Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WHEN VISITING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FOLLOW THE RULES-


With the new immigration policy implemented recently by the Ecuadorian Government, and the Galapagos National Park, all visitors who are planning to arrive in the Galapagos archipelago, regardless if they are Ecuadorian citizens, or foreigners, would be required to show a round trip air ticket, as well as the itinerary of their programs by the time they arrive at the Baltra , or San Cristobal airports. In addition, if travelers want to visit relatives or friends who are legal residents in the archipelago, they would be requiered an invitation letter on behalf of their host in order to stay in the islands for a short period of time.


The new immigration policy has been effective since May 8th 2017, and it has already created reactions between tourists, and travel agents. On one hand, some people consider this policy an important approach to control and monitoring visitors in an environment that is by far one of the most fragiles ecosystems, as well as one of  the world´s heritage site of humanity. Further more, it would certainly help the local tourism industry, particularly small travel agencies and inbound tour operators, which have been going through significant crisis within the last few years. It is expected with this request that the volumen of sales among tourist packages, and cruises would increase the flow of international visitors to Ecuador, and the enchanting Galapagos Islands, which are considered as some of the top vibrant destinations for tourism worldwide.

However, on the other hand, and as main characteristic of any kind of law launched , it has its pros and cons. A decent number of independent travelers, as well as friendly backpackers have some concerns about this new immigration law into the Galapagos Islands. One of the reasons is due to the expensiveness to reach the archipelago on a tight travel budget. Nontheless, each and every one of these travelers are consciously aware of the "once in a lifetime experience" that Galapagos propels with its marvelous landscapes, romantic sunsets, and unique flora, and fauna all over. Therefore, the attempt to visit this paradise is worth it afterall.

According to some travel experts, The Galapagos Islands is considered a very expensive destination, when compare with other popular gateaways such as San Andres island in Colombia, Margarita island in Venezuela, Bali island in Indonesia, and even the French Polynesia.

Nevertheless, the Galapagos Islands experience can not, and/or  should not be compared with the latter destinations mentioned above, because none of those places have the most bizzare and friendly creatures that the arhcipelago of Galapagos offers to highly educated, and well traveled visitors who have a unique taste for soft adventure, as well as, love for wild nature.

Back in the days, prior to this new visitors´law, most mid range tourists used to travel by themselves to the islands, and from there they visited some of the inhabited inslands such as Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela, along some of the most common attractions that tourists are allowed by the Galapagos National Park to visit without the presence of a tourist guide.

Although this tendency was very common among backpackers at some point, it was not a precedent of an significant experience that someone could get when compare with other traveling options such as a sailing cruise , or even a proper Island hopping program that follows certain guideline, and reflects a well prepared "land based program".

So, in order to follow the new rules to access the Galapagos archipelago, as well as trying to give a decent quality service, ZENITH TRAVEL has created these promotional packages that include round trip airtickets, and full board while visiting the enchanting islands.

GALAPAGOS WITH AIRTICKET


AIR ROUTE
4 DAYS – 3 NIGHTS
FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY
5 DAYS – 4 NIGHTS
FROM FRIDAY TO TUESDAY
8 DAYS – 7 NIGTHS
FROM TUESDAY TO TUESDAY
FROM FRIDAY TO FRIDAY
ADULTS
CHILD
ADULTS
CHILD
ADULTS
CHILD
 FROM GYE
USD
1084,00
USD
944,00
0
USD
1164,00
USD
1024,00
0
USD
1564,00
USD
1424,00
0
FROM UIO
USD
1134,00
USD
984,00
0
USD
1214,00
USD
1064,00
0
USD
1614,00
USD
1464,00
0
SUPPLEMENT IN SINGLE ROOM
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS 
$ 90,00
SUPPLEMENT IN SGL ROOM
 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS 
$120,00
SUPPLEMENT IN SGL ROOM
 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
$ 210


For more information on the programs, please contact us at:

Email: marketing@zenithecuador.com

Email: info@ecuadorgay.com
Website: www.zenithecuador.com

Website: www.ecuadorgay.com
Telephone USA: 305-506-6823

Telephone ECUADOR: 593-2-252-9993








Thursday, August 3, 2017

QUITO- ECUADOR a friendly place for international tourists of the LGBTQ community



