Amazon & Galapagos 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

TRAVEL JOURNAL

Amazon & Galapagos - students in wet suits at Kicker Rock

Amazon & Galapagos: Kicker Rock Day Cruise

Kicker Rock Day Cruise Today we took four small cruise boats to explore the ocean surrounding San Cristobal, snorkel around Kicker rock and lounge on a secluded beach. We saw sharks, turtles, sea urchins and fish! So many FISH! The blue boobies were also spotted...
Amazon & Galapagos - students surfing

Amazon & Galapagos: Surfing Excursion

Surfing Excursion The surfing optional excursion was a huge hit today! Some of the students said it was the best day so far 😊 The sand was white and silica soft, the water was crystal clear and aqua green. We also had a few sea lions lounging around us including a...
Amazon & Galapagos - students arriving in San Cristobal

Amazon & Galapagos: San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal This morning was our last speedboat ride from Santa Cruz to San Cristóbal Island. I think everyone is happy there are no more of those boat rides! The island is beautiful and everyone was excited to check out so they could go explore and get some lunch....

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STUDY ABROAD IN THE AMAZON & GALAPAGOS

About This Program

Featuring some of the most spectacular beaches and other natural beauty spots in the Pacific, this stunning Study abroad as you travel through the Ecuadorean Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands, and experience some of the most uniquely biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

The Galapagos archipelago, nearly 1,000 km (620 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, is a double UNESCO World Heritage Site, with both land and sea areas protected. The islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution—and once you’re there, it’s easy to imagine why. Each features unique landscapes, ranging from volcanic rocks to sandy white beaches, and is home to animal species like giant tortoises, friendly sea lions, penguins, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and huge albatross.

Take the opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz or the Galapagos Interpretation Center in San Cristóbal, swim in the Pacific, play beach sports, hike to panoramic viewpoints, and snorkel in stunning blue waters.

Continue your wildlife adventure of a lifetime in the Amazon basin—believed by many to be home to the most diverse ecosystem in the world, with thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, and insects. Take a rejuvenating dip in the Papallacta hot springs before arriving at a jungle eco-lodge on the shores of the Napo River. Hike along jungle trails, study poolside and take in the views from your terrace while chattering troops of monkeys swing by.

Our mainland tour will include stops throughout the Andes, including equatorial Puembo, Quito and the foothill town of Otavalo, each with picturesque public parks and squares, and local markets filled with fresh foods and artisanal treasures to barter over—the ideal place to find a souvenir to bring home as a reminder of your incredible summer in Ecuador.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through remote areas. All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.

Itinerary

July 3rd – July 26th, 2019

 
Puembo ▸ 3 days
Quito ▸ day trip
Galapagos Islands ▸ 11 days
Otavalo ▸ 5 days
Amazon ▸ 4 days
Puembo ▸ 1 day
*All dates are subject to change.

CHOOSE ONE

Available Courses

students having class on covered porch by the lake

INCLUSIONS

Activities included in your program

hiking
hiking
darwin research centre
darwin research centre
wildlife viewing
wildlife viewing
beaches
beaches
swim in hot springs
swim in hot springs
Included in your program: Hiking
Included in your program: Visit the Darwin Research Centre
Included in your program: Wildlife viewing
Included in your program: Visit the Beach
Included in your program: Swim in hot springs

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Accommodation
▸ Tuition

▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Supervision
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to 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.

Casa del Suizo in the Amazon

WHERE WE STAY

Accommodations

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Dear Future Student

Belive me, this will be a program of a lifetime. Throughout my many years at summer camp, I have never built stronger bonds than I did on this program. The friends you will make, and the experiences you will have will truly make your summer one to remember. You will have an awesome time!

Madeleine

HOW WE GET THERE

Flight Details

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

DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Wednesday, July 3, 2019American Airlines flight 2676

Depart Toronto 12:45 pm
Arrive Miami 4:05 pm
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
American Airlines flight 939
Depart Miami 5:40 pm
Arrive Quito 8:54 pm
Friday, July, 26, 2019
American Airlines flight 932
Depart Quito 5:15 am
Arrive Miami 10:35 am
Friday, July 26, 2019
American Airlines flight 2569
Depart Miami 1:53 pm
Arrive Toronto 5:14 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

OPTIONALS

Optional Excursions

Registration open until June 7, 2019. Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.

Optional Excursion: Half day to Tintoreras
Optional Excursion: Canopy Adventure tour
Optional Excursion: Surfing
Optional Excursion: Horseback Riding
Optional Excursion: Half day to Tintoreras
Optional Excursion: Surfing
Optional Excursion: Horseback Riding
Optional Excursion: Canopy Adventure tour

PROGRAM FEES
Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
$5,635
Taxes & Fees$1,057.50
Tuition & Supervision$1,360
Total:$8,052.50**
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and $1057.50 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, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

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

All visitors to Ecuador are obligated to provide proof of health insurance upon entry into the country of Ecuador. All participants of this program are required to have travel medical insurance.

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