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sustainable green lung. Quito's Avenue of the Volcanoes offers
the best hiking, biking and photography around, with quaint villages
and grazing alpacas interspersed. Groups may also want to check
out Condor Park near Otavalo, a rescue and rehabilitation park for
condors, falcons, eagles and hawks that offers educational sessions
and flight demonstrations. An hour's drive from Quito, they can also
trek through the 1,500-acre El Pahuma Orchid Reserve with a
local guide and then dine on local specialties culled from Lima family
recipes-fritada (deep-fried pork) and cheese empanadas, choclo
(corn) topped with ají (hot sauce)-on their way out.
"It is impossible to put a price on the experiences in Quito,"
Bock explains. "Many attendees appreciate the luxury of being able
to visit and have access to unique places in the destination that help
them get a unique look at the city."
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Quito's hotels also give nod to authentic Ecuadorian culture.
The boutique Illa Hotel in San Marcos' artistic and cultural district
is located in a renovated colonial-era house. The former colonial
mansion will exude luxury when it debuts later this year-each of
its three floors will reflect a different era of history-and private cars
for meetings attendees that allow them to get out and experience
the area on their own are in the works. A wellness spa, gourmet
restaurant and terrace bar will complete the picture. Quito is also
positioning itself for bigger events with the development of the
Metropolitan Convention Center, which will add more than
53,000 sf of meeting and convention space when it opens next year.
WESTERN SWEDEN & THE SWEDISH LAPLANDS
Sweden's archipelagos are so diverse and plentiful that you can
actually rent an island for your event, and many planners do. On
the West Coast, the rugged Weather Islands are a haven for small
corporate groups, which generally hunker down in the main island's
Adventurous team building happens across the islands,
whether an after-dark tour, geocaching jaunt through the Tanum
World Heritage site and its 3,000-year-old rock carvings or
through the archipelago and its cluster of 200 explorable islands