According to some leading local tour agents, the LGBTQ tourism started to increase its flow of visitors in the Middle of The World (Ecuador), and the Galapagos archipelago since 2006.

http://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/2017/01/29/nota/6020152/galapagos-promocion-turismo-gay


Although there is still much infraestructure to develop in the Ecuadorian tourism industry, the Nation itself is well provied with 4 main regions (or as some travelers calle it: the 4
majical inner worlds of Ecuador), each one encapsulates a unique experience along their diverse climates, exotic flora and fauna, propeling a feeling of parasychological experience that  fits appropiately to lucky visitors, who are in the mood for soft adventure, ecological, rural, and gastronomic tourism activites, along with birdwatching of the most exotic birds of the Galapagos Islands, Cloud forest, and the Amazon rainforest.

Certainly, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands could be considered as natural getways for LGBTQ couples, and friends who are trying to experience "once in a liftime - exotic journeys".

In regards to specfic activities, and night life related to members of the LGBTQ joinder, Ecuador´s three main cities (Guayaquil- Cuenca- Quito) can offer a vast number of day and night entertainment for this particular  community.

Nonetheless, bear in mind that eventhough there are plenty of things to do in Ecuador along its marvelous landscapes, and breathtaking Sunsets, the country´s toursitic infraestructure is still in progress, but to a similar level like other LGBTQ destinations such as  Thailand, Indonesia, the Phillipines, or even Europe, just to mention a few.

All in all, Ecuador is considered a friendly destination for all ages of LGBTQ members who want to witness a friendly welcome back, tolerance and acceptance for mixed crowd of locals, foreigners, twinks, bears, transexuals, and  everyone.

Some of the most well renown LGBTQ travelers such as "The Nomadic Boys" has come on a few ocastions to Ecuador, writting on their famous blog content the options to choose and explore the Capital City "San Francisco de Quito" (a.k.a as Quito), which can be considered the Spirit of the Andes mountains in South America.

https://nomadicboys.com/quito-gay-guide-ecuador/

Quito is without a doubt a blessed marvelous city with one of the most preserved Colonial Old Towns in Souht America. Its previleged location  near by national reserves such as the Cotopaxi National Park, Mindo Cloud  Forest, and colorfull folkloric towns like
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Otavalo with its famous indian market, and of course the Monument of the Middle of the World from which Ecuador got its name as a Nation. Visitors can walk through the imaginary Equator line, and being with both legs simultaneously between the South and North emispheres tha composed the whole world.





Interested in getting to know more about Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands as an LGBTQ  COMMUNITY MEMBER?????  Take advantge of our unique Gay trips

http://www.ecuadorgay.com/en/featured-trips/classic-ecuador-vacation

Please, visit our website: http://www.ecuadorgay.com/en/

Email:  info@ecuadorgay.com / marketing@zenithecuador.com

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Monday, July 24, 2017

ECUADOR & PLACES FOR LGBTQ ENTERTAINMENT


Within the last 12 years the LGBTQ community has rapidly evolved in regards to places, and common spots where members of the clanship can gather together for entertainment, and relaxation in some of the most populated cities in Ecuador.

According to a news article posted by El Universo, one of the majors newspapers in Ecuador, since the year 2006 the LGBTQ tourism towards Ecuador, and the Galapagos archipelago started to increase at a moderate pace, propelling the need to create places for local and foreigners citizens of this segment of the society that is considered among the top niches in the Tourism industry with an offer of well educated, and well-traveled individuals with a taste for high-end products, and services.

However, bear in mind that even though the availability of outgoing places for LGBTQ members in Ecuador has a decent range of choices, the tendencies implemented like in other places around the world, that strongly have defined certain neighborhoods within the metropolitan areas of the cities, such as Boystown in Chicago, or even the Castro district in San Francisco - California, are still slowly developing in our country when compare to those locations.

Nonetheless, the openness and friendliness that characterize, for the most part, the Ecuadorian people in regards to the approach to outsiders, and tourists from different backgrounds in life, is without a doubt the most charming, as well as sincere in Latin America.

Among places where LGBTQ members can enjoy in the Capital city of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, we have a wide range between bars, restaurants, hotels, night-clubs,  SPA’s –Saunas, movie theaters, shop stores, and public places that are friendly, and tolerant to the LGBTQ joinder.

