Dear Orchid Friends,
We’re going to the 22nd World Orchid Conference in November, 2017, and I hope you’ll join us on this amazing adventure to Ecuador and Peru! After the Conference, we’ll visit some of the most amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America.
We’ll fly from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador and check into one of the city’s finest hotels, the Hotel Oro Verde. We’ll spend 6 nights there, so you’ll have plenty of time for the show and conference; judges take note, we plan to be there for judging this magnificent show, and for the Conference’s opening ceremony!
Our adventure really begins when we depart Guayaquil. We’ll fly to Lima, Peru, and explore the colonial heart of the Spanish empire in South America. A highlight includes a visit to the famous “Gold Museum”, and we’ll also journey to Paracas, on the coast, to see the amazing wildlife sanctuary of Islas Ballestas. While we’re there, we’ll fly over the incredible Nazca Lines.
Then we’re headed to Cusco, for two days in the capital of the Inca Empire, high in the Andes. We’ll visit many sites nearby, including the incredible fortress of Sacsayhuamán. After Cusco, we’re off by train to Aguas Callientes, gateway to the fabled “lost city” of Machu Picchu. We’ll stay in one of the most beautiful hotels anywhere, the Inkaterra Pueblo, where the grounds are a botanical garden and wildlife refuge, and tour the breathtaking ruins of the ancient city.
Please look over the itinerary below, and send your reservation soon. Space on this tour will be strictly limited and we must have your deposit right away in order to hold your place. Interest in this tour is very high, and we expect it to fill quickly, so please don’t wait! Note the deadline for reservations, please. For a brochure with reservation form, please use the form on the right side of this page to send your complete postal mailing address to us.
Day 1: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 Depart USA
Depart Miami today for Guayaquil, Ecuador. On arrival, after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel
Day 2: Tuesday, Nov. 7 Guayaquil, Ecuador
Breakfast at the hotel. The day is yours for 22WOC conference and show activities. Judging day for the orchid show. This evening is the show’s opening cocktail party for registrants. Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel (B)
Day 3: Wednesday, Nov. 8 Guayaquil
Breakfast at the hotel. The day is yours for 22WOC and show activities. This evening is the conference’s social event, “Guayaquil Night” (reservation required). Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel (B)
Day 4: Thursday, Nov. 9 Guayaquil
Breakfast at the hotel. Board your coach for a half day private tour to visit Ecuagenera, one of the country’s best-known orchid growers. Lunch is included. The rest of the day is yours for 22WOC and show activities. Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel (B,L)
Day 5: Friday, Nov. 10 Guayaquil
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is yours for 22WOC and show activities. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Guayaquil. Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel (B)
Day 6: Saturday, Nov. 11 Guayaquil
Breakfast at the hotel. The day is yours for 22WOC and show activities. This evening is the 22WOC gala banquet and closing ceremonies. Overnight: Oro Verde Hotel (B)
Day 7: Sunday, Nov. 12 Guayaquil to Lima, Peru
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy a visit to Guayaquil’s famous Historical Park. Lunch is included. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival, after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Casa Andina (B,L)
Day 8: Monday, Nov. 13 Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. Lima, “City of Kings” was the capital of Spain’s empire in the Americas. The colonial heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll enjoy a city tour of Lima, including the world-famous Gold Museum founded by Miguel Mujica Gallo. The museum’s collection includes hundreds of pieces of Inca and pre-Inca gold artistry, incredible ancient textiles, and much more. Lunch is included. Overnight: Casa Andina (B,L)
Day 9: Tuesday, Nov. 14 Lima
Early breakfast at the hotel. Board your coach for an overland ride to Paracas, on the coast, for an excursion by speedboat to Islas Ballestas, a group of small islands in a wildlife refuge. See many kinds of birds and wildlife, including seals, blue-footed boobies, and much more. Also view “The Candelabra”, an enigmatic stone cliff carving more than 1,000 years old. Later, fly over the fascinating Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is included. Dinner at the hotel on your return. Overnight: Casa Andina (B,L,D)
Day 10: Wednesday, Nov. 15 Lima to Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru. Cusco is situated at about 11,000 feet in the Andes, high enough that some people may be affected by altitude sickness. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Palacio del Inka (B)
Day 11: Thursday, Nov. 16 Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day excursion to explore Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the morning, you’ll visit the ancient Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán overlooking the city. Nearby are other Inca sites, including Qenqo (“Kenko”), Puca Pacara and Tambomachay. In the afternoon, explore the colonial city, including Santo Domingo Church and the Cathedral, and the Inca heart of the city, magnificent Koricancha temple and more. Lunch is included. Overnight: Palacio del Inka (B,L)
Day 12: Friday, Nov. 17 Machu Picchu
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for the overland ride to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu. Transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the gardens and amenities of the hotel. Lunch and dinner are included. Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (B, L,D)
Day 14: Saturday, Nov. 18 Machu Picchu
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit stunning Machu Picchu, the fabled “lost city” of the Inca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a guided tour of the ruins, enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner is included. Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (B,L,D)
Day 15: Sunday, Nov. 19 Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. Transfer to the train station for the return to Cusco. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional Peruvian dance and music at Tunupa. Overnight: Palacio del Inka (B, D)
Day 16: Monday, Nov. 20 Return to USA
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Price: $6,295.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $1,810.00.
Price includes: Round trip airfare (coach) from Miami to Guayaquil, and return from Cusco to Miami; internal airfare (coach) flights to Lima and Cusco; rail fare to and from Aguas Calientes; deluxe hotel accommodations as shown; meals as shown, including all breakfasts; sightseeing and excursions as shown, with English-speaking guide, park entrance fees, and transfers as shown.
Deposit and payments: A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required with reservation to hold space. 50% of the balance is due April 1, 2017, and full and final payment is due August 1, 2017.
Price does not include: 22WOC Conference registration (judges must be full registrants); optional travel insurance; alcoholic drinks with meals; personal expenses; any item not shown above; certain airfare taxes; connecting flights to and from Miami (please contact us for a quotation). Business class airfare may be available at an additional charge; please contact us for a quotation. Also excluded: visa fees if applicable. US passport holders do not require a visa for tourist visits to Ecuador or Peru. Other nationalities, please contact us.
Although we do not anticipate any changes from the published itinerary, we do reserve the right to make changes, with or without notice, in activities and/or accommodations in the best interests of the tour.
Reservation deadline is July 1, 2017. Reservations submitted after that date are subject to space availability and higher rates.