How do I get there?
You will be flying into Quito, Ecuador arriving on Saturday. Cheryl will meet you at the airport. We will stay in Quito the first night which is included in your registration. In our experience, flights from U.S. and Canada vary from $800 to $1,200 based on where you originate. On-line travel sites give great prices if you have the patience to check several times over a week or two. You can trust the South American Airlines such as Copa and Taca. They are safe, efficient and still include FULL meals on each flight with a glass of wine included! Once you have your flight arrangements, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What time should I arrive/leave?
The Tour includes all meals beginning with dinner/snack on Saturday evening and ending with dinner on the last day. Most flights arrive late evening and depart late evening or after midnight so we planned a tour of Quito on Sunday. If you prefer to leave in the afternoon, that is also an option.
Can children attend?
Sorry, at this time we are unable to accommodate anyone under the age of 18.
Do I need a Visa to enter Ecuador?
American Citizens do not need a Visa prior to arriving in Ecuador. Your passport will be stamped with a 90 day Tourism Visa on arrival at the airport. Citizens arriving from other countries should check on-line for your Visa requirements.
Do I need any vaccines before coming?
You will not be in a malaria region, but check with your physician or on-line if you have any doubts. You may want to pack anti-diarrhea medicine just in case, because intestinal issues can always be a problem when traveling to a new country. Bottled water will always be on hand.
What are the room arrangements?
Couples and friends traveling together will share a room with private bath. Individuals traveling alone will have their own room with private bath.
What is NOT included in the price?
Your retreat fee covers everything from 6 p.m. Saturday the day of arrival until noon on the day of departure. Alcoholic beverages, gifts, or other personal expenses are not included in the price. You are also encouraged to purchase your own trip insurance at www.insuremytrip.com.
What clothing should I bring?
The weather will vary. Quito has cooler temps at night and can get down into the low 50’s because of the higher altitude (9,200 feet). (If you go on the cable car the last day, you WILL want a jacket because we go up to 13,200 feet.)
Otavalo: It can get COLD! No one believes me because it is the equator but you will be at 8,200 feet. It will be in the 40's at night. There are heaters and fireplaces but please bring warm clothes. Daytime temps are in the 70's.
The Subtropics: The temperatures in Mindo and on Cheryl's farm will be in the high 70's into the 80's during the day and down to 65 at night. Dress casual. Bring a rain jacket and hiking shoes or boots.
What else should I bring?
SUNSCREEN! You will be on the equator and the sun is very intense. A hat and a light long sleeve shirt would also be good protection. A camera!! Ecuador has amazing views around every corner that you won’t want to miss. Extra money for gifts and other personal needs. Bring cash. Small bills are preferable because for some odd reason, Ecuadorians never have change. Make sure the that bills are in good condition because bills that are torn, stained or written on may not be accepted. Credit cards are frequently not accepted, especially in smaller establishments. Travelers checks are not accepted at most places.
While we are doing everything in our power to make this a very special and wonderful experience for all attendees, these are a few things you might want to consider before you sign up.
- As wonderful as we think Ecuador is, it is important to remember that this is a 3rd world country. This means things don’t always go smoothly or as planned. If you find the unexpected upsetting or unacceptable this is not the Event for you. If, on the other hand, you see such things as part of the adventure, you’ll fit right in.
- This is a Spanish speaking country. If your reaction to this is “Well, duh!” you’ll fit right in. But we’ve heard enough North Americans complain about this to include it. BTW, you don’t have to speak any Spanish. The Chautauqua will be conducted in English and when we roam around, we’ll have bilingual folks to smooth the way. If you do speak a bit a Spanish that’s great. You’ll find a warm response from the local people when you try.
- Refunds: Payment and Cancellation Policy. We are a small company and the success of this Retreat depends on you being seriously committed when you sign up. If you choose to cancel prior to September 2017, you will forfeit a $75 admin fee. If you choose to cancel after September, there will be no refund.