Transportation Information

We provide you with detailed information for your transportation needs upon your arrival at Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

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Hotel Hilton Colon Quito

Check in to the Hilton Colon Quito Hotel and relax in our comfortable guest rooms or suites. Stay connected by enjoying all the amenities the hotel has to offer; stay active at our fully equipped fitness center or relax by the pool. Take in panoramic views of Quito and the surrounding mountains, go on a 10-minute walk to Quito’s Spanish Colonial old town and return to our restaurants to savor the freshest seafood and international cuisine. An upscale experience available only at Hilton Colon Quito.

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Hotel Mercure

Mercure Hotel Alameda is part of the French Accor hotel chain, with 34 years of experience in providing the very highest quality in hotel services. The hotel is equipped with 147 fully renovated rooms. Spicy Bistro Restaurant and Alameda Q Coffee Shop, and a variety of meeting rooms for corporate and social events. We are strategically located in the financial, commercial, and tourist area of the city next to the sightseeing points.

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Hotel Reina Isabel

The Reina Isabel Hotel & Suites, offers design and sophistication to your life. Each of our 100 rooms and suites offer you style and extraordinary comfort. Bedding made especially for you, original artwork, imported marble bathrooms and more, are combined with our characteristic hospitality for an unforgettable stay in one of the best hotels in Quito. Our Lumo Restaurant is an informal and refined space, set with avant-garde music, harmonious and relaxed. Terrace with a fresh and open look that provides a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Wide variety of the best labels of wines and spirits, specially selected and kept at controlled temperature in our cellar Azure Gym & Spa, gives you energy and balance with its exceptional treatments, giving you health and wellness, treating you with the indulgence you deserve.

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Torre La Niña

Centrally located at the heart of Quito’s commercial district, Torre La Niña is the ideal base from which to explore the Ecuadorian capital, from its diverse museums to its enchanting World Heritage Site Historic Centre. As a simple and affordable but confortable accommodation, it is strategically located only few steps from the main venue of the conference. Torre La Niña is situated across the road from El Ejido Park, a charming green space with a market selling artisanal crafts at the weekends. Additional services can be offered such as: gym, pool, restaurant, room service, concierge and an assorted buffet breakfast will be served to energize your conference day. Limit spaces are available. Book now!

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Hotel Tambo Real

Hotel Tambo Real is located in the heart of the city of Quito, just minutes away from the commercial, financial, tourist and cultural areas of the city. Our 80 spacious rooms and suites offer the comfort you require. Located close to La Mariscal and La Floresta, very traditional neighborhoods of Quito; where you can find the most important gastronomic and tourist offer of the city. We are located only 15 to 20 minutes to the historical center and the modern shopping centers of the north of the city. Our restaurant offers a wide range of national and international cuisine together with our three meeting rooms, are the perfect complement for your next social and corporate meetings.

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Bird Garden Guest House

The place to come to when you’re looking for comfort, peace, personalized service, touristic information, location, safety and tasty breakfasts while you exchange experiences with other travellers. Bird Garden has twelve rooms distributed in single, double, triple and quadruple for the taste and requirement of the guest, all with private bathroom, hot water, bottled water and free high-speed wifi.

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Conference Field Trips and Tours

The mid conference field trip will take place on Wednesday, November 15th, tours will be available for booking shortly.

North-Equatorial Pass: Guayllabamba, Quitsato, Otavalo

At 7:00am starts the departure towards Guallyabamba’s Zoo. Where you can admire the Andean bears enclosure and interpretation exhibit. Then, Visit Quitsato, an open air museum that shows the knowledge of the indigenous ancestral communities about astrology, located right on the Equatorial line.

Continue to Otavalo, an ancestral community known to hold the largest indigenous market of the Americas where they share their handicrafts, weaving, art and crafts. Next, Sacha Ji, located over the San Pablo Lake, enjoy this mystical place with an ancestral healing Andean ceremony. Return to Quito by 18:00

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North-West Pass: The Cloud Forest

At 6:00 you depart with your guide to Yanacocha. This privately-owned reserve is located on the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano at an altitude 3500 meters; home of the Andean Bear and the endemic black breasted puffleg hummingbird. Enjoy breakfast at this natural setting, to then continue to drive through the eco route “El Quinde” (hummingbird in Quichua) in a pristine cloud forest where there is a good chance of spotting related wildlife.

After a 2-hour journey, you will reach Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge to enjoy a 2-hour hike. The lodge provides lunch surrounded by different species of hummingbirds. At 18:00 you will return to Quito.

