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August 2017 Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Cruise – August 3-12, 2017

Ecuador has it all; an amazing cloud forest, quaint Andean villages, the remarkable and very colonial city of Quito and the number one attraction: The Galapagos Islands, a Mecca for divers, explorers, nature enthusiasts and for those who enjoy voyages of discovery. Some of our past travelers said that only a continent can give more. Ecuador is a wondrous land.

Our tour will experience a typical Indian market, the cloud forests with myriads of birds, and of course, the famous Galapagos Islands, once called by the early explorers “The Enchanted Islands.” Snorkel with manta rays and seals; discover rare marine iguanas, giant tortoises, pelicans and blue footed boobies. The Galapagos are a true nature laboratory. We have chartered a boat in the Galapagos which only holds 18 passengers.


August 3: Fly from SLC and tonight arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Stay at the Hotel Patio Andaluz.

August 4: Colonial City Tour in Quito and Middle of the World. Transfer to the Cloud Forest and stay at the Bellavista Lodge.

August 5: Cloud Forest Tour and stay at the Bellavista Lodge.

August 6: Mindo tour with Chocolate Factory visit. Stay at the Hotel Patio Andaluz.

August 7: Visit the Otavalo Indian Market and stay at the Hotel Patio Andaluz.

August 8 – 11: Board your cruise to the Galapagos Islands (four days/three nights). Arrive in Salt Lake City on August 12.


What is Included?
• Hotel and airport transfers
• Three nights at the deluxe Hotel Patio Andaluz
• Colonial & Historical City Tour in Quito and Middle of the World visit
• Transfer to Cloud Forest area
• Cloud Forest tour
• Two nights in the Cloud Forest at the Bellavista Lodge
• Mindo Tour with Chocolate Factory visit
• Otavalo Indian Market tour
• Round trip airfare from SLC.
• Four days/three nights cruise in the Galapagos Islands onboard the Galaven Yacht
• Private transportation
• English/Spanish speaking guide
• Meals (8 breakfasts/6 lunches/5 dinners)

What is not included?
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• CTC (Control Traffic Card) $20 USD per person
• Galapagos National Park tax of $100 USD per person
• Tips and gratuities
• Personal expenses
• Anything that is not specifically designated as “included”


gewixLarry Gelwix

Larry Gelwix has been the coach of the Highland Rugby team since its founding in Salt Lake City in 1976. The movie Forever Strong (2008) was inspired by him and his team’s history. The Highland rugby team has compiled an unrivaled winning record since its founding in 1973.

Gelwix is best known in the Rocky Mountain area as the “Getaway Guru” and host of the syndicated “Travel Show” radio broadcast. Gelwix has been an on-air radio talk show host for more than 20 years (12 years at KSL and 8 years syndicated by Clear Channel Communications). Gelwix is also the feature on the “Getaway Guru” segment broadcast weekly on KUTV channel 2, the CBS network affiliate in UT, ID, and western WY. Gelwix serves as CEO of Columbus Travel.

Gelwix has received many awards, honors, and distinctions, including the “Best of State” award as the best high school coach in the state of Utah, the “Education Service Award” from the State of Utah Department of Corrections; and the BYU “Outstanding Service” Award.


Full Ecuador Tour & Galapagos Cruise with Airfare Included from Salt Lake City -Double Occupancy – $4787 per person (includes air, tour and taxes)

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment-pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit  – $500 per person


*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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