THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Classic Escapes

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                                   Nature & Cultural Journeys
                                   for the Discerning Traveler


  YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN

     TROJAN TRAVEL
ON A NATURAL HISTORY & CULTURAL EXPEDITION

             TO DISCOVER

           ECUADOR
          JUNE 10-17, 2013
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




YOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1~MONDAY~JUNE 10
LOS ANGELES /QUITO
Your journey begins once you board your flight from
Miami en route to Quito. Upon arrival in the evening,
you will be escorted to our elegant hotel located in the
heart of historic “Quito Antigo”. An official National
Treasure, Patio Andaluz holds centuries of history
within its walls and is a marvelous building of Colonial
origin offering visitors an experience to go back in time.
It was part of the original Solaris (original building sites)
that constituted the City of San Francisco of Quito at the
time it was founded. Enjoy the enchantment and
comfort of this elegant boutique hotel with its inviting
guestrooms with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings,
original works of art, Latin work desks, color televisions
and large windows. Hotel amenities include a coffee
shop, full gourmet restaurant, a Tapas wine bar, spa,
gym and solarium.
Overnight at the HOTEL PATIO ANDALUZ.
www.hotelpatioandaluz.com

DAY 2~TUESDAY~JUNE 11
QUITO ~ COLONIAL CITY TOUR
Visit some of the following (according to availability), astronomy lab where Senor Lopez conducts his research on black
holes in space which includes remotely focusing the Hubble Telescope.

You may choose to visit a contemporary art gallery with a welcome tea reception joined by local artists.

Another option to spend your morning is to take a tour of the colonial part of the city. With over 400 years of history and a
strong Spanish heritage, you will see sublime colonial flavor in such architectural masterpieces as mansions, cloisters and
churches, museums and public buildings. Have lunch on your own in one of the restaurants in the historic neighborhood
of San Juan, with spectacular views of the colonial center of Quito, the Panecillo and the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes.

                                                              The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or take advantage of the
                                                              excellent shopping opportunities nearby. Tonight enjoy
                                                              local wines and culinary delights at dinner following cocktails.
                                                              Overnight at the HOTEL PATIO ANDALUZ. (B,L,D)

                                                              DAYS 3/4~WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY~JUNE 12/13
                                                              QUITO/TULIPE/MASPHI RAINFOREST BIODIVERSITY RESERVE
                                                   Wake up early and start the day heading westward from Quito into
                                                   the lush cloud forested Andes. The scenery changes gradually to
                                                   steep-sided slopes clad in exuberant, lush vegetation in varying
                                                   shades of green. After a two hour drive we arrive at the
                                                   archaeological complex of Tulipe where we’ll learn about the
                                                   ancestral Yumbos, a pre-Incan community who had a complex
                                                   exchange of products, culture and knowledge with the Andean and
Coastal lower land regions through their one-man road system (culuncos). The Tulipe complex is comprised of eight
“swimming pools”, several truncated pyramids and artificial mounds which have recently been restored by
archaeologists.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.



Continue the drive to Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. The 2,725 acre is located in an important global “hot spot”
of biodiversity: the Tumbez-Chocó-Darién. Considered one of the richest on Earth, it features an exceptionally high level
of endemism. The Masphi Rainforest is a miracle of nature with
hundreds of hummingbirds, toucans and parrots. There are so
many colors in this Rainforest that it feels like an outdoor art
gallery, where the exotic butterflies and the specifically designed
flower trails are the definitive works of art. Brightly colored
birds, butterflies, monkeys, plants and pumas call the
mountainside their home.

One of the local research projects being conducted by two
biologists is a study the Reserve’s flora and fauna. They have
made important findings, including display sites (known as
‘leks’) for stunning Manakin, Cock-of-the-Rock and
Umbrellabirds. The studies are also focused on identifying the
habitat of the local Howler Monkeys. Research in this area is
new, and many more treasures are sure to be discovered.

Mashpi Lodge is situated in the private reserve in the heart of the Andean rainforest. Sitting at 3,116 feet above sea level,
Mashpi Lodge features lounges with open windows that look out onto the reserve and into the surrounding rainforest
with its rich ecosystem of trees, vines, mosses, ferns, lichens, orchids and bromeliads. Built with the environment in mind,
the lodge uses hydroelectric power and blends with its surroundings. The lodge is elegant, minimalist, and thoroughly
delightful, ideal for those who seek a different sort of jungle experience. Time and space will take on a different meaning
as you become immersed in the deep green forest; exploring pristine landscapes, enjoying the rainforest canopy (with the
special Aerial Tram), viewing on-site cultural vestiges of the earliest rainforest dwellers, learning about the native flora
                                                                                     and fauna and interacting with local
                                                                                     people. The lodge features two
                                                                                     Jacuzzis, as well as specialized
                                                                                     massages and treatments using the
                                                                                     natural local ingredients of earth,
                                                                                     stones, herbs and leaves. The restaurant
                                                                                     at the lodge serves organic Ecuadorian
                                                                                     cuisine using exotic ingredients from
                                                                                     the rainforest such as naranjilla, papaya,
                                                                                     heart of palm, coffee, chocolate and
                                                                                     plantain.

