Incredible Ecuador!

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Ecuador Has It All!

All in one beautiful place, you’ll discover some of the world’s best reasons to travel:

  • science
  • language
  • culture &
  • meaningful service learning.

Plus, it’s packed from top to bottom with unforgettable ADVENTURE!

Fun, fascinating and unforgettable experiences await in Ecuador’s spectacular Highlands, Midlands and Lowlands.

Ecuador’s volcanic highlands offer ancient & colorful cultures mixed with stunning colonial history, art & architecture. Jaw-dropping geothermal hot springs turn up the fun. The awesome power of active volcanoes fascinates every adventurer.

The misty midland biomes of the cloud forest boast breathtaking biological & ecological diversity. Our expert biologist & naturalist guides take you to the heart of it all.

The Amazon lowlands promise astonishing wildlife encounters, hands-on experiences with indigenous cultures, and a rainforest experience teeming with life, color, discovery and adventure!

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Program Highlights

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Program length: 9 days
All Inclusive Price:  from $3,995
Departure Date: Week of July 4th, 2019

Minimum Group: 15 Paying Travelers

Program priced from Leader’s departure airport.

Program Highlights:
  • Quito – the highest capital city in the world: experience life at over 9,000ft. Explore the precise middle of the earth, where latitude and longitude zero converge.
  • The Throat of Fire: journey down the Avenue of Volcanoes to the active eruption known as “The Throat of Fire.” At night, when this volcano is active, it’s like nature’s own fireworks.
  • The Cloud Forest: trek into the dense, misty biomes of Ecuador’s midlands to explore and examine some of the richest biological diversity on earth.
  • The Amazon: journey to the edge of the Amazon rainforest and experience a completely different ecosystem from the high Andes and Galapagos Islands.



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Full Program Itinerary

Day One – Welcome to the Top of the World
Today we fly to Quito, the capital of Ecuador and the highest capital city in the world. (9,350ft above sea level) Upon arrival we will be met by our delegation manager and taken to our hotel where we will have dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day Two – The Middle of The World
This morning our guide will meet us and we will explore the old city of Quito with its beautiful plazas and examples of Spanish architecture dating back to 1534. Following lunch we will drive to “The Middle of The World”. The geographic center of the Earth is located a short 30 min drive from Quito. Guides will demonstrate strange phenomenon that occur at the equator. Did you know that you weigh less at the equator? Can you balance an egg on a nail? Our visit will reveal all.
Day Three – Indigenous Markets and Volcanic Lakes
Today we head north to Otavalo where we will visit one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. The Otavalo Indians are known for their woven products, rugs, “shigras” (woven bags) and hand carved wooden products. Later we will see Tsui-cocha which is known in English as The Lake of the Gods, a beautiful lake located in the crater of an ancient volcano. Our visit concludes with a visit to the artisan town of Cotacachi which is famous for its leather products. This evening we will learn to cook Pizza at a local restaurant.
Day Four – Soaking in Hot Springs at 10,000 feet
This morning we depart Quito and head to the thermal baths of Papallacta, a famous hot spring on the on the way to the Amazon. The hot spring is located at an altitude of more than 10,000ft above sea level. There are a number of thermal pools located on the property and we will spend the afternoon soaking in the warm waters and enjoying the scenery of the high Andes.
Day Five – Down, Down, Down to the Amazon Rain Forest
Early this morning we head down to the Amazon Rain Forest. During our drive we will descend from over 10,000ft to 1,500 feet. The temperature will change from the cool temperatures of the Andes to the steamy heat of the Amazon jungle. Our home for the next few nights is a tranquil Amazonian refuge located on the shore of Ecuador’s majestic Napo River. Perched comfortably above the riverbank and the small Quechua Indian village of Ahuano, La Casa del Suizo, an Eco lodge surrounded by tropical rainforest.
Day Six – The Amazon!
Today is an opportunity to explore the wonders of the Amazon. Working with your eco guide you will be able to choose from a variety of activities. You may decide to travel like a local up river to the primary rain forest. There your guide will explain how the Amazonian Indians of the area use plants for food, shelter and medicine. You may decide to visit AmaZoonico, a shelter for injured and abused animals. Their mission is to rehabilitate animals that have been found or confiscated from animal traders and set them free. You never know what you may get to see at AmaZoonico. Later you could decide to float down the river on an inner tube. If you are interested in butterflies you may decide to arrange a visit to a butterfly farm where 20 species of butterflies are bred. The guide will explain the lifecycle of the butterfly, show you the various stages of development and walk through “The Flying Room” where you can see butterflies feeding from various plants. Perhaps you will decide to visit a local indigenous tribe where they will demonstrate the many uses for the Yucca plant and demonstrate the use of blowguns.
Day Seven – Ascending the Andes
This morning we will head back up the Andes to our destination for the evening, Patate where we will spend the night in a traditional Hacienda. On the way we will visit Baños. This city is also called “The Door to the Amazon Jungle” is located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano. After lunch we will visit the Pailon Del Diablo waterfall and then continue on to the Hacienda.
Day Eight – Cotopaxi, the Sleeping Giant
After breakfast, we head to the Cotopaxi National Park, which is located 70 miles south of Quito, in the middle of the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Snow capped Cotopaxi is the most picturesque of the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Later we will visit a flower farm to learn about this important industry and flower export. We then return to Quito for the evening. We’ll have time to reflect on our adventures and freshen up before our Farewell Dinner!
Day Nine – Arrive Home
We’ll rise early this morning for our flight back to the US. As soon as you land, you’ll want to get a head start on exercising your new bragging rights!