Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands - Optional Post-Tour to Peru & Machu Picchu

Start Date:
Monday, 8 October, 2012
End Date:
Saturday, 13 October, 2012 12:00pm
Speciality:
Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Multi, Physical Medicine, Health & Nutrition, Ophthalmology
Website:
http://www.pes-travel.com/tours/2012/ecuador_galapagos_voyage.asp

Program Overview: From the Andean Highlands to the Islands Experience an amazing tapestry of environments in Ecuador's highlands - ice-capped volcanoes, Andean Sierras and rivers winding through rainforests. Discover Incan healing rituals still practiced today. Explore the famous Otavalo Market, a renowned gathering where craftsmen from all over the country come to sell their beautiful textiles, jewelry and produce. Spend nights in a beautiful mountain hacienda.

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind!Nowhere else on earth will you have the opportunity to interact with the array of creatures that call the Galápagos home! There is something special about the appeal of the Galápagos in that it doesn't matter what age you are. The archipelago provides day-in day-out enchantment, wonder, and surprise to all who visit! Our program is specifically designed for you to enjoy an exciting sea adventure in the extraordinary natural environment of the Galápagos Islands.

You will journey some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to experience up-close encounters with sea lions, penguins, tortoises, fur seals, marine iguanas and many kinds of sea birds. The sheer amount of wildlife is astounding! Inclusive Highlights: Three nights in Quito at the Swissôtel (2 nights pre-cruise and 1 night post-cruise) Two nights in the Andean Highlands at the beautiful Hacienda Cusin Four night Galápagos Island cruise on the comfortable 40-passenger M/V Isabella II Daily Breakfast, 8 lunches and 8 dinners Quito city tour with visit to "Old Town" the wonderfully preserved colonial sector, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site Visit the world-famous Otavalo Indian Market Peguche Village- Traditional Musicians & Textile Weavers (demo workshops) Illuman- Witness Shaman Healing Ceremony Full program of activities in the Galápagos Islands, including nature walks to see spectacular scenery and wildlife, engaging wildlife talks, snorkeling and sea kayaking and swimming with sea lions On-board programs to learn about Ecuadorian history and culture plus flora and fauna of the Galápagos Expert naturalist guide and PES escorts CME seminars by in-country professionals and distinguished members of the Professional Education Society About the Seminar: Proposed topics to be covered in the up to 16 hours of Continuing Education provided include: The Evolution of Man & Medicine: Historical & Emerging Healthcare Issues In Country FacultyHealthcare Considerations in Isolated Communities Historical & Emerging Healthcare Issues: Evolutionary Perspectives Public Health Issues: Challenges & Conquests Infectious Diseases-STD, TB, MRSA Dental Care: Delivery & Challenges Geriatric Population Issues Disease Prevention: Nutrition, Lifestyle & Beyond Guest Faculty Evolution of Infectious Disease: History & Impact Man vs.

Microbe: New & Emerging Pathogens Impact of Ritual on Healing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives Medicine & The Legal System: Cross-Cultural Evolution Accommodations: Swissôtel Quito is a luxury hotel conveniently located in the commercial and residential area of Quito and recognized for the finest service in the city. The hotel is within easy access to the Old Town and to the airport. Six excellent restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine from French, Swiss, Japanese, to prime steaks and sumptuous buffets; there is a menu to suit every taste.

Facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, fitness center, squash, and racquet and tennis courts. The hotel's Amrita Spa is the perfect place for relaxation or a workout. Hacienda Cusin is a restored, 17th-century Andean estate at 8,500 feet in the Ecuadorian Andean Highlands. This intimate property is very close to the Equatorial Line and the famous market town of Otavalo. Guest rooms are furnished with antiques, select Andean crafts and beamed-ceilings.

Ancient lakebed soil, a predictable equatorial sun and avid gardeners have created several acres of year-round flowering gardens including cobblestone lanes, fountain patios, belladonna, bougainvillea, agapantha, foxgloves, orchids, and palms, which attract over 50 species of birds. The 40-guest Isabela II, with 20 outside cabins, is one of the most luxurious yachts cruising the Galápagos. Presenting an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, her helpful and warm staff attends to your every need.

All passenger cabins are spacious and have private bathrooms. The Isabela II is fully air-conditioned and has the amenities of a larger vessel, including a bar, dining room and sun deck. The sun deck comprises a bar with ample outdoor seating, an observation area for whale and dolphin watching, a gym and Jacuzzi, and solarium. The Isabela II carries sea kayaks and three Zodiacs, and as an alternative to snorkeling, her glass bottom boat offers a great opportunity to observe the marine life from above the waves.