                                                                                   The upscale lodge makes the ideal
                                                                                   springboard for adventure, with trails
                                                                                   winding through the Reserve,
                                                                                   numerous waterfalls and rivers to bathe
                                                                                   in, orchid gardens to explore and a 1.25-
                                                                                   mile ‘canopy gondola’ aerial tram. This
cable car system’s gondolas each have a capacity for six guests and a guide, allowing visitors to enjoy an unparalleled
extended exploration of one of the Earth's richest and least-explored biomes: the forest canopy.
Overnights at MASHPI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily) www.mashpilodge.com/
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DAY 5~FRIDAY~JUNE 14
MASHPI LODGE/QUITO/HACIENDA ZULETA
Our day starts early with a visit to Inti Nan museum where
we will travel through the wonderful world of the Andean
Cosmo-vision, culture and traditions. It’s here at the museum
where your GPS device will read zero degrees latitude and
zero degrees longitude. Located close to the Equator
Monument, this onsite museum features interactive exhibits
displaying how the Incas determined the location of the
middle of the earth, plus interesting science experiments such
                                              as balancing an
                                              egg on a nail and
                                              the effects of the
                                              Coriolis force on
                                              earth.

                                                  Continue the drive northeast to the Otavalo area and to your home for the next
                                                  two nights, Hacienda Zuleta. This historic retreat, located at 9,600 feet in the
                                                  Andean mountain range, is open to a limited number of guests. Recognized
                                                  by National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler and dozens of other
                                                  publications as one of the most exciting and authentic places to visit in South
                                                  America, you will be hosted by the descendants of the former President of
                                                  Ecuador, the late Galo Plaza Lasso, a fascinating individual who also served as
                                                  a diplomat and as a bullfighter! Currently, the farm is managed by Galo Plaza,
                                                  Jr., and his nephew, Fernando Polanco, who will treat you like a member of
                                                  the family.

                                           The adobe hacienda, built in 1691, is the centerpiece of a 4,000 acre working
                                           farm that includes a dairy farm, cheese factory, organic garden, tree nursery,
                                           trout farm, embroidery workshop, and condor rehab and breeding project.
                                           The farm produces a wide range of products including milk, cheese, quinoa,
potatoes, wheat and organic vegetables. It also boasts a variety of livestock, dairy cows, sheep and horses.

Zuleta is as famous for its horses and riding program as it is for its history and hospitality. Riding has been in the Plaza
family tradition for over 100 years, and today, the farm boasts one of
the most exclusive stables in Ecuador. They are also known for their
Zuleteno horse, which is a unique mixture of Spanish-Andalusian,
English and quarter horses. The outcome of this cross-breeding is a
robust Andean horse with a good disposition for riding.

Upon arrival, settle into one of the nine guest rooms appointed with
Spanish Colonial antique furniture, down comforters and linens
embroidered by local Indian women. In the afternoon, visit the town
of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for their woodcarvings or remain
at the Hacienda. The evening is at leisure before dinner.
Overnight at the HACIENDA ZULETA. (B,L,D) www.zuleta.com
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DAY 6~SATURDAY~JUNE 15
HACIENDA ZULETA
Today you can choose from optional
activities at Zuleta or spend a
memorable day visiting South
America’s most famous Indian fair,
the Otavalo Market, centered in
'Poncho Plaza'. The best day of the
week to hit this famous and friendly
corner of the Andes is Saturday – the
biggest market day for visitors and
locals alike, but a mini market is
offered daily. The sounds of
Andean pipe music and Quechua,
the native tongue derived from the
Incan language, drift across the
square. The Otavalo Indians are
master weavers and were at their
looms long before the Spaniards or
even the Incas arrived. Ponchos, sweaters, belts and blankets are the staples of the natives of this region and also the
favorite purchases for visitors. The Otavalenos bargain with you in their own quiet way, always treating you with
courtesy. Return to the hacienda for dinner.
Overnight at the HACIENDA ZULETA. (B,L,D)

DAY 7~SUNDAY~JUNE 16
QUITO
                                   Before returning to Quito you’ll also visit Cuicocha Lake (11,154 feet) at the foot of the
                                   ancient volcano Cotacachi (16,200 feet). It is a collapsed Volcanic Crater now filled with a
                                   deep blue lake. We will have lunch at one of the haciendas in the Cayambe area. Arrive in
                                   Quito late this afternoon where the rest of the day is at leisure.

