TEEN ADVENTURE TRAVEL

DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION

14

DATES

July 27 - August 9, 2020 Available

ARRIVE / DEPART

Los Angeles, CA

AGES

15 – 17

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Village infrastructure project
  • Spanish language class
  • Horseback ride the Chota Valley
  • Shop at Otavalo Market
  • Learn to cook traditional Ecuadorian foods
  • Mountain bike ancient Incan trails
TUITION

$4,495

Includes round trip airfare

Ecuador – 14 DAY

The Ecuadorian Andes are one of the highlights of this diverse country, featuring Incan ruins, turquoise lagoons, potato crops, hundreds of species of orchids, indigenous towns and colorful markets. Our 14-day trip will focus around a service learning project in a small indigenous village near the town of Otavalo, where we’ll learn through cross-cultural exchanges with community elders. We will take advantage of the abundance of outdoor adventure activities surrounding Otavalo, including whitewater rafting, mountain biking and horseback riding.

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Service project

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Service project

Community members in highland Ecuador have no shortage of will and ideas for improving their communities. Communities want buildings as gathering places for events, meetings and workshops; storehouses for grain or cotton banks; fences for gardens and schools; and playground or sports equipment to invigorate community life and spirit. They are ready to work hard to achieve their goals. The Wild Traveler and the Tandana Foundation provide the funds and help necessary to complete these much needed projects.

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Service project

Service project

Community members in highland Ecuador have no shortage of will and ideas for improving their communities. Communities want buildings as gathering places for events, meetings and workshops; storehouses for grain or cotton banks; fences for gardens and schools; and playground or sports equipment to invigorate community life and spirit. They are ready to work hard to achieve their goals. The Wild Traveler and the Tandana Foundation provide the funds and help necessary to complete these much needed projects.

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Homestays

Homestays

There is no comparison to the rich cultural experience of becoming part of a foreign family. Not only will you receive firsthand knowledge of daily customs and traditions, but you will experience music, local festivities, mealtimes, chores and holiday celebrations, just as if you were a true member of the family. Participants will be placed in one of our experienced, welcoming host families with another Wild Traveler participant.

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Spanish Lessons

Spanish Lessons

Learn and practice your Spanish speaking skills. You'll spend time in the village classroom working on your language skills while also practicing with native speakers outside the classroom. You’ll learn Spanish words and phrases related to the work and activities you will be doing and basic words and phrases in Kichwa, the indigenous language.

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Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities

Having so much untamed wilderness within easy striking distance of our base, Otavalo is a superb destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Horseback riding up dormant volcanoes, mountain biking across the beautiful Andes downhill tracks left by the Incas and whitewater rafting the Chota River are just a few of the adventures awaiting us.

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Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market

Visit Otavalo market and learn all about the culturally rich indigenous communities in this region of Ecuador. The village is world famous for its indigenous population, their artisanry, and Andean folklore music. People come from all over to sell their goods, and they come from even further to buy those goods. We’ll wander up and down the streets to see all the different handmade items and try our hand at bargaining for souvenirs.

DAYS

ITINERARY

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01

Fly Los Angeles, CA to Quito, Ecuador

Your Wild Traveler trip leaders will meet you at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). We’ll fly as a group from Los Angeles to Quito, Ecuador. Once we arrive, we’ll load up our private shuttle, meet our local Wild Traveler staff and drive to our hotel in Otavalo where we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other, eating our first dinner together and exploring the quaint mountain town of Otavalo. Bienvenidos!

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Shop Otavalo Market

Today, we’ll meet the local villagers and receive a trip orientation and an in-depth introduction to Otavalo. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous market as a group and buy ingredients to prepare for our Kawsymi cooking class, the traditional cooking style of the highland region. We’ll conclude our first full day by savoring the efforts of our labor during a group feast and a discussion of Ecuadorian culture.

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Language Class & Waterfalls

Today, we’ll begin language class! Each morning, you will have time to learn and improve your Spanish speaking, no matter what proficiency level you’re starting at. You will also have the chance to learn words and phrases in the indigenous language, Kichwa. In the afternoon, we’ll take a hike up to “las siete cascadas” (the seven waterfalls) for a picnic and cool off in the local swimming hole.