From dining room to stateroom, one senses the superior quality at all levels of service. The yacht's trained chefs prepare a superb a la carte selection for all dinner meals. The library contains the largest variety of books on the Galápagos and Ecuador of any ship in Galápagos waters, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos. What to Expect? This is a moderately active program designed for adults. Our trip begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, which is at an elevation of 9,000 feet with spring-like climate year round.

The Galápagos Islands straddle the equator with temperatures ranging between the 70s and 90s. The ship is an adventure vessel – so please keep in mind that it is comfortable, but not a luxury ship. On the islands, zodiac-style dinghy rides take us ashore with wet and dry landings. A wet landing requires you to disembark in water up to your knees and then wade into shore. Nature walks range from short, relaxing strolls to more vigorous hikes over uneven or rocky lava terrain.

There are chances for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and other activities. A typical day on board the Isabella II begins with an early breakfast buffet followed by a nature walk. Back on board your experience is enriched by a lecture from a naturalist guide. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with time afterwards for relaxation or to enjoy the ship's amenities. In the late afternoon, depart on another land excursion. The day concludes with shared stories over cocktails, dinner in the main dining room and star gazing from the sun deck.

Optional Post-Tour to Peru & Machu Picchu December 8 – 13, 2012 Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience featuring the "Lost City of the Incas", the Incan and Colonial traditions of Cusco and the lush Sacred Valley. In the historic Inca capital of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, grand Baroque and Renaissance style churches and the Incan stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman provide a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and Colonial influences.

The rushing Urubamba River flows through the beautiful Sacred Valley where ancient engineering marvels stand as lasting testimony to the powerful and far reaching Inca Empire. Explore the fortress, Ollantaytamo, and villages where craftsmen weave intricate tapestries and create colorful pottery. Located high in the Peruvian Andes, Machu Picchu was obscured from humankind for 400 years until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911.

Nearly a century of extensive research and study still has not revealed all its secrets. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been carefully excavated and preserved. Inclusive Highlights: One night at the Westin Libertador in the heart of Lima Three nights at the Hotel Monasterio Cusco, a 5-Star luxurious Orient Express hotel museum One night at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, a 5-Star luxury paradise boutique hotel at the base of Machu Picchu Daily Breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners Cusco city tour Full day exploration of the Sacred Valley Roundtrip magical train journey on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train from Cusco to Machu Picchu to enjoy the most beautiful and romantic scenery in Peru Ascend to the mystic and inspirational height of Machu Picchu above the Urubamba River Valley for a guided tour of this "Lost City of the Incas" and most famous icon of the Inca world PES seminar and hospital visit What to Expect? Your visit includes walking/hiking at high altitudes (over 9,000 feet at Machu Picchu and 11,150 feet in Cusco) These walks are uphill, on uneven ground at various sites and ancient ruins.

You should be in good physical health to enjoy this destination to the fullest. Program Costs: Ecuador & Galápagos Voyage: Land Package, Cruise and In-Program Flights:$5,920 Regular Per person based on double occupancy in a Classic Cabin $7,015 Regular Per person based on single occupancy in a Standard Cabin (limited availabilty) This ten day program includes all accommodations, most meals, roundtrip flight Quito to the Galápagos Islands (a $449 value), gratuities for guides, drivers and shipboard staff (except naturalist guides), taxes and port charges ($110 value), Migratory Control Card, transfers and luggage handling, sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary.

Peru & Machu Picchu: Land Package and In-Program Flights: $3,445 Per person based on double occupancy $4,795 Per person based on single occupancy This six day program includes all accommodations, most meals, roundtrip flight Lima to Cusco, gratuities for guides and drivers, transfers and luggage handling, sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary. Airfare: $800 - $1,500 International Airfare - Estimated fares per person – depends on U.S. departure city $489 Quito, Ecuador to Lima, Peru - Estimated fare per person – subject to confirmation Professional Education Society Seminar Fee:$495 Professional $295 Non-Professional Terms and Conditions: Passports are required for travel.

Deposits: Ecuador & Galapagos Voyage deposit is $750 per person. Peru & Machu Picchu is $500 per person. Final Payment: Final payment is due by August 31, 2012. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended; information will be sent with your deposit confirmation. Not Included: International round-trip airfare to Quito, international departure tax from Ecuador (approx. $45 pp), unexpected fuel surcharge, trip cancellation and medical insurance, gratuities to your onboard naturalist guide, and all items of a strictly personal nature.

Cancellation: All cancellations must be made in writing to the Professional Education Society. From time of deposit to June 2, 2012: $200 per person From June 3, 2012 to August 31, 2012: $750 per person From September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012: 50% of program From October 1, 2012 to departure: 100% of program Seminar Fees: 90 days or more prior to departure: seminar fee is 100% refundable. Within 90 days of departure: no refund on seminar fee.

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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

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