Ecuador Senior Trip
March 11-18, 2017
Monday, February 27
6pm in Old Secondary Cafeteria
(located in the High School building)
Please plan on attending this important meeting.
Powerpoint presentation is below
Forms to be Completed (all attached below)
Return ALL forms to Mrs. Ilgen in the High School Office
* Medical Insurance and Parent Consent form – please complete and return with a copy of your medical insurance card or the office will make a copy for you.
* Medical Release form non-prescription items – we plan to carry certain non-prescription items with us on the trip. Please indicate on the form which items we do NOT have your permission to administer as needed.
* Code of Conduct – expectations for this trip
Please turn in a copy of your passport to Mrs. Ilgen in the High School office, so we can take with us on tour, or you may bring your passport to Mrs. Ilgen and she will make a copy. It is important that Meridian has copies of all passports. Make sure to sign your passport and double check to make sure that the name on your passport matches the name you used to sign up with Explorica. The name on your airline ticket and passport must match, or you cannot travel. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the U.S.
Like any member of the service industry, tour directors and bus drivers depend on tips to make a living. We will gather all the tip money ahead of time and have Mr. Ryder handle the tipping while on the trip. Please have your student bring $70 to cover the costs for tipping, either in cash or a check made payable to Meridian. Please turn in the money to Mrs. Ilgen in the high school office no later than Feb. 17.
Some airlines impose a baggage fee. Most airlines charge $25 per bag to travel. This fee will be paid by your student at check-in. Please plan accordingly.
Please see attachment
Mrs. Holcombe will handle
*Carry plastic credit cards or debit cards (with a 4 digit ATM pin).
*Call your bank to let them know you’re traveling if you plan to use your credit/debit card
*US dollars are used in Ecuador. It’s helpful to bring small dollar bills with you for snacks, souvenirs, tip money, emergency cash, etc.
*Wi-Fi will be available at some hotels (free or for a charge)
*Have your group call individual cell phone providers to learn about options or check out www.ekit.com.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Delta Flight 1868
Depart Austin at 10:40am
Arrive Atlanta at 1:48pm
Delta Flight 673
Depart Atlanta at 5:50pm
Arrive Quito at 11:15pm
Friday, March 17, 2017
Delta Airlines Flight 680
Depart Quito at 11:30pm
Arrive Atlanta at 5:42 am (March 18)
Delta Airlines Flight 1868
Depart Atlanta at 8:14am
Arrive Austin at 9:49am
President Wilson E8-22 & Avenida 6 de Diciembre
Phone: 00593 4 22561990
Hotel Suchi Pakari
Puerto Misahualli, Tena, Napo, EC 150155
Phone: 593 22 959042
Hotel Monte Selva
Thomas Halflants s/n, Baños de Agua Santa EC180250
Phone: 593 32 940566
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
Guided sightseeing and city walks as per itinerary
Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.
About your Tour Director: Cristian Umaquinga has been working with Explorica for 2 seasons. He is from Ecuador and is a certified Tour Guide with license # 732 & Manager of Tourism. He has worked for several tour companies in Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia for over 11 years, performing duties at Operations Department, Customer Service, Sales Department as well as free-lance Tour Guide. Cristian loves showing his clients the amazing world we live in. His favorite tours are student tours, as he enjoys seeing the sights through the students' eyes. He has an outstanding level of professionalism and will make sure that every person in your group is having a wonderful time.