Walking through the Andes – 12 Days

Explore the Andes in 12 Days

The Andes Mountain Range runs from north to south through the center of Ecuador, dividing the coast and the Amazon regions. With our 12-day Walking through the Andes program, you will have the chance to discover this impressive landscape and to learn about the history, nature and culture of Ecuador. Our Travelling Classroom combines Spanish courses with adventure, fun and action.

Highlights

  • Meet the indigenous community of Otavalo
  • Enjoy an incredible horse-back ride in the Quilotoa Lagoon
  • View a stunning waterfall in Baños
  • Depart by the famous train to La Nariz del Diablo
  • Discover the ancient Temple of the Sun
  • Explore the cobblestoned streets of Cuenca
  • Visit Ingapirca, the most important Incan site in Ecuador

Available Dates for this Program

Locations to Visit while you Learn Spanish

Otavalo Indigenous Town

Definitely one of the most beautiful indigenous markets in South America, it is famous for its art and craft market and weekly fiesta that celebrates the good commerce. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the local people, buy handmade textiles and crafts and try typical food. Close you can find San Pablo Lake and Cascada de Peguche a ceremonial center for ritual purification during the festival of the sun, which is called “Inti Raymi” where members of the indigenous community bathe there for purification and to connect with Mother Nature.


Machachi

Located in the central highlands, Machachi sits in among beautiful stretches of hilly farmland, mountains, and impressive volcanoes. Here, it is possible to see the jagged peaks of the Ilinizas volcanoes, which are sometimes covered in snow, as well as the amazing Cotopaxi volcano.


Horseback Ride

One of the most beloved activities in the Andean countryside, enjoy the view from another perspective where cars do not enter and therefore the sounds of nature are more likely to be appreciated. Go between the colorful landscapes of the highlands with lakes and snow capped volcanoes around.


Quilotoa

A stunning turquoise to green lake in the midst of mountain peaks. During our trip we may be able enjoy a view of the snow-covered peaks of Cotopaxi and Ilinizas.


Baños

Located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano. Baños is known as the gateway to the Amazon jungle and it is a popular place of pilgrimage.  Go to the Church of Baños where the protecting Virgin of Baños is. This is a small town where you can shop, treat yourself to a delicious meal and natural drinks, relax or even hire the services to do adventure sports like water rafting. You may also want to swim in the thermal pools near Baños, which are famous for their healing effects.


Thermal Pools

Get the best out of the healing effects of this water for your body, Thermal Pools are very well known to have a high mineral content that has been proved to benefit to give you great benefits and wellness.


Natural Waterfalls

Enjoy the ride to breathtaking waterfalls. Marvel with the view and get the most out of your contact with nature.


Riobamba

A small city known as the “Sultan of the Andes” because it is located on the foothills of Chimborazo. This mountain is sacred for the local indigenous people, Chimborazo is the highest peak in Ecuador, and one of the tallest in the world with 6310 meters above sea level, therefore is also the closest peak to the sun in the world.


Nariz del Diablo Train Ride

Ride the train down the mountain. Yes! Because of the steep geography of the Andes Highlands, the engineers that built the road to connect with the coast had to figure out how to do it, resulting in a zig zag shaped railroad that goes lowering in altitude.


Cuenca

One of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, with cobblestone streets and plazas. Visit the famous churches and museums in town.


Ingapirca

The most important Incan site in Ecuador. The main structure, the Temple of the Sun, was used for religious ceremonies. The ruins display the traditional craftsmanship in their stonework and doorways.

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