Ecuador Culture & History EduTour

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Highlights

Walk among the ruins of the ancient civilization for a first-hand glimpse at the beginning of the world at the Cochasqui Pyramids!
Learn South American History firsthand on tours of Cuenca, the Nariz del Diablo, and the Ingapirca Ruins!
Experience the Ecuador origin churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders!
Visit tourism hot-spots like the Mitad Del Mundo and the Otovalos Indigenous Province!
Dive into the AMAZON EXPERIENCE on a 4 Day/3 Night Tour where you’ll become one with the rain forest, witnessing the rarest animal life that South America has to offer.
Experience all that amazing Ecuador has to offer while learning its fascinating history on this Ultimate Ecuador History EduTour! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Travel to Quito, and back in time, with this Ultimate Ecuadorian History and Culture EduTour.

If history is what you love, this experience is one that you cannot pass up. This EduTour of Ecuador takes you into the home churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders to start the trip off with an educational and visually splendid bang.

You’ll then see the Mitad del Mundo and the Equator Museum, seeing all that the Middle of the Earth has to offer before going WAY back to Pre-Incan History at the Cochasqui Pyramids. Walk amongst the ruins of this ancient civilization for a first-hand glimpse at the dawning of the world.

Your jaw will hit the floor in the days to follow as you take in the sites and historical facts, mythical stories, and folklore of the Otovalos Indigenous Province, the Tsachilas Tribe, the beautiful city of Cuenca, the Nariz Del Diablo Train Experience, and the Ingapirca Ruins. These can’t-miss attractions are the perfect mix of man-made historical interest and earthly wonder.

PLUS: Experience the wonder and splendor of the rain forest as a true Amazonian on THE AMAZON EXPERIENCE TOUR! Witness jaw-dropping natural beauty and stimulating cultural immersion, along with the unbelievably rare animal life on a 4 Day/3 Night Amazon Excursion!



Typical day

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

  • Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
  • Transport to your accommodation.

DAY 2: Monday - City Tour of Cuenca

  • Transport to airport for flight to Cuenca.
  • City Tour of Cuenca while learning about colonial history in this city.

DAY 3: Tuesday - Ingapirca Ruins

  • Full day trip to Ingapirca Ruins to learn about the Cañaris Civilization & pre-Incan history.

DAY 4: Wednesday - Cajas National Park

  • Full day trip to Cajas National Park for some adventure.

DAY 5: Thursday - City Tour of Quito

  • Transport to airport for flight back to Quito.
  • City Tour by Night to talk about the general history of Quito.

DAY 6: Friday - Templo de la Patria Museum

  • View Spots Tour in Quito with Templo de la Patria Museum “Pichincha Battle History”.

DAY 7: Saturday - Otavalos Indigenous Province + Cuicocha lake

  • Tour to Otavalos Indigenous Province.
  • Visit to the Main Handicrafts Market and Cuicocha Lake.

DAY 8: Sunday - Mitad del Mundo

  • Tour to Mitad del Mundo (Equator Museum History and 1st Geodesic Expedition History).
  • Visit the Pululahua Crater.

DAY 9: Monday - Franciscans Order History in Quito.

  • Visit the Convent of San Francisco & Church, then Museum Franciscano de San Diego.
  • Next take a short visit to the first cemetery of Quito.
  • Lunch at Panecillo Hill Restaurant (the only Incas Structure left in this place).

DAY 10: Tuesday - Local Markets Day

  • Mercado Indigena San Roque, Mercado Artesanal de Quito (handicrafts market) and Mercado de Santa Clara (fruits, vegetable and local products).
  • Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

DAY 11: Wednesday - Visit the Churches of Quito

  • Dominicans, Augustinians and Mercederaries Orders History.
  • Evening: The Amazon Rain Forest Experience begins tonight leaving Quito by bus at 10.30pm heading to Lago Agrio City.

DAY 12: Thursday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 1

  • After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.
  • While on the canoe ride be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters and between trees. You will be able to watch the birds, monkeys and other jungle creatures. You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals & plants interact & balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist.

DAY 13: Friday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 2

  • In the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around our bungalows in the Ecolodge.
  • After breakfast, we continue upriver to start trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs and a large number of wild animals and birds of the Amazon jungle.
  • After having lunch, you will have time to swim & relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink & gray dolphins play on the water.
  • After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous Black Caimans of the Amazon. During this journey you will hear the mysterious noises of the forest.

DAY 14: Saturday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 3

  • Early in the morning we will enjoy breakfast then travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where we can interact & learn about their traditions, culture & customs.
  • We will also learn to elaborate the Casabe – a typical dish of this ancestral tribe.
  • Lunch will be served in the community & finally we will meet the Shaman, which will make us perceive & interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing & divinatory skills acquired over the years.

DAY 15: Sunday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 4

  • Early in the morning we will do some birdwatching down the river, as well as enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise.
  • The transportation will pick us up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
  • We will head back to the meeting point in Lago Agrio. This will take about 2 hours.
  • Return to Quito by bus. Arriving back at your accommodation by 10 or 11 pm. Flight back home recommended for Monday.

DAY 16: Monday - Departure Day

  • Breakfast: At your hotel.
  • Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

Free-time activities

Full day trip to Ingapirca Ruins to learn about the Cañaris Civilization & pre-Incan history.
City Tour of Cuenca while learning about colonial history in this city.
Full day trip to Cajas National Park for some adventure.
City Tour by Night to talk about the general history of Quito.
View Spots Tour in Quito with Templo de la Patria Museum “Pichincha Battle History”.
Tour to Otavalos Indigenous Province.
Visit to the Main Handicrafts Market and Cuicocha Lake.
Tour to Mitad del Mundo (Equator Museum History and 1st Geodesic Expedition History).
Visit the Pululahua Crater.
Visit the Convent of San Francisco & Church, then Museum Franciscano de San Diego.
Mercado Indigena San Roque, Mercado Artesanal de Quito (handicrafts market) and Mercado de Santa Clara (fruits, vegetable and local products).
Dominicans, Augustinians and Mercederaries Orders History.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Museum/
Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Global EduTours
  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport
  • Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
  • Transport to your accommodation.
Accommodation
Private Single (or Twin Share)
Hotel
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Tours start on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
16 days (min. stay)
$ 3,732
16 days (max. stay)
$ 3,732
Average fees
$ 1,633 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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