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 email@example.com.
What time should I arrive/leave?
You will arrive on Saturday at whatever time works best flying from your location. The activities begin on Sunday. Chautauqua includes all meals beginning with dinner/snack on Saturday evening and ending after a Quito tour on the following Saturday. You may forgo the Quito tour and fly out earlier in the day. Because the hotel is 2.5 hours from the airport, we will provide transportation for any flights after 12 p.m. In order to take the Quito tour, your flight must leave after 8 pm. Any flights outside these times will incur extra costs.
What type of people attend?
We have had people from all walks of life attend and all have had one big thing in common: They are seeking to lead a different life. Many have said they found their tribe at the Chautauqua and have made life long friends. People have come from as far away as South Africa, Scotland, Australia and the United Kingdom with the majority arriving from the U.S. and Canada. We have woman and men who have traveled alone along with couples and friends. Now we are just waiting for YOU!
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.
I realize we all need to stay connected and there is internet connection at the hotel. I apologize in advance, however, because the signal can come and go because of the mountains, fog etc. This could be a good thing though because that gives us plenty of time to look at the views and at each other, soaking up this experience that will only happen once.
What is NOT included in the price?
Your retreat fee covers everything from 6 p.m. Saturday the day of arrival until your departure on Saturday evening. Alcoholic beverages, gifts, Free Day activities (no greater than $30 if there is a cost) and any personal expenses are not included in the price. You are also encouraged to purchase your own trip insurance at www.insuremytrip.com.
NOTE: Ecuador uses the U.S. Dollar so there will be no need to exchange money
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). Layers are best!
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 50's at night. Please bring warm clothes. Daytime temps are in the 70's. Hiking boots are recommended for Lake Cuicocha. Good news in that there are no mosquitoes in this area!!
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. Good news in that Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar so you don't have to exchange money! 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 it is still a developing 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 however 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 Chautauqua depends on you being seriously committed when you sign up. If you choose cancel within the month of January, you will forfeit your $500 per person down payment. If you choose to cancel February, you will lose your $1000 per person. There will be no refunds after March 15th.