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‘Exploring Ecuador’ – 19 days Travelling Classroom / Instituto Superior de Español
This intensive round trip takes you to the most spectacular parts of mainland Ecuador: From Quito’s Unesco World Heritage architecture to Indigenous communities in the mountains, from the countries highest Andean peak to the Amazonian Napo River. You won’t find more diverse or stunning scenery to learn Spanish in, whether you are joining a small group or opt for private lessons with your ‘travelling teacher’. Exciting activities, encounters with the locals & cosy hotels will round up your versatile exploration of Ecuador.
Accomodation: 18 nights in a hotel/ hostel
Spanish classes: 60 group lessons [45 lessons formal face to face Spanish classes plus 15 hours of practice during your daily trips with your Spanish teacher]
Activities: Excursions as listed below
Tranfers: Public transportation by bus
Internet: WIFI at your accommodation
Meals, drinks, personal expenses
No time for a sabbatical? No worries: This innovative type of language travel allows you to completely maximise your time at your chosen destination. You will study Spanish whilst doing adventurous activities out in nature and learning about local culture & history ‘on the move’ accompanied by an experienced Spanish teacher.
You really get to explore nature, see the most iconic sights & get the opportunity to mix with the local people whilst upgrading your Spanish language skills, all in just 1 to 3 weeks. The total immersion programs include pre-arranged accommodation & transport so you will be free to focus on what matters most – new experiences, Spanish & a good portion of fun.
From relaxing in the natural thermal springs of ‘Baños’ to hiking up Andean volcanoes or canoeing along the Amazon Jungle: You can single out your favourite ‘once in a lifetime experience’ or choose a combination of them all!
Other Travelling Classroom programs:
Coming up soon:
- ‘Walking through the Andes’ – 12 days
- ‘Andes/ Amazon Jungle’ – 7 or 12 days
Forming the first stopover of your journey, this unique city is nestled in the Andes at an incredible 2850 metres above sea level and overlooked by the active volcano Pichincha in the west. The town unites most of Ecuadors important financial, cultural & administrative associations. Quitos historic centre is very well preserved & houses some of the first UNESCO world cultural heritage sites….
Situated in the north of Ecuador just a 2 to 3 hour bus ride from Quito, this small & peaceful town is not famous for its grand architecture, contrariwise the focus here lies on the locals, who pride themselves of their rich indigenous heritage & traditions. Besides the much acclaimed hospitality, the artistic talents of this community can be witnessed at one of the largest, most spectacular handicraft markets in Latin America which is said to go back to pre-Incan times.
LAGUNA DE CUICOCHA
At 2500 metres altitude Otavalo and surrounded by the three volcanos Imbabura, Cotacachi & Mojanda & forms a fantastic starting point for many excursions to the surrounding landscape to discover waterfalls, forests, wildlife & hidden lagoons. The Cuicocha lagoon is a 3km wide lake, situated on the foot of the still active Cotacachi volcano. It is going to be a one-off experience as the area often boosts low lying fog & you will see one on the most beautiful volcano lakes in the world framed by stunning flora, mountains & forests.
MACHACHI & CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
You will travel to Machachi, a town at almost 3000 metres, situated in the Central Highlands & discover the spectacular scenery with volcanoes & farmland. Also check out the beautiful theatre & white-washed church at Plaza Central.
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
On day five you will wake up in the beautiful town of Machachi, get back to some Spanish language coaching and move on to explore the famous Cotopaxi National Park by foot or pushbike. You will be immersed in a protected park with woodland, which is home to the countries emblematic animal, the Condor.
… is a wonderful turquoise lake surrounded by Andean mountain ranges. On a clear day, you will be able to get a glimpse of Cotopaxi’s and Ilinizas’ snowy summits.
Time to forget about the Pan-American Highway and enjoy the Andes from its most unspoiled angle. Pretty safe to say that a horseback is the best base to listen to nature and get fully immersed into the incredible scenery that surrounds you: the stunning Highlands with their volcanoes and lakes…
This town, known as the “Sultan of the Andes” is boasting views of Ecuadors highest mountain, the sacred Chimborazo. In front of this spectacular 6310 metre high backdrop you will get the chance to continue your Spanish training, stroll through town and have some unscheduled time for whatever crosses your path or mind.
Visit this picturesque small town nestled in a valley with stunning surrounding Andean landscape, soak in the peaceful atmosphere & check out Guanos unique artisanal carpets. At the town’s museum you will be intrigued about many of the sagas that have blossomed around Ecuador’s only mummy, which was found here in 1949.
NARIZ DEL DIABLO LINE
Jump out of bed early on this eventful day, on which your group bids farewell to the Highlands to venture off on the historic ‘Nariz del Diablo’ train. The construction of this line over one hundred years ago was a backbreaking endeavour and helped to boost trade and correspondence with the coastal regions. These days you get to just lean back into your seat and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views before taking in some more Spanish lectures in the town of Simbambe.
BAÑOS & TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO
Now the trip leads your to the famous town of Baños. This is the centre of pilgrimage, known to be the ‘gateway’ to the Amazon Basin, you will have the opportunity to take a stroll and admire the architecture, go shopping, enjoy a delicious meal, join a rafting excursion or just relax and ‘heal’ in the thermal springs on Baños’ outskirts.
Let the team take you to spectacular waterfalls and experience nature at it’s purest.
This tour takes you to the small hamlet of Misahuallí, situated on the banks of the Napo river it is the perfect place to spot monkeys & other wildlife.
AMAZON JUNGLE & NAPO RIVER
Join a guided tour through the Amazon Jungle whilst learning about its divers eco-system, getting to know some native survival techniques & discovering rare plants & animals. To add even more fun, you’ll also get the chance to ride a tube on the Napo river.
Tena is the major hotspot for the indigenous communities of the Kichwa & Huaorani, because here is where they trade & stock up their supplies. This capital of the Napo region is also known for its hospitable inhabitants and its many cultural manifestations.
What students said about ISE:
Amazing experience: very professional and dedicated teachers, friendly and helpful staff. (Ruta, 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)
I had a great time at the school and learnt a lot – more than I expected. I will recommend the school to all people that ask me about opportunities to learn Spanish in South America. (Matthias, Switzerland)
Immersion was very effective and I am much more confident in Spanish than I was before. Thank you for your time and hard work. I enjoyed learning Salsa, and spend a great day in the mountains with the pupils. (Becky, USA)
Ecuador – info
Ecuador, as the name suggests, was titled after its most famous geographical landmark, the equatorial line, which is located just north of Quito. The country houses Mount Chimborazo – the earth’s closest peak to the sun. Quito is Ecuadors capital as well as the highest constitutional capital in the world. The country is divided into 4 topographical zones: The coast, the highlands, the Amazon region & the islands.
In 2008 Ecuador completed a revolutionary plan being the number 1 country to not consider its natural environment as ‘property’ and instead acknowledging its constitutional rights which will help to maintain & regenerate it. Belonging to the 17 so called megadiverse countries, the biodiversity here is the most tense in the world.
The rich cultural heritage of Ecuador, which can be witnessed in numerous well preserved historic sites, stretches from the first small groups of Indigenous settlers to the Inca Empire and extends through the Spanish colonial occupation to a democratic multi-ethnic society.
Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre in Quito, approx. 43min drive /41km
(the school provides free airport transfers for the students)
Terminal de Ferricarriles, 12 min by car, 3km
Terminal Cumandá, 34 min by car, 13km
North: Terminal Ofelia, 32min by car, 15km
South: Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe, 37min by car, 12km
A single line underground transit system is currently being built …
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