New Year's Eve Singles Adventure

UPCOMING DATES: Dec 26, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019

Are you craving something new and adventurous? Want a New Year’s Eve celebration you’ll never forget? Try Ecuador! Spent the week Zip Lining, White Water Rafting, Hiking at 14,000 ft, Horseback Riding, and more – then relax it all away in the rejuvenating Thermal Springs!  Plus with your own room and all meals included, this package is an unbeatable value!

What's Included:

  • 7 Nights Accommodations Including All Taxes and Service Fees (24%) at either the Garden Hotel San Jose or Mountain Views Inn. Click here for more Accommodations Info
  • Daily Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
  • Round-trip Airport Transfers
  • All ticket and transportation costs for itinerary excursions
  • Zipline in the Mindo Cloud Rainforest
  • Whitewater Rafting in the Amazon Rainforest Basin
  • Equator Tours including the Itiñan Solar Museum, Templo Del Sol and Pululahua Volcanic Crater
  • Day Tour of the Cathedrals and Cobblestone Streets of Old Quito
  • Telefériqo Cable Car Ride to 14,000 ft for incredible views overlooking Quito
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown Quito
  • Hike or Bike through the Chiche Canyon
  • Restorative day at the odorless Thermal Springs of Papallacta
  • Special Attention from American, bilingual hosts Robert & Sarah
  • Company of Other Adventure Seeking Singles

Not Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to Quito (UIO)
  • Alcoholic beverages, snacks & desserts, incidentals such as laundry, and gratuities to STI hosts, hotel staff and local guides ($10-$15 daily)
  • Hotel incidentals such as personal bar or restaurant purchases, spa services
  • Any personal changes to the planned itinerary

Optional Add Ons:

  • Additional Nights may be added before or after the tour. 
  • Additional Excursions or Multi-Day Tours may be added on before or after the tour.
  • Contact info@EcuadorMVI.com for more details or quotes for Add Ons.

 

Daily itinerary:

Day 1:  Welcome to Ecuador

Day 2:  Tour of the Equator

Day 3:  Amazon Whitewater Rafting

Day 4:  TelefériQo Cable Ride to 14,000ft and Tour of Old Quito

Day 5:  Mindo Cloud Rainforest Ziplining

Day 6:  Chiche Canyon Hike or Bike, New Year’s Eve Celebration

Day 7:  Papallacta Thermal Hot Springs

Day 8:  Departure

 

Itinerary Details:

Tour Begins and Ends in Quito, Ecuador (UIO), Airfare to be purchased independently

DAY 1 – Welcome to Ecuador

Upon arrival, you’ll exit customs to be greeted by your driver.  Travel to the beautiful Garden Hotel San Jose where you’ll be welcomed and guided to your room.  Guests arriving in the afternoon can enjoy the many onsite amenities at San Jose before joining the group for a Welcome Dinner and Orientation at about 7:00 PM. Meet your hosts and fellow travelers and ask any last minute questions about the week’s itinerary.

DAY 2 – Tour of the Equator

Kick off your Ecuador Adventure by exploring the Equator and learning about the natural phenomenon that make this such an amazing location.  First we’ll see the Temple Del Sol which provides a very spiritual aura and connection with the earth and sun. Here we will be able to learn more about the culture of indigenous Ecuadorians, the healing properties of essential oils, and view the beautiful art gallery of world renowned artist Cristobal Ortega.  Next, visit the lookout point located at the edge of the Pululahua Crater to see the center of the volcanic crater and the

Finally, tour the always fun, interactive Intiñan Solar Museum. We will learn about the indigenous culture and witness the effects of the Equator’s gravitational forces on water currents, personal strength, even balancing an egg on a nail!

DAY 3 – Amazon Whitewater Rafting

Today’s beautiful drive through the volcanic mountains takes us 2.5 hours away to the Amazon.  The Quijos River offers an excellent 3-4 hour Level III rafting excursion with many challenging rapids that is famous with kayaking and rafting fans. Midway we’ll stop for lunch and games in the sand.  Then continue to experience this rafting tour in the beautiful tropical rainforest surrounded by rich flora and fauna.

After rafting we’ll get a chance to see the powerful Cascada Magica, a giant waterfall where super adventurous people dive in to feel the force of the falls. After working up some big appetites, we’ll be treated to an amazing dinner in a true rainforest cafe.

DAY 4 – TelefériQo Cable Ride to 14,000ft and Tour of Old Quito

After breakfast we will travel into the heart of Quito at 9,500 feet where our adventure begins by taking a tram ride that takes us to 14,100 feet. At the top we’ll walk and see volcanoes on the left and a panoramic view of the city of Quito on the right. This is a great place for pictures and hiking. Pending availability, you can also choose a horse ride to guide you through the trails.  On a clear day you can observe all the famous surrounding volcanoes: Antisana (18,700 ft), Cayambe (18,725 ft), and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft).

After the ferry back down, continue to tour Quito’s Colonial district.  The cobblestone streets and European style squares bring the past to life in its museums, convents, carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches.  While wandering the streets, stop into La Compañía to marvel at the ornate golden details and catch a perfect sunset photo in San Francisco Plaza.

