Quito homestay with classes

Ecuador | 14 days / 13 nights ​
Quito Skyline

DAY 1: USA | QUITO

  • ¡Bienvenidos a Ecuador! A Forum Tour Representative will greet you at the airport and help you transfer to your host families for dinner and night accommodation.

DAYS 2-6: SPANISH CLASSES & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • After breakfast at home, meet your group at school, located just 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from your host family.
  • On your first day, attend a welcome orientation, meet your teachers and learn how your classes will work.
  • Attend Spanish classes from 8am – 12pm.
  • Return to your host family for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, participate in a variety of cultural activities such as: a guided city tour, salsa dance lessons, an Ecuadorian cooking class, a soccer match, or a visit to a local high school.
  • Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.
Ecuador - Mitad Del Mundo

DAY 7: CITY TOUR | MITAD DEL MUNDO ​

  • After breakfast at home, meet your group at school. ​
  • Today, explore Quito’s colonial center, one of the most well-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Learn about the city’s history and artistic legacy, as you admire the architecture of its colonial buildings. Take in unique religious artwork from the Quito School tradition, which combines European Renaissance and Baroque styles with indigenous and mestizo influences. ​
  • Enjoy a boxed lunch while taking in a scenic view of the Pululahua volcano and surrounding area.​
  • Continue to the Mitad del Mundo – the invisible line known as the Equator. See the famous monument and stand with one foot in each hemisphere! ​
  • Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.​
Ecuador - Otavalo Market

DAY 8: YUNQUILLA COMMUNITY ​

  • Breakfast with your host family.​
  • Today you will visit the small, Andean community of Yunquilla. Learn about their thriving community-based tourism and successful microenterprises while experiencing the magic of the cloud forest.​
  • Enjoy a walk in the Tahuallullo community farm where you’ll see sustainable, community projects such as forest nurseries, artisan craft workshops, and fresh cheese and artisanal jam enterprises.​
  • Enjoy a delicious homemade organic lunch.​
  • Visit the family organic gardens and learn about their medicinal plants.​
  • Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.​

DAY 9: OTAVALO

  • After breakfast, board your private bus to Otavalo. Practice your Spanish with local vendors at the Mercado de Ponchos, a traditional outdoor craft market filled with colorful tapestries, beautiful hand-knit sweaters, wood carvings, silver jewelry, panama hats, and more.
    Stop for lunch at Cotacachi, a charming artisan town dedicated to the production of fine leather goods.
    End the day with a visit to Cuicocha and admire the amazing crater lake.
    Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.
Ecuador - Mindo Hummingbirds 2

DAY 10: MINDO CLOUD FOREST

  • After breakfast at home, meet your group for a day trip to Mindo, one of the most biologically diverse spots in Ecuador. Here, the eco-regions of the Tropical Andes and the Chocoan lowlands meet.
    Visit a private 650-hectare cloud forest reserve, home to a multitude of
    epiphytes (air plants), including bromeliads, orchids, moss and ferns, as
    well as different species of brilliantly-colored hummingbirds.
    Continue to a butterfly farm where you’ll be immersed in an exhibition of 25 varieties of the vibrant, delicate creatures.
    After lunch in the area, learn hands-on how to make chocolate from cocoa beans at a local chocolate factory.
    Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.

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DAY 9: PUNO – JULIACA – LIMA

  • After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Juliaca Airport and board your domestic flight to Lima.
  • Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour of Lima. Start with a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco – famous for its catacombs containing 70,000  graves!
  • Then see the Government and Archbishop´s Palaces in the Plaza Mayor.
  • Have some free time for lunch in the popular Plaza San Martín. I
  • In the afternoon, visit the modern district of Miraflores.
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Lima.

DAY 10: DEPART

  • After breakfast, say “¡Adios!” to your Forum Tour Manager and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.