updated 3/12/2010 9:08:24 AM ET 2010-03-12T14:08:24

Book by: March 31

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Travel by: October 11

The deal
Imagine standing on both sides of the equator, the northern and southern hemispheres splayed out before you in a landscape of Amazon rainforest, mountains, and ancient stone monuments. Friendly Planet’s 8-night Exotic Ecuador journey will take you where your imagination can’t.

For a dreamlike $1,199 per person, choose between the August 9 and September 6 departures (other dates are available April through October for only $100 more). Book by March 31 to take advantage of this superb offer, which boasts a savings of $800 per couple!

The Exotic Ecuador package includes:

•    Round-trip airfare from Miami to Quito (including fuel surcharges)
•    19 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners)
•    All ground transportation and transfers 
•    An organized, fully guided, 8-day sightseeing itinerary and entrance fees
•    Professional, English-speaking tour guides and directors

About the tour: Travel by canoe, coach, and foot, circumnavigating central Ecuador, meeting native people and traversing some of the most beautiful places on earth. Visit the Cotopaxi National Park and volcano, take a dip in the waterfall, lounge in the healing hot springs, and go rafting up the Napo River on homemade rafts. This packed itinerary emphasizes adventure as much as it does relaxation, incorporating stays at the modern Sheraton, a rustic inn, and an Amazonian lodge on the Napo.

The dollars
Tour prices are per person, double occupancy, including airfare.

The catch
A separate $85 charge for additional taxes, fees, and the September 11th security is not included.

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