance, beverages, water, etc
There is a compulsory service fee of $70 per person. This includes tipping and fees associated with the local services team that includes the Tour Guides, Drivers, hotel and restaurant staff.
Any Items not listed in the itinerary
Any other charges or incremental costs caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority's order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by the accident beyond the responsibilities of travel agents and incurred due to the tourist action violating the law.
In the event of an “Act of God” and or Force Majeure, UTOvacation is not liable and reserve the right to remedy the situation as it sees fit.
By purchasing UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program, passengers may rebook/reschedule their scheduled tour without penalty.
• UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program must be purchased within 14 days of initial booking. • UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program: reschedule/rebook up to 150 days before departure $ 99 - $ 399-$299 (Assurance price varies based on the final price of the tour product purchased) • UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program: reschedule/rebook up to 120 days before departure $ 99 - $ 399-$399 (Assurance price varies based on the final price of the tour product purchased) • UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program: reschedule/rebook up to 90 days before departure $ 99 - $ 399-$499 (Assurance price varies based on the final price of the tour product purchased) • Please note, upon purchasing UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program, you understand that this program is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please note, when UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program is purchased, payments made by the customer will first be applied to the UTOvacation's Travel Assurance program and then to the remainder of the tour package.
Additional Notes The extra cost of schedule delay caused by Air Flight cancellation or change will be undertaken by passengers themselves. The missed itineraries will not be re-arranged. During the tour or cruise, it will be considered as surrendering application automatically if you do not attend the pre-arranged tour or check in the prearranged hotel or cruise. All the extra cost will be undertaken by the client voluntarily. UTOvacation reserves the right to abandon any clients if such clients violate the law or damage the interest of tour groups If a travel visa is denied for any reason neither it is applied through UTOvacation Visa Service Center nor apply on your own, the tour cancellation policy applies when cancellation of the tour is requested. UTOvacation holds no responsibilities for any denied Travel Visa application. If a child, 18 years old or younger, is travelling abroad with only one parent/guardian, children MUST carry a notarized consent letter signed by non-accompanying parent/guardian. If a child, 18 years old or younger is travelling alone, children must carry a notarized consent letter signed by both parents/guardian. Such a consent letter may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving from a foreign country or by North American officials when re-entering into USA or Canada. Failure of presenting such document may result in the rejection of boarding aircraft or vessel for the children concerned. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel any booking/accommodation/flight arrangement if the customer fails to pay the compulsory service fee for the entire trip prior to departure date or the 1st day of arrival to the destination. (Please note, the tip is an industry-standard and is provided to the tour guides and bus drivers of the designated tours, to ensure our customers receive the best and high-quality service during the trip.) Cruise lines reserve the right to cancel, modify or substitute any scheduled port of calls and the schedule at any time and for any reason whatsoever without prior notice due to the navigation authority and water conditions. Any additional expenses cause by the trip interruption should be paid by the customers, which includes but not limited to meals, transportation, hotel accommodations, personal expense, and lost baggage. UTOvacation shall not be liable for any loss to guests. For children under 18 who will be occupying a bed, there will be an additional $100 supplement per child. Please note, this is only applicable China discounted tours or any trip that includes China discounter tours.