Field trips or excursions are an important part of any program - they are educational, interesting, fun and relaxing. Whenever possible, students receive cultural, historical and practical information about the destination prior to and during the excursion so they are able to soak in every aspect of the location and culture.
Most programs begin with a city tour and visit to the Mitad del Mundo - the equator. Other excursion options depend on the best fit for the program goals and timeline. Explore all that Ecuador has to offer through the descriptions below. Excursion options are not limited to the locations found on this site.
A World UNESCO Hertiage site, Cuenca is the best city in Ecuador to experience stunning colonial architecture and historical grandeur, combined with a modern youthful nightlife and art scene. Students can also visit the nearby Inca Pirca ruins, which once served as a religious capital and fortress to ancient peoples.
The Galapagos Islands are known around the world for the area's unique eco-system and extensive biodiversity. This is the place in Ecuador to go to get up close and personal with colorful birds, giant tortoises, serene sea turtles, and fascinating iguanas.
One of the best beach experiences in Ecuador can be found in Esmeraldas, a coastal city that is known for a lively local nightlife and beautiful beaches. Watch the sun set over the ocean, witness bonfires on the beach, and eat deliciously fresh seafood in this fascinating international port city.
The highest volcano in Ecuador is volcán Cotopaxi, which is an incredible site to see both from far away and up close and personal. The climb to the top can be a tough one, but the view from the top is worth it! It is fascinating to see the paths carved by massive glaciers and witness the frozen peaks up face to face.
This extinct volcano is part of a protected area that works hard to preserve the unique landscape and wildlife that make up this beautiful safe haven. There is an impressive diversity of birds, including the rare and illusive condor, and the preserve is also known for the variety of medicinal plants and trees that grow here. The unique environment and breathtaking views are not to be missed!
Mitad Del Mundo
When visiting Mitad del Mundo (the equator), students have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand in both hemispheres at once and experience what it is like to be at the true center of the Earth! The photo ops are endless, and the monuments marking this iconic spot are quite impressive a well.
Hiking, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing - these are some of the many activities that await in Baños. About five hours from Quito by bus, this quaint town and surrounding area is home to many rivers and more than 60 different waterfalls. If you are looking for adventure, and to cool off in the water, this is the place for it.
Otavalo, about an hour and a half from Quito, is surrounded by the peaks of ancient volcanoes and is truly a vibrant city. The people of this region are known for their incredible weaving and handcrafts, which can all be found at the famous Saturday market that is full of color, excitement, and hospitality.
Mindo is a truly magical place with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including birds, butterflies, and plants that can be found no where else on earth. Here you can experience eco-tourism at its finest, whether through hiking, rafting, mountain biking, or simply taking in the natural beauty of the landscape.
In Ecuador, the eastern region of the country covered by lush Amazonian forest is commonly referred to as "El Oriente". This vast, green environment is home to an incredible variety of plants, rivers, animals, and insects. The complex ecosystem of the jungle is fascinating to learn about and amazing to witness firsthand.