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Advisors selling FIT travel got another boost from wholesale tour operator Avanti Destinations, thanks to their expanded offer to Ecuador. The company has also partnered with Visit Ecuador to launch a new microsite just for travel advisors. Of note: Avanti sells its vacations exclusively through travel advisors.

Despite the 1917 earthquake, Quito has the best-preserved, least altered historic city center in all of Latin America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“Most people associate Ecuador primarily with the wildlife paradise of the Galapagos Islands, which are our best-selling destination in the country,” said Paul Barry, CEO of Avanti Destinations, in a press statement. “The goal of this campaign and new microsite is to familiarize advisors with the other equally compelling places in Ecuador: the Ecuadorian Amazon region, the beautiful historic cities of Quito and Cuenca, both dating back to Inca times, the port city of Guayaquil, and the Avenue of the Volcanoes with its breathtaking mountain scenery and indigenous craft markets.”

New Adventures from Avanti Destinations

Ecuador is on tap through Avanti Destinations with two new vacations (customizable), three new hotels and five new tours that will generate myriad new experiences. This brings the total number of Avanti Destinations offerings in this country to 15 customizable recommended vacations, 45 hotels and resorts (3- to 5-star), and 18 tours. Among the new properties is a safari camp on the edge of a national park, a colonial-era hacienda lodge and a luxury hotel with a thermal-water spa made for romance.

Cotopaxi is one of eight snowcapped high peaks that make up the Avenue of the Volcanoes along the spine of the Andes. Avanti offers a customizable vacation focused on the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

“Whether clients’ interests are active travel, wildlife, cultural, historical, or gastronomic, we offer a diversity of vacations and experiences that make this small country worth going back to even if your clients have already been to the Galapagos. One of our new recommended vacations combines a four-day Galapagos cruise with stays in Quito and the Amazon, the other can easily be added onto a Galapagos cruise. Private transfers and private driver-guides are included in most of our packages or may be added to facilitate travel between destinations and ensure your clients get the most out of their vacation. Travelers may not know that the US dollar is Ecuador’s official currency,” added Barry in the press statement.

The new tours are all private and include an 8-hour craft workshops, produce market and orchid farm tour; a 7-hour private colonial city tour of Quito with a cooking class in a colonial-era house; and a 5-hour behind-the-scenes VIP guided visit the Casa del Alabado, a pre-Columbian art museum with the curator—among other cultural treats. The two new customizable independent vacations are the 7-day The Other Side of Ecuador with visits to Bucay, Cuenca and Guayaquil and the 12-day Ecuador’s Natural Wonders through Quito and the Amazon region with a 4-night Galapagos cruise.

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