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The Kosher Travel Club WWW.KOSHERTRAVELERS.COM Presents… Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands & Peru Tour Code Tour Start Date Tour End Date Price Land Only Price with flights Ex Tel Aviv Single Supplement Pre/Post Hotel Night EEGP0610 Oct. 6, 2010 Oct. 20, 2010 $5840 $6590 $750 EEGP0902 Feb. 9, 2011 Feb. 23, 2011 $5840 $6590 $750 EEGP1506 Jun. 15, 2011 Jun. 29, 2011 $5840 $6590 $750 $65 per person $110 per single EEGP0911 Nov. 9, 2011 Nov 23, 2011 $5840 $6590 $750 Ecuador is the smallest country i
    The Kosher Travel Club WWW.KOSHERTRAVELERS.COM Presents…Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands & Peru Tour Code EEGP0610 EEGP0902 EEGP1506 EEGP0911 Tour Start Date Oct. 6, 2010 Feb. 9, 2011 Jun. 15, 2011 Nov. 9, 2011 Tour End Date Oct. 20, 2010 Feb. 23, 2011 Jun. 29, 2011 Nov 23 , 2011 Price Land Only $5840 $5840 $5840 $5840 Price with flights Ex TelAviv $6590 $6590 $6590 $6590 Single Supplement $750 $750 $750 $750 Pre/Post Hotel Night $65 per person$110 per single Ecuador is the smallest country in the Andes Mountains andone of the most fascinating tourist attractions in SouthAmerica. Thanks to the diversity of the native cultures, thewell-kept colonial architecture, the volcanic scenery and thelush forests, this country has more points of interest withinits borders than those of a country twice its size. Ecuadorranks as one of the richest countries in the world when itcomes to its variety of animals and flora. Ecuador‘s tropicalclimate allows for tourism any time of the year, and the factthat it lies on the equator keeps the weather stable all yearlong. The weather in Ecuador is fickle and has a tendency forextremes, and it‘s not rare to experience all 4 seasons in oneday. Never the less, and despite all this, the fact that Ecuador is located on the equator, gives onethe opportunity to tour Ecuador on most days of the year, and anywhere in the country: the Andes,the rain forests, the beaches and the Galapagos.Exotic Peru is rich in some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Latin America. The mountains arehome to millions of Indians who still speak the ancient Cachua language and maintain theirtraditional lifestyle. The green Amazon basin which spreads over half the area of Peru is one of theten most populated wildlife regions in the world – the rain forests are so full of different types of animals and birds that trying to count them all will make your head spin. During this tour we’ll visitCusco - capital of the Inca kingdom; Machu Picchu – the mysterious city high above the jungle andthe most popular tourist site in Peru; and Lima, the Peruvian capital. These all combine to create aonce-in-a-lifetime experience that will excite all your senses.    ItineraryDay 1, Wednesday: Quito Arrival to Quito, transfer to our hotel for a group dinner and orientation. Quito is without adoubt the prettiest city in South America. It‘s located at 2850 meters above sea level, 22Kilometers from the equator, and enjoys a great spring climate and a magnificent view allaround. The scenery is ruled by mountains and a number of snowy volcanoes that can beseen from a distance. The city itself lies at the feet of Mt. Roca Pichincha, which rises to alofty 4,700 meters. Architecturally, Quito holds vast colonial treasures, and construction inthe modern city is under strict supervision ever since 1978, when UNESCO placed Quito onthe list of World Heritage Sites. After Arrival, transfer to hotel. Day 2, Thursday: Quito The cloud forest area that is located just an hour from the center of Quito is a tropical forestwith unique vegetation, rivers, and more. The area holds over 600 species of birds and otheranimals and insects. There‘re also some trout breeding farms and tilapia, as well as countlesskinds of tropical fruits, some specific to the area, some specific to Ecuador, and in general tothe climate in South America. We visit the Mindo bird reserve, walk among butterflies andorchids, and the brave among us can zip-slide above the cloud forest. Day 3, Friday Quito After breakfast we‘ll stroll through the only capital in the world that is located near an activevolcano. There‘s constant activity going on in Pichincha, which is located about 21kilometers from the city. The largest eruption occurred in 1660, when about 25 centimetersof dust covered the city. The last eruption took place on November 5th, 1999, when largeamounts of ashes were scattered over the city. We‘ll ascend to the summit of MountPichincha for an amazing view of the city below. We‘ll then continue to tour the old city,including the well-preserved colonial-era La Ronda Boulevard. We‘ll visit the Middle-of-the-World monument, through which the equator passes. The museum includes Ecuador‘sIndian traditions, authentic structures, totem poles and sculptures, as well as scientificexplanations for the strange sun effects and gravity in this area. After our tour we‘ll return tothe hotel to prepare for Shabbat, which we‘ll enjoy with the local Jewish community. Day 4 Shabbat: Quito We‘ll spend Shabbat with the Jewish community of Ecuador. After services and Shabbatlunch, we‘ll take a walking tour of the area near the hotel. In the evening we‘ll go out forsome nighttime activity. Day 5-9 Sunday – Thursday: Quito – Galapagos