ECUADOR ADVENTURE: Treasures of the Andean Highlands! A Crafts & Nature Lover’s Nirvana

March 1 - 7, 2010

Ecuador, a tiny country, encompasses a powerful combination of stupendous crafts and rich, rare natural diversity. This trip embraces city and country, crafts and wildlife...from the beautifully preserved Spanish colonial capital of Quito – a UNESCO World Heritage Site - to the lovely village of Otavalo dating back to pre-Inca times and which hosts South America's largest outdoor crafts market, to the unique cloud forests whose stunning landscapes are home to over 100 varieties of exotic hummingbirds. The Andean landscape sports tall peaks, lakes and valleys, scattered amidst are villages where Indian craftspeople create amazing clothing, textiles, hats, leather goods, alpaca sweaters, pottery, carved wooden sculpture, bags, baskets and paintings! We will spend several nights in Quito, with the majority of our week at the gorgeous and historic 17th century country hacienda – Hacienda Cusin – with field trips radiating out from each location. For those who wish, additional time could easily be spent in the Galapagos Islands or at an Amazon jungle lodge just prior to or after our trip. A spectacular country and unique experience! Rooms double occupancy, private baths at both Patio Andaluz (a wonderful Spanish colonial building in the historic area of the city) and the lovely Hacienda Cusin near Otavalo.

Register by September 1 • Save $100! • Accommodations, Meals, Guides, Excursions: $2125

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quito was named the Cultural Capital of the Americas in 2005.Tour this stunning Spanish Colonial city with a private guide, absorbing the history, arts and architecture of Ecuador
  • Visit the renowned Otavalo Saturday market with its panoply of crafts and gorgeous Andean mountain setting, as well as the very special craft villages and artists of the Northern Highlands
  • Visit several pre-eminent Ecuadorian contemporary painters in their studios – a fabulous experience!
  • Visit the fabulousYanacocha Reserve with our own naturalist, home to a diversity of species of plants, birds and indigenous wildlife
  • Stay in Hacienda Cusin, an historic and expansive Spanish Colonial hacienda of great architectural beauty, lovingly restored with vast gardens, antiques,wonderful cuisine and even a llama or two

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