CME & Ecological Tour of Ecuador:
Amazon, Galapagos Islands & Quito

April 2 - 16, 2024

Doctors-on-Tour in association with "Physician Empowerment" (Dr. Wing Lim & Dr. Kevin Mailo)  


“What an amazing trip this was ! You did such a fantastic job – well organized with wonderful support staff – everything left on time, great food, weather & traveling companions – and our guide Gonzalo was the best ! Thank you very much for such an unforgettable adventure.”

Jack & Lore Brown, London, On. - Ecuador & the Galapagos, 2012

"Thank you for your outstanding guidance during our trip to Ecuador. The trip was very good, and the logistics and handling of the group were excellent"

Dr. David Spence, London, On. -  Ecuador & the Galapagos, 2015

“This was an exceptional trip – thanks again! Everything was perfectly well orchestrated.  It feels like we have been travelling for more than two weeks. We have learned so much. We will definitely recommend this trip to our friends.  We have seen so many things. We have had exceptional guides. The group we travelled with was fantastic! Again, an amazing adventure!”

Dr. Collette Deslandres-Leduc, Montreal, Qc. – Ecuador and Peru, 2018

Ecuador - So much more than the Galapagos...

One of our most popular tours - Andean culture, Amazon rainforest, volcanic countryside, colonial cities, the Galapagos Islands – this is Ecuador, home to arguably the most spectacular array of natural and cultural diversity anywhere. This fascinating tour takes you into the Galapagos Islands – one of the most undisturbed and incredible eco systems on earth with it’s incredibly unique species and the home of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Then, head into the heart of the Amazon rainforest with it’s multitude of plants, birds and animals. Hike, canoe or simply sit on your private cabana’s terrace and see the greatest bio-diversity in the planet as well as learning about the indigenous Kichwa Indians. And explore Quito, with it’s UNESCO colonial centre and countless museums as well as a visit into the spectacular Andean foothills and a stay in a local hacienda in Otavalo, the continent’s most famous trading fair. 

Featuring the M/Y Isabella II and Sacha Lodge as described in our various articles in the Medical Post and Doctors Review. To read more please see our 'Featuring Doctors-on-Tour' section!

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the country's cosmopolitan capital, Quito, and it's beautifully preserved colonial center - the first UNESCO designated city in the world

  • Browse for original handicrafts in South America’s biggest trading market in Otavalo 

  • Eat & sleep in centuries-old Andean haciendas boasting rich Spanish colonial history in the foothills of the Andes - these estate accommodations are unique to Ecuador

  • Hike along the shores of a flooded volcanic caldera to witness the spectacular views of the Otavalan Highlands in Imbabura, "the land of lakes".

  • Immerse yourself in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest at a pristine ecolodge. Look for caiman, giant otters & howler monkeys as you navigate the Amazon’s backwaters by day and search for the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon by night on a night walk. And see the rainforest from a different perspective as you venture high into the canopy – your choice of a 130-foot observation tower, canopy walkway or even a canopy crane !

  • Embark on a 5-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with expert naturalist guides aboard the boutique expedition vessel, M/Y Isabella II. Follow in the steps of Charles Darwin as you walk on lava fields, swim with the sealions, penguins and giant turtles, see blue-footed boobies, iguanas, unique bird life and so much more !

CME Program (15+ CME hours and Certificate of Attendance provided)

  • Academic Conference with lectures by Canadian & Ecuadorian medical experts & interactive discussions 

    • Sessions on finance, practice management, wellness, and leadership by Drs. Kevin Mailo & Wing Lim of Physician Empowerment  

  • Visit to the M/Y Isabela's ship’s hospital and meeting with the ship's doctor to review on-board medical equipment and learn about common medical ailments at sea.

  • Medical tour of both a public and private hospital in Quito to meet with local doctors and learn about the Ecuadorian medical system
  • Presentations on traditional healing methods by a shaman in one of the local Amazonian communities close to Sacha Lodge.
  • Learn about herbal medicine through a "hands-on" rainforest walk (Quichua native) in the Amazon and a presentation on the Useful Plants of Sacha Lodge (from the 2005 professional study by Barry Thomson) *

Pricing, Inclusions & Exclusions

Cdn$11,995** / person (double occupancy) 

Academic program reg. fee - $900 / registrant

Transportation/hotel taxes & fees - $765 / person

Single supplement - $3,450

Please note : All our pricing is in CANADIAN $ (competing cruise  programs are also usually cruise only prices excluding international and regional airfares (and the unique Amazon ecolodge, Quito and Otavalo land components...) and are usually quoted in US$, resulting in a supplement of around 35% when converted into Cdn$ (based on Cdn$:US$ exchange rates at August 2023).  

** Pricing reflects the early booking savings of $500/person (after December 12, 2023, add $500/person)

Price includes:

  • Round trip international flights from Toronto to Ecuador (into Quito / out of Guayaquil). Internal flights in Ecuador as per detailed itinerary
  • Modern, air conditioned coach transportation
  • 5 day / 4 night Galapagos cruise (Western Islands itinerary) on the M/Y Isabella II (Classic cabin, Cabin Deck)
  • 4 days / 3 nights at Ecuadorian Amazon Sacha Ecolodge,
  • 5 nights in Quito, 1 night Guayaquil (enforced overnight)
  • 1 night at a Hacienda in the Ecuador highlands
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Comprehensive daily itineraries including, island sightseeing, naturalists and lecture services, Amazon ecolodge activities, escorted tours of local cultural sites and museums
  • Academic program and tour of local medical facilities in Quito
  • All admission fees (except those specifically noted above)
  • Fully escorted tour including services of local English speaking cultural, ecological and naturalist experts
  • Porterage
  • Hosting by Group Leaders and Medical Directors, Dr. Wing Lim and Dr. Kevin Mailo of Physician Empowerment

Price excludes:

  • Beverages (both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)
  • Gratuities (for both Galapagos cruise and land components)
  • Galapagos Park Ingala Fee (US$20/person) – payable locally at Quito airport pre flight to Galapagos
  • Galapagos Park Entry Fee (US$100/person) – payable locally upon arrival in Galapagos
  • Sacha Lodge - Native community interpretation center entrance fee (US$5/person)
  • Airport departure taxes (none as of August 2023)
  • Travel insurance – please note, travel insurance (including medical and trip interruption coverage) is highly recommended for this tour. Coverage is available through Doctors-on-Tour – please check for further details in our brochure (page 28)
  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone / internet usage, laundry services etc

Useful Links and Files (Click below to download)

Ecuador CME - Apr 2024 - Flyer 

Ecuador CME - Apr 2024 - Detailed Brochure

M/Y Isabella II - Deck Plan 

M/Y Isabella II - Video overview

Our popular Ecuador programs have also been featured in various articles including in the Medical Post (on the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon) and Doctors Review - click on the hyperlinks to view. 


To register for this program please complete our online registration form at the secure page below.

Ecuador CME - Apr 2024 - Registration Form

Our recommended Manulife Travel Insurance is available when completing the registration form above. However, for Canadian clients residing outside of Ontario, you should click on the Manulife Insurance button below to take out travel insurance.  

Dr. Kevin Mailo welcomes guest Ian Rayment, founder of Doctors-On-Tour, to the Physician Empowerment Podcast to talk about what Doctors-On-Tour offers physicians and how it differs from other overseas CME providers. They also discuss the Ecuador/Galapagos trip offered by Doctors-On-Tour in partnership with Physician Empowerment coming up in April 2024 and why it really should be on your bucket list . Click below and enjoy! 

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