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  an eight-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

Days 9-10
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Galápagos Islands

Fly to Baltra Island and transfer to Floreana Island to begin your adventure. Jump right into your surroundings as you hike, snorkel, kayak and paddle about the beautiful island. Enjoy the evening at a local bed and breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11-12
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Galápagos Islands

An early morning boat ride takes you to Isabela Island and las Tintoreras. Snorkel in crystal clear waters as sea lions and penguins join you for a swim. Then it’s off to the giant tortoise breeding center, where you’ll come face-to-face with the slow-moving creatures. For your next adventure, explore the otherworldly craters and volcanoes that form Isabela’s highlands.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13
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En Route

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Quito, where you will catch an evening flight to the U.S.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 14
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Return

Arrive at home in the U.S.

Included Meals: None