                                   Hilton Colon Quito is a luxury hotel situated close to Mercado Artesanal, Baslica del
                                   Sagrado Voto Nacional, and Plaza de la Independencia. All the rooms at the Hilton Colon
                                   have air-conditioning, minibar, television, telephone, hair dryer and in-room safe. The
                                   hotel has a casino, outdoor heated pool and a bar/lounge. There are several restaurants
                                   and bars for your dining pleasure.
                                   Overnight at the HILTON COLON QUITO. (B,L) www.hilton.com/Colon-Quito-Ecuador

                                   DAY 8~MONDAY~JUNE 17
                                   QUITO/LOS ANGELES
                               This morning your journey will come to a close as you transfer to the airport for your
                               return flights home. You have just experienced a unique world, one that combines the thrill
of ancient civilizations and amazing natural history.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




OPTIONAL POST-EXTENSION TO PERU
A minimum of 5 passengers is required for this extension




DAY 8~MONDAY~JUNE 17
QUITO/LIMA
Today, you bid farewell to the rest of the group returning to the USA and prepare for your next journey.

Board your flight to Lima, where you will be met and escorted to your hotel, Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, a
five star property just five minutes away from the Playa Makaha Beach. The stylish and spacious rooms are soundproofed
and equipped with standard amenities such as air conditioning, bathtub, cable television, hairdryer, coffee maker and
telephone. Casa Andina boasts numerous facilities, including a heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, and massage
room. The Alma restaurant serves a daily buffet breakfast, while for lunch and dinner offer gourmet dishes and
traditional Peruvian cuisine. Alternatively, you can enjoy the less formal coffee house, which serves light refreshments,
juices, and snacks.
Overnight at the CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION MIRAFLORES HOTEL. (B) www.casa-andina.com
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DAY 9~TUESDAY~JUNE 18
LIMA
                                                             This morning, discover Lima, Peru’s ancient capital, on a guided tour.
                                                             Visit Plaza de Armas (the main square), with the government palace
                                                             and the archbishop’s palace. This area of magnificent colonial and
                                                             republican-style buildings was declared a UNESCO World Heritage
                                                             Site in 1991. Continue to San Francisco Monastery, an old convent
                                                             founded in the 16th century. It is known for its cloister featuring
                                                             mosaic tiles from Seville, Spain, and for its catacombs, which served
                                                             as Lima's cemetery through the colonial period.

                                                   Your next stop the Larco
                                                   Museum founded in 1926. The
                                                   museum possesses more than
                                                   45,000 pre-Columbian pieces
and provides an incomparable opportunity to discover the mysteries of the pre-Inca
world. The permanent exhibition contains thousands of priceless objects, including
gold and jewelry, ceramic statuary and sculptures, metals, textiles, and a display of
erotic representations of the ancient world.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure. Your hotel is located in the heart of the
traditional Miraflores district, just two blocks from Parque Kennedy and surrounded
by Lima’s finest dining and shopping. Peruvian cuisine is delightful and Lima has
many fine restaurants. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch at La Huaca Pucllana
restaurant located in one of the pre-Columbian temples in this 6-hectare
archaeological site. This temple was built in 400 AD and is located in the nearby
suburb of Miraflores. 3000 years ago this area was an important religious and
administrative center of the Lima Culture. Today, Restaurante La Huaca Pucllana is
a warm and cozy restaurant that offers a spectacular view of the illuminated ruins surrounding.
Overnight at the CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION MIRAFLORES HOTEL. (B,L)

DAY 10~WEDNESDAY~JUNE 19
LIMA/CUZCO/URUBAMBA VALLEY
                                                                               This morning you will begin your day with a flight to
                                                                               Cusco, where upon arrival you'll board your bus for
                                                                               your drive to the Urubamba Valley and your hotel for
                                                                               the next two nights, Casa Andina Private Collection
                                                                               Urubamaba.

                                                                               Your afternoon is spent exploring Ollantaytambo
                                                                               which is a major Inca fortress and one of the few places
                                                                               where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the
                                                                               conquest. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel which
                                                                               served as both a temple and a fortress. The Inca
                                                                               considered Ollantaytambo a temple rather than a
                                                                               fortress, but after their defeat, the Spanish called it a
                                                                               fortress and it has been referred as such ever since. The
                                                                               temple area is at the top of the terracing. The stone
                                                                               used for these buildings was quarried from the
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.



mountainside three miles away and high above the opposite bank of the Rio Urubamba – transporting the blocks from the
quarry to the site was a stupendous feat, as of yet, no one has been able to establish how it was done.

Your hotel is strategically located on
seven acres in the heart of the Sacred
Valley of the Incas, just six miles from
Ollantaytambo train station. The hotel
is closer from Machu Picchu than
Cusco City, as well as from the most
important archaeological sites, such as
Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chincheros,
Moray, Maras and more. Casa Andina
Hotel at Urubamba is surrounded by
gardens and has 85 entirely equipped
guest rooms that open to balconies.
Guest rooms provide complimentary
wireless Internet access, direct-dial
phones, and in-room safes. The hotel has a full-service spa, steam room, sauna, and fitness facility.
Overnight at CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION URUBAMBA. (B,L)