One of the most important LGBTQ organizations in Ecuador, “ALIANZA EQUIDAD” – (http://equidadecuador.org/index.html), is constantly promoting activities, as well as educating the local LGBTQ community with workshops about sexual education, HIV prevention, Legal advice, human rights, and psychological counseling to its members, among other services.

On top of that ALIANZA EQUIDAD participates in 3 main events during the year designed for the proudly rainbow flag crowds, which reflect a strong identity with the Gay and Lesbian international movement in this small but diverse country in the middle of the world.

These events are considered among local fellows of the community as, Key Game changers in driving to the Ecuadorian society the Harmony along events such as the Gay Pride Parade, the Gay rights (A.K.A Silent Day), and the HIV day prevention.


Among the suggestions of ALIANZA EQUIVIDA in regards to openly friendly places for the LGBTQ community, there are the following:

·         Night clubs, karaokes, small cafes, pubs, and bars: Bar Ril, Café Democratico, Spartacus, Tercer Milenio, Budha, Arms Armadi, Sol Inn, Soho, and Kika.

·         Hotels: Hotel Casa Joaquin

·         Movie Theaters and films´ projection places: Ocho y Medio, Video Maxxx, Video Eros, Mega Spark, Video Universal.

·         SPA-Saunas: Azul, Jinetes, Bambu SPA, El Faraon

ZENITH TRAVEL ECUADOR is by far the first Inbound Tour Operator & DMC in Ecuador that began to develop the LGBTQ tourist programs to The Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu ruins a few years ago.

If you want to visit the enchanting Galapagos archipelago, along the 4 inner worlds of Ecuador, don’t hesitate to visit our website:



Visit Ecuador and South America as a single traveler, with couples, or with a group of friends, and feel relax, secure, and protected by ZENITH TRAVEL’S LGBT experience in designing tourist packages  for you and your love ones.

Classic Ecuador Program


Historical Ecuador Program



For more information, please contact us at:
USA Telephone: 305-506-6823
Ecuador Telephone: 593-2-290-5595
Email: marketing@zenithecuador.com



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mr. Gay Ecuador & LGBT Tourism




Last year took place for the first time the well reknown contest Mr Gay World- charter Ecuador.

The first event of this kind was released in 2009 in Canada with 24 delegates. And after 7 long years of waiting, finally Ecuador became a referent among countries in the world that oficially host this particular event, which is the equivalent of Miss Universe, as to the Gay community.



Mauricio Eraso (AKA Shirley Stonyrock an iconic Drag Queen in the local LGBT joinder)  is the owner of the franchise Mr. Gay in Ecuador, and deputy event organizer, shared some of his thoughts and anecdotes about the challenges that he went through by seeking some support on behalf of private business, as well as the local LGBT community.

At the end, he decided to invest a great deal of his own resources in order to put into effect this outstanding and peculiar show. The show was ready  on February 3rd 2016 at the Hotel Western Plaza, in the Capital city, Quito.

All in all, the event had a significant presence of members of the local and internastional LGBT clanship, who enjoined a magnetic night among the performance showed by the different Choreographers.

Among the private sector, ZENITH TRAVEL was one of the very few Inbound Tour Operators & DMC from the tourism industry that collaborated with a prize award for the participants who made it to the final round of the contest.

Accoring to Zenith Travel´s representatives, this event certainly opens the door to improve the LGBT Tourism by positioning the
country in the International LGBT community as a friendly country for its members to visit at any time. Since the year 2006 Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands have increased the flow of LGBT tourist, and only 10% of the worldwide income from the tourism idnsutry comes from this particular market segment.

 In other words, there is still plenty projects to develop for this profile of high-end customers in regards to cruises and land based programs in Ecuador´s main tourist attractions such as the cruise train, and the marvelous Av. of the Volcanoes on the highland region, along birdwatching activities in the cloud forest, as well as whale watching on the coast during mating season.

The winner of the night was Flavio Romero, a 27 year old model from the province of Manabi, a place that was badly affected by the earthquake that took place on the 16th of April 2016, and its impact destroyed some of the provinces located at the shores of the Pacific Ocean of Ecuador.

