Ultimate Ecuador Culture & History EduTour

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Highlights

Learn South American History with visits to the Order Origin Churches of Ecuador: Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, Jesuit, and Augustinian Orders!
Experience Quito’s past: The city of Cuenca, the Nariz Del Diablo Train Experience, the Ingapirca Ruins, La Compania de Jesus Church and La Basillica de Quito Church, and the Guayasamin Museum.
Tour man-made and natural landmarks like the Mitad Del Mundo, the Antisana Reserve, the Pichincha Volcano, and the 2 day trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest for some of the best view on the continent!
Learn the ways of South American Culture with professionally taught Kichwa Language Classes, Salsa Lessons, and Cooking Lessons that will wow your senses!
Make memories on 4 Day/3 Night Tours in the Amazon AND the Galapagos Islands! Taking both of these tours in the same vacation is a once in a lifetime chance.
The king of all EduTours – this 29 Day education-packed trip really is THE ULTIMATE Ecuador History EduTour! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

This EduTour of Ecuador takes you into the home churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders.

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.

Week 2, the Nariz Del Diablo Train Experience, and the Ingapirca Ruins.

Week 3, La Compania de Jesus Church and La Basillica de Quito Church. Then, the Guayasamin Museum and tours to the Cotopaxi Volcano and Antisana Reserve.

Week 4 a two day tour of the Mindo Cloud Forest and a day trip to Teleferico and the Pichincha Volcano.…

TOUR THE AMAZON: a 4 Day Tour of the Amazon during which you’ll have days full of planned activities including a visit with an Amazonian Tribe.


Typical day

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 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) & Mercado de Santa Clara (fruits, vegetable and local products).

DAY 11: Wednesday - Visit the Churches of Quito

  • Dominicans, Augustinians & Mercederaries Orders History.

DAY 12: Thursday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 1 - 4

  • After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio City, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.
  • After this, the transport will pick you up & take you to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno Bridge River). This will take about 2 hours.
  • 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.
  • 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 & a large number of wild animals & birds of the Amazon jungle.
  • Once you have enjoyed one of the best sunsets of your life, we will return to the lodge for dinner.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early in the morning we will do some birdwatching down the river, as well as enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise.
  • After that activity we will serve breakfast then embark on a canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River back to civilization.
  • Return to Quito by bus. Arriving back at your accommodation by 10 or 11 pm.

DAY 16: Monday - Relax Day

  • Time to relax & enjoy the day. Its the perfect time to explore Itchimbia Park or Carolina Park.

DAY 17: Tuesday - Tsachilas Tribe Visit

  • Time to visit the Tsachilas Tribe - a pre-Incan population - including lunch with the community.

DAY 18: Wednesday - Kichwa Language & History + Salsa Class

  • Kichwa Class & explanation about our languages history.
  • Evening: Salsa Lessons (5pm - 6pm).

DAY 19: Thursday - Guayasamin Museum

  • Tour to Guayasamin Museum.

DAY 20: Friday - Volcanoes Avenue Train Experience

  • Volcanoes Avenue Train Experience - from 8am to 6pm.

DAY 23: Monday - Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano

  • Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano visit.

DAY 24: Tuesday - Antisana Reserve

  • Tour to Antisana Reserve - Home of 70% of Ecuadorian Condors & Petrified Lava Traces.
  • Tour to Mica Lake - Quito's main reserve for water. If we're lucky we can also watch the majestic Antisana Volcano in action.

DAY 25: Wednesday - La Basilica de Quito Church

  • Visit La Basilica de Quito Church - inside exploration & history of the Jesuits Order (Polemical History).
  • Visit La Compania de Jesus Church & Presidential Palace Visit (modern history)

DAY 26: Thursday - Cloud Forest Tour - Day 1  & 2

  • Mindos Cloud Forest Tour - extreme sports & adventure!
  • Mindos Cloud Forest Tour - Cacao Factory & Butterflies Sanctuary!

DAY 28: Saturday - Papallacta Hot Springs

  • Visit to Papallacta Hot Springs to get some well earned relaxation time!

Free-time activities

Tour to Otavalos Indigenous Province. 
Visit to the Main Handicrafts Market and Cuicocha Lake.
Tour to Mitad del Mundo (Equator Museum History &1st Geodesic Expedition History). 
Visit the Pululahua Crater.
Tour to Quilotoa Lake for the day.
Tour to Cotopaxi Volcano for the day.
Visit to Papallacta Hot Springs to get some well earned relaxation time!
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
Limited 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
5 - 5 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
29 days (min. stay)
$ 6,120
29 days (max. stay)
$ 6,120
Average fees
$ 1,477 /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%)
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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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