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Ecuador: Explore the Andes and more for 8 days -- and save $300

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Friendly Planet Travel is taking $300 off the price of an eight-day, all-inclusive cultural and sightseeing tour of Ecuador. The lowest-priced trip that includes round-trip airfare from L.A. to Quito costs $1,674 for departures in late fall. To get the discount, you have to book by mid-May.

The deal: The Exotic Ecuador tour is a mix of culture and natural wonders that includes airfare; ground transportation and transfers; hotels; guided tours; most meals and more. Participants will tour Quito; Otavalo; villages in the Andes Mountains and Amazon River basin; Cotopaxi, an active volcano more than 19,000 feet high; and other sites.

The trip costs $1,674 plus tax per person for departures from Los Angeles (or $1,299 plus tax per person from Miami), based on double occupancy.

When: Tours at this price leave Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28,  but you have to book by May 11.

Tested: I called Friendly Planet and found availability on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. (You can also book this trip online.). The group size is 15, so trips fill quickly. Total cost from L.A. including tax: $1,784 per person.

Contact: Friendly Planet Travel, (800) 555-5765

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