DAY 11~THURSDAY~JUNE 20
URUBAMBA VALLEY~PISAC MARKET
Your morning is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your hotel. In the afternoon visit the town of Pisac. A vital Inca road
once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge,
now in ruins, controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles.
Set high above a valley floor patch worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and
panoramas at Pisac's Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in
the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal to anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more
ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden.
Pisac also offers a very colorful "Market Day" every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Similar to Otavalo's market, you can
purchase handcrafted jewelry and leather, beautiful woolens and ponchos, carpets and alpaca products.
Overnight at CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION URUBAMBA. (B, Picnic L)

DAY 12~FRIDAY~JUNE 21
MACHU PICCHU
Today you depart on one of South America's most
scenic rail trips from Ollanta Station to the legendary
"Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Your one and a
half hour rail journey is filled with breathtaking sights,
en route to this mountain-top sanctuary of the Incas
(which was hidden from the world until 1911 when
Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it.)
Machu Picchu straddles a high ridge, with sheer cliffs
on three sides, and the Urubamba River curves around
it and fills the canyon with its roar. In all directions,
there are the Andean peaks covered in jungle green, a
spectacular setting for these ancient ruins. There are
temples, houses, terraces for growing crops that could
be functional today and even gardens and a sacrificial
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.



altar. No one knows what happened to this civilization and why this city mysteriously disappeared, adding to the allure
and spirituality of this incredible World Heritage site.

Once you step through the door of your home for the night, you will feel
the magic of this place. The train station is only steps away, but your
intimate 85-cottage hotel is a world apart. Surrounded by 12 secluded
acres of exquisite beauty, a reverence for nature reins hand-in-hand with
a commitment to indulging your every whim. Surrounded by
spectacular cloud forest and considered to be a genetic bank due to its
wealth of biodiversity, be sure to explore the orchid trail on the hotel
grounds. It is the world’s largest native species orchid garden, with 372
species of native orchids. In addition, 154 bird species, 108 butterfly
species, more than 200 species of trees, and a great variety of reptiles and
mammals, including two spectacled bears, have been seen. The hotel
offers activities that promote contact with nature and the local culture
and implements projects for researching and conserving the local flora
and fauna in cooperation with prestigious international institutions.
Your superior room is the perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation with
luxurious bedding and an inviting dining area. Decorated with local
crafts and eucalyptus beams, your room includes a room heater, a
colonial style wardrobe, Andean slippers crafted from recycled
materials, plus a complete set of environmentally friendly toiletries, all
provided for your personal comfort. While here, you may want to take
advantage of the spa services which feature Andean materials.
Treatments can be taken in the Spa center or in the privacy of your room.
Overnight at the INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU HOTEL. (B,L,D) www.inkaterra.com/en/machu-picchu

DAY 13~SATURDAY~JUNE 22
MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
You will have the morning free to return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring the city. As you will enter the citadel
early there will be wonderful opportunities to take photographs. In the afternoon, you will be returning to Cusco via rail,
                                                                                          which takes approximately three
                                                                                          and a half hours. Upon check in
                                                                                          at your hotel, the evening is at
                                                                                          leisure.

                                                                                           You will be staying at the
                                                                                           charming Casa Andina Cuzco, a
                                                                                           beautifully renovated 18th-
                                                                                           century manor house, just three
                                                                                           blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de
                                                                                           Armas, replete with authentic
                                                                                           colonial character. The hotel is
                                                                                           distinguished by three beautiful
                                                                                           interior courtyards with wooden
                                                                                           balconies. Its cozy lounge and
                                                                                           stone fireplace that’s always
                                                                                           crackling create a warm and
                                                                                           welcoming atmosphere. The
                                                                                           Private Collection Cuzco
features just 72 guestrooms, with several rooms in the original structure. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities
and the onsite gourmet restaurant is an elegant dining venue specializing in local novo-andina cuisine.
Overnight at the CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION CUSCO. (B, BXL)
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DAY 14~SUNDAY~JUNE 23
CUSCO
This morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Cusco.
Visit the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco that
contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña
School, beautiful cedar wood carvings such as the
choir and the Pulpit, as well as some objects made of
silver. Continue to Korikancha (Sun Temple), known
today as Santo Domingo Church. During the Incas
period, the stones of this temple were covered with
gold.

Your city tour ends with your visit to the gigantic Inca
fortress of Sacsayhuamán. The Incas told the
Spaniards that they weren't the ones who built
Sacsayhuamán, but "the giants” built it. In their
mythology there were huge people living in the Cuzco area, and they carried the huge stone blocks and put them
together. The city of Cuzco was built in the shape of a puma, a holy animal in the Inca beliefs. The head of the puma was
                                           actually Sacsayhuamán. Sacsayhuamán was a massive fortress of the Incas
                                           capable of accommodating 5,000 fighters. Today the complex is in ruins, but we
                                           know from chronicles and word-of-mouth from local Quechuans that it was
                                           once bigger, higher, and it even had towers. Your afternoon is at leisure.
                                           Overnight at the CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION CUSCO. (B)