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East Slopes Pass: Antisana & Papallacta

At 6:30am you depart from Quito towards the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Reaching the Paramo, a highland grassland surrounding the astonishing Antisana snow-caped capped volcano, is the home of the Andean bear and the largest population of condors in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Breakfast will be at El Tambo Condor, where you can admire views of condors nesting along the high mountain wall formation from old lava flows, as well as bird sightings which include: hummingbirds, gulls, ibis, raptors. Next, a visit to Jocotoco Antisanilla private reserve where a box-lunch will be served. Finally, cross the high pass to reach Papallacta Hot Springs to enjoy the Spa facilities. Return to Quito at 18:00

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Historical Quito and the Middle of the World

At 8:30am departure from the Hotel Hilton Colon Quito to visit The Historical Center. Quito was the first city to be declared by UNESCO as “Patrimony of mankind”. Here you will be able admire the Independence Square, the Government Palace and visit La Compañía Church; considered the crown Jewel of Catholic churches in the Americas. Next, visit the San Francisco Convent and Casa del Alabado Museum, which holds the most important pre – colombian art collection.

Continue to The Middle of the World Complex where with a single step you will be able stand in both the Northern to the Sothern Hemisphere. You will be able to have lunch at the complex. The return to Quito will be at 17:00.

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Quito by Night

Departure from the hotel to begin a special panoramic visit of the historic city of Quito.  The experience will reveal the rich history of the city from Pre-Colombian times, to the Colonial period, then the city´s transition into the capital of a Republic, that inspired UNESCO to recognize Quito as the first city in the world to be named a World Heritage Site.

Continue to visit La Compañia Church which is the best sample of the American Baroque, one of the richest and most extraordinary temples of South America.

TOUR DATE: Tuesday, November 14th.

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Pre/Post Tours

Take advantage of your time in Ecuador and explore this biodiverse country through these recommended tours which will you provide you with the best experience when discovering your chosen destination, be it the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest or the Highlands.

Special discounts or gratuities apply for participants of the International Conference on Bear Research and Management. When contacting our partners please mention the code BEARS2017 for these benefits to apply to your quotation and future purchase.


Following the Footprints of the Andean Bear - The North West Slope

This is a unique and wonderful expedition that gives you the opportunity to enjoy of the amazing Ecuador’s wildlife, considering its geographical situation this tiny country has the biggest concentration of mammals in the world. The main aim of this trip is to support the project for the conservation of the spectacled bear and its natural habitat and to let the people know of the incredible mammals that you can find in Ecuador.

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Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi lodge is designed to completely immerse you in the cloudforest, while keeping its creatures safely at bay – a luxury cocoon amid the clouds and tumbling mountains. The rooms, arranged over three floors, all face north, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, some on two sides, with the forest just a few meters away.

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Highland Excursions

Inner Vision Quest: Cuyabeno - Cotopaxi

This program is a Joint Venture between Tierra del Volcan and Outward Bound Ecuador to show you two of the most beautiful places that Ecuador has to offer and at the same time, submerge  in a deeply introspective experience to enable the quest of a life porpoise, inner values, and set up a new beginning for yourself. This is a program designed for adults in the quest of knowing themselves.

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The Condor Path

A perfect itinerary if you like to experience the Cotopaxi area on a short time. A visit to includes a tour of Cotopaxi National Park, escorted by a knowledgeable naturalist guide. Additionally, one will experience a magnificent horse ride on the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano through exclusive trails on Hacienda El Porvenir. Tierra del Volcan welcomes all levels of horseback riders.

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Following the Footprints of the Andean Bear (6 or 10 days)

Specialized tour for the 25th IBA Conference
Operated by Neblina Forest & guided by Santiago Molina

The Andean bear is an endangered species and one of the most elusive mammal in tropical Andes. Despite this, there are different national and private protected areas in Ecuador where you can have good chances to spot wild bears.

This tour will visit Cayambe-Coca National Park, Antisana Ecological Reserve and Antisanilla and San Isidro Private Reserves. The areas cover mainly paramo and elfin forests, while descending in elevation towards San Isidro the exuberant cloud forest. Among the Andean bear, other emblematic mammals can be also spotted, like Andean Tapir, Andean fox, deer, etc. The tour also offers the opportunity to spot more than 300 species of birds, including Andean Condor, hummingbirds and more.

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Amazon Cruises

Manatee Amazon Explorer

The new Manatee Amazon Explorer river cruise offers a unique experience navigating through the Napo River, bordering the Yasuní National Park. Our trekking excursions, kayak adventures and swimming activities will give you lots of energy while your soul is enriched by the amazing cultures that care for this land.

By joining us aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer and learning about the region you can help us preserve wildlife and become an amazon ambassador, supporting our sustainable projects which involve local communities and conservation entities.

Join our excursions into the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, combining comfort and adventure, to encounter one of the most fascinating and bio-diverse places on Earth.

Available Dates:
November 6 to 10

*Special rates if booked until July 15th and using the code BEARS2017

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Sani Lodge: Truly Primary Rainforest

The perfect opportunity to be in a Truly Primary Rainforest, full of incredible & varied wildlife. More birds, mammals, and reptiles, because our well maintained trails and a lower impact in our area keep animals and nature in its place.
A whole natural world surrounding you while you stay in our comfortable cabins, and trying delicious typical food.
Deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon you will find a mysterious lake called Challuacocha, feel the mystery. and experience the world of Sani Lodge.
Along the southern border stretches the vast Yasuni National Park. In the corridor between, located on 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of untouched rainforest lies Sani Lodge, a unique Ecuador ecolodge. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! On your adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainforest gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines, and exotic flowers, as well as 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies.
With our extensive knowledge of the Amazon wildlife and biodiversity we can give Sani Lodge guests the true experience of an Ecuadorian Amazon jungle tour.

