Overview

Join Pacific Discovery on summer journey to Ecuador that will take your breath away! It is impossible not to be in awe of this incredibly diverse country home to high Andean mountains, the Amazon jungle, fascinating indigenous cultures, volcanoes, hot springs, and stunning wildlife, beaches and marine environments in the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador is one of the United Nations Environment Program mega-diverse countries in the world. It is a safe and welcoming country to travel in – Ecuadorians have an easy-going manner, speak Spanish comparatively slowly (so great for beginner and learner Spanish speakers), and are truly appreciative of visitors who take an interest in their culture and country.

Our one-month summer program combines a week of service-learning while home-staying with a wonderful community in the Andes, and three weeks of incredible educational adventure travel. Gain insight into the lives of indigenous Andean and Amazon communities. Immerse yourself in Spanish and improve your conversational ability. Hike, bike and zip-line through the Andes, and raft in the Amazon Basin. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps with a nature focused week island-hopping through the Galapagos, where you’ll have incredible wildlife encounters. You’ll return from this summer program inspired by all you’ve experienced and learned…and most likely planning your return there!

This summer abroad program is suitable for high school graduates, gap year students, university students and graduates, ideally 18 – 24 years. Optional transferable academic credit is available on this program. This program can be combined with the Peru Summer Program, for an incredible 2 month summer program experience in South America.

For an incredible summer experience, you can combine this program with any of our other exciting Summer programs for an inspirational 8-week educational travel experience. We offer summer programs in: Australia, New Zealand & Fiji, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia, Peru, Ecuador & Galapgaos

Pacific Discovery programs combine sustainable educational adventure travel, cultural immersion, experiential education, volunteer and community service projects, personal and leadership development, and tons of fun! For gap year and college students, the opportunity to combine this with optional transferable academic credit gives you an unbeatable study abroad or gap year travel experience.

Highlights
*Service learning volunteer project and group homestay with an indigenous Kichwa community in the Andes
*2-day rafting trip in the Amazon Basin, camping on the river bank (no experience needed)
*Day hikes around spectacular Quilotoa crater lake and Cuicocha lake
*Mountain-bike the slopes of Ecuador’s highest peak Mt Chimborazo (no experience needed)
*Zip-lining in the forest canopy at Baños (no experience needed)
*Soak in the gorgeous hot springs at Papallacta and Baños
*Community-stay hosted by an inspiring indigenous women’s organization in the Amazon basin and visits to artisanal cacao farmer and chocolate producers cooperative
*An unforgettable week island-hopping in the Galapagos Islands – snorkeling some of the best locations for spotting the incredible marine life (Kicker Rock and Los Tuneles), hiking Sierra Negra volcano, having close encounters with marine iguanas, giant tortoise, sea turtles, blue footed boobies, and swimming in the warm waters of spectacularly beautiful beaches.
*Informal lectures and discussions on history, culture, society and environment
*Very personalized small group experience – maximum of 14 participants
*Experienced and inspiring Pacific Discovery program leaders supported by local guides

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