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TESTIMONIALS

The biggest thing i learned was how to co-exist with other people and work together.”

Russell, age 14

This trip definitely exceeded any of my expectations, although I had a different idea in my head on how it was gonna be it was way better than anything I could have imagined.”

Lexey, age 14

This trip exceeded my expectations it was much more beautiful and adventurous then I thought t would be and I LOVE that.”

Sophie, age 14

Seeing the lava flowing into the ocean is a memory I will never forget. Pictures will not help me remember it as much as my memory will.”

Daniel, age 14

I gained lifelong friends, a PADI SCUBA certification, and a new love for surfing. I had an amazing trip and wonderful time!”

Anne, age 14

The activities were so much fun and I truly enjoyed getting the opportunity to do such amazing things!”

Talia, age 14

I signed up for the trip just looking to spend some relaxing time in Hawaii and I got SO much more.”

Bruce, age 14

I definitely gained independence, confidence, and being able to be close with people I didn’t know before.”

Taegan, age 14

Getting SCUBA certified was AMAZING! It was definitely worth every second and Jack’s Diving Locker was perfect.”

Charlie, age 14

It was incredible taking my first breath underwater and it’s something I will keep with me forever. It was so fun and memorable and just amazing!”

Remi, age 14
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PACK LIST

Getting your gear together as you get ready for your trip can be exciting. All of the items listed in the PDF are important and will be used during our trip, so please pack everything on the list. With that in mind, please resist bringing additional items, because space is limited. You can find examples of items on our Gear Recommendations page.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding our Ecuador teen adventure. Have additional questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

01.WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

We will be staying in hotels, community centers, and homestays for the entire trip.

02.WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

The Wild Traveler provides all of your gear except for a backpack and a day pack. Check out the pack list specific to our Ecuador trip. Please pack only the items on the list. Everything must be able to fit into your backpack and daypack. Space is limited.

03.CAN I CALL FAMILY DURING THE TRIP?
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Participants will call home as soon as you meet their Wild Traveler leaders at Los Angeles International Airport, and again on departure day. Participants are welcome to call home at anytime during the trip. Parents are also welcome to contact their child at anytime during the trip.
Families can follow along with our summer teen adventure as it happens by logging into our trip log. Watch short video clips, look at pictures, and read about our adventure as it unfolds! Our trip log is updated every 2-3 days by our trip leaders.

04.HOW IS THE FOOD?
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The food is great. Our participants and create the menu and cook meals together. We’ll also eat out at several restaurants throughout our trip. We have no problem accommodating most dietary restrictions.

05.HOW WILL WE TRAVEL?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

We’ll travel mostly by private shuttle and public bus.

06.ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Yes, our Ecuador trips begin and end at Los Angeles International airport (LAX). Flights between LAX and Quito Ecuador are included in the price. Transportation between LAX and participants’ home are not included in the price of the trip.

07.DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

US citizens are required to have a passport valid for at least six months and 2 blank passport pages to enter Ecuador. US citizens do not need to obtain an Ecuador visa.

08.DO I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS TO TRAVEL TO ECUADOR?
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If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need any additional vaccinations to travel to Ecuador. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to these countries.

09.WHAT WILL GROUPS BE LIKE?
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Your group is made up of 10-12 enthusiastic, positive, fun individuals (like yourself ) ready for an experience of a lifetime. They come from all over the country, and in many cases, from all over the world. Our groups are created with attention to age and a balance of male/ female participants in order to ensure the best possible individual and group experience possible. Your group will be led by 3 experienced and knowledgeable Wild Traveler leaders.

10.WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Our Ecuador program is focused around a village infrastructure program where we work alongside other villagers to build their community center. We’ll have several afternoons for activities like mountain biking, horseback riding, bread making, whitewater rafting, and more. Each evening, your trip leaders will run evening program where your group talks, play games, tell stories, play music, and a whole lot of other fun stuff.