Join us for an Alternative Spring Break in the Ecuadorian Amazon
This week-long immersion trip will expose students to the culture and ecology of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Students will work directly with Runa Foundation and Amazon Learning staff on a variety of ongoing projects including conservation and wildlife monitoring, reforestation, and community development.
Participants will hike through virgin rainforest, taste traditional cuisine, get their hands dirty with local Amazonian farmers, swim by pristine waterfalls, and much more! We are so excited to share this experience, sign up today!
In 2016, Amazon Learning is teaming with Runa Foundation to offer three separate trips to accommodate different spring break schedules. Each trip is based on a Saturday arrival and a Sunday departure. The following dates are available:
1) March 12 - 19
2) March 19 - 26
3) March 26 - April 2
Day 1 – Saturday – Arrive in Quito/Stay the night in a traditional Andean Hostel/Meet the team!
Day 2 – Sunday – Travel by car from Quito to Tena / On the way you will learn about the diverse ecosystems as we wind our way down the Andes into the Amazon Basin. You will see majestic volcanoes and spend part of the day relaxing in naturally heated hot springs.
Day 3 – Monday – Introduction to Ecuador and Amazon / Tour of the local city of Tena and “monkey beaches” of Misahualli / Visit Amazonian museums / Hike to nearby waterfall of Las Latas
Day 4 – Tuesday – Spend the day in a local community deep in the Amazon, nestled by the pristine Napo-Galeras forest reserve / Work in an Amazonian forest garden or “chakra” and plant native trees / Learn the importance of biodiversity and food security / Camping in the community