                                                DAY 15~MONDAY~JUNE 24
                                                CUSCO / LIMA / EN ROUTE
                                                Your flight this morning returns you to Lima where the rest of your day is at
                                                leisure. A dayroom is reserved for you at CASA ANDINA PRIVATE
                                                COLLECTION MIRAFLORES HOTEL. Tonight you may wish to take a final
                                                stab at Peruvian cuisine, which is delightful and may want to discover one of
                                                Lima's numerous fine restaurants. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your
                                                overnight flight back to the USA. (B)

                                                DAY 16~TUESDAY~JUNE 25
                                                LOS ANGELES
                                                Arrive Los Angeles today. You have just experienced a unique world, one that
                                                combines the thrill of ancient civilizations and amazing natural history.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




INCLUSIONS

•   Superior and best available accommodations at hotels in Ecuador & Peru on the extension.
•   American breakfast daily. All other meals as specified.
•   USC Enrichment lecturer with minimum of 10 travelers on both the main and extension program.
•   Complimentary bottled water while in vehicles.
•   Sightseeing by deluxe motorcoach throughout.
•   Services of highly trained local guides throughout.
•   All entry fees to visited monuments and parks.
•   Gratuities for baggage handling, hotel tips and taxes.
•   Luggage tags and passport wallet.


EXCLUSIONS
•   Roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Quito, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes. (Quoted separately.)
•   Flight between Quito and Lima and Lima/Cusco/Lima on the extension (quoted separately.)
•   Tips to Guides and Lecturers and other conveyance attendants.
•   Cost of passport.
•   Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
•   Meals other than specified and all beverages.
•   Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
•   Personal, trip cancellation, accident and baggage insurance.
•   Any cost not specifically included in the listing above.
•   $25.00 Airport Departure Tax from Ecuador.
•   Departure taxes in Peru.
•   Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost
    group rates.

                    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY SEQUENCE IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF WRITING,
                           BUT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE ISLANDS VISITED ARE DETERMINED BY
                   THE ECUADORIAN PARK SERVICES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.


CLASSIC ESCAPES CONSERVATION FUND
In keeping with our mission to provide exciting, educational, and fun-filled experiences that nurture and directly support
the diverse wildlife and cultures we visit around the world, Classic Escapes has established the Classic Escapes
Conservation Fund to ensure that a percentage of all profits go to support conservation and wildlife researchers
performing their critical work in the field. . Project support has included environmental education efforts in India and
Bhutan, wild dog and cheetah conservation in Botswana, Kenya and Namibia, and global Earth Day education via school
internet programs. By traveling with Classic Escapes, you are supporting travel as a tool for building the mutual respect,
awareness and understanding that are vital to preserving this planet for future generations.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ECUADOR & PERU
Mainland Ecuador
   • Quito is located at an altitude of close to 9,000 feet and may present acclimatization problems for individuals.
       Many of the visits to volcanoes and the countryside are also at higher altitudes.
   •   To enjoy this destination to its fullest, travelers must be in good physical condition and consult with a medical
       professional should there be any respiratory ailments.

Peru
   •    Your visit includes considerable 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 must be in excellent
        physical health to enjoy this destination to its fullest. These conditions and altitudes may pose problems to
        participants with particular physical issues and you should always consult your personal physician before
        embarking on such an adventure.

General
   • True adventure in travel can sometimes be accompanied by unexpected changes in conditions, itineraries and
       occasionally your accommodations. Participants should travel with a spirit of adventure and flexibility.
       Remember to pack your patience and sense of humor! Be willing to look past self-imposed ideals of Western
       amenities and do not compare these new experiences with your life back home.
   • Travel often includes visiting destinations with modest infrastructures and a bending definition of comfort. That
       being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.
   •    Participants should generally be in good health and prepared to travel in locations without medical facilities.

Air Schedules
Choosing the best possible air arrangements for our travelers is always a challenge. We work with many airlines that offer
the best level of service, routings and value for our programs. While there may indeed be more direct routings available
                                                                                           with another airline, the cost
                                                                                           of these flights may not be
                                                                                           within the budget that allows
                                                                                           us to give you the best value
                                                                                           possible. If you prefer to
                                                                                           purchase your own
                                                                                           international air, please feel
                                                                                           free to choose the “land only”
                                                                                           rate for this program. The
                                                                                           start city and end city is
                                                                                           Quito. The extension returns
                                                                                           from Lima.

                                                                                                                Upon registration, you must
                                                                                                                provide your full legal name as it
                                                                                                                appears on your passport. In the
                                                                                                                event an airline ticket is issued
                                                                                                                with incorrect information you
                                                                                                                have provided, you will be
                                                                                                                responsible for charges associated
                                                                                                                with reissuing the ticket.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE
INCLUDING: QUITO, MASPHI CLOUD FOREST & HACIENDA ZULETA
OPTIONAL POST- EXTENSION TO PERU
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: USC TROJAN TRAVEL

