2021 Telluride Ecuador Program

All enrollments are guaranteed a 100% refund of the Program Tuition if cancellation is made before 120 days from departure.
Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Telluride Ecuador Program! You are currently on the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for a once in a lifetime experience in Ecuador!!
Travel Dates: July 26, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,290 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $650
Deadline(s): Enroll with the promo code 'telluride' before November 1st and save $150 off the program tuition!

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Program Tuition: $2,290

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Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$223.75

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* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Team upon enrollment.

All prices in United States Dollars.

Ecuador Service Adventure

Dense Amazonian rainforest, snow-capped Andean peaks, and volcanic islands that gave birth to our understanding of evolution – Ecuador is a place of many wonders. From Quito’s historic colonial district to the bustling markets of Otavalo to quite communities tucked into rolling mountains, our Ecuador Service Adventure will introduce you to parts of the country well off the beaten path and fill you with the excitement which have drawn adventurous travelers to the country for years.

Service Adventures

Service Adventures

Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Work on a community service project in Nanegal

Stay in an inhabited volcanic crater

Practice your Spanish language skills with locals

Experience ziplining and hot springs in the Andes

Explore historic downtown Quito

The Itinerary


We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
July 26USA – QuitoEvening arrival to Quito and transfer to hotel.Sol De Quito Hotel or Hotel San Francisco de Quito
July 27Quito – PululahuaStart the day with a walking tour of historic downtown Quito, one of the most well preserved historic districts in all of South America. After lunch we'll ascend the spires of the Basilica del Voto Nacional. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Intiñan Museum located at the equator and enjoy the disorienting coriolis effect. We'll then have dinner on the edge of Pululahua Volcano, one of the only inhabited volcanic craters in the world.El Crater Hotel
July 28Pululahua – OtavaloToday we'll drive between breathtaking mountains and valleys to Otavalo, where we will spend the next two days visiting artisan workshops and learning firsthand about Ecuadorian/Andean culture (music, dress, and cuisine). Today we'll start with a presentation from local expert musicians and lunch in their home. We'll finish the day with some shopping at the Plaza de los Ponchos, one of Latin America's most famous artisan markets. We'll dine near the square and have the chance to sample some delicious Ecuadorian street food.Las Palmeras Inn
July 29OtavaloThe adventures continue this morning for our second day in Otavalo! After breakfast we'll head over to a textiles cooperative to learn about indigenous hand weaving methods famous in Otavalo. We will have the opportunity to watch and learn from the best- the Andrango family who runs the co-op is one of the country's leaders in preserving this important tradition. Afterwards we will picnic at Peguche Waterfall, exploring the trails and soaking in the hot springs this afternoon. Tonight we will hold a host community orientation orientation to prepare for our homestay experience beginning tomorrow.Las Palmeras Inn
July 30Otavalo - NanegalWe'll descend from the mountains, stopping through small towns along the way, and arrive at our host community of Nanegal. Here we'll meet our homestay families, familiarize ourselves around the town, and learn about our community service project. In the afternoon, we'll take a hike to a lookout to see the entire valley in which Nanegal is situated. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with local community members in Spanish, participate in cross-cultural exchanges, and learn more about the rich culture of Ecuador.Nanegal Homestays
July 31NanegalDuring our stay in Nanegal, we'll wake up early to work on our community service project and spend time with host families in the afternoons and evenings. Evening activities will vary, ranging from hikes to waterfalls, swimming in the river, dancing, playing music, farm visits, and generally getting to know the beautiful and unique culture and history of Nanegal.Nanegal Homestays
August 1NanegalToday, we will continue our work on the community service project and spend time with host families. Evening activities will vary (see above).Nanegal Homestays
August 2NanegalToday, we will finish work on our community service project. This evening we will enjoy a fiesta de despedida with community leaders and our host families for a final thank you meal to celebrate our time shared in Nanegal together.Nanegal Homestays
August 3Nanegal – PapallactaBefore we ascend into the mountains again, we'll either stop and go on a zip-line tour of Nanegalito's cloud forest canopy or go white water rafting in Mindo. In the afternoon we'll travel to Papallacta Hot Springs high in the Andes, arriving in time for dinner. Tonight we'll be able to enjoy the hot springs under the impressive constellations of the southern hemisphere's skies.Termas de Papallacta
August 4PapallactaWith so much to see in the Antisana Reserve, we'll have the option to hike the trails and explore our surroundings. We'll make sure to take advantage of the infamous springs again before capping off our time in Papallacta with a group reflection.Termas de Papallacta
August 5Papallacta – Quito – USAWe'll travel from Papallacta to Quito. Later, we'll ride a cable car up Pichincha Volcano or head over to Parque Itchimbia to see a final panoramic view of Quito, then have a final goodbye dinner before our international flight tonight.Airplane
August 6USAArrive home!Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Sol de Quito

This hotel in Quito’s commercial and financial districts offers comfortable accommodations and modern amenities in a charming colonial style. The hotel is family owned and operated and boasts a large collection of historical artifacts that give it a unique character. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

El Crater Hotel

Situated on the precipice of the Volcano Pululahua, the hotel’s supreme location is unlike any other accommodation on the planet. Each room contains large windows from which students can admire the beauty of this setting and watch the ever-changing climate of the area from the comfort of their rooms. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Las Palmeras Inn Otavalo

This 150 year old highlands ranch is designed in traditional Andean styles. A collection of garden cottages each with their own fireplace, Las Palmeras Inn provides unmatched tranquility in a gorgeous mountain setting. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Las Termas de Papallacta

Las Termas de Papallacta is an ideal escape to nature with its collection of hot springs, comfortable accommodations, and beautiful mountain scenery. Whether soaking in the springs, star gazing, or taking advantage of any of the nearby hikes, Las Termas feels more like an experience than a hotel. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Homestay

Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.

Safety and Support


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I have been on two trips with Walking Tree and both trips have been two of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Cameron
Alumni traveler to Belize and Thailand

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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