Day 1
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Quito

Arrive in Quito, transfer to your hotel.

Included Meals: None

Day 2
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Quito

Explore Quito with a costumed character from the capital city’s colorful history. Visit sites such as Plaza de la Independencia, el Palacio Presidencial and la Basilica. After a day of exploring what UNESCO refers to as the most well preserved colonial city in Latin America, enjoy an Xperitas welcome dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 3-6
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Family Stay/Academia Guayasamín

Begin classes at the esteemed Academia Guayasamín and a six-night family stay with your Ecuadorian hosts. In addition to Spanish instruction, you’ll be treated to visits to a local fruit market, Museo Guayasamín and la Capilla del Hombre. Spend an afternoon practicing your language skills while participating in a volunteer activity, and try your hand at a new skill during salsa dancing and cooking classes. Enjoy the afternoons and evenings with your host family.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
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Family Stay/Mitad del Mundo

Take a ride up the Teleférico skylift for a panoramic view of Quito. Then, stop at the Mitad del Mundo, or the center of the world, whose monument was once thought to be the geographic location of the equator. Experience the oddities of standing on the actual equator line during your visit to the intriguing Intiñan Museum and top everything off with a chocolate tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
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Family Stay/Otavalo

Board the bus for an exciting day outside of Quito. Your day begins in Otavalo, the site of the most famous handicraft market in South America. First, visit a local workshop to learn about this community’s traditional way of weaving. After browsing the stalls of the bustling market, head to Cotacachi, where you’ll listen to the rhythms of traditional Andean instruments played by a local family of musicians. On your way back to Quito, stop to take in the tranquil beauty of la Cascada de Peguche.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
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Mindo

Bid farewell to your familia quiteña. For a full day of adventure, head south to Mindo. There you will visit a tropical butterfly garden, hike incredible waterfalls, and experience the cloud forest firsthand as you zip line through the treetops. In the evening, listen to the sounds of Mindo’s nocturnal wildlife during a hike that is also known as the frog concert!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
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En Route

Enjoy a farewell lunch with your fellow travelers. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight home to the U.S.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11
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Return

Arrive home in the U.S.

Included Meals: None