Islands – Lima Today we fly out to the Galapagos Islands for a fascinating cruise around the Islands. This is avolcanic group of Islands that rose from the ocean approx 4-10 million years ago. Mandiscovered the islands in the year 1535, and just like any other place, started destroying hissurroundings. The animals, that weren‘t yet familiar with humans, didn‘t run away, and thesailors massacred them mercilessly, both for food and for pleasure. In addition, they alsounleashed goats, cats and dogs that destroyed the area. The sailors took the giant tortoises  back with them on the ships as a supply of fresh meat. Later they butchered the tortoisestoo for their fat. For these reasons and others, dozens of unique species became extinct.We‘ll take a shuttle across Itabaka to Charles Darwin station on Santa Cruz Island, aninternational research station that also serves as a breeding farm for different animals,especially the giant tortoises. During the cruise we visit Schwartz point on Espinola Island,Florana Island, and Santa Cruz Island.5 days/4 nights in First Class Galapagos Cruise Boat GALAPAGOS LEGEND (According to eco-regulations in the area, the first night will be in a Hotel)Itinerary:SUNDAY to THURSDAYSunday Baltra Airport / p.m. Santa Cruz Island(Overnight in Hotel)Monday a.m. Bachas Beach / p.m. North SeymourTuesday a.m. Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) / p.m. Cormorant Point (Floreana)Wednesday a.m. Suarez Point (Española) / p.m. Interpretation Center (San Cristóbal)Thursday a.m. Carrion Point / Baltra AirportAt the end of the cruise we‘ll fly to Lima, capital of Peru. Transfer to our hotel. Day 10 Friday: Lima After breakfast we’ll depart for a guided tour of the city. Plaza de Major, Plaza San Martin,The Museum of the inquisition and the Gold Museum, The Armaments Museum and thepedestrian mall of Jiron de la Union. We’ll visit Yitzchak Rabin Park, the Indian Market, theCatacombs at the Franciscan Church, and more. In the late afternoon we’ll return to theHotel to prepare for Shabbat, Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner at the hotel. Day 11 Shabbat: Lima After Shabbat services and lunch we ' ll take a walking tour of the area near the hotel. Day 12 Sunday: Lima – Cusco –Urubamba Valley Today we’ll fly to Cusco, oftentimes called the “Katmandu of Peru” due to its attraction of somany backpackers and hikers from all over the world. Cusco, population 350,000 is locatedat an elevation of 3,326m above sea level and is considered the capital of the AndesMountains. We’ll continue to Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Inca Indians. We’ll visit a llamafarm at Awana Kancha as well as the Indian market at Pisac. We’ll spend the night at aspecial hotel in nature. Day 13, Monday: Urubamba Valley – Machu Picchu - Urubamba Valley Today is an exciting day and the highlight of the tour. We’ll travel by special train as weclimb the heights through amazing scenery until we arrive to Machu Picchu – the lost cityabandoned by the Inca, and later discovered by Spanish conquerors. This is one of the mostmysterious, baffling and exciting sites in the entire world. It’s also one of very few Inca citiesthat has remained almost completely intact and was not destroyed by the Spanishconquerors. According to legend, Machu Picchu (“The Ancient Peak”) was considered asacred site from time immemorial. The city was only discovered in 1911 by the explorerHiram Bingham. In the evening, we’ll return to our hotel in nature.    Day 14, Tuesday: Urubamba Valley – Cusco We’ll start the day with a memorable visit to an Indian village called Ollantaytambo. Fromthere we’ll continue to El Descanso to see how the Peruvian national drink – Chicha – isbrewed, and we’ll get to taste some of it too! As much as time permits, we‘ll head for nearbyruins of Kenko, and from there to Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman.Afterwards we’ll head back to Cusco . Day 15, Wednesday: Cusco - Lima – Home Gateway After breakfast and a summation discussion, we‘ll fly from Cusco to Lima‘s internationalAirport, from where we’ll depart to our home gateways. Price Includes:    Cruise    Domestic Flights    First tourist class hotels    Domestic Airport and security taxes    Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach for travelling    Breakfast and dinner daily, and supplies for making sandwiches for lunch    Professional experienced English-speaking guide    Local English-speaking Guide as required    Entrance to all sites mentioned in the tour plan Price Does Not Include:  Upgrade to Junior Suite on board the ship: $400  International Flights  Tax at Quito airport (approx $40 per person)  Tax at Lima Airport (Approx $30 per person)  Tips for local service providers US$130 per person  Travel and baggage Insurance  Personal expenses  Evening entertainment that are not included in the tour plan  Changes in air fares due to increases in fuel airport tax and security tax surcharges  Tip for Israeli guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)    Travel & Health Insurance    Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc. whereapplicable. IMPORTANT:    There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort tovisit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
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