Program Details

Explore Ecuador’s natural wonders, from the Andes mountains to the Amazon basin and the Galápagos archipelago. See seals in their natural habitat and snorkel, hike a volcano, and take in the vast biodiversity.
Location:
Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

You will land in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, to begin your Experiment. There, you will explore the 16th-century gold-inlaid churches and colonial buildings of the Old Town. Your first excursion is to the equator, which is about a 30-minute drive north of Quito. You will also visit the rivers and experience the diverse wildlife of the Mindo Nambillo cloud forest. Then, continue to the Amazon Basin, where you will experience the stunning waterfalls of Baños and get up-close and personal with monkeys and exotic birds as you canoe down the Napo River. Next, you will travel to the Andes (the world’s highest mountain range outside of Asia) for a weeklong homestay in the small city of Riobamba, where you will share daily activities such as sports, movies, and walks through town with your host family. You will develop your Spanish language skills through interactive lessons and conversations with locals, try your hand at preparing a typical dish (such as ceviche or empanadas), and participate in a three-day community service project. Another adventure awaits as you hike from the first base camp to the second shelter of Chimborazo, an inactive volcano that rises 20,548 feet

above sea level, and bike back down through a beautiful Andean landscape.

Your journey ends in the Galápagos Islands, where scientists and nature lovers flock to research and admire some of the most biodiverse islands in the world. You will have the unique opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a biological research station and active breeding center. There, you will learn about the conservation efforts that maintain and improve the ecology and biodiversity of these remarkable islands. Activities include island-hopping on a night cruise, snorkeling, swimming in lava grottoes, exploring mangrove forests and flamingo lagoons, and observing the courtship displays of rare tropical birds.   To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/ECA.

At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the number of community service hours completed.

Setting Description:
Explore Ecuador’s natural wonders, from the Andes mountains to the Amazon basin and the Galápagos archipelago. See seals in their natural habitat and snorkel, hike a volcano, and take in the vast biodiversity.
Cost:
$6,120 USD.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email info@experiment.org for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.7

Based on 3 Reviews

  • An Amazing Way To Spend My Summer
    5.0
    08/28/19

    When I first signed up for this trip, my biggest fear was missing out on my summer because of this four week long trip with people I didn’t know. Now, when I look back on that fear, I am glad that it didn’t stop me. This trip has been the highlight

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Had a Blast
    4.0
    08/20/19

    I had extreme fun participating in this program because I experienced something I would never be able to experience here in Missouri or anywhere close by. The wildlife was incomparable to the wildlife that I am used to seeing everyday, I really enjoyed

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Ecuadorian Experience
    5.0
    08/30/17

    I never expected to fall in love on this trip, but I did. Ecuador took my heart and I don't think I will ever get it back. The environment and ecosystems there are so incredibly unique and unlike anything I have ever experienced before, and it was all

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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