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Amazon Jungle program – Instituto Superior de Español

This is not the usual Spanish class: You will know that for a fact as soon as you are putting on some Wellington boots to climb into a motorised canoe that takes you 1 hour deep into the Amazon Jungle. Before you get to your new destination for the next days or weeks you will say goodbye to your friends on social media, your internet connection, basically your digital self and “hola” to this wonderful natural world filled with hummingbirds, macaws, honey bears and monkeys along a stunning river called Napo. And of course you will meet the Quichua people, who are living and preserving their century old traditions right here. To make friends with them, you might simply start out with a smile and a few hand gestures – don’t worry, just let your daily Spanish lessons take care of the rest. Afternoon excursions into the jungle, chats about the Amazon rainforest and its many ‘inhabitants ‘, a healing ceremony by a shaman as well as great local food will turn this trip into a true little adventure whilst your home away from home will be a comfortable Eco Lodge. You are gonna be in good hands as an experienced ISE teacher who knows the area like the back of their hand will be traveling with you & your fellow students.

Your Amazon Jungle program: what’s included?

Lessons: 4 Spanish group lessons per day (at 55min each) on weekdays

Group size: 2-4 students

Time table: 08:30 – 12:30 Monday – Friday

Duration: Min. 1 week/ 20 lessons

Start: Every first Monday of the month

Transport: Airport transfer to your accommodation in Quito and bus/ boat fee for your return trip to your Amazon destination are included

Accommodation: Double Indian huts 5 days/4 nights per week (not included: accommodation fees for weekends: +$110 per night*)

Meals: Full board, apart from transit day in Coca

Activities: Guided afternoon trips every weekday and 1 night excursion.

Certificate: Diploma or Studies certificate

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced & Superior

 

$899 per week*

Accommodation

AMAZON ECO LODGE:

Hut: Your Indian lodge is situated near the famous Napo river. The huts are shared with other students, they have double, triple or quadruple beds, mosquito nets & a hammock. There is a restaurant/bar located on site. (Private hut available on request at an additional cost of $110 per night)
Bathroom: Private with hot water 24/7.
Electricity: Only limited hours each day.
Wifi & phones reception: Not available as you are completely off the beaten track
Included: Towels, linen, 1x clean per week, key-set, meals, security box, drinking water
Also included: The rainforest is home to many insects which will find their way into the accommodation, so please keep this in mind, take preventative measures & bring a good insect repellent & necessary treatment with you.

*This eco lodge forms part of the Yuturi Conservation Group, which develops programs to save our rainforest.

Activities

Bird watching tour

Night boat tour discovering caimans

Wildlife night tour through the jungle

Piranha fishing tour

‘Socali’ path hiking experience

Indigenous family visit

Facts about the Amazon basin & Napo river: 

El Oriente: This is what the Ecuadorians call the Amazon Jungle, because it is situated in the east of the country.

Amazon rainforest: Is housing 2.5 million diverse insect species and more than 40000 plants, forming 10% of the worlds known species.

Napo river: Has its origin on the eastern side of the Andes & runs through one of the regions with the most tense biodiversity in Latin America e.g. containing the reserves of Sumaco & Yasuni, which are 2 of the main National Parks here and amalgamates with the Amazon river approx. 80km down from Iquitos.

Naporunas: A few hundred years ago the people of the Napo river have been expelled by Portuguese rubber harvesters & moved up-stream where they mixed with the Quichua communities and are now known as the Naporunas or Quichuas.

What students said about this school: 

I enjoyed my stay in the Amazon so much! I didn’t expect to be able to travel and to see so many different places in such a short time. I’ve seen Coca, Tena and Misuhalli, stayed in this beautiful lodge close to the Naporiver, and visited the Shuar close to Puyo. I really enjoyed my stay! (Anna, Germany)

Being at ISE was incredible! I feel like I learned a lot and all of the teachers that I had were really wonderful. They all made for a wonderful experience, and made it easy to be excited about learning Spanish! (Natalia, USA)

Volunteering

ISE collaborates with several volunteer organisations and is happy to give advise and organise volunteer positions related to humanitarian, educational or environmental projects in Quito, Otavalo, the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. You have to be at least 18 years old, the min. duration is 1 week.

Volunteering organisation fee $100

Info:

One time registration fee is $40. 

To participate in any of the ISE programs or courses, the student is required to organise their medical and life travel insurance and provide the school the necessary information for any case of emergency.

Start dates & Holidays: 

Course beginn: Every first Monday of the month

School closing dates: The school is operating all year round, except 25th December & 1st January

Getting here

Students joining Spanish courses in the Amazon Jungle will most likely fly to Quito [Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre].

The school offers free airport transfers to your temporary accommodation in Quito.

You can take the bus to El Coca. The companies Trans-Esmeraldas and Transportes Baños provide night buses along the route: Quito – Baeza – Loreto – El Coca. Duration: approx. 8 hours.

Alternatively it is possible to take a 45min flight to El Coca with Aerogal or TAME.

The transfer from Quito to Coca by bus is included in the course rates. 

From Puerto de Orellana (Coca) you will take a trip on a motorised canoe to your Eco Lodge.

This boat transfer is also included in the course rates.

To book your Spanish course with this language school, please fill in the form below and press the submit button. ISE will be in touch shortly. 

Instituto Superior de Español- booking form
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