Our program begins high in the Andes in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where we’ll hike to amazing panoramic views. We’ll also visit the Mitad del Mundo monument, marking the earliest measurements of the equatorial line.

From Quito we fly to Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos. In between classes in Puerto Ayora, we’ll swim in the Pacific and play sports on the beach. Our studies then take us off-shore for a three–day guided cruise of the islands and their extraordinary wildlife. Each day, we’ll board zodiacs to nearby volcanic islands for our classes.

After a short stay in San Cristobal, we fly back to the mainland and travel to Otavalo, a town in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes where, on a clear day, we can see the huge Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes.

On our way into the Amazon rainforest, we’ll stop for a therapeutic thermal bath in Papallacta before settling in at our eco-lodge in the Amazon, which will serve as home base for our classes, hiking through the rainforest, and swimming in the Napo River.

After the final exam, our South American journey ends in Puembo, where students will enjoy a farewell banquet in honour of our Ecuadorian learning adventure.

Included in your Program:

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Rainforest hiking

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Charles Darwin Foundation

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Swim with wildlife

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Cruise the Galapagos

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And more!

Other Inclusions of this Program:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Airlines flight 2721

Depart Toronto 1:00 pm

Arrive Miami 4:13 pm

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Airlines flight 939

Depart Miami 6:05 pm

Arrive Quito 9:23 pm

Friday, July 28, 2017

American Airlines flight 946

Depart Quito 11:30 pm

Arrive Miami 4:45 am, July 29

Saturday, July 29, 2017

American Airlines flight 2721

Depart Miami 8:40 am

Arrive Toronto 11:57 am

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Are you making your own flight arrangements?

Students who make their own flight arrangements for this program can be met individually by Blyth staff at the destination airport and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.

Optional Excursions

Peguche Waterfall & Condor Park (Otavalo)

On this full day excursion we’ll see the natural beauty of the Andean flora and fauna.

In the cool shade of tree covered pathways, we’ll hike to the picturesque Peguche Waterfall, a favourite spot for locals. The park surrounding the waterfalls offers a number of hikes and trails, and we might see hummingbirds, frogs and lizards, as well as other species on our trek. The waterfall is considered an Indigenous Ceremonial Site, and there are several legends told of the area.

After free time for lunch, we will visit Condor Park. With beautiful views over the city of Otavalo as the backdrop, you’ll learn about the work of this non-profit organization, whose vocation is to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and re-introduce to the wild raptors, vultures (the Andean Condor) and owls. We’ll enjoy a display of falconry seeing the magnificence of these birds in flight.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 9th July

Price: $200

Forrest - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

Community Service (Otavalo)

Community Service is an important aspect of Blyth International Summer Programs. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world with us. Students may earn 4-5 community service hours which can be applied towards your community service requirements in Ontario. More importantly, this experience offers the opportunity to interact with locals and create meaningful ties to our host community.

– Earn one to two volunteer hours before your trip! –

Donations (new and used) will be of benefit to many organizations, schools and orphanages in the areas that we visit. Items such as school supplies, table games and puzzles (of various difficulty), paint by numbers, books and art materials are needed. Clothing donations will also be accepted. Collect these from your friends and family and bring them to donate during your trip. You may earn up to a maximum of two hours.

You are responsible for carrying your donation items in your own suitcase. When you donate the items, be sure to let your supervisor know so they can track your extra hours!

Anticipated Date: Sunday 12th July

Price: $75

Hands Connecting - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

Bay Tour (Galapagos)

Come and explore Punta Estrada on the southern coast of Santa Cruz Island. On this half day tour, we’ll cruise by boat to see some of the exotic spots of this Galapagos Island.

We’ll see ‘La Loberia’, a point named for the resident big colony of sea lions; formations of Balsaltic lava rock; calm gulfs where we can spot blue-footed boobies, turtles and rays; Shark’s Canal, home to the whitetip shark; enjoy stunning vistas across the island; and disembark for walks along nature trails spotting crabs, iguanas, other bird species and local flora.

We’ll also have the opportunity to snorkel. Be sure to wear suitable footwear and bring your towel, swimwear and sunscreen.

Anticipated Date: Saturday July 15th

Price: $145

Bay Tour - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

Sea Kayaking Santa Cruz (Galapagos)

We will begin our excursion onshore by being fitted out with kayaks and safety equipment. After a safety talk but our trained guides, we set out across the bay with our guide observing Sea Lions along the way. We then head cruise along the coast observing Marine Iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, Brown Noddy´s and Wedge Tailed Gulls. Keep an eye out below for Marine Turtles, Eagle Rays and playful Sea Lions before returning to shore in time for dinner.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 16th July

Price: $225

Sea Kayaking San Cristobel - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

Surf Lesson San Cristobal (Galapagos)

Come Hang Ten! This excursion will give us a chance to try our surfing skills and ride some great waves in the Galapagos Islands. The surf at Puerto Chino is said to be the best in the Galapagos Islands with its consistent waves. Our instructor will provide the equipment, surfing instructions and safety guidelines so we can rip the waves. We’ll also have a chance to relax on the white sand beach and soak up the sun.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 22nd July

Price: $125

Surf Day San Cristobel - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

Canopy Adventure Tour (Amazon)

Adventure through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest on this exhilarating tree top adventure!

The tree canopy is an awesome place to spot wildlife from and we will climb from tree to tree via rope bridges, metal platforms and zip lines. Enjoying panoramic views we’ll hope to see monkeys and tropical birds.

Our knowledgeable guide will give us a safety briefing before we get kitted up and tell us all about the wonders we are seeing as we journey through the cool shade of the forest.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 25th July

Price: $50

Zip Lining - Optional Excursions Amazon & Galapagos 2018

July 5 – July 28, 2017

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$7,530
Tuition & Supervision$1,360
Total:$8,890*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)

Itinerary

  • Quito: 3 days
  • Otavalo: 4 days
  • Puembo: 1 day
  • Puerto Ayora: 4 days
  • Cruise: 3 days
  • San Cristobal: 3 days
  • Puembo: 1 day
  • Amazon: 3 days
  • Puembo: 1 day

Optional Excursions

A comprehensive list of optional excursions for the Amazon & Galapagos Program will become available in 2017.  Please click below to view our Optional Excursion page.

Optional Excursions

Testimonials

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*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $895 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.