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 (dinner not included).

DAYS 2 – 6: SPANISH CLASSES AND 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 or a visit to a local high school.
  • Return to your host family for dinner and night accommodation.
Ecuador - Otavalo Market

DAY 7: 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.

DAY 8: 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 Chocoanlowlands 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.
Ecuador - Mindo Hummingbirds 2

DAYS 9 – 13: SPANISH CLASSES AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • After breakfast at home, attend Spanish classes (8am – 12pm).
  • Return to your host family for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, participate in a variety of cultural activities such as: an Ecuadorian cooking class, a soccer match or a visit to a local music school.
  • Dinner and night accommodation with your host family (on your last night, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group at a local restaurant).

DAY 14: DEPART

  • After breakfast, say a fond “hasta luego” to your host family and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

¡Hasta pronto y buen viaje!