About This Program
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 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.
Included in Your Program
Darwin Research Station
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
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- 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.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|Wednesday, July 4, 2018||American Airlines flight 2635||Depart Toronto 1:00 pm||Arrive Miami 4:18 pm
|Wednesday, July 4, 2018||American Airlines flight 939||Depart Miami 5:40 pm||Arrive Quito 8:53 pm
|Friday, July 27, 2018||American Airlines flight 932||Depart Quito 6:45 am||Arrive Miami 11:59 am
|Friday, July 27, 2018||American Airlines flight 2673||Depart Miami 2:00 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:20 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Meet and Greet application by clicking Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto. Applications must be received by Friday, June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on last year, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!
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.
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!
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 Balsatic 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.
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.
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.
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.
July 4th – 27th, 2018*
|Appx. Taxes & Fees||$1,000|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,360|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Quito: 3 days
- San Cristobal, Galapagos: 4 days
- Puerto Ayora, Galapagos: 6 days
- Otavalo: 5 days
- Amazon: 4 days
- Puembo: 1 day
*All dates are subject to change.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1000 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.