Ecuador’s pristine Pacific coastline is populated with hundreds of marine species for unique surfing and snorkeling experiences. Moving inland, the upper Amazon rainforest leads to the snowcapped Andes and inspires hikers and whitewater rafters with rugged beauty. On the Galapagos Islands, the legacy of Charles Darwin continues to teach us lessons in survival.
Pasillo, the national music heard in every city and town, lends an evocative soundtrack for admiring the beauty of this South American country and dignity of its people as they carry on, sigue no mas.
The Road Less Traveled accompanies these natural and cultural experiences with activities that make the trip truly life-changing. We work with tree nurseries to support reforestation of the Amazon – work of global importance where more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced. We head up into the mountains to work alongside indigenous farm families, helping with harvest and milking cows; we bake bread and break bread with our hosts.
And bring your Spanish skills. This is a language immersion trip that requires some fluency with Spanish.
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12 years! We have a long history traveling in Ecuador and have forged life-long connections in the communities we've visited.
Cochas is a small, indigenous community of Ecuadorians living in the Imbabura Province north of Otavalo. With a population of only 590 people, Cochas is a peaceful place where people make their living through agriculture (corn, wheat, barley) and dairy. Most of these inhabitants are indigenous descendants of the Caranquie and Cayambis who lived in the area before the Incas. While there, we explore the land of lakes, exchange stories with locals, teach basic English skills to school children, improve our Spanish skills, and assist at the dairy storage facility.
Because this is a language immersion program, we ask that students traveling with us to Ecuador have at least two years of Spanish-speaking experience prior to joining us. This allows us to dive deep into culture, forge more meaningful connections with the communities we visit, and build upon our Spanish skills as a group.
Six days! We journey to the remote islands to experience the wondrous scene that inspired Darwin’s Origin of Species. While there, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, home to giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies before taking a ferry to the island of Isabella, our home base for the next several days. While on Isabella Island, we hike Volcán Chico, the world’s second-largest crater, learn to surf, and snorkel with sea lions in the Tintoreras Preserve.
I just wanted to let you know that our son Matthew had, as he says with a huge smile, an "awesome" time on the Sigue No Mas trip. He enjoyed every single part of it, from the leaders, his fellow participants, the village to the activities and the Galapagos. Matthew is our third son to participate in a RLT trip and we have been so happy with your programs," Gerri C., Sigue No Mas Alumni Parent
Ankit came back beaming with excitement, and his over 800 photos were testimony to how much he enjoyed the trip. We are impressed at how the experience has helped to grow his character and personality," Deepa and Rajiv, Sigue No Mas Alumni Parents
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To explore ancient/modern cities and colorful markets
To take in the grandeur of the Andes and Amazon
To visit the evolutionary scene that inspired Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
To be immersed in the Spanish language
To live and work with indigenous farm families much as their ancestors did
To help with reforestation of the Amazon rainforests
Surf and snorkel the Pacific
Straddle the equator at the Middle of the World
Hike to waterfalls in the Amazon rainforest, and stop to swim in hidden lagoons
Meet colorful locals: giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and hideous but harmless iguanas
We invite you to start your journey to ECUADOR AND THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS today.