Quito, Ecuador Highlights

Quito Ecuador to Galapagos Islands

FIELD TRIPS
Even though your adventure starts in Quito and the Galápagos Islands, course-related excursions and an extra-curricular field trip take you beyond the campus to discover the cultures and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.

Galápagos Islands
4 Days | Summer
Tour the islands by boat to further your knowledge of environmental issues. Activities have included snorkeling, guided tours, and discussions on identifying Ecuador's flora and fauna.

COURSE-RELATED EXCURSIONS
Course-related excursions are academic trips associated with courses. They are organized to complement your courses and contribute to a general knowledge of current environmental, political, and economic issues. The cost of these course-related excursions is included in the program fee, and participation is required. Here are a few possible destinations.

Amazon Rainforest Region
4 Days | Summer
Hike the world’s largest and most biologically diverse rainforest with a local guide.

Maquipucuna Reserve
1 Day | Summer
Located 50 miles northwest of Quito, the Maquipucuna reserve is one of the earth´s top three biodiversity hot-spots. 10% of Ecuador´s plant diversity, as well as over 20% of Ecuador´s bird diversity have been registered at the Maquipucuna Reserve.

Mitad del Mundo
1 Day | Summer
Straddle the equator and enjoy views of beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Otavalo
1 Day | Summer
Visit an indigenous market and learn about the crafts and food being sold.

Polylepis Forest
2 Days | Summer
The Polylepis Forest is a bright colored forest with about 15 evergreen tree species that are characterized by gnarled shapes. During this visit you will also have the opportunity to visit Riobamba as well as Chimborazo, an inactive volcano and the highest mountain in Ecuador.

Source: www.iesabroad.org
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