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International Dermatology Exchange Program of The Skin Cancer Foundation

Quito, Ecuador
January 21-25, 2005
(Reservation form at Bottom of page)

Poolside at the JW Marriott, Quito

Welcome to Ecuador!

Inti Travel and Tours Welcomes you to one of the friendliest and most beautiful  countries in South America. We are here to assist you with your travel plans for the International Dermatology Exchange Program of The Skin Cancer Foundation from January 21-25, 2005, in Quito, Ecuador. We are also offering some great optional tours to the Otavalo Market and the Galapagos Islands.

Quito, Ecuador looking North towards the Colonial City and the Panecillo

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 9,350 feet (2,850 m) in the Andes of Ecuador. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic center in Latin America.

The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 to commemorate this rich cultural tradition.

The new part of the city is a modern and cosmopolitan city offering world-class hotels and tourist facilities.

Your Package Itinerary:
Package includes all airport transfers and porterage, 4 nights at JW Marriott with buffet breakfast and all taxes, Scenic Quito & Equatorial Monument Tour and meeting room facilities with tea, coffee and snack service. Lunches and Dinners NOT included unless otherwise stated.
2005 rates
$412 US per person (double occupancy)
Add $316 for single supplement
Children under 12 in same room with parents pay only $168

Jan 21 (Friday Night)
Upon your arrival in Quito, Ecuador, our guides will meet you at the airport and escort you to our comfortable bus for a guided tour from the airport to the 5 star JW Marriott Hotel. The JW Marriott is one of the newest and most luxurious hotels in Quito and offers some great views of the surrounding Andean mountains. Overnight at the JW Marriott.
Room at the JW Marriott, Quito
Room at the JW Marriott
Jan 22 (Saturday)
Early morning is usually a good time to see (weather permitting) the glacier clad volcanoes (on the equator). On a clear day you are able to see both Cotopaxi and Cayambe volcanoes!

After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will enjoy your conference from 9 AM to Noon in the Marriott's conference facilities. We will pick you up at the hotel at 1:30 PM for a tour of Quito and to the nearby Equatorial Monument.

Scenic Tour of Quito

First stop is at the Parliament Building, whose stone mural records Ecuador's history. Then a stroll downtown and visit the colonial temples and monasteries of this urban jewel, designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, starting at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Visit the Church of La Compañía de Jesús. Continue to the Church of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium lead to its gilt interior a Baroque influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. This part of the tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of Quito.

Middle of the World

The second part of the tours takes us to the Equatorial Monument. The Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. You will get a certificate for having crossed the Equator.


We will have you back at the hotel by 6:30 PM. Overnight at the JW Marriott.

Cotopaxi Volcano from Quito
Cotopaxi Volcano from Quito

Church of San Francisco de Quito
Church of San Francisco

Middle of the World Monument
The Middle of the World

Dining Room at the Marriott
La Hacienda Dining Room at the JW Marriott

Jan 23 (Sunday)
Don't  forget to check to see if you can see those volcanoes! After your buffet breakfast you will be back at the conference from 9:00 AM 'till 1:30 PM.

This afternoon is free for you to relax, enjoy the facilities at the hotel or to explore Quito on your own. Why not visit one of Quito's many fine museums or art galleries?

* Optional Tours:
Archaeological Museum (3 hrs) = $16
Panoramic Quito by Night & Dinner (3 hrs) = $65

Overnight at the JW Marriott.


Quito by night...
 

Jan 24 (Monday)
After your buffet breakfast, you will have another opportunity to exchange ideas at the conference center from 9:00 AM 'till 1:30 PM.

* Optional Tours:
Art Gallery Tour (3 hrs) = $16
Legends & Traditions of Quito by Night (2 hrs) = $26

Overnight at the JW Marriott.

Health Spa at the Marriott
Health Spa at the JW Marriott
Jan 25 (Tuesday)
If you need to get to the airport for your flight home, we will pick you up from the Marriott after your breakfast and escort you to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport. This airport transfer is also included if you are departing Quito at a later date.

Package Rate as above = $412 US per person based on double occupancy
* excluding optional tours

Jan 25
Hopefully, you will be able to stay and enjoy more of what Ecuador has to offer! We are offering an optional full day tour to the famous Otavalo Market and surrounding countryside for only $84 US per person (including lunch at a traditional hacienda!).

* Optional Tour:
Otavalo Market (full day with lunch) = $84 US per person

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavaleños and South America's most famous Indian fair. Early departure from Quito towards Calderón, a small village that keeps the tradition of making colorful dough figurines of Indian dolls, llamas, flowers and even great Christmas ornaments. Guests can observe how each figure is molded by hand, with dough of different colors carefully put together; then it is baked and varnished. Continue on the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains.

Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area. Later, visit the small village of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for the woodcarving. Guests can observe the talented wood carvers at their workshops and browse through innumerable shops around the main square and adjacent streets. Carvings are made mainly of cedar and walnut woods and go from life-size saints for church decorations to baroquely decorated furniture and ornaments, hundreds of figurines and remarkable modern art.

Additional nights at the Marriott are only $79 US per person (double occupancy including all taxes and buffet breakfast) based on double occupancy.

Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo, Ecuador
Enjoy lunch at the Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo

Church in the town of San Pablo near Otavalo, Ecuador
Countryside near Otavalo

Mother and child of Atuntaqui near Otavalo, Ecuador
Women of the village of Atuntaqui near Otavalo

Jan 26 (Wednesday) 
If you need to get to the airport for your flight home, we will pick you up from the Marriott and escort you to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

For those who choose to stay and enjoy the fabulous Galapagos Islands aboard the Galapagos Legend, this will be a day of rest and relaxation (or anything else you choose to do!).

Optional Tours:
Cotopaxi National Park (full day with lunch) = $77
Toachi & Blanco River Rafting (full day with lunch) = $99
Archaeological Museum (3 hrs) = $16
Art Gallery Tour (3 hrs) = $16
Jacchigua Folk Ballet (2 hours evening) = $25

Cotopaxi Volcano in Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi National Park

From the collection of the Banco Central, Quito
© Banco Central, Ecuador
Archaeological Museum

 
And there is plenty to see and do in and around Quito! You may wish to visit the Archaeological Museum, the art galleries of Ecuador's famous painters, the many shops featuring quality Ecuadorian handicrafts or stroll through the many side streets in the colonial quarter. We also offer tours from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park, white water river rafting on the Toachi and Blanco rivers, and overnight stays (and horseback riding) at fabulous haciendas in the Ecuadorian countryside. There is more to Ecuador than you might think!

Optional Post-Conference Galapagos Cruise
Aboard the Galapagos Legend

Galapagos cruise aboard the Galapagos Legend

You can enjoy this legendary paradise, navigating in a 90 passenger, deluxe, fully air conditioned cruise ship. The Galapagos Legend has all the amenities of a cruise liner yet it's small enough for that intimate experience with nature that brings you to the Galapagos Islands.

Legend Suite, Galapagos Legend
Legend Suite
Junior Suite, Galapagos Legend
Junior Suite

Guests also benefit from the added comfort of extra space in our fully carpeted luxurious cabins. All with ocean views, wardrobes, and private facilities offering hot and cold water, hair dryer, safe deposit boxes and other amenities.

Galapagos Legend Number of cabins
currently available
Special 2005
Per person rates
Double Occupancy
Legend Suites Sold Out $2114
Junior & Moon Suites Sold Out $1690
Superior Outside Sold Out $1438
Superior Inside Sold Out $1290

Rates for the Ship or Yacht:
The rates for the ship or yacht includes accommodation aboard the ship or yacht, all meals, island sightseeing, all guide and lecture services, transfers in the islands and between the airport and yacht in Galapagos. Boat itineraries are subject to change without notice (for safety, environmental or any other reasons).

Not Included in the rate for the ship or the yacht:
Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (includes the municipal tax, currently $100 US per person payable in cash to the national park authorities in Galapagos), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, chef and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned. There is also a $25 US per person departure tax from Quito and $25 US per person from Guayaquil on all international flights. All prices are subject to change without notice. 

We pride ourselves for having highly trained hotel and ship crew. In addition the vessel also has the services of a 24hour duty doctor; and, naturalist multilingual guides.

Other facilities include an auditorium for conferences, spacious social areas, culinary delights at the dining room, 24 hour coffee bar, swimming pool with broad sun decks and observation platforms. 

At night guests can enjoy live music at the piano lounge, cocktail bars, computers equipped with games and internet access, or keep in touch with family and friends using our long distance call facility.

Fine Dining aboard the Galapagos Legend
Superb Culinary Delights!

Itinerary:
5 day Thursday to Monday
Your flight to Galapagos departs from Quito on Thursday Jan 27 at 7:30 AM and arrives in Galapagos at 9:45 AM. You will be met upon your arrival by your naturalist guide and escorted to the dock to board the ship. On Monday, Jan 31, your guide will escort you back to the airport for your 12:45 PM flight to Quito. This flight arrives back into Quito at 5:15 PM (flight schedules are subject to change at any time).

Click on the link to make a virtual visit and get a good idea of what you will experience on your itinerary...

Day Time Visitor Site
Thursday
Jan 27
AM
PM
Baltra Airport 
Bartolomé Island
Friday
Jan 28
AM
PM
Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Saturday
Jan 29
AM
PM
Punta Moreno (Isabela Island)
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Sunday
Jan 30
AM
PM
Santa Cruz Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Monday
Jan 31
AM
PM
Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
Baltra Airport

Learn more about the Galapagos Islands by taking the full Galapagos Guided Tour.. 
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Deck Plan:

Boat Deck, Galapagos Legend
Upper Deck, Galapagos Legend

Main Deck, Galapagos Legend

Social Areas : Services :
Swimming pool Glass bottom boat
Outside pool bar Bar service
Promenade Buffet service
Sun terraces & observation decks Concierge services
Dining room Music
Clinic & massage Room 24 hour medical service
Inside bars Audio-visual equipment
Library & video room Multilingual naturalist guides
Piano lounge Inter-cabin phone
Auditorium International phone
Meeting room Fax & e-mail service
Business centre Room service
Private living room Laundry service

Specifications:

Type: Motor Vessel
Class: Superior First Class
Capacity: 90 passengers
Accommodations: 10 double cabins each with private bath and hot shower:

 

* 4 Legend Suites lower double-twin berths
* 25 Junior Suites lower double-twin berths
* 18 superior cabins lower double-twin berths
* 3 Interior Cabins lower double-twin berths
Length: 300 ft.
Crew: 55
Guides: 6 (multilingual naturalists )
Electricity: 110 / 220 AC - 12 / 24 DC
Sets sail: Thursdays, Mondays

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