EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO ECUADOR

THE LAND OF ETERNAL SPRING

[TRIP LENGTH: 7 DAYS]

Includes Airfare ● Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs

On this educational class trip to Ecuador students are immersed into the South American culture while learning about the flora and fauna of the tropics. Additionally, these student trips to Ecuador are meant to inspire students to use their gifts and talents to make a differece in this global community. Ecuador has over twelve geographical ecosystems and each of these unique habitats is rich in plant and animal biodiversity. Experience the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere in a second in Ecuador. Aside from the Mitad del Mundo monument marking the line of the equator, your school group can visit a hot springs of the Amazon Basin, the steaming volcano of Tungurahua, and the bubbling waterfall of el Pailon del Diablo—the Devil’s Cauldron.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Quito

Arrival to Ecuador (transfer to hotel). Meet your Appleseed guide and have a team orientation.

Day 2 – Mindo Cloudforest and Zip Line

Explore the Caves Branch River and its winding waterway through the ancient caves via inner tubes. Thousands of years ago these caves were inhabited by the Maya. Become a “Zip Rider” today as you connect to a series of overhead cables crisscrossing the rainforest canopy. Hike through the rainforest with a naturalist who will discuss symbiotic relationships and ecological diversity.

Day 3 – 4 – Volunteer with the Quechua Children

Over the next few days the group will volunteer with Quechua children.  These are the children of the Andes mountain people.  Here the group will help with mentoring programs, light construction, feeding programs and a variety of other projects that aid these people.

Day 5 – Explore Mitad Del Mundo

Here the group will visit the city known as “The Center of the Earth”. Here we will visit famous museums that focus on experiments that deal with the Equator.  There’s a series of experiments that are set up along the GPS-measured Equator line that help to demonstrate the effects of being exactly on the Equator, as well as differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Day 6 – Volcano Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi is a volcanic peak, in the middle of the Andes. Rising to 19,393 feet (5,911 metres), it is among the world’s highest volcanoes. Students will take in a journey that will take them to the lodge that sits at 16,000 feet.  Here we may see condors, wild horses and a variety of wildlife.

Day 7 – Visit Colonial Quito

Colonial Quito is a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls, and spectacularly decorated historic churches. The city has one of the best preserved colonial centers in all South America and its integrity was assured in 1978 when the United Nations declared Quito a World Cultural Heritage site.

Day 8 – The Journey Home

After breakfast the group will get packed up and prepare for the flight home.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.