The international departure tax at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito will increase to $40.80 US as of Aug 1, 2007.
If you are planning on hiking the Inca Trail, it’s best to secure your trail permits at least 3 months in advance. If you are not able to do that, there are quite a few other trekking options in the Cusco area that you should consider. Check out Gate of the Sun for more information.
Mindalae Museum Offers Glimpse of Ecuador’s Rich Artistic Tradition Funded by the government of Belgium, the municipal government of Quito, the new Mindalae Museum opened its doors to the public in late 2006 in Quito’s Mariscal district. The word “Mindalae” comes from the word Mindala, a term used for merchants in pre-Colombian civilizations in the Americas. In this spirit, the Mindalae Museum is a place which highlights the diverse and stunning artwork and handicrafts of Ecuador’s many indigenous artisans.
The new museum consists of five floors, with a large collection of archaeological artifacts, tools, and handicrafts from indigenous highland, Amazonian, Afro-Ecuadorian, and coastal cultures. The museum also hosts a number of musical and dance performances as well. Visitors can also choose from a variety of souvenirs at the free trade gift shop which promotes the nation’s thriving artisan sector and the beautiful handmade goods they are responsible for creating. For more information, please visit http://www.sinchisacha.org.
The Galapagos National Park authorities just announced this week further restrictions on SCUBA in the Galapagos Islands that are designed to promote better safety for divers and help protect the underwater ecosystem within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Only authorized SCUBA shops or dive boats will be permitted to offer SCUBA. SCUBA shops already send dive boats to meet with some ships and yachts in order to offer occasional SCUBA. Most divers will not be affected by this move.
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Tower Island, Galapagos