ESCORTED BY: ORGANIZATION ESCORT
DATES: JUNE 10 TO 17, 2013
COSTS: PER PERSON
 PRICES ARE PER PERSON, DOUBLE                           MAIN PROGRAM                              POST EXTENSION
 OCCUPANCY                                            BASED ON 10 TRAVELERS                            TO PERU
                                                                                               BASED ON 10 TRAVELERS
 LAND ONLY                                      $4,695 PER PERSON                           $3,195 PER PERSON
 SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT*                        $1,695 PER PERSON ADDITIONAL                $995 PER PERSON ADDITIONAL
 ESTIMATED AIR FROM LOS ANGELES,                $1,400 PER PERSON                           N/A
 INCLUDING DEPARTURE TAXES & FUEL
 SURCHARGES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)**
 FLIGHT BETWEEN QUITO & LIMA                    N/A                            $1,000 PER PERSON
                                                                               ADDITIONAL
**SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: RATE IS VALID FOR FIRST TWO SINGLE ROOMS BOOKED. IF MORE THAN TWO SINGLE ROOMS, ADDITIONAL
SUPPLEMENT WILL APPLY. SINGLES ARE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS.
**ALL INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND BASED ON MINIMUM NUMBER OF TRAVELERS. TAXES ARE SUBJECT TO
CHANGE UNTIL TICKETED.

DEPARTURE CITY: LOS ANGELES (OTHER DEPARTURE CITIES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
         Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL:
HOW TO BOOK: Fill out the reservation form below and send it to USC Trojan Travel, Widney Alumni House, 635 Childs Way, Los
Angeles, CA 90089-0461, together with a deposit of $750 per person for the main program and $250 per person for the extension. On
receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your tour. When we send off
your confirmation invoice, your booking is confirmed and accepted by us. Final payment is due not later than March 7, 2013. Final
documents will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure.
OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip economy-class jet transportation from Los Angeles via American Airlines and/or
other IATAN carriers. Rates based on special promotional fares and cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued. Departures from other
cities in the USA are possible at additional cost. Kindly inquire at the time of reservation.
AIRLINE SEATING: For American Airlines, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a
seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and not guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60
days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure.
Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire during check-in to have a seating change
made, however this change is based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.
FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: At time of publication, American Airlines is a member of the One World network and is a partner with
Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, British Airways, Cape Air, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Etihad Airways, Finnair, GOL,
Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Blue, LAN, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas Airways,
Royal Jordanian Airlines, and S7 Airlines. You may obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers. Present your frequent flyer card
for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit.
BAGGAGE: International flights from the U.S. allow one piece of checked luggage, not exceeding 50 lbs. However we recommend you
travel as light as you can manage. The baggage limit on domestic flights is one piece at 44 lbs. per person (plus a carry-on bag.) Also, the
size and the structure of the bag is limited. Soft duffel bags are ideal. Large suitcases are virtually impossible to stow on smaller aircraft and
vehicles and therefore should not be used. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE OPTIONAL INSURANCE
POLICY.
ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private
facilities, and all rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but kingsize beds are occasionally available and
should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions can change
for similar lodging.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Rate quoted is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement
will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at
additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. For
passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate.
However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.
MEALS: American breakfast in Quito and Guayaquil. All other meals as specified on the itinerary.
TRANSFERS: Roundtrip transfer of travelers between airports and hotels are included in the tour when arriving on group flights. If
travelers make their own air arrangements, they will be subject to extra transfer fees.
TIPS AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels and lodges, and entrance fees to all
parks and sightseeing venues as outlined in the itinerary are included. Tips to driver/guides are not included.
INOCULATIONS: We suggest you contact your personal physician or local health department for their recommendations as to
inoculations. At the time of printing, no vaccinations are required for entry into Ecuador. Water is NOT safe to drink, but bottled water (or
safe water) is provided in the vessel and in most hotels.
RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of March 23, 2012, and
are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum of 10 travelers traveling together (with a maximum of 20 passengers, including
escorts). The right is reserved to levy a surcharge if minimum is not met, but that is rarely done. The minimum on the extension is 10
passengers. We will do our utmost to keep to the prices as published. Should increases be forced on us by airlines, exchange rates, etc.
ESCORT: Group will be accompanied by USC Trojan Travel host.
TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your application, instructions will be sent to you concerning all aspects of your trip, such as
itinerary, photographic equipment, documents, clothing, insurance, etc. we reserve the right to surcharge.
INVOICING: Final invoicing of your trip will be done approximately four months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior
to departure (March 7, 2013).
FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure. We regret to advise
that no documents can be released if final payments are not received.
         Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




