Journey to a country that sits exactly on the equator! Officially known as the "Republic of the Equator," Ecuador boasts extraordinary geographic areas—many listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience guided tours with a natural historian. And be awestruck by Amazon rainforests and the astonishing Galápagos Islands where you can encounter animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth.
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If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Ecuador and return to the United States. U.S. passport holders traveling to Ecuador for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes do not need visas.
Your passport must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details.
In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.
If you are not a U. S. citizen, please check with the Ecuadorian Embassy for information on documentation requirements.
You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY FOR TELEPHONE CALLS made to access CIBT specialists.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.
Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands restrict each passenger to no more than 44 lbs. (20 kg) of luggage. If you are taking a carry-on piece of luggage with you, it must weigh no more than 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) and the dimensions cannot exceed 24 x 15.5 x 8 in (61 x 39 x 20 cm). Guests will be charged additional fees at the airport for overweight baggage.
Since you will be visiting both the countryside and the rocky shores of the Galápagos as well as the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable, and you should bring one additional change of clothes per day. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner on the vessel. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:
• T-shirts (short and long-sleeved, moisture wicking material)
• Collared shirts
• Long pants (moisture wicking material), capris, khakis
• Casual dress/skirt (optional)
• Lightweight rain jacket
• Hat/visor/sun hat
• Swimsuits/swim suit/rash guard
• Long knee high socks
• Close-toed shoes
• Comfortable walking shoes with sturdy soles
• Long sleeve wetsuit (optional)
• Beach/water shoes
• Insect repellent
• Camera/video camera
• Small flashlight
Quito has a much cooler climate than the rest of the country. Although temperatures vary with altitude, the average summer temperature in Quito is about 61°F (16°C) and tends to be on the chilly side at night.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is rainy, warm and humid. Since the Amazon is located in the lowland equatorial tropics, it is a very humid environment. Weather is relatively constant throughout the year. Because it is the rainforest, rain is a normal occurrence. Often, showers are short-lived and they actually serve to cool the air, which is refreshing in the evening.
The average temperature in the Amazon is 79°F (26°C), but temperatures can reach up to 89°F (32°C). Due to the humidity, it is always a good idea to have lightweight and quick-dry clothing for this type of weather.
In the Galápagos Islands, the climate is pleasant any time of the year and can be defined as having 2 seasons:
- From June to November: a dry and cool season; the temperature oscillates around 68°F (20°C) during the day where the mist—a type of rain—is not a rare phenomenon. It is the best season of the year to see the marine birds nesting.
- From December to May: the hot and humid season with average temperatures of 82°F (28°C) where the tropical heat is modified by winds from the Pacific. This season is especially favorable for watching marine tortoises. The sea temperature averages 65 to 75°F (18 to 24°C), making swimming ideal in the afternoon.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
Upon arrival at Quito International Airport (UIO), follow airport signage to the passport control/immigration area. Once through passport control, you will follow additional airport signage directing you to Baggage Claim. Retrieve your luggage and exit the Baggage Claim area by passing through Customs and then into the main terminal. As soon as you arrive in the Arrival area of the terminal, look for a representative holding an orange-colored Adventures by Disney sign. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your pre-arranged ground transportation to your hotel.
Note: Remember to safely secure the Entry Registration document as you depart the Immigration/Passport Control area. Each person traveling in your party will be required to present this document when returning to the airport to exit the country, whether you are returning home or traveling to another country.
For Guests on departures between April 2017 – March, 2018, on the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). You may depart at any time on the departure day. Please note that hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.
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The unit of monetary currency is the U.S. dollar. In Quito, ATM machines are available and credit or debit cards are usually accepted. Since ATMs are scarce in the Galapagos and nonexistent in the Amazon, Guests should be sure to carry cash or credit cards. For cash, carry mostly $1, $5, and $10 bills, and make sure they are in good condition. Guests can pay all Anakonda incidentals with Credit Card or cash (no personal or travelers' checks). Your Adventure Guides can help you with any currency issues or language barriers you may have.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, per Adventure Guide, per day.
Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day: $8 - $11 USD
• For a 12-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $96 - $132 USD.
• A family of 4 for a 12-day adventure: $384 - $528 USD per Adventure Guide.
For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $768 - $1,056 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers, riverboat crew and local experts.
Adventures by Disney has arranged for all of your accommodation and transportation needs during your stay in Ecuador as specified in your trip itinerary. If you choose to visit other sites on your own, hire a driver and car through the hotel. Please ask your Adventure Guide for any assistance regarding any transportation arrangements you may need.
The primary language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish. You will also hear the indigenous language of Quechua spoken in some areas.
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
ARRIVAL: You will fly into Quito International Airport (UIO) on your arrival day. Your flight is expected to arrive by 11:30 PM. Please note that hotel check in time is 3:00 PM.
DEPARTURE: You will fly out of the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). You may depart at any time on the departure day. Please note that hotel checkout time is 12:00 PM.*
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Ecuador, transfers are included from the Quito International Airport (UIO) in Quito to the JW Marriott Hotel Quito on your arrival day. For Guests on departures between April, 2017 – March, 2018, on your departure day, transfers are included from the Hilton Colon Guayaquil Hotel to the Guayaquil International Airport (GYE).*
*For current season departures through March, 2017, on your departure day, transfers are included to the Quito International Airport (UIO)
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes, you may stay in Ecuador before or after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
On this adventure, your group will travel by motor coach, airplane, motorized canoes, Anakonda riverboat and yacht.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
This is a very active journey that includes transitioning to and from small watercraft and walking on uneven surfaces, up and down irregular stairs and on cobblestone streets. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, biking, sea kayaking, a tower climb into a tree canopy, and both day and nighttime hiking. Some activities require rubber (wellington) boots, which will be provided for hiking on wet, muddy pathways. Bear in mind that some of this trip is located in Quito, which is at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level and many of the activities are outdoors in the prevailing conditions, which may include insects and weather with intense sun, rain, heat and humidity. The full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most out of your vacation.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
Due to restrictions with the Galápagos and Amazon Islands portion of this adventure, children must be at least 7 years old at the time of travel on our Ecuador: Amazon and Galápagos trip. The minimum recommended age is 7 years old. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, high altitude at the destination, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures, and amount of physical activity (e.g., snorkeling, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down stairs, and cobblestone sidewalks). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served buffet style. Most lunches and dinners offer a limited-choice menu. Dinners and lunches usually including fish, meat, chicken and pasta or rice entrées; soup and vegetables; and desserts and fruit—along with a chance to try Ecuadorian specialties. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Ecuadorian cuisine, they are always balanced with limited American fare. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Access to the Anakonda is by steep stairs. Guests must be able to individually ascend and descend steep stairs in order to participate in this trip. Guests also have to go on a motorized canoe to reach the Anakonda. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and solely responsible for providing assistance. Contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs. Mainland Ecuador has very limited accessibility; the Galápagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, including the vessel that we will be traveling on, are not wheelchair accessible.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
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