Spanish, Volunteering, Yoga & Surf Galapagos
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Then you are in the correct spot and life has guided you to Ecuador, the only nation in the world with a name derived from a geographical feature. Don’t be deceived by Ecuador’s diminutive size; in fact, this is what makes it so endearing.
Would you be interested in experiencing life in the country closest to space?
Come along on this adventure with us and see for yourself what a magical, vibrant, and thrilling experience Ecuador is.
I T I N E R A R Y
Please keep in mind that you will be at a high altitude (2800 meters), so take it slow the first few days and cut back on the drinking and partying in order to avoid altitude sickness.
Today you will immerse yourself in historical antique buildings and sites, replete with (some of them pretty spooky) ancient stories, aside from learning that Quito was the first city to ever be awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, your guide will take you to La Carolina, Quito’s “Central Park,” where you may explore this lovely green metropolitan site and explore more about the local culture. You will then head back to Selina, where you can unwind and allow these recent memories to settle in.
After breakfast, you will leave Quito behind and make your way to the picturesque Lasso, where you will spend the night in a comfortable dorm at the charming Chuquiragua Lodge. Lasso is a small town in Ecuador’s highlands that serves as one of the primary entrances to the Cotopaxi National Park.
Your guide will take you to discover Cotopaxi’s basecamp of the second highest summit in Ecuador. Prepare yourself to experience what hiking at a high altitude feels like. Keep in mind to remain hydrated and wear warm, waterproof clothing. Eating a sugary snack while hiking can help you avoid altitude sickness.
Furthermore, be prepared for one of the most adventurous moments in Ecuador while biking back down from Cotopaxi!
Lunch and dinner will be provided to you on this thrilling day.
Once you arrive in Baños, the portal to the jungle, you will check into Hostal Chimenea where you will once again be staying in a comfy dorm.
Lunch will be provided for you today.
Since tonight is your last night in Baños, you’re going to put all those hours of Spanish and dancing lessons to good use by visiting one last time the fun clubs and bars of this amazing town.
DAY 9 to 21
This facility was established in 2006 with the goal of conserving the Amazon region’s wildlife through the rescue and rehabilitation of native flora and fauna. The center’s animals are all survivors of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Many of the animals were seized from families who had kept them in captivity, while others were saved from animal merchants who were trying to export the creatures. Some of the animals were orphaned when their parents were murdered by hunters.
Prepare to forget about the bustling outside world and lose yourself for two weeks in this crazy yet wonderful paradise packed with daily breathtaking sights and activities that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
- Day to day care of the animals.
- Cutting up fruit, preparation of diets, feeding the animals.
- Helping new arrivals adjust to the center.
- General maintenance and cleaning.
- Construction work; repairing and building new enclosures.
- Cage and enclosure enrichment.
- Assisting the vet when necessary.
Other activities such as gardening, improving trails, making signs for visitors.
Meals are included in your stay at the animal rescue facility. You will have free time on Saturday afternoon and Sunday to unwind in the center (without meals) or explore the exciting Amazonian town of Puyo.
Once arrived in Montañita, you will check into the fun and dynamic Hostal Casa del Sol.
For more than ten years, the community has worked to manage and develop local tourist initiatives as well as to conserve and protect trees and their surrounds. Due to the peace and cleanliness of its beaches, sea turtles believe this region to be the ideal site to lay their eggs. Some examples of the activities are:
- Cleaning Las Tunas beach and cleaning the Ayampe river
- Reforestation plan of more than 100 hectares in a reserve in Ayampe
- Permaculture and development of recycling systems
- Direct interaction with the community, education programs environment for people in the community and for volunteers
- Watching and monitoring the turtle´s nest (If lucky you could see the eggs hatching)
- Compost making
Lunch is also being provided.
Humpback whales travel more than 7,000 miles from Antarctica to the coasts of Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. A humpback whale’s length and weight can both reach 15 meters. It is the fifth-largest animal in the world. You will have the chance to locate the whale’s active groups, where several males mate with the females since they are in a humpback whale breeding area.
We hope you had magical encounters for a lifetime and have a safe flight home or enjoy your new adventure with the Galapagos extension….
The start dates of this program in 2024 will be;
- Saturday 02 March
- Saturday 13 April
- Saturday 11 May
- Saturday 27 July
- Saturday 21 September
- Saturday 09 November
things to consider
What is included?
- Welcome dinner.
- Bilingual guide day 1st to 9th and from day 21st to 30rd.
- Public bus day 2 for city tour, day 27 for volunteering day, day 28 to go to Puerto Lopez and back.
- Private transportation day 1, 3, 4, 9, 22. Volunteering at the beach on day 28th with lunch.
- Day tour Isla de la Plata lunch included.
- 29 nights based in dorm with breakfast included.
- 2 volunteering weeks at Yanacocha center included meals during the week.
- 2 hours yoga classes.
- 6 hours surf classes.
- Bike ride in Baños.
- 1 hour salsa lesson.
- 12 hours of Spanish lesson.
- Biking Cotopaxi.
- Visit Quilotoa crater lake.
- Farewell dinner and party.
What is NOT included?
- Other meals not mentioned at the program.
- Other expenses
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