From the Andes to the Jungle
Contained within the borders of one small country are the headwaters of the Amazon, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Andes, and Darwin’s Galapagos Islands. Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world! It has a remarkable variety of habitats and is as rich culturally as it is geographically. Discover Ecuador firsthand as you meet the indigenous peoples of the High Sierra, trek through clouds in the high Andes, and celebrate the vibrancy of rural family life.
Experience Otavalo, an Andean mountain village famous for its volcanic crater lake and artisan markets.
Become an integral part of your rural Ecuadorian home, harvesting fresh bananas and cacao or playing soccer with your siblings.
Improve your Spanish as you work side by side with locals on the construction of a school.
Explore the Amazon basin; traverse the rainforest in one of the world’s most biodiverse jungles.
Travel north from Quito across the equator past dramatic Andean peaks to the high altitude mountain town of Otavalo. Hike through spectacular scenery up the steep mountainside of Fuya Fuya and around the deep blue crater lake of Cuicocha. Admire the beauty and culture of the Otavaleño Indians with frequent glimpses of intricately embroidered blouses and distinctive golden necklaces adorning the women. Spend your nights in an idyllic hostel nestled in the rugged terrain of the Andean countryside and your days visiting textile markets, trying your hand at tapestry weaving with local artisans, and playing outdoor games with schoolchildren.
Become deeply rooted in a remote rural village in Ecuador’s western lowlands as you live with a family in a simple home and personally experience Ecuadorian warmth and generosity. For three weeks you work with locals in the restoration of a school building or the construction of a salon comunal (community center). Your contributions are forever remembered during future village fiestas or school graduation ceremonies held within this building. Discover a new culture and improve your conversational Spanish as you make patacones (plantain chips) with your host family or challenge the local volleyball team to an informal tournament.
Spend time exploring the Amazon Rainforest, home to remarkable biodiversity (800 species of fish, including three sorts of piranhas, 300 species of reptiles, thousands of species of trees and flora). Adventure into this baffling wilderness as you learn about the complex history and modern challenges of maintaining the Amazon in this corner of the world.
“I would definitely recommend Global Routes to anyone looking to go abroad for the summer. Before I went, I looked into a TON of programs, and decided that Global Routes was the best option, and I’m happy to say that it exceeded my expectations. My homestay family was kind, warm, welcoming, and accommodating, my leaders were fantastic, and the places we visited were amazing.”
– Julia, Ecuador Student Alum
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