Available Dates:
November 7 to 11

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Galapagos Cruises and Yachts

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruiseship

Join us on an expedition from San Cristobal Island, through Santa Fe, South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island with the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station, the incredible Punta Suarez visitor site on Espanola Island, as well as its breath-taking beach at Gardner Bay. This is a trip that you will not forget! 11 BIG15. Wherever we sail, whatever we do, the entire crew aboard the Santa Cruz II will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.

Available Dates:
November 18 to 22

*Special rates if booked until September 18th and using the code BEARS2017

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Cruise Catamaran Archipell

Cruising aboard our superior catamaran will be a memorable experience. The comfort on board combined with the friendly and qualified attention of its crew will be the perfect combination to the wonderful nature around.

Sailing quietly during the night is very convenient as every day on the islands is a unique experience. The guides on board are the most experienced and share throughout the tour not only their knowledge of the islands but personal stories that soften the trip and strengthen relations between the group.

The services aboard are of first level, the gastronomy varies between typical and international food. The organization of each cruise is rigorous, the schedules and visits on each island are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and it contemplates marked trails and the best snorkeling sites.

If interested in more information or for booking purposes, please contact: with the code Bears2017.

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Coral Expedition Yachts

These gorgeous comfortable twin yachts offer charming areas distributed on three decks, with both open and interior spaces, allowing you to have an intimate expedition experience. With a capacity for 36 and 20 guests
respectively, there is no doubt that the thrill and comfort are guaranteed. Be delighted by the Ecuadorian and international cuisine served in our restaurant and be part of a BBQ dinner served on the Moon deck. Enjoy a spectacular sunset with the Enchanted Islands as a background.

The Galapagos Islands are a conglomerate of magical and pristine islands home to a variety of land and marine species. These islands are considered the “living laboratory of evolution” due to its flora and fauna. Each island is different in its own way, due to how they were formed. Currently, it is composed of 19 islands and 219 islets. The Galapagos islands are considered a natural sanctuary.

Our thoughtful consideration of the smallest details will make your visit a truly balanced blend of holiday and adventure. Embark on an exciting journey into the realms of Natural History. Join us and discover a unique array of animals mixed together with plant-life—both above and below the sea.

Available Dates:
November 8 to 12 / November 19 to 22

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Galapagos Island Hopping

Dive Indefatigable

This tour package showcases some of the best destinations in boat trips and Diving departures on daily basis around the Archipelago. An amazing experience both on land and underwater.

The boat tour to Seymour Island (not inhabited) includes a dazzling sighting of birds of various species, such as Blue Footed Boobies and its mating rituals (depending on season), nesting Frigatebirds, playfull sea lions and the visit to an isolated beach for swimming and amazing snorkel.

Plunge into these rich waters during our Day Dive tours and be amazed by the abundant sea life. Our tours include 2 tanks and all services with the highest quality of the islands for certified divers.

If interested in more information or for booking purposes, please contact: with the code Bears2017.

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Tour Miconia

This standard tour is one of the most popular in galapagos. it covers two islands that include wonderful visit sites, where you can observe small penguins, marine iguanas of all ages, resting reef sharks, lava arche formations -a natural shelter for several marine species.

The two islands offer many activities including sightseeing, hiking, swimming, being the snorkel one of the highlights of the entire tour with refreshing white sandy beaches.

The selected hotels are preferred for the tour standards with the option to upgrade at the customers request for an extra fee.

If interested in more information or for booking purposes, please contact: with the code Bears2017.

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Tour Opuntia

Ideal for active passengers wishing to spend some time discovering the particular characteristic of the inhabited islands and its people.

This tour includes visits to the most emblematic sites of each island, where the visitor can appreciate not only a concentration of endemic species such as the famous Galapagos tortoises, land and marine iguanas and a few native mammals of the islands with surrealistic landscapes of active volcanoes, lava formations and volcanic rocks above the sea.

Between its main attractions, snorkel at spots rich in marine fauna such as Kicker Rock and Tintoreras Islet, which will be a memorable part of the trip.

If interested in more information or for booking purposes, please contact: with the code Bears2017.

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Booking Deadline

All Fieldtrips & Tours:

Booking deadline: August 30th, 2017.

All Highland Excursions:

Booking deadline: August 30th, 2017.


Booking deadline: July 30th, 2017.

All Island Hopping Tours:

Booking deadline: August 30th, 2017.

Bookings after the deadlines will be confirmed upon availability.


NOTE: Field Trips, Pre and Post – Tours are subject to modifications depending on the minimum of participants registered.