Ecuador March 2017

Ecuador Senior Trip

March 11-18, 2017




Parent Meeting

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


Passport Information

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.


Baggage Fee

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.


Packing List

Please see attachment


Roommate Assignments

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    


Flight Information

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



March 11-13

Embassy Quito

President Wilson E8-22 & Avenida 6 de Diciembre

Quito, 170150


Phone: 00593 4 22561990


March 13-16

Hotel Suchi Pakari

Puerto Misahualli, Tena, Napo, EC 150155

Ecuador, xxx


Phone: 593 22 959042


March 16-17

Hotel Monte Selva

Thomas Halflants s/n, Baños de Agua Santa EC180250

Ecuador, xxx


Phone: 593 32 940566


Tour Includes

Round-trip airfare

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

Tour Diary

Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.


Tour Director

Cristian Umaquinga

 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.