DAY 1 – September 20- Quito
Fly into Quito this evening with private transfer from Quito airport to hotel.
Welcome reception: Cocktails, Appetizers and of course Chocolate!
Included: Transportation, Welcome Reception Beer/Wine/Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Accommodations
DAY 2 – September 21 – Misahualli – Cotopaxi – The Chocolate Trail
Depart Quito to arrive in the community of Santa Rita for a tour of the plantation fields and working cocoa bean farm – this is your start to the chocolate experience.
After the hands-on field experience, travel on to your overnight accommodations for lunch.
Post lunch, attend a Chocolate Workshop to learn about chocolate and how to prepare chocolate items.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transportation, Guide, Excursion, Accommodations
DAY 3 – September 22 – Cotopaxi
Full Day Excursion- Three options to choose from – select one – all approximately 5 hours long
Jatun Yaku Napo River Rafting
Jatun Sacha Jungle Hike – approximately 8 miles - not a hard hike but physical
Paykawe Lake for Birding and Wildlife Exploration/Animal Rehabilitation Center & Hike
DAY 4 - September 23 – Quito
In the morning drive to Quito from Lodge.
After arrival, enjoy a Chocolate Spa Session. A detoxifying and antioxidant therapy where you will relax, revitalize and moisturize your skin with a fabulous wrap of chocolate; complemented with a relaxing massage and unbeatable reflexology for the feet!
Lunch and afternoon in Quito on your own.
This evening you will have dinner at Theatrum Restaurant – located in the historical center of Quito in the second most important square and in the old building of the “Sucre” National Theatre.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Guide, Spa Session, Accommodations
DAY 5 – September 24 – Quito
Wake up at your leisure and enjoy the city and surroundings.
In the afternoon, we start our chocolate experience at Republica del Cacao. This experience begins with a guided tour explaining the history of cocoa in Ecuador followed by a chocolate tasting.
We then have a special and private cooking class with the staff at Republica del Cacao where the main ingredient to prepare our dinner will be our beloved chocolate.
Included: Breakfast, Chocolate Experience w/dinner/Beverages, Transportation, Guide, Accommodation
DAY 6 – September 25 – Quito departure day
Private transfer to Quito airport.
Included: Breakfast, Airport Transportation
OPTIONAL ADD ON EXCURSION: The Galapagos Islands – (additional cost) Amazon Chocolate Experience 5 Nights/6 Days September 20 – 25, 2018 (see below for details) INCLUDED:
All Meals Except Two Lunches
Welcome Reception with Appetizers & Beverages
Theme Dinner with Beverages
Private Activities/Tours/Chocolate Experiences
$2,645.00 per person based upon 2 persons sharing
Single supplement $675.00
20% deposit required by April 5, 2018 – Final Payment Due: June 15, 2018
Price based on an 8-person minimum – 12-person maximum
MUST DEPOSIT QUICKLY TO SECURE HOTELS & EXPERIENCES- First Come First Serve!!!
Airfare, Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry Service, Lunch on Days 4 and 5, Gratuities (drivers, guides, classes, experiences, spa, meals), ADD ON EXCURSION to The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands 4-Day Catamaran Cruise – Add On September 25 – 29, 2018
Complimentary night at JW Marriot in Quito (subject to availability)
Transfer from Casa Grande to JW Marriott is independent
Fly to the Galapagos
September 26 to 29, 2018 ( 4 days cruise)
Cruise on the mega catamaran M/C Cormorant. This beautiful 16 passenger vessel offers:
All cabins and suites with panoramic ceiling to floor windows and private balconies
Beautiful dining area with panoramic windows
Renovated sun deck with a comfortable al fresco dining and an 8 passenger jacuzzi on the stern area
The Cormorant Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise sails from San Cristobal to Baltra, Islands we will visit are – San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz. You'll enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and top naturalist guides. Highlights of this itinerary include visiting Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic sights of the archipelago; snorkeling at Champion Islet; and witnessing the breeding site of nearly all the world's waved albatrosses on Espanola Island.
Return flight to Quito
$2,245 per person **special deal
All meals throughout cruise
Transfers in the islands
Bilingual national park guide
Use of snorkeling equipment
Use of Underwater Camera
$100 Galapagos National Park fee *subject to change
$20 Transit Control Card
Travel / medical insurance