- Experience the local lifestyle, know more about the culture and history of the place
- Explore the great Amazonian Rainforests and go for adventure trips around the city of Quito
- Visit the Andean plateau with a series of active volcanoes and get to witness the highest active volcano in the world
- Go for mountain biking at Cotopaxi
- Attend Spanish Language Learning Classes while living in the country
- Attend Salsa Classes with professionals
- Visit Montañita and attend surfing lessons
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ecuador
In a span of 4 weeks during your gap year, the Discover Ecuador Program will take you to some of the most beautiful cities, and let you experience the authentic taste of life. You’ll get to attend Spanish classes in the city of Quito and Montañita, go for Salsa lessons as well surfing courses. Go for an adventurous mountain biking tour of Cotopaxi, spend a few days at the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and absorb the freshness of nature. If you wish to explore Ecuador differently, then there can be no better option than choosing this thrilling trip!
Day 1 - Saturday- Welcome to Ecuador
Arrival in Ecuador. You'll be greeted by our coordinator at the airport, who'll take you to the accommodation in Quito.
Day 2 - Sunday - Explore Quito
It's your free day to explore the city of Quito.
Day 3 - 7 Monday to Friday - Spanish Language Classes
You'll begin with your Spanish Language Learning Course. You'll be having 4 hours of group lessons each day. On Tuesday evening, you'll also attend the Salsa class.
Day 8 - Saturday - Visit Cotopaxi
You'll be going for a day trip to Cotopaxi.
Day 9 - Sunday - Visit Lago Agrio
Today you'll be traveling to Lago Agrio by public transport. (Tickets not included)
Day 10 - 14 Monday to Friday - Jungle tour to Jamu Lodge
5 days/4 nights jungle tour to Jamu Lodge in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. It'll be a unique experience in the Ecuadorian jungle. All accommodation (dorm style), transport, tours, guide, and meals included. On Friday, you'll be traveling back to Quito (transfer not included).
Day 15 - Saturday - Free Day
Free day to relax and explore on your own.
Day 16 - 22 Sunday to Friday - Traveling to Banos
You'll be traveling to Banos (by public transport, transfer not included). You'll be staying at the hostel in the cozy town of Banos and spend 20 hours this week, in learning Spanish. You'll also get to indulge in adventure sports like mountain biking and canopy walking.
Day 23 - 29 Saturday to Friday - Travel to Montañita
You'll be traveling to Montañita. Start with the Spanish learning and Surfing package in Montañita. Accommodation this week will be in a dormitory cabaña.
Day 30 - Saturday - Time to Leave
You tour ends today, and it's time to head back to home or travel to another destination.
Dates & Cost
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 1 lunch
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.