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

November 21 - December 10, 2015
Optional Extension: 5 days in fascinating Peru with highlights including the historical cities of Lima & Cuzco and UNESCO World Heritage Site Macchu Picchu

This was a fantastic trip that I will cherish forever. Your programs are well planned and excellent. We look forward to doing another one soon”

              Dr. Ricki Sabga, Leamington – Ecuador & the Galapagos, 2012

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Ecuador -- So much more than the Galapagos...

On our twelth Ecuador program, and 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 Achuar 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. And afterwards, the opportunity to extend your trip into Peru including Cuzco & Macchu Picchu and the fascinating Inca culture. 

Featuring the MV Santa Cruz 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

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

  • Embark on a five-day cruise of the Galapagos Islands with expert naturalist guides - swim with the sealions and see blue-footed boobies, iguanas, unique bird life and so much more!

  • Admire the giant tortoises at the Cerro Colorado Research Center and learn about conservation projects

  • Experience the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest - a vast region of biodiversity and one of the most pristine areas of the Amazon Basin

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

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

  • Visits to public and private hospitals in Quito

  • Presentations on traditional healing methods by local indigenous people in the Amazon and a shaman in the Andes

  • Learn about herbal medicine through a "hands on" rainforest walk in the Amazon and a presentation on the Useful Plants of Sacha Lodge (from the 2005 professional study by Dr. Barry Thomson)

  • Visit to the M/V Santa Cruz ship's hospital and meeting with the ship's doctor to review on-board medical equipment and learn about common ailments at sea

Pricing, Inclusions & Exclusions

Price includes:

  • Round trip international flights from Toronto to Quito, Ecuador and internal flights in Ecuador. 
  • 4 days / 3 nights at Ecuadorian Amazon Sacha Lodge, 5 nights at Hilton Colon (Quito), 3 nights at a luxury hacienda in the Ecuador highlands
  • 5 day / 4 night Galapagos cruise on the MN Santa Cruz II (Northern Islands itinerary)
  • 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 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 
  • Fully escorted tour including services of local English speaking cultural, ecological and naturalist experts 

 Price excludes:

  • Galapagos Park Fees (US$110/person)     

  • Travel insurance – please note, travel insurance (including medical and trip cancellation / interruption coverage) is highly recommended for this tour. Coverage is available through doctors-on-tour – please check for further details in our brochure.

Useful Links and Files

(Click below to download!)

Ecuador / Galapagos CME - Nov 2015 - Full Brochure

MN Santa Cruz II brochure

Sacha Ecolodge brochure

The Useful Medicinal Plants of Sacha Lodge

Our popular Ecuador tour has also been featured in various articles including in the Medical Post (on the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon) and Doctors Review!

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

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