STUDY ABROAD IN THE AMAZON & GALAPAGOS
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 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. Only students aged 15-19 are eligible for this study abroad program.
July 1st – July 24th, 2020
Puembo ▸ 3 days
Quito ▸ day trip
Galapagos Islands ▸ 11 days
Otavalo ▸ 4 days
Amazon ▸ 4 days
Puembo ▸ 1 day
*All dates are subject to change.
Activities included in your program
▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ 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 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.
Dear Future Student
Believe 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!
HOW WE GET THERE
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
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 Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
|Wednesday, July 1, 2020||Copa Airlines flight 471||Depart Toronto 9:45 am||Arrive Panama City 2:23 pm|
|Wednesday, July 1, 2020||Copa Airlines flight 159||Depart Panama City 3:33 pm||Arrive Quito 5:30 pm|
|Friday, July, 24, 2020||Copa Airlines flight 828||Depart Quito 2:43 pm||Arrive Panama City 4:38 pm|
|Friday, July, 24, 2020||Copa Airlines flight 470||Depart Panama City 6:44 pm||Arrive Toronto 12:52 am, July 25|
The following are examples of optional excursion our students participated in last summer. Excursions and prices are subject to change. Please check back in April 2020 for a final list and your chance to register!
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$1,000|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,860|
|CANCELLATION PROTECTION & MEDICAL INSURANCE (OPTIONAL)|
|Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.||$290|
|Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.||$90|
|Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*||$370|
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***
*Medical insurance is available to Canadian residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.
**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.
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.