Ecuador 2023 - CAS - Creativity, Activity, Service

January 20, 2023

Day 1 - (Depends on the arrival time of group) Experience the future of sustainability as we take a trip to the New Part of Quito, where we'll visit the Environmental Education Center. Discover the secrets of recycling, circular economy, and environmental preservation through an interactive, entertaining sensory tour. Enjoy a 45-minute chat about the Recycling Laboratory, where you'll learn about innovative ways to repurpose and reuse waste, and the role we all play in creating a greener, more sustainable future.

Night in Quito

Day 2.

Experience one of Ecuador's most breathtaking natural wonders with the Quilotoa Tour. Explore the breathtaking crater lake of Quilotoa and the surrounding indigenous communities.

The tour begins at 7:30am at the meeting point, where you'll be greeted by your guide, and taken on a journey through the picturesque towns of Saquisili and Pujili (on Thursdays and Sundays). You'll then visit an indigenous house and the awe-inspiring Toachi canyon. You'll begin descending into the Laguna, where you can take an optional kayaking trip. After exploring Quilotoa Laguna, you'll have a traditional Ecuadorian lunch then begin the journey to Banos.

Join the Quilotoa Tour and see one of the most spectacular places on earth with your own eyes

Night in Banos

Day 3.
Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you welcome to Baños, Ecuador, a small town nestled in the Andes Mountains, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping activities. Our itinerary, which is subject to change, is jam-packed with exciting experiences that will leave you in awe.

Starting at 9:30 am, we'll set off on an exploration of the city of Baños, immersing ourselves in its vibrant culture and charming streets. At 10:30 am, we'll visit the famous Casa del Arbol, also known as the "Treehouse," where you'll be able to take in panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from its unique tree-top observation deck.

We'll continue to the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall, a natural wonder not to be missed. The powerful waterfall cascading down the mountain, surrounded by lush vegetation, is an awe-inspiring sight. After a satisfying lunch, unleash the thrill-seeker within and take the opportunity to experience the ultimate adventure, as we soar through the skies on a heart-racing zipline ride or relax our worries away in the Hot Springs of Banos. Time permitting, of course, but don't miss out on this chance to add extra excitement or time to relax and recharge. And finally, we'll embark on a journey to Puyo, a town that is known for its rich culture and natural beauty. This day trip to Baños will be a memory you will cherish forever.

Night in Puyo

Day 4.

"The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer," said the man who believed in utopia as part of living history.

Surely, when Omar Tello set out to make a deforested land into a forest, he did not think about time or effort, but about the final point, which he also knew would never arrive because his efforts would be daily and for life.

The Las Orquídeas Botanical Garden contains many stories that began with rescuing endangered plant species. Then came the gradual approach to fauna, work that nature would take care of in its evolution with each recovered plant.
The final result is the new model of conservation, always under construction, in the construction of a paradigm as a faithful reflection of the flashes that animate us from the depths of the jungle.
Embark on an enlightening journey of conservation as you start your morning with a short lecture that will open your eyes to the importance of protecting our planet. Next, be guided by the passionate and knowledgeable Omar, as he takes you on a tour of his Botanical Garden, revealing the secrets and wonders of this unique and special place.
After a nourishing lunch, roll up your sleeves and get a firsthand experience of traditional conservation methods, as you plant a tree, making a meaningful contribution to the preservation of the forest. As the day comes to an end, gather together for a thought-provoking conversation on conservation and the role each one of us can play in creating a more sustainable future for our planet. This will be an educational and fulfilling day that will leave you feeling empowered to make a positive impact on the world.
Arrive at your host family’s house in the community of Tsuraku a Shuar community.
Night with Tsuraku Family

Day 5.
The Shuar community in Ecuador is known for its rich cultural heritage and deep connection to the natural world. They have a long history of resistance and resilience against attempts to exploit their land and resources. Their traditional way of life, based on sustainable practices, is a valuable example for the rest of the world on how to live in harmony with nature.
You will learn the ancient wisdom of the Shuar people. Learn about their unique healing practices and gain a deeper understanding of the medicinal properties of the local plants and traditional farming methods. Enjoy a traditional cooking lesson where you will learn to prepare delicious meals using all-natural, locally sourced ingredients, cooked to perfection using leaves. After an unforgettable day, hike back out and take the bus back to Quito with a renewed appreciation for the Shuar culture and the natural world.
Night in Quito

Day 6.

If time permits, we unlock the secrets of Ecuador's rich cultural heritage on this unforgettable journey through time. Start the day with an early morning visit to the Monument Equator Line, where you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. Then delve deeper into the region's history as you explore the Museo Itinan Museo, where a guided tour of 45 minutes will transport you back in time to the days of the Inca civilization and its impact on the region. But the adventure doesn't end there, as you'll also visit the Puluhua Crater, a unique geological formation that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Your tour concludes with a return to the Quito Mariscal Airport to catch your flight, leaving you with unforgettable memories of Ecuador's rich cultural heritage.