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LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2005 – In 2004, SITA World Tours announced the inception of its Ecuador and the Galapagos extension. With clients showing great interest in Ecuador as a premier South American destination, SITA developed Ecuador and the Galapagos into a 2005 brochure itinerary and added a new program, Best of Ecuador.

As 2006 approaches and clients continue to demand even more extensive stays in Ecuador, SITA is proud to present clients with the Arasha Tropical Forest Resort & Spa. Arasha will be added to the Best of Ecuador program and will be available as a two, three, or four-day extension to any of SITA’s South American 2005/06 brochure itineraries.

Arasha is located in the richest “hotspot” on the planet, with more than 35,000 species of plants and over 650 distinct species of amphibians. Conservation International has identified 34 biologically rich areas around the world as “hotspots.” Together, these regions take up less than 1.4 percent of the land surface of the planet, yet support nearly 60 percent of the world's plant, bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species.

Arasha Tropical Forest Resort & Spa was voted Ecuador’s Leading Spa Resort by London’s prestigious World Travel Awards. Arasha is much more than Ecuador’s finest resort and spa, it is “a place to find life’s poetry in every corner of this magical and enchanting paradise.” According to Laudie Hanou, Vice President of SITA World Tours, “Arasha will enable the traveler to immerse in a majestic rainforest, comforted by the luxuries of a world-class resort.”

Best of Ecuador with Arasha is now a 12-day tour that begins in Quito and culminates in Arasha. Travelers will have the opportunity to explore such places as the Antisana Volcano, the Amazon Rainforest and the Equatorial Monument. Best of Ecuador with Arasha joins an already impressive line-up of South American tours, which feature a comprehensive collection of itineraries backed by SITA’s 73 years of travel excellence. A sampling of these tours include Amazon Experience: Peru, Splendors of Chile, Best of Brazil, Inca Mysteries and Discover Patagonia & the Straits of Magellan.

SITA, with over seven decades of experience as a tour operator, provides luxurious and customized programs to worldwide destinations, including Africa, Australia & New Zealand, China & the Orient, European Cruises, Greece, India, and South America. For more information, please visit or call either of the contacts below.

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Max Ali Laudie Hanou
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