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School trips to Ecuador

Experience diverse flora, fauna, the Amazon rain forest and the Galapagos archipelago

  • Key stage 3 - 16+
  • Year round

Experience the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos islands in Ecuador

Ecuador is considered one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and has some of the most fantastic landscapes, flora and fauna on the planet making it the perfect destination for students studying Geography and Biology. Home to the Galapagos archipelago famous for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Amazon rainforest, and the rugged Andes the learning opportunities are endless.  On a school trip to Equador, your students will also get a real feel for the indigenous people, their history and how the Incas shaped the countries culture and landscape.

Ecuador is the fourth-smallest South American country and with good roads and transport links, it’s relatively easy to travel around. This means you can experience each of the geographical regions; whether that’s trekking off into the highlands of the Andes, heading to the white sandy beaches of the Pacific coast, venturing into the Amazon rainforest or flying to the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago, San Cristobal. On your journey, you’ll spy spectacular birdlife; including macaws of every colour. You will encounter a wide array of monkeys; look out for howlers, capuchin monkeys and marmosets and unique mammals; spot the ocelot, tapirs, capybaras and river dolphins. Together with a multitude of reptiles, amphibians, insects and over one hundred different types of bat, this really is a wildlife wonderland.

There is no better place to start your tour than the capital city of Quito – nicknamed ‘Light of America’. Perched high in the Andes it is the highest capital city in the world and the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While you are here you’ll see some colourful street markets and hop aboard the sky tram. An overnight stay at the luxurious Shiripuno River Lodge is another highlight of our tours. From here, local guides will take you into some of the most unspoilt areas of tropical rainforest to be found anywhere in the world, and finally a trip to the Galapagos Islands is a dream destination for budding biologists.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.


Day 1 - Depart UK – Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Day 2 - Saquisili (has to be a Thursday) – Cotopaxi

Day 3 - Hiking through the Andes

Day 4 - Back to Quito

Day 5 - Fly from Quito – Coca – Shiripuno River Lodge

Day 6 - Shiripuno River rainforest retreat

Day 7 - Shiripuno River rainforest retreat

Day 8 - Shiripuno River Lodge – Coca – Flight Quito

Day 9 - San Cristobal – Interpretation Center – Snorkelling at Predial

Day 10 - Hacienda El Cafetal – Galapaguera – Hacienda Augustina – Lobería

Day 11 - Island Lobos / Island Santa Cruz

Day 12 - Charles Darwin Station – Baltra – Quito. Transfer to airport and fly home

Day 13 - Arrive UK

Our long haul school trips include:

  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Board and lodging  as specified in your itinerary
  • Return flights and overseas transfers
  • Approximately One free teacher place for every 10 students on the trip
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits
  • Some of our long-haul trips will also include a guide

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits
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