ECUADOR Service Learning & Galapagos Ecosystems:Yanguilla (cloud forest), Bosque Jerusalem (dry forest), Ecuadorian Amazon (rainforest), Papallacta (paramo), Galapagos Islands (volcanic archipelago). Cultural Activities and Topics:Otavalo history and market, medicinal plants, Amazon cultural immersion, Galapagos history and ecology. Service Learning/Hiking: Bosque Jerusalem, Amazon community and school visit.
E C U A D O R
Quito Day 1: Arrive in Quito – Transfer to hotel and overnight
Missahualli Day 2: Into the Jungle Transfer to Tena. Board a boat at Punto de AhuanoPort and travel to the Amazon Animal Rescue Center. Transfer to the Jungle Lodge for dinner and the overnight. Optional nighttime nature walk after dinner. Day 3: Education and School Improvement Spend the morning teaching in a rural school in the small community of PakayChikta across the river, and engage in a school improvement service project. Continue with a Chicha of Yucca demonstration before returning to the lodge for dinner.
Chicha of Yucca
Papallacta / Otavalo Day 4: Papallacta and OtavaloReturn to Tena. Transfer to Papallacta Hot Springs for a chance to relax in the waters of the springs. Dinner and overnight in Otavalo.
Otavalo Day 5: Visit “el Mercado de los Ponchos”, the internationally renowned artisan market in Otavalo.
Otavalo / Bosque Jerusalem Day 5 (ctd): Bosque Jerusalem - Participate in or learn about a reforestation project in the Andean dry forest and learn the history of some native medicinal plant species.
Yunguilla| Quito Day 6: Yunguilla and the Equator Transfer to Yunguilla in the cloud forest for a visit to a jam and cheese factory. Continue to Intinan to visit the Equator Museum there. Return to Quito for dinner and the overnight.
Galapagos Day 7: Fly to Baltra and continue on to Santa Cruz, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station Day 8: Enjoy a boat excursion to Bartolomé Island or Isabela Island Day 9: Enjoy a boat excursion to North Seymour or FloreanaIsland Day 10: Visit the Twin Craters, Fly to Quito Day 11: Fly home