PAYMENT SCHEDULE: A deposit of $750 per person must be submitted with each application, plus an additional deposit of $250 per
person if you wish to take either extension. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, Mastercard, Visa or Discover.
Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY and is due no later than 95 days prior to departure (March 7, 2013).
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective upon receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable
on this trip:
    •     Up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee.
    •     94-75 days prior to departure, less $750, plus $250 for the extension
     •    74-60 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and either extension.
     •    Less than 60 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers.
These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN THE
OPTIONAL INSURANCE POLICY. INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON RECEIPT OF RESERVATION FORM.
INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
DEVIATIONS: Should additional reservations be required, including extensions in South America, we will happy to make all the
arrangements. However, there will be an extra charge of $200 per person for such deviations, over and above the cost of the services
required.
CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should
there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost
will be invoiced to you.
NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees, and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines;
meals other than specified; beverages and meals not specified in itinerary; laundry and other items of a personal nature; gratuities not
imposed by hotels and/or restaurants for included services; optional personal, baggage and tour cancellation insurance policy; cost for
anything not specifically included in listing above.
PASSPORT & VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The company,
their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor the cost of visas.
RESPONSIBILITY: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company
shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the
aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or
other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any
time at its discretion to cancel any trip or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details
and, in the event of any trip being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or
any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company
may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without
limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of
the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such
booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in
the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her
signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the trip by
our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.
CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company
reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on trips as dictated by changing conditions. Such
conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in wildlife areas, by wildlife migrations from one
region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc.
REFUNDS: While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there
shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or
excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary,
then there are no refunds due.
AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are
not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall
constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.
         Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.




DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running on schedule.
If one of our guides is unable to take a trip due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.
This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the trip takes
place. Classic Escapes acts merely as an agent for the operating companies.
To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or
changes that may occur after printing.
CONSENT: The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a trip constitutes consent by all guests
covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has
signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this trip, cannot be changed or amended except in writing
signed by an authorized director of the Company.
INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct
comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of
their trip to Ecuador. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or
curtailment of the trip, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal
baggage, money and goods. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any
costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependants or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any
of the above mentioned eventualities. Guests will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services
they may require, and may find themselves in a position unable to access such services should they not be carrying the relevant
insurance cover.
        Schedules, accommodations and prices are accurate at the time of writing. They are subject to change.



                                  University of Southern California Alumni Association
                                                      Trojan Travel

                                              Responsibility Clause and Disclaimer

RESPONSIBILITY – The University of Southern California Alumni Association is not the tour operator. The Alumni
Association is not responsible for changes of flight times, fare changes; dishonor of airline, cruise line, hotel or car rental
reservations; delays; cancellations; losses; damage or injury to person or property; inconveniences; mechanical defect or
failure; cessation of operations; airline or tour operator bankruptcies; weather; strikes; criminal activity; acts of God; or
any other event beyond its control; or any additional expenses occasioned thereby. The University of Southern California
Alumni Association is not responsible for the acts or omissions of the airline, hotel, car rental company, cruise line, tour
operator named in this brochure. In the event that the name of any airline, hotel, car rental company, cruise line, tour
operator or other supplier is not disclosed in this brochure, this agreement regarding the Alumni Association
responsibility will not be effective until such name is disclosed to you. The Alumni Association, its officers and employees
have no special knowledge of dangerous conditions or other problems affecting your safety.

Rates quoted are based on tariffs and exchange current at the time of printing and are subject to changes therein, at or
before the time of departure. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated; however, the
right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice that might become necessary, with the natural
understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passengers. Baggage is at the owner’s risk
throughout the trip, unless insured. The right is retained to refuse any application for reservation(s), cancel any
reservation(s) or decline to accept or retain any person(s) as a member of the tour group at any time.

I understand and agree that foreign travel may be dangerous. I am participating in the Tour with the full knowledge of
the risk inherent in such participation, including possible physical injury or other loss or damage and agree to accept and
assume any and all risks associated with participation in the Tour. On behalf of myself, my heirs, executors,
administrators, employers, agents, representatives, insurers and attorneys, I hereby release and discharge the University,
its officers, trustees, faculty, employees, agents and representatives (hereafter “release parties”) from any and all claims
which may rise from any cause whatsoever, regardless of the source. I further release and discharge the released parties
from responsibility for any accident, illness or injury or any other consequences arising or resulting directly or indirectly
from my participation in the Tour.

I understand and agree to obey all rules, regulations, and laws of the respective countries to be visited and all travel
regulations, any rules or precautions issued by USC, its representatives or by any associated institutions or organizations
or the United States government.

I accept the conditions as stated in this brochure, including the statement regarding responsibility, and submit my
reservation(s) as indicated.




Signature                                                                    Date



Signature                                                                    Date
RESERVATION FORM:                               University of Southern California Alumni Association Trojan Travel ~ECUADOR                            13SAL0610/USC

Enclosed is my deposit for $ ______________ ($750 per person, plus $250 for either extension) to hold __________ place(s) on the Discovery Tour to
Ecuador departing on June 10, 2013. Cost is $4,695 per person, double occupancy, land only. Additional international air from Los Angeles is $1,400,
including departure taxes & fuel surcharges. (As of March 23, 2012 - subject to change)
Final payment due date is: March 7, 2013
Please make check payable to CLASSIC ESCAPES OR
Charge deposit to:  MasterCard  Visa  American Express  Discover
(Credit Card Authorization form needs to be completed and returned to Classic Escapes via mail or fax to 718-204-4726)
Deposits can be made by credit card; however, all final payments are required to be made by check or money order only.

