Walking through the Andes – 12 days
Explore the Andes in a 12 days
Ecuador is cut exactly in the middle by the Andes Mountains. You will have the chance to discover this impressive, incredible landscape by a 12-day Walking Through the Andes Tour. Learn about history, nature and culture of Ecuador. Our Travelling Classroom combines Spanish courses with adventure, fun and action.
- Visit Ingapirca – the most important Incan site in Ecuador
- Meet an ingenous community in Otavalo!
- Discover the ruins of the ancient Temple of the Sun!
- Enjoy a horse-ride around beautiful Laguna Quilotoa
- Explore the cobblestoned streets of Cuenca
Explore the Andes in 12 days
Arrive in Otavalo – Discover the indigenous art and crafts market
On your first day you arrive in Otavalo, which is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in South America. It´s famous for its arts and crafts markets and weekly fiesta that celebrates the good commerce. Here you will meet local people at the indigenous art and craft market, buy handmade textiles and crafts and sample typical food. After exploring Otavalo you will have your first Spanish class in the afternoon.
Spiritual Peguche waterfalls – eucalyptus plantation – San Pablo Lake
After Spanish class in the morning, you will discover one spiritual place near Otavalo: the Cascadas de Peguche. This waterfall is a famous as a ceremonial center for ritual purification during the festival of the sun, which is called “Inti Raymi”. Members of the indigenous community take a bath there. Next you will take a walk through eucalyptus plantations and reach San Pablo Lake in the afternoon.
Trip to Machachi - located in the central highlands, surrounded by beautifully volcanic peaks
Start with breakfast and then spend the morning in classes. Eat lunch and then departure to Machachi. Located in the central highlands, Machachi sits among beautifully quilted farmland, surrounded by volcanic peaks. It is also possible to to see the jagged peaks of the Ilinizas, which sometimes are snow covered. After arriving in the evening have dinner and relax for an adventurous day ahead.
Snack in Latacunga – go on to Chugchilán – enjoy Rio Toachi
After just an hour of Spanish lessons the next exciting trip is waiting for you. You´ll stop for a little bite to eat at the idyllic Andean village of Latacunga, before the group goes on to the mountainside town Chugchilán. Here you have a stunning view of the amazing Rio Toachi canyon. At the end of the day you´ll have again a few Spanish lessons.
Horse ride to Laguna Quilotoa – enjoy the view of Cotopaxi and Iliniza
There are some little differences today. Don´t worry – once again an adventure is waiting for you! But today you´ll take care of your feeds, because horses are picking you up. In a relaxing pace the group will arrive at the Quilotoa Laguna. This stunning green lake will definitely be one of the most impressive lagoons you might ever see. Maybe you can also have a view of the snow-covered peaks of Cotopaxi and Iliniza, before there are some more Spanish classes.
Visit Baños – Take a view to Tungurahua – Rest and relax
Today you have to get up early, because another exciting excursion to Baños is coming! This town is located at the footsteps of Tungurahua volcano. It is known as gateway to the Amazon jungle and a popular place of pilgrimage. Here you have the opportunity to unwind, look around before you´ll have the next lesson in our Travelling Classroom across Ecuador.
Discover Pailon del Diablo – Bungee Jump
This trip will actually be an adventure: first you´ll take a cable car across the river to Pailon del Diablo. At this breathtaking majestic waterfall you can take a dip or – for particularly brave people- even go bungee jumping! Back in town the group will enjoy lunch and have some more Spanish lessons in the afternoon.
Relax in Baños – Swim in thermal pools – Chill out
After the last exciting days you surely need a break. Because of that you can chill out the whole day and spend free time on your own around the town. Here you can shop, treat yourself with a meal or drink and relax. Maybe you want to swim in the thermal pools near Baños, which are famous for their healing effects.
Discover a sacred mountain – Have lunch in Riobamba
Today you will arrive at Ecudar´s highest point: Chimborazo. For the local indigenous people it´s a sacred mountain. It is also the closest peak to the sun in the world. Nearby Riobamba the group will settle in, have lunch and get right into the Spanish language with classes planned for the afternoon. After that you will take time for a rest and free time acitivities.
La Nariz del Diablo train ride – Arrive to Cuenca
The day starts with a rail adventure from Alausi to Sibambe. You´ll follow the La Nariz Diablo line which offers plenty to see along the route. To top it off you will have a journey with the bus in direction of ancient history: the next destination in the afternoon will be Cuenca.
Explore Ingapirca – Visit ruins of Temple of the sun
The day starts with a rail adventure from Alausi to Sibambe. You´ll follow the La Nariz Diablo line which offers many to see along the route. To top it off you will have a journey with the bus in direction of ancient history: the next destination in the afternoon will be Cuenca.
Cuenca: Cobblestone streets and plazas – churches and museum
Also your final day on the Travelling Classroom-adventure starts with healthy breakfast and Spanish classes. The rest of the day will be yours! You can spend time in Cuenca and discover incredible cobblestone streets and plazas or visit the famous churches and museums in town. After dinner we will go back to Quito, where we arrive at night.
What is included?
40 hours of Spanish Classes, with 30 hours of formal face to face Spanish Classes and 10 hours of practice while travelling with your teacher
Transportation by public buses
11 overnight stays in a hotel
Excursions where indicated in the itinerary
Not included: all meals, all beverages, Personal expenses
Private or group tour (min. 2 travellers and max. 6 per Spanish teacher) – If the minimum number of travellers isn’t reached, the private tour price applies!
Single or double room