Fortunately the empathy that characterized the Ecuadorian people, along with the attempts of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism in order to reactivate touristy, as well as economically these zones of the nation, it finally  pays off by promoting the internal tourism and offering full day of "Sun & Beach" charter flights to the places that were damaged along some coastal towns.

Afterall, these activites propel without a doubt the interest from abroad to know more about Ecuador and its wonders from the 4 inner worlds that this small but majestic Nation has to offer worldwide.








ZENITH TRAVEL ECUADOR encourages the International LGBT community to live a unique experince in the middle of the World along its 10 days classic program.

http://www.galapagosgay.com/en/featured-trips/classic-ecuador-vacation


Email: marketing @zenithecuador.com
USA Telephone: 305-506-6823
Ecuador Telephone: 593-2-252-9993
website: www.galapagosgay.com











Wednesday, June 7, 2017

GLBT TOURS PROMOTION IN ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Within the last years, a few Ecuadorian tourism agents such as Incoming Tour Operators, travel agencies, and small boutique hotels have started to  focus particularly in groups, couples and FITs (frequent independent travelers) coming from the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.

The reasons for this new tendency in the Ecuadorian tourism industry has diverse origins, among them, of course, most members of the GAY community represent a profile of customers who are highly educated, and well traveled. GLBT tourists are for the most part  interested in cultural sites, international gastronomy, and soft adventures in breathtaking landscapes with marvelous sunsets. 




Finding magical places where all these characteristic get together as a whole, it is not that difficult as some readers may think. GLBT visitors can get all these sensations in one single trip by discovering the middle of the world through the Equator line, along the enchanting Galapagos Islands.

Consiedered the second smallest country in South America, Ecuador has 4 inner worlds that can offer unique experiences to our worldwide tourists, among diverse climates, flora-fauna, and cultural diversity within the ethnics groups that are part of the Ecuadorian melting pot. 

In this journey you will find environments, where rustic, but yet, cozzy  environments integrates with moderness in services and accommodations during a marvelous stay along the 2 hemispheres of the world that our travelers will be crossing constantly and unconsciously along the Ecuadorian territory.




Take advantage of our  promotion for GLBT groups and couples with extension to Peru.

1st Departure
2nd Departure
DAY
ITINERARY
HOTEL Standard
HOTEL Superior
HOTEL
1st Class
16 Jun
20 Oct
Fri
Arrive in Quito
Vieja Cuba
Nu House
Swissotel
17 Jun
21 Oct
Sat
Quito – Otavalo Indian market – Otavalo
Vieja Cuba
Nu House
Swissotel
18 Jun
22 Oct
Sun
Quito City Tour + Equatorial Monument + Teleferiqo
Vieja Cuba
Nu House
Swissotel
19 Jun
23 Oct
Mon
Quito - Cotopaxi  Volcano – Quito
Vieja Cuba
Nu House
Swissotel
20 Jun
24 Oct
Tue
Quito – GALAPAGOS: Baltra Island - Tortuga Bay
Pelican bay
Mainao
SolyMar
21 Jun
25 Oct
Wed
GALAPAGOS: Sail to Plazas Island
Pelican Bay
Mainao
SolyMar
22 Jun
26 Oct
Thu
GALAPAGOS: Sail to Bartolome Island
Pelican Bay
Mainao
SolyMar
23 Jun
27 Oct
Fri
GALAPAGOS: Charles Darwin Station ferry Isabela Island
Coral Blanco
La Laguna
Albermarle
24 Jun
28 Oct
Sat
GALAPAGOS: Isabela Island: Volcanoes & Concha y Perla
Coral Blanco
La Laguna
Albermarle
25 Jun
29 Oct
Sun
GALAPAGOS: Free day
Coral Blanco
La Laguna
Albermarle
26 Jun
30 Oct
Mon
GALAPAGOS: Isabela Island - Baltra - flight - Quito
Vieja Cuba
Nu House
Swissotel
27 Jun
31 Oct
Tue
Quito – flight back home



For further information, please contact usd at:

USA phone Number: 305-506-6823

Ecuador Phone Number: 593-2-252-9993

Email: marketing@zenithecuador.com / info@zenithecuador.com

Website: www.zenithecuador.com  / www.galapagosgay.com