1) NAME (As appears on passport):  Mr.  Mrs.  Ms.

2) NAME (As appears on passport):  Mr.  Mrs.  Ms.
NAME FOR NAME BADGE IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE: 1) _______________________________________ 2)
STREET ADDRESS:
CITY: _____________________________________________________________________________ STATE: _________________ ZIP:
PHONES: HOME: (               ) __________________________ OFFICE: (                  ) ___________________________ MOBILE: (                   )
E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________________FAX: (                                          )

          I certify that I have not recently been treated for, nor am I aware of any physical or other condition or liability that would create a hazard to
           myself or the other members of this tour.
          The two of us above are sharing a room and, where possible, would like a room with:  ONE  TWO Beds (Make one selection only)
          I am sharing with ________________________________________________________________________________________ (form sent separately)
          I need assistance in securing a roommate. I understand if USC Trojan Travel or the tour operator cannot locate one for me by final payment date,
           I agree to pay the additional single supplement amount.      I prefer to share with:  Smoker  Non-smoker
          I desire single accommodations, if available, and will pay the single supplement additional cost of:
            $1,695 for the main trip           $995 for the Peru post-extension
          I/We wish to participate in the optional extension(s) at an additional per person cost of:
            $3,195 for the Peru post-extension plus $1,000 for the Quito/Lima flight and internal flights in Peru, including taxes

          Please make my/our round trip air reservations on the group flights from Los Angeles via AMERICAN AIRLINES
          Please make domestic round-trip air reservations for me from my home city: ______________________________________ to connect with the
           group flights and let me know the additional cost.

           Please send me information on air upgrades for:  Business/First Class (only one class – business/first – exists)
           Airline Seating Preference  Aisle  Window                  Frequent Flier # ________________________________________________________________
**We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however this is only a request and NOT guaranteed, as some seating assignments may be airport check-in only. Requests should
be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Also note that
even if we do obtain your preferred seat, it is not guaranteed that the seat will be provided during check-in as there might be equipment changes that nullify our selection.


All rates quoted are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to the U.S. dollar in effect as of March 23, 2012, and are subject to change.
Refund of deposit is made if cancellation is received in writing up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 per person handling fee. Thereafter, refund is
made less any cancellation charges levied in accordance with the policy outlined in the accompanying Conditions of Travel. WE STRONGLY
RECOMMEND THAT YOU OBTAIN TRAVEL INSURANCE. RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED SUBJECT TO TOUR CONDITIONS AND WILL
BE CONFIRMED ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLETED FORM SIGNED BY THE TOUR PARTICIPANT(S).



SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________________________________________DATE: __________________________________



SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________________________________________ DATE: __________________________________

                                                                          USC TROJAN TRAVEL
                                                                          Widney Alumni House
                                                                             635 Childs Way
                                                                        Los Angeles, CA 90089-0461
(We recommend that you keep a copy of your selections as noted above for your future reference)
                                                                                                58-25 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY 11377
                                                                                                T: (718) 204-7077; (800) 627-1244
                                                                                                F: (718) 204-4726
                                                                                                E:info@classicescapes.com
                                                                                                W: www.classicescapes.com

                                                                                                Nature & Cultural Journeys
                                                                                                for the Discerning Traveler
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AUTHORIZATION

Please Note: If you wish to charge your deposit to Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, this authorization
form MUST be completed and returned to us along with your reservation form before we can process your application.

I authorize (Classic Escapes Inc.) to charge my VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/AMEX listed below:

Name appearing on credit card

Card number                                                                           Expiration date

Card Verification Number*                                                             Card Type

Billing address of credit card



Amount of transaction

Services rendered/Items purchased



Phone number

Signature                                                                                       Date

*How To Locate Your Card Verification Number:
(Visa, MasterCard, Discover: Locate the credit card number on the back of the card above the signature box. Enter the 3
digit number which follows the credit card number. American Express: Enter the 4 digit number found directly above
and to the right of the credit card number.)

I understand that all rates quoted on this tour I’m making a payment on are based on tariffs and value of foreign currencies in relation to
the U.S. dollar in effect as of March 23, 2012 and are subject to change. Refund of deposit is made if cancellation is received in writing up to
95 days prior to departure, less $250 per person handling fee. Thereafter, refund is made less any cancellation charges levied, based on the
following schedule:

•   Up to 95 days prior to departure, less $250 handling fee.
•   94-75 days prior to departure, less $750, plus $250 for either extension.
•   74-60 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost on both the main trip and either extension.
•   Less than 60 days prior to departure, refund is dependent on amount recoverable from overseas suppliers.
•   These cancellation fees are also in addition to any imposed by airlines.

                  PLEASE NOTE: At times, our bank requires photocopy of credit card (both sides) and driver’s license or
                                    document showing signature of cardholder, in order to process the charge.
                  While it is not required at this time that you include these materials with your deposit, if our bank requests
                                                      it, we will contact you for these copies.

				
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