Ecuador is the only country in the world to be named after a geographical feature – the equator – and an upcoming tour of the South American continent will begin right at the ‘Middle of the World’ at Ecuador’s capital, Quito, just 25km from the equator line, where travellers can stand with a foot in each hemisphere.
Located 2850m above sea level, Quito is one of the highest capital cities in the world and home to a number of cultural and natural attractions. The World Heritage-listed historic centre is one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved cities in South America, with 130 monument buildings, including Carondelet Palace, which is the seat of Government for Ecuador, the striking Cathedral of Quito and the baroque Santo Domingo Convent. Other popular tourist attractions include a number of museums and an aerial tramway which takes passengers from the city centre to the east side of the Pichincha volcano, offering spectacular views of the city and surrounds.
Just 25km from Quito is Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (the ‘Middle of the World’), where travellers can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. The iconic attraction also boasts a planetarium, a miniature model of Quito and a museum about the indigenous people of Ecuador.
New 2016 Scenic tour to showcase Ecuador – Free Flight Offer
Quito will form the starting point for Scenic’s 22-day Peru Adventure, Galápagos and Amazon Cruising tour, with the first three nights spent in a luxury Quito hotel. A highlight will be a gourmet welcome dinner at the elegant La Belle Époque restaurant, overlooking the floodlit main square. Travellers will also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum and take a walking tour of Quito’s historic old town.
The journey will then continue to the Galápagos Islands, where travellers will board a deluxe expedition ship and see stunning landscapes, unusual lava formations and endemic species such as marine iguanas, sea lions, the slow-moving Galápagos giant tortoise and various species of bird. After the three-night cruise, travellers will fly to Lima, Peru, where they will journey through the Amazon and visit Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
The luxury holiday package includes all-inclusive touring, 22 nights’ accommodation, domestic flights, 48 meals, all gratuities, five Enrich experiences including a private performance by local Andean musicians, an Ecuadorian chocolate demonstration and tasting, and meeting students and teachers at a local community school supported by Scenic. Plus seven Freechoice activity options to choose from. The package costs from $18,795 per person, twin-share, with 12 departure dates from February to October, 2016. Flights between Australia and South America are extra. Bookings made by September 30, 2015, can save on flights, with a partner flying return to South America for free.
For more information and to book, visit www.scenic.com.au or call 138 128.
For more information on Ecuador visit the consumer site – www.ecuador.travel
Travel trade site: www.trade.allyouneedisecuador.travel