DAY 5 – Mindo Cloud Rainforest Ziplining

This morning we depart a little earlier, to travel a 2.5 hour ride to the famous Mindo Cloud Rainforest. Mindo, one of the world’s headquarters for rainforest preservation, is abundant with over 350 species of birds. It is an ideal place to snap photos, swim in lagoons and hike.

Enjoy a quick fruit snack before experiencing an amazing thrill ride, on 10 zip lines, 2000 meters in length that zip along at 100 meters above ground. At the end of the zipline experience a box lunch will be waiting for us in the picnic area.

Then take the Tarabita Skyway basket, a suspended metal cage for spectacular views of the Mindo River Valley. Enjoy a hike through the Rain Forest, visit one or more cascading waterfalls and possibly jump in for a swim in the Nambillo Lagoon.

 

DAY 6 – Chiche Canyon (Bike Optional) & NEW YEAR's EVE PARTY

This morning, enjoy some down time by sunbathing and rejuvenating by the pool and hot tub.  We depart after lunch to the Chiche Canyon 10 minutes away.  The canyon can best be described as a mini version of the Grand Canyon, popular with local cyclists with easy trails descending to a beautiful flowing river. Hike, Run or Bike on the trails for 2-3 hours.

Make sure you’re well rested for a night you’ll never forget!  In the evening travel to Quito to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of the city with all the incredible and fun Ecuadorian traditions.

DAY 7 – Papallacta – Hot Thermal Springs

Enjoy a day of complete relaxation and rejuvenation after a late night in the city!  We’ll depart late in the morning for a ride to the Papallacta Thermal Springs.  Bathe in the naturally odorless and volcanic heated spring pools of different sizes and temperatures in Papallacta. This soothing volcanic spring water contains sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium that create a fully therapeutic feeling of rejuvenation and wellness.  We return by 5:00 pm to give plenty of time to pack and share a fabulous farewell dinner.

DAY 8 – Departure

Unfortunately the trip comes to an end but leaving us with wonderful photos and memories.  Enjoy the hotel amenities until 12:00 PM or you can make arrangements at the hotel for a late check-out for a small charge.  You’ll be taken to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled departure. We look forward to having you, your family and your friends return.

 

Meals:  

Get ready to experience the best of South American cuisine!  Hosts Robert and Sarah love sharing their favorite Ecuadorian treats with you. Breakfast will be served daily onsite at San Jose Hotel or Mountain Views Inn. Lunch and Dinner locations vary based on the days excursions.  Vegan, Vegetarian and other dietary needs can be accomodated - simply confirm prior to booking by emailing info@ecuadormvi.com.

At San Jose Hotel, a breakfast buffett is available daily starting at 7:00am. Enjoy a full buffett of freshly prepared American Style eggs, meats and baked goods, alongside a European selection of cheeses, yogurt, granola, and breads, with fresh fruit, coffee, tea and an exotic tropical juice.  At Mountain Views Inn, a continental breakfast will be provided complete with fresh tropical fruits, granola, breads, juice, tea and coffee.

Lunches will vary between boxed style and restaurants depending on the day’s excursion.  Lunches may consist of sandwiches, tamales, corn, chochos, tostado, fava beans, and more Ecuadorian and American favorites with snacks and fruit available throughout the day.

For dinners, Ecuadorian soups are a specialty. Main Dishes will include traditional proteins like lentils, quinoa, chicken, ground beef, pork, fish and shrimp, with delicious sides such as potato, assorted vegetables, white carrot puree, beets, rice, potato pancakes stuffed with cheese, fava beans, mote, pasta and plantains.

Itinerary Changes:  Itinerary details are established in advance and subject to change according to unforeseen factors and local conditions such as weather, traffic, construction, or other unforeseen factors. Our itinerary is established in advance by our local operators and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event that conditions prevent an excursion, the staff will accommodate to the best of their ability and per group consensus. Singles Travel International and Mountain Views Inn are not liable for itinerary changes.

Personal Itinerary Requests:  We understand that personal needs or preferences might not align with a certain day or portion of the trip, and the staff will do everything possible to accommodate all guest needs. If possible, please notify hosts Robert and Sarah in advance regarding any concerns or requests. If you are not able or choose not to join the group on an excursion you may enjoy a day of rest and relaxation at the hotel with all on-site accommodations available at no charge - you will only be responsible for your own meals and personal activities.  If you opt for any itinerary changes or additional personal activities, you will be responsible for any additional charges for personal transport, meals and fees. Additionally, if you arrive early or stay late, you can inquire about additional tours or excursions offered by MVI.

Assumption of Risk:  Mountain Views Inn is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all participants; however participants must assume the risk inherent in travel including but not limited to those from weather, wildlife or other force majeure.  For travel insurance we recommend Travelex, https://www.travelexinsurance.com/

Health:  The participant confirms that he/she has no physical conditions or medical precautions that would adversely affect his/her ability to take part in the yoga program or other physical or cultural activities offered. The participant fully understands that his/her participation in the yoga program or other activities could be injurious to his/her health. The participant voluntarily assumes all risks related to such activities and releases Mountain Views Inn from liability for accident, personal injury, illness, emotional damage, incurred travel expenses or property damage he/she may incur as a result of his/her